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Is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Progressive?

'Handmaid’s Tale' offers broad social commentary

It fails to deviate from its white perspective

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Millennials’ 1984? "The Handmaid’s Tale" foresees a bleak future in which current systems of oppression are allowed to fester, writes Meg Elison of Blastr. The show grippingly shines a light on humanity’s darkest sides, reflecting injustices that while far less intense, exist in the modern day. Protests being quelled by police, rape victims being blamed, institutional sexism, racism and homophobia are not alien to modern society. "The Handmaid’s Tale" simply yet brilliantly takes current suffering and aggrandizes with a sinister twist, showing us what could happen if we don’t address and eliminate these issues.

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The While Women’s Tale. While adept at portraying the subjugation of the weak, "The Handmaid’s Tale" maintains a perspective that marginalizes the suffering of black characters, infers Cameron Glover. When addressing systemic slavery, it fails to highlight glaring similarities with the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The show maintains a white gaze on all situations. and black characters, while existing, fall into marginal roles that lack the personalization that white characters get. The narrative falls frustratingly short when it could go even deeper into the nous of black history that strongly echoes the show’s dystopian oppression.

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