Handmaid's Tale

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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vegas62218 :  The last few episodes…I have no words. It really kicks me in the ovaries. The comparisons to real life are shocking. The Canada-relations and the removal of kids from parents… it’s like this show is reflecting real life and that’s absolutely terrifying.

And I’m not even American – I’m Australian. I can’t imagine the pit of lead you guys in the US must feel in your stomach.

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Lawd Lawd Lawd. I’ve been watching it. It’s been making me think about Syria and how quickly a society can take a turn due to war or corruption or something else. I’ve also been thinking of the book The Fifth Sacred Thing, especially with the things going on in the US right now. The contrast between the Canada society and Gilead was deep to see.

It’s also insidious- how the characters with some apparent power (to varying degrees) – Serena, The Commander, Aunt Lydia- will do things that are terrible and then also do things that are kind and then, soon after, do something terrible again.

Watching today just made it super clear to me that no human has the right to have absolute power over another. And that the entirety of Gilead needs to be burned in a cleansing fire.

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vegas62218 :  I look forward to Wednesdays so I can rush home from work, pour a glass of wine and watch the next episode!! And then I can sit there, feeling anxious and bothered when it’s over, haha. But for real, as I was reading about the ICE highway checkpoints in Boston, it immediately felt like The Handmaid’s Tale to me. My heart is breaking. But I’m so glad that someone is taking this crucial book and revamping it as a tv series now. 

Without giving any spoilers, I’m trying to figure out how June is going to get out of her current predicament in the house. 

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I cried watching it last night. It really hit home. All of those children who might never be reunited with their parents😥🤬 and I’m talking about the United States, of course. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I haven’t watched this weeks episode yet. 

 

The first season I tried to watch all in one sitting and I had to stop and wait a few weeks because it is so deep and depressing. I read the book, and I RARELY say this, but I like the show more. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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vegas62218 :  YES! We are only one season in, but I hear ya. It reminds me a lot of Nazi Germany and then yes, what’s happening now in the US (I’m in the US). I little too close to reality sometimes. It’s REALLY well done though. Super heavy so not something to binge watch. And I love her fighting spririt.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Fiance and I are addicted.  Last night he was like “So they’re going to give her an injection right, to make the baby come out naturally?”  I was like “what kind of injection are you talking about?”  and he was like “you know, they give you a shot to start labor…it’s a shot in the back or something, right?” (clearly I need to educate him a little bit before our baby comes in October lol) but I was like “…that’s not what they’re talking about, no…”  He was horrified!  That was so painful to watch.  I’m so pissed at her for not telling Nick when he was begging her to say something!!!

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Bumble bee

Yesterday’s episode was so striking how it relevant & reflective to this very moment in the US.  

The flasbsck scenes to when the male hostility, misogyny, violence & oppression of women first started to become apparent are the most chilling of all for me.  I just heard a story from a mother who had been sending her kids across the US/Canada border with her parents for months as they helped care for the kids during a long hospital stay of hers. A letter of consent written by her had sufficed until all the sudden one day recently the US border guard required it from HER HUSBAND.  My mind immediately went to the flashback scenes in handmaids tale. 

That poor little lonely girl married to the driver.  All women suffer, even the ones with some supposed higher status.  

Make no mistake ladies, these fascists that are growing ever more visible in our country would love the same ends.  Fight these mf’rs now before it is too late.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I haven’t watched it, I’ve only read the book. And reading it took a lot emotionally out of me. Great book with an important message. I don’t know if I have the emotional tenacity to watch it. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I live in Massachusetts, United States and it’s purely embarrasing and horrifying to watch children being separated from their parents. 

At the end of the day, both sides are wrong and both sides are right in their own ways.

But at the end, humans are suffering and that is inexcusable to me for a country with such great power, to treat the weakest of our society with such disregad. 

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

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vegas62218:  I straight up had the conversation with my HUSBAND (hah, I get to say that now ;)) that we need to have a plan in place. This is getting waaaaaaay too close for comfort.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

SPOILERS????!!!****

 

 

 

 

 

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PrincessPeach13 :  Yeah… my friend brought up that she thinks Fred brought the visit to the mystery mansion to a head because he knows he ain’t the BD. And Now it really look like she ran away, and she will be taken care of from there. But seriously, what happens when she goes into labor out there? In theory, no one knows to come for her. 

Also, did they actually KILL Nick????

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nelliemade :  I definitely don’t thin they killed Nick. I think there was a shot fired into the air and he was pistol whipped and knocked out. I think she will deliver the baby there with no medical care and eventually Nick will come back for her. And then I hope she and Nick kill Serena and Fred.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

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PrincessPeach13 :  I don’t think they kill Nick.  

I have read the book and it was a lot to take in.  I’m normally a fast reader but this book I had to put down because it was draining. 

The sad thing is Atwood was influenced by th events which took place in the late 70s Afghanistan and Iran.   Where women who were living a normal day to day life and were equals to men all of a sudden had their worlds torn apart where women were had to get permission from their husbands/fathers/sons to do simple things like travel overseas, wear religious clothing (where as before they wore whatever they liked) and harrassed by morality police.   It still happening nearly 40 years later.

I found it a bit comical when Serena was in Canada and someone showed her the day’s sechdule and it was all in pictures.   Did anyone else see that scene?

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