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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale Women and Femininity Quotes

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Judd [...] was of the opinion from the outset that the best and most cost-effective way to control women for reproductive and other purposes was through women themselves. For this there were many historical precedents; in fact, no empire imposed by force or otherwise has ever been without this feature [...]."(Historical Notes.36)


This passage makes Gilead seem even slimier by revealing how some women colluded to make life worse for the rest, while explaining how this process has "historical precedents" and is an established way of controlling an unruly population.

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