I started watching the Hulu Original show The Handmaid's Tale and oh. my. fucking. God!
...this is not at all what I was expecting it to be.
I'm about 3 episodes in at this point and it's crazy!
The series seems to be about the future and how female repression is back in full swing due to a major decline in reproduction. "Alfred" was kidnapped and her child was taken away after the government? ( still figuring this one out ) found out that she was able to have a child and it survive...apparently, in the future, the survival rate of children is very slim.
So they steal these women who are able to bear children and they become "handmaids" to these couples who cannot reproduce. And it's really fucked up.
Oh, and you're also imprisoned for being homosexual.
So far, they've shown:
-public hangings ( 3 men hung to death from a wall )
-imprisonment for being a lesbian
-the handmaids beating a man to death
-the downfall of women as a whole
-the unwilling sexual acts upon a handmaid, with the wife present
-taking of a newborn child directly after birth
-AND THEY JUST HUNG A WOMEN FOR BEING GAY
This series is raw and it's scary. As you watch, you think, "This couldn't really happen!"...but, in reality, it could. THAT is the most frightening part.
I'm not a full-blown feminist, but I believe in equal rights. And women stil do not have them. We've gained much in the last few decades, but the negative stigma of being a woman ( and being gay ) are still very much a reality in society.
Even after only a few episodes, I strongly believe this is a series that everyone should watch. Not to frighten, but to educate.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.