We’ve got so much time for… Mar­garet Atwood


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WAVE YOUR PLAC­ARDS and throw your pink pussy hats in the air with joy, the lit­er­ary gods have an­swered our prayers. Mar­garet Atwood (be­low) – au­thor of the 1985 dystopian novel The Hand­maid’s Tale – has an­nounced she’s writ­ing a se­quel. Atwood re­vealed on Twit­ter last week that The Tes­ta­ments will be nar­rated by three fe­male char­ac­ters and cover ‘ev­ery­thing you’ve ever asked me about Gilead [the novel’s pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety] and its in­ner work­ings’. When the TV adap­ta­tion hit screens last year, view­ers drew un­com­fort­able par­al­lels be­tween Gilead and cur­rent US so­ci­ety. So a se­quel couldn’t come at a bet­ter time: abor­tion is still illegal in North­ern Ire­land, an al­leged sex­ual ha­rasser has just been ap­pointed to the US Supreme Court and a man who wants to cut fund­ing to Planned Par­ent­hood and grab women ‘ by the pussy’ is still in the White House. So bring on the se­quel, and may it con­tinue to serve as another way for us to call out sex­ism and make the mes­sage loud and clear: we won’t stay silent.

An un­com­fort­able, im­por­tant re­turn: it’s time to re­visit the Repub­lic of Gilead

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