I feel like you can’t really type Extravaganza! without adding an exclamation point. It’s almost Friday! Let’s get the evening started with some bookishness, and some music for the OTers, shall we?
As you remember from last week, we’re reading Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. Don’t worry if you’re not finished yet, tonight we’re just going to be talking about how the book relates to current events and women’s issues.
*MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW* A Handmaid’s Tale takes place some time in the future, and most women on the planet are sterile. Fertile women are arrested and forced to become handmaids, who serve as involuntary surrogates for the infertile wealthy women. They’re given new names, and dressed in blood red robes that resemble nun habits. Minor crimes or rule violations by the handmaids are punished swiftly and brutally, and when they aren’t placed with infertile families, they’re housed in large training barracks.
Atwood, wizened feminist that she is, was drawing a frightning future where women have no reproductive choices at all in the tradition of all dystopias, by presenting the worse case scenario for continued restrictions on women’s – especially poor women’s – choices. So the question for tonight’s book clubbers is this: Present an argument either for or against the possibility of a future equivalent to the one Atwood describes.
And for the open threaders not looking to delve into nihilistic possibilities, here’s some They Might Be Giants.