The cautionary narrative of oppression

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The cautionary narrative of oppression

  1. 1. The Cautionary Narrative of Oppression in The Handmaid’s Tale<br />By Margaret Atwood<br />Slide show created by <br />Michelle Montilluer-Housel<br />
  2. 2. “He who allows oppression shares the crime.” -Desiderius Erasmus<br />Crimes against women and other minorities are long and varied , from stoning, hangings, starvation , while it remains relatively unknown the practice of female genitalmutilation to young girls has been occurring for years. The practice of brutality continue even todayall over the globe. Atwood in her novel presents to the reader a possibility of what could come if we are not vigilant….<br />
  3. 3. A Brief History of the Feminist Movement in the United States….<br />Finally in the 1970s a rape crisis hotline was created. And Roe V. Wade was passed. No matter personal preferences, women should be allowed to have freedom of their bodies. <br />From the 1970s through today women enjoy these hard won freedoms, but the fight is not over. <br />
  4. 4. The Aunt’s and the Wives are the Handmaid’s wardens. Forced to pervert the sisterhood of womankind in the government's attempt to establish complete and total control over the female population. <br />
  5. 5. The unknown of if you are being watched and who you can or can not trust. <br />
  6. 6. Totalitarian governments….it is not just fiction…. <br />“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations” <br />-James Madison, Fourth US President<br />Governments establishing complete and dominate control over their population has been happening since ancient times.<br />Usually through the misguided notions of the general population that there is something "wrong”. With a belief that increasing government involvement will prevent further moral decay. Also such governments gain power from a society that is not monitoring the actions and policies being put in place. <br />
  7. 7. Oppression can be found world wide. As long a women remain aware and stand vigilant against those that would like to own our minds and bodies, then Attwood’s dystopian future does not need to become a reality. There is a massive amount of media and reading that one can truly educate themselves about such an important topic. <br />
  8. 8. Links and References: <br />Conger, Cristen. "How Feminism Works." 17 February 2009. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://people.howstuffworks.com/feminism.htm> 30 July 2010.<br />http://www.paintersforhumanrights.org/HR01.htm<br />http://politicalpartypooper.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/throwing-my-shoes-at-oppression/<br />http://timothyfacts.blogspot.com/2010/05/episode-ii-quick-survey.html<br />http://www.zazzle.com/if_tyranny_and_oppression_come_to_this_land_tshirt-235521843636196538<br />http://thinkexist.com/quotation/he_who_allows_oppression_shares_the_crime/203519.html<br />http://www.floppingaces.net/2006/05/11/who-is-your-enemy/<br />http://www.suppressedhistories.net/catalog/oppression.html<br />http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/<br />http://childcarebyjudylyden.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html<br />http://truthseekers.cultureunplugged.com/truth_seekers/2009/06/womanist-is-to-feminist-as-purple-to-lavender-a-story-of-resistance.html<br />http://people.howstuffworks.com/feminism1.htm<br />http://damsel.typepad.com/damsel/feminism/<br />http://terrechartrand.wordpress.com/<br />http://tbknews.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html<br />http://people.howstuffworks.com/feminism4.htm<br />http://people.howstuffworks.com/feminism2.htm<br />http://jordanhoffman.com/2007/01/<br />http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2007/dec/03/week<br />http://www.now.org/nnt/summer-2006/foremothers.html<br />http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2004/09/24/handmaidreax040924.html<br />http://listverse.com/2008/03/05/top-10-dystopian-films-you-havent-seen/<br />http://thekeymonk.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html<br />http://www.giantbomb.com/totalitarian-government/92-1618/<br />http://zamatoelite.blogspot.com/2010_06_01_archive.html<br />

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