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Anyone watching The Handmaid's Tale?

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    em

    yes. part of what’s especially upsetting to me, especially as it is reflected in our real society, is the way the women are complicit in each other’s oppression, for example the higher up on the hierarchy women like the Aunts or Serenas but also how the handmaids aren’t friends but spies. Also SPOILER the scene where the former Ofglen has been genitally mutilated… UGH.

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    Skyblossom
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    The thing I don’t understand is where the other women are in the show. There are commander’s wives, handmaids and marthas but no average women. Are there none left? Did they break up every marriage? Are all men and women who aren’t commanders or their household members banned from the city?

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    Kate
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    Oh yeah… that was a bit wtf but not over the top. It wasn’t in the book, but it’s not out of the realm of what was discussed in the book.

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    Kate
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    @skyblossom, a lot of them got “sent to the colonies.” Or another place I won’t spoil 😉

    But in the book, the guys who aren’t high ranking enough to have a handmaid have an “econowife,” who wears a striped dress and basically has to “do everything:” cook, clean, shop, AND raise the kids.

    They invalidated any relationships that weren’t first marriages, probably in the church, but if you were already in one of those “valid” marriages and your husband isn’t high ranking, you’d be an econowife.

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    em

    yeah, to clarify I felt what happened to Ofglen, as well as the other additions, all work within the world of the novel. It was just a profoundly disturbing visual image, but I understand why they showed it.

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    Skyblossom
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    @kate Thanks. It seemed so odd to see no other women out on the sidewalks.

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    Kate
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    It’s weird they haven’t addressed that on the show. You’re in a first marriage that’s legal and probably in church, right? If so, you’d be an econowife unless your husband was involved in that BS and high-ranking. I’d be sent to the colonies because I’ve been divorced and I’m sure over 40 is too old to be a handmaid, plus no history of ever having been pregnant.

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    em

    yeah, in the book all second marriages are invalid b/c they don’t recognize divorce so the second marriage is considered adultery. In the show they made it so June did begin her relationship while Luke was still married to his first wife. Also I believe in the book there are no people of color; the government is white supremacist and has people of non-western european heritage deported to other countries. Find it interesting that they did not do that in show, but all the commanders and their wives are white ?

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    Luke was married in the book also.

    Yes, people of color weren’t addressed in the book, it seemed like everyone was white. I like the update, but I’m skeptical that these Sons of Jacob assholes wouldn’t insist everyone be white. I guess they’re desperate enough for babies that everyone gets included. I *think* in the latest episode when they’re all together at the hotel banquet, there are some wives who aren’t white.

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    em

    oh I didn’t remember that, my bad.

    I found the scene I think in ep 4 where the new Ofglen discusses her life before with June, saying how life is actually better for her now in Gilead b/c she’s clean from drugs and lives with people who take care of her vs her old life where she would have sex outside the dumpster for drugs.

    Is it just me or is that actress’s smile a little bit creepy?

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    Kate
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    Yeah, she’s sketchy. I wonder if they’ll do more with her.

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    em

    ^ found it very interesting is what I meant to say

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