Week 4 Day 2 Discussion Question 3

In “What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump,” Atwood writes the following about the Aunts:

Yes, [some women] will gladly take positions of power over other women, even — and, possibly, especially — in systems in which women as a whole have scant power: All power is relative, and in tough times any amount is seen as better than none. Some of the controlling Aunts are true believers, and think they are doing the Handmaids a favor: At least they haven’t been sent to clean up toxic waste, and at least in this brave new world they won’t get raped, not as such, not by strangers. Some of the Aunts are sadists. Some are opportunists. And they are adept at taking some of the stated aims of 1984 feminism — like the anti-porn campaign and greater safety from sexual assault — and turning them to their own advantage.

Do you see how the Aunts take “some of the stated aims of 1984 feminism — like the anti-porn campaign and greater safety from sexual assault — and turn them to their own advantage”?

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