“It 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.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Generation: Handmaid started with the degeneration of women’s rights in this country through a variety of laws. Since the historical Roe v. Wade case, which was about a woman’s right to abortion until fetal viability (approximately 28 weeks), religious conservatives have worked relentlessly to repeal the law in increments. Voters in conservative-leaning states have elected representatives on anti-Roe platforms. These representatives have pushed through legislation that slowly chips away at women’s choice. Recently, chipping away at the right to a safe, legal abortion hasn’t been enough. Many states have introduced personhood legislation that goes so far as to try to criminalize even birth control, and the women who use it. While many would argue that the election year has brought out extreme commentary and campaign promises, the passing of several laws in 2011 alone tells a different story.
Through lawmakers and voting women have become further marginalized, and culture has begun to reflect that. Rape culture, unequal pay, sexual harassment and the like have paraded through the lives of American women and our sisters abroad with new-found force in the last couple of years. Generation: Handmaid brings this story to light by framing our sisters, daughters, wives, mothers, friends, neighbors, roommates and peers through the voice of Corina Roche.
UPDATE: 8/17/2014 – Generation: Handmaid now has a Youtube channel! Check it out here.