This Could Never Happen to Us


Enjoying Hulu’s adaptation of the Handmaid’s Tale? Check out Elizabeth Moss talking to Chelsea Handler about the complacency of assuming ‘this could never happen to us’.

Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale is to minority rights, what Orwell’s 1984 is to privacy and freedom, a fictional cautionary tale, one that entertains us while forcing us to think about the direction we want to head in.


The Handmaid’s Tale is a lesson in not taking your rights for granted. Rights are never set in stone. Power changes, leadership turns over, you are responsible for staying aware and fighting for those whose voices may not yet carry the way yours does.

Now I’m awake to the world. I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Consitution, we didn’t wake up then, either. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub, you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.

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