Ok so I have literally only seen like one episode of The Handmaid’s Tale but what I understood the premise to be is that in modern society- women woke up one day, lost all their rights, and those who could reproduce became sex slaves to the people in power. What an outlandish premise…. or not which is why the show is successful I bet.
When I look at a lot of what is happening today- like many, I fear some version of that could become our reality. I don’t quite know why this movement has gained so much ground and support? I look around my own circle and see people who are whole-heartedly supportive of human rights. But maybe that is the problem Those of us who are not surrounded by it have not done enough.
I remember sitting in my bed on a Saturday morning in probably 2015 doing what I do on lazy mornings- drinking coffee and scrolling Facebook. I was so enraged at the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that popped up in many states and passed some (here’s looking at you Indiana). That said – I spouted off to my husband about the ignorance of people, maybe posted something in outrage- and then nothing more from me.
And here we are today. We elected the 2015 villain of my Saturday morning scrolls to the office of VP of our country (no need to even get into the current President- as this post would become a novel). We are facing an honest crises for women wherein Roe v Wade could actually be overturned. The make -up of the Court is ripe for it. Liberals are out-numbered by 1 as it is and we still have to cling on to hope that RBG can hold out another year and a half or the make up gets worse- and of course that the election outcome is different than last time. Lots of reasons to be scared here.
I realize that many people out there are not upset by this because they think abortion is wrong. However- nobody is forcing them to get one by saying others have rights. Do you remember the 1990’s movie If These Walls Could Talk? It shows the danger women are in when forced to seek illegal, back alley abortions -throughout history. It must be really easy to just see right and wrong here- but it also occurs to me that the people who see life in such back and white shades likely have faced little adversity, hardship, or struggle. Or perhaps they just lack empathy. Who knows- but for me I find this a scary time that we are living in.