Why It's Important That You Watch the TV Series 'The Handmaid's Tale'
If we were to take into account the current state of women, like us, perhaps we would arrive at the idea that the world has made considerable strides in feminism—and it would be true. However, at present, sexism still remains a harrowing reality. Although gone are the days when women were prohibited from voting, working, or simply speaking their minds, the patriarchy of the current world shows that we can still improve upon women's rights.
In India, for example, 93 women are raped every day; in Pakistan, 5,000 domestically-abused wives are killed every year. Genital mutilation still happens to young girls in Egypt, and school girls in Nigeria are kidnapped and denied their education.
One need not look too far, though; here, in the Philippines, we are faced with the same situation. Blamed for wearing "provocative" clothing if we are catcalled, or worse, raped, and subjected to dress codes our male counterparts will likely never have to follow, sexism still follows us like a menace in the night, whose assault on us is always our fault, since we didn't know better than to go home after dark.
In reality, however, there should not even be this kind of problem; even more so, the victim should not be blamed for others' mistakes. Sexism is still alive and well, yet little is being done to stop it. "Lalaki kasi sila," we tell ourselves. "Boys will be boys." We forget that if we remain complacent about our borderline present, we only bring about a terrifying future.
The new Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale perfectly portrays what just might happen tomorrow if we don't do anything about the misogynistic situation of society today. Based on the award-winning science fiction novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale paints a dystopian society called the Republic of Gilead, a military dictatorship of what was once America, wherein women have been stripped of their human rights.
After a staged terrorist attack to impose martial law, nuclear warfare rendered mass sterility; thus, so-called "handmaids"—the few still-fertile women—are indoctrinated into giving up their bodies to serve society. They are objectified into becoming common household staples for barren couples by bearing children for them.
The show stars Elisabeth Moss as the narrator, Offred, recalling her previous freedom as she comes to terms with her present situation as handmaid to a man named Commander Fred and his wife. It is soon revealed that all handmaids have had their names changed—Offred's real name is June, and her current title refers to being "Of Fred." It's also a clever play on words—Offred is "offered," like all handmaids, into being, as Offred quotes, "a womb on two legs," whose sole duty is to reproduce.
The Handmaid's Tale deals with issues we still face nowadays, no matter how much we try to deny it. These include sexism, homophobia, corruption, lack of freedom of speech, and more. The government has instilled a sense of fear and unreasonable duty in its citizens, despite stripping them—especially the women—of their rights. One false step—for example, coming out as gay or lesbian, or joining the Mayday resistance—would lead to extreme punishment: physical mutilation or exile to the Colonies, where the nuclear radiation is the strongest. As Offred meets more people who are affected by the inhumane treatment of the Republic, she becomes closer to the resistance.
To conclude, though we as the female youth are entrusted with the duty of creating a better future, our best efforts are often overshadowed by misogyny. Double standards are still alive and well, and the themes present in The Handmaid's Tale are unfortunately witnessed in our everyday life.
Hopefully, with the help of a realistic and well-developed show, people will realize that today's world could transform into a reality as horrible as Gilead's, should misogynistic behavior continue to be excused by everyone. As such, it is now up to us to take a stand for our own rights and to advocate feminism, so the horrors of the reel will not become real, as we all deserve a much better future than that.
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!