Disclaimer: This post is solely my OPINION. I do not claim to be an expert on feminist theory. If you aren’t interested in my OPINION on my PERSONAL BELIEFS, then don’t read further!
I never used to think I was a feminist. Primarily because I want to be a stay at home mom and do the housewife thing. I used to think that if you wanted this type of lifestyle you couldn’t be a feminist because this is exactly the type of life that feminists are fighting against. I was of course wrong. It is about fighting for every woman’s right to either be a CEO or a stay at home mom or something in between based on what each woman wants! Obviously there is more to it but at its heart feminism is about women being able to decide for themselves the life they want to have and be treated as equals. For anyone who thinks I am talking about the “man-hating, women should rule the world and only use men for breeding purposes” brand of feminism, here is the Merriam Webster dictionary definition that I personally take my definition of feminism from:
Definition of feminism
1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
So now that I identify as a feminist I still have a long way to go in my feminist knowledge. I know very little about feminist theory and history. To use the term that my favorite podcast (only podcast I listen to) Call Your Girlfriend uses I am a Baby Feminist. Which leads me to the point of this post! I am starting a Baby Feminist Reading list based on other feminist reading lists that I found and suggestions from other feminists. I will be sharing my thoughts on each book that I read and adding it to the list on the page! So to kick us off here are my thoughts on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…”
Ok. This may have not been the best place to start but I really wanted to watch the Hulu series based on it that is coming out in April. This book is seriously scary in a way that some of the other dystopian future books aren’t. I kept saying to myself “This could never happen” but mostly as a way to keep my own nerves calm because this book felt just on the edge of possible. For being written in 1986 it feels eerily prophetic. While being pretty dark and scary I highly recommend! It was a fascinating read for anyone who likes the dystopian genre. I’m definitely looking forward to watching the Hulu series next month!
I have a list started of the feminist books that I’d like to read but I welcome all suggestions!