This is the second of two PowerPoint presentations Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff wanted to share when she joined “If America Fails?” for the inaugural episode – “America’s Fascist Brew; Will America Fail? – the Sneak Peek,” on October 14th. Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to share this PPT in the live event. For the full PPT, please see link below.
In “The Handmaid’s Tale: WHY NOW? Interdisciplinary lessons about Margaret Atwood’s Prophetic Dystopia,” Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff considers ways in which resistance to the cruel abuses depicted in the show is formed – as well as how the show has inspired real-life resistance efforts, such as responses to anti-abortion bills currently being pushed around the U.S. She also considers the implications of forcing women out of the workforce and the specter of rape as a sanctified occurrence.