You are a infant making machine whose role is serve men, and the only job available is to touch toxic waste – employment that will ultimately kill you.
That’s the fact for women in The Handmaid’s Tale, the iconic Margaret Atwood book and now a new TV series.
In the information, if you don’t marry a man of high social calibre, but you are “fertile”, you become a “Handmaid”, participant to rape, torture and even murder.
Channel 4’s chilling adaptation of The Handmaid’s Anecdote, staring Elisabeth Moss, is shocking viewers with its depiction of a puritan cult, whose fellows set out to cleanse and save the world.
They overthrow the US government and set up a new arbitrary society, stripping women of their rights and organising them into lists depending on their usefulness.
Based on Atwood’s 1985 dystopian best-seller, the series is set in the future but to many it will feel like taking a careful back in time where equality and choice disappear from persistence.
Atwood has in the past insisted the story is an anti-prediction, based on what mercy has already done before, a scary-thought that makes you think raw on the actions of humanity, both past and present.
While the concept of ‘handmaids’ may appearance of like an impossible concept to us, this type of reproductively driven cult-culture as a matter of fact exists.
And is very real for these three women who have blogged around their experiences.
‘You were created to help meet the essentials of men’
Hannah Ettinger is the eldest of nine and was expected to help her mother scratch her siblings, cook and clean, from a young age, while her father went out to realize home the bacon.
Her duty as stated by the Quiverfull community that she was undergone into, was to provide her husband with children.
An alarming concept that decamps Atwood’s anti-prediction from the 80’s ring rather true.
Hannah was a associate of the Quiverfull movement whose rules are based on King James’ interpretation of the bible and Psalm 127 which claims that God blesses a man whose ‘tremble is full’ – basically meaning that having a lot of children meant you prolific higher in God’s good books.
Hannah belonged to a Quiverfull community, in the US, who sustained ‘traditional’ family values, were anti-abortion and didn’t allow dames to have an email or bank accounts, or even leave the house without their squelch’s permission.
In her article on The Establishment , she says the charge of her community was: “Have children and raise them in this aggressively hidebound faith, and then there will be more “true” believer Christians in the dialect birth b deliver to bring about cultural revolution in the name of Jesus Christ.”
They took a terror-based technique of conceiving children to serve in the front line of the culture war they honoured, trying to ‘bring back Christian greatness to America’.
Sounding worryingly Trump-like.
On a day to day bottom, Hannah attended a small, far-right Christian college in Western Pennsylvania where she was drilled the will of God, the role of women and that she very much lived in a man’s midwife precisely.
In 2010 her teacher told them to read Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Lie, warning them that it went against everything they point of viewed for and would probably offend and shock them. Instead it showed her chances and that women can have rights and lives of their own fulfillment, and why shouldn’t they?
Atwood’s different sparked a chain reaction in Hannah’s life, fueling her with the valour to break free from her cult-community.
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Firstly she divorced her quiet, after he suggested he could love her again if she were a mother.
When he invited to her to lunch after their dissolve was finalised, she turned down the offer as she was already running late to her designation to have a contraceptive IUD fitted.
She defiantly left her Quiverfull cult, break off fromed to have a relationship with her father in the process and got a powerful tattoo in respect to Atwood’s poignant phrase; ‘don’t let the bastards grind you down’.
Hannah now experiment withs economic policy, writes an online blog and is taking a Masters slowly. Although she admits it was tough getting used to being allowed to suffer with your own ideas as you don’t even know what you like, it is better than living a half duration.
‘Because you are a woman, you are not as important’
Kayla Dawn is another survivor of a Christofascist cult-culture.
She was courted to be a ‘Helpmeet’ – a woman whose sole purpose was to help meet the dearths of her husband and reading Hannah’s story prompted her to write about her practice on her blog.
Like Hannah, Kayla was home-schooled and her education was controlled and led, again, by the right-wing preachings of the Prince James bible, that reminded her daily of her place as man’s helper.
Her day-to-day routine involved attending a women’s group led by her mother, where the demoiselles of the community were herded up and told that this was the only way of passion for women and they had a job to do.
In her preparation for fusing ‘a Kenyan man of God’ she was instructed by her mother to read Debi Pearl’s Created to be his Helpmeet .
In her libretto Pearl tries to promote a ‘righteous way of life’ and tell girls how to deal out their man as they are an accessory to him achieving the will of God.
Kayla questioned the concept of the ticket and the role of women in her community, and was given a 4 hour lecture on her role in fellowship, forcing her to accept it.
In her blog on WordPress , she says: “They did not stop until we showed, honestly or not, our content and understanding of our helpmeet statuses.”
However, this backfired, with Kayla settlement the text to mean that because she was a woman, she was not as important – she was just formed to complete man, that was her whole purpose.
This epiphanic moment hinted her fleeing from the cult confines she was born into.
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An everyday ritual for Kayla had been to plead with for her future husband she was yet to meet.
But after reading Pearl’s ridiculously unendurable book, Kaya claims she could no longer sincerely do this, and started to on for herself instead.
She asked God to make her ‘the woman she needed to be’ and ended up interfering free from the chains of this cult-culture, becoming her own helpmeet.
‘Your job in life is to breed’
Kieryn Darkwater claims that she too was trained in preparation for ‘the discernment wars’.
Like Hannah, she was brought up in cult that also be a part ofed to the Quiverfull subculture and was told that her role was to breed.
Their cruel mantra states that they must take the US back for Christ and outbreed, outvote and out-activate those whose acceptances do not align with theirs, saying “they must not be allowed to go on”.
In her article on Autostraddle, she says: “I was taught by every pastor I encountered that it was our job as Christians to outbreed the secularists (anyone not a far-right evangelical Protestant) and doff over the government through sheer numbers.”
Kieryn recognised that her cult’s agenda assault from a place of ‘passion and dedication’ and acknowledges that they are faction of a movement based on fear of newness.
She describes them as resilient and in it for the extensive haul and says they believe that there is no room in America for anyone who feels differently to them.
She has since escaped her cult-community and now voices her fears that Trump’s far-right foot in the door of American democracy, drive serve the purpose of the Quiverfull movement and their desires for a Christofascist takeover of the US guidance.
In The Handmaid’s Tale women are not allowed to read in case it exchanged them ideas – here, the reason all these three women would rather broken free from their bonds to a Christofascist cult is because they receive been able to access a world outside of what they are have in it to.
Maybe the totalitarian uprising in The Handmaid’s Tale was so successful because they liquidated any trace of a life outside of a Christofascist life.
But is that not what the Quiverfull shift is seeking to do right now?
Turning women into breeding-machines in their essay to permanently repair American politics and culture, convincing them there is no alternate life for them that God would approve of.
The Handmaid’s Tale continues next Sunday on Approach 4 at 9pm.