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We all like to think of ourselves as heroes. But according to science, the vast majority of us wouldn't be prepared to rebel against totalitarian rulers.
The sequel to Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic provides an apt moment to consider attacks on women's rights across the world.
Janine, a Handmaid, in series three of The Handmaid’s Tale.
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The author has returned to Gilead, 35 years after the original novel was published.
Elizabeth Moss as Offred in season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Margaret Atwood's handmaid has become a symbol of the subjugation of women. Anchorites were the medieval equivalent: women who were literally bricked up to keep them chaste.
Tens of thousands of students march in Sydney, Australia in March 2019 to demand action on climate change.
Can new language change the way the public and politicians perceive the hazards of the Earth's changing climate?
Author Margaret Atwood spoke in Sydney yesterday at a talk hosted by the UNSW Centre for Ideas.
Margaret Atwood's classic novel imagined a society where women had almost no power. Hundreds of people gathered in Sydney yesterday to hear Atwood speak about dystopias – fictional and otherwise.
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Series two of the award-winning show has now moved beyond the original novel.
In Season Two, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) reclaims the identity stripped from her by GIlead.
In the much awaited second season of the TV series, Offred is more openly defiant than she was in Margaret Atwood's novel. Still, the first two episodes remain true to the themes of Atwood's book.
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The Canadian author made the mistake of questioning the #MeToo campaign and was savaged on social media.
True crime drama focuses on the inequality and degradation of working-class women in service in the 19th century.
Even now, 350 years after his birth, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift remains as sharp and relevant as ever.
Is this actually a possible future?
The release of TV program The Handmaid's Tale and a study on male sperm numbers have left some worried about the future of human fertility.
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Troupes of women in flowing red capes are turning up all over the US to remind us that reproductive rights are under threat.
Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
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With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn't despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.