Margaret Atwood sat down for a great interview with Literary Hub’s Grant Munroe. They talked about the Hulu series based on The Handmaid’s Tale, Donald Trump, Salem witch trials, paper books and vinyl coming back, birds and housecats, and her numerous projects, including an upcoming novel based on Shakespear’s The Tempest.
Here is just one of many great quotes from the conversation, commenting on Trump’s view of women and the direction of US society:
He’s all for a certain kind of women, but not women in general, I would say. But no, he’s not much of a puritan. Whereas Cruz certainly is. And Rubio is similar. The Tea Party is of that root from American society, which never really went away. It might have looked in the 17th century as if we were having a bad experience with Salem witches, and were quite embarrassed about it afterwards, but it’s never really left.
[Tweet by @shakiraevanss: The naked female body is treated so weirdly in society. It’s like people are so constantly begging to see it, but once they do someone’s a hoe.]
A few early morning thoughts on this tragedy:
Another case in the endless stream of questionable self-defense. Self-defense lethal through the omnipresence of guns.
Second case I read today where the justice system seems to swing in favor of someone with a higher standing within the established power structure. After all, self-defense isn’t always applied in this manner. Most prominent recent example is the case of Marissa Alexander, who gave of a warning shot to protect herself from her partner, someone with a known history of abuse and violence. She was trialed and initially sentenced.
It’s also another example of the effects of an ever increasing level of fear in society.
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