“Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it really isn’t about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”
NPR’s Petra Mayer: Atwood says, back when she wrote the book 30 years ago, she got three distinct reactions.
Margaret Atwood: The English said, jolly good yarn. They obviously weren’t too worried about it (laughter). The Canadians, in their nervous way, said, could it happen here? And the Americans said, how long have we got?
Afterwards she could not walk for a week, her feet would not fit into her shoes, they were too swollen. It was the feet they’d do, for a first offense. They used steel cables, frayed at the ends. After that the hands. They didn’t care what they did to your feet or your hands, even if it was permanent. Remember, said Aunt Lydia. For our purposes your feet and your hands are not essential.
For anyone who thinks the Hulu series, premiering April 26, is a response to President Donald Trump’s White House, author Margaret Atwood would like to direct you to the copyright page of her dystopian novel about young women forced to bear children for couples unable to conceive.