This is a moving conversation between Melissa Harris-Perry and her mom on women’s reproductive rights. American women did not always have the freedoms we enjoy today – and there’s no guarantee we will always have them.
Both the past and present provide keys to maintaining freedoms – knowing our history and being vigilant about conditions in the modern world – from reproductive rights to voting rights, help us recognize signs before the damage is done.
The Handmaid’s Tale is such a powerful story, in my opinion, because it reminds us of the extremely harsh ways in which humans have acted toward other humans. It shows us what we’re capable of. And it’s not pretty!
Some people refuse to watch the show because they don’t want to see the ugliness. I’m compassionate toward them, of course, because I think many of us have seen and experienced far too much. There is a limit to what we can handle – while maintaining a certain level of happiness and sanity. My fear is that in our intentional blindness, we help to create the space where our rights slip away – and usher in a return to atrocities that defy description. — LMO
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