Theme Of Gender Equality In The Handmaid's Tale

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“Equality is not a concept. It 's not something we should be striving for. It 's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who 's confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now (Whedon).” Even though equality between genders is a necessity, an obligation, an indispensable rule in society, unfortunately we can’t see it around us all the time. The procedure of being equal is still on process with some flaws. Women are tried to be encouraged in different areas to be equals with men such as: education, job, sports and so on. In The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood uses gender/gender equality in order to show the harsh restrictions women have in Republic of Gilead, which is the extreme but an accurate version of the today’s society. To prove these similarities between the Republic of Gilead and today’s society, I will give examples from abortion bans, pay of women and men in business world. One of the areas in The Handmaid’s Tale that Atwood points out the oppression on women is birth control and abortion. In The Republic of Gilead the handmaids are the evidence of women being objectified and used for their fertility. The handmaids lose their identities, and they are referred with their purposes. ‘“Offred” gives no clue, since, like “Ofglen”

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