The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale – The Atlantic

The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale  The Atlantic

This word, empowerment—I don’t think it means what The Handmaid’s Tale thinks it means. Since it debuted in 2017, just a few months into the Trump administration, the Hulu series has toggled awkwardly between modes. This is a show about ritualized sexual and physical assault, set amid a fundamentalist Christian theocracy that has stripped women of all basic human rights. But it’s also a show that can’t stop framing June (played by Elisabeth Moss) as a grand feminist icon, a nascent slayer of the patriarchy and purveyor of infinite, slow rage-gazes at the camera. With jangly Girl Power music…

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