Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer called the reports deeply worrying. Les personnages principaux vous plaisent-ils? They were barred from entering public spaces, expelled from schools, and almost entirely segregated from society. Her death prompted national outrage and the enactment ofthe Protection of Life Bill 2013, which allows women to undergo abortions if their lives are at risk (including by suicide). Well, there was a terrorist attack, Congress was slaughtered, and in the interest of protecting the people, the Constitution was suspended. The Salem witch trials Atwood has made no secret of the fact that the events of The Handmaids Tale are, in part, inspired by the 17th century Salem witch trials, in which women were systematically demonised, informed on, and violently punished for being different. As each of these events happened, we didnt wake up, says Offred, and womens rights were eroded before their very eyes. Because it depended very much on a belief in the invisible world. As a result of this, womens rights and identities have been stripped away, with fertile women being rounded up, red tagged, and forced into a life of sexual servitude and surrogacy. Vous avez utilisé des mots qui ne sont pas autorisés. And now suddenly its all come back. She began her political career as an anti-feminist in 1964 when she published her first pro-family book, and led the charge against the Equal Rights Amendment, insisting that women should stop focusing on politics and instead tend to their families and work inside the home. 17th century American-Puritan theocracy In Gilead, the government rules in the name of God (or a god which is why they continuously reference the fact that they are under His eye. Any healthy babies that are born are then raised by the wives of the men that the handmaids are systematically raped. Such attitudes are not, however, confined to Gilead.