First came the election. Then came the skyrocketing U.S. sales of dystopian classic novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984. Then came the visual adaptations — Broadway, Hulu, what have you. Then, the handmaids themselves descended upon SXSW in the eeriest way. And now, they’ve arrived on the Texas senate floor. It’s official: Dystopia is upon us. We can’t say Margaret Atwood didn’t warn us.
Today’s handmaids, however, had a more meaningful purpose than the SXSW film publicity stunt: These women are pro-choice activists who showed up to protest several bills that would limit abortion rights, The Huffington Post reports. One of these is Senate Bill 415, which would effectively ban second-trimester abortions (by banning the common and safe dilation and evacuation procedure). Another is SB 25, which would allow doctors to lie to their patients in order to prevent them from opting for an abortion.
So basically, these are bills that work to create a misogynist dystopia in which women have no control over their own bodies and are forced to breed children against their will. Surprise: That’s the exact setting of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Which is why these protesters hit the senate in full creepy handmaid regalia: to illustrate the very fucked-up future towards which our country is rapidly hurtling.
Photos of the quiet but powerful protest made the rounds on social media alongside the hashtag #FightBackTX.
Women dressed as handmaids are protesting anti-abortion bills at the Capitol. #FightBackTX #txlege pic.twitter.com/w5EQfBqNtG
— PPTV (@PPTXVotes) March 20, 2017
The Handmaids have entered the #txlege. #sb415 #fightbacktx pic.twitter.com/Fpa9cNGHR0
— Nan L. Kirkpatrick (@nanarchist) March 20, 2017
2 DPS officers, Senate door guy & sergeant at arms have positioned themselves around a group of #handmaidstale …read more
Source:: Usaonlinepress – Culture