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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.
Costumes from the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Jim Lo Scalzo
Speculative writers flesh out our passing thoughts into complete, functioning societies and explore how they might unfold.
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.
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.
The Day After Tomorrow’s apocalyptic depiction of climate change is a little embellished. But such storylines can ignite conversations with people that mainstream science fails to reach.
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Climate scientists often bombard their audiences with facts and figures - a method of communication that often doesn’t work. Perhaps this is where cli-fi can step in, with its compelling characters and just slightly embellished science.
Patriarchies like to unfairly cast women as immoral.
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The name has become a byword for promiscuity and falsehood – typical of patriarchal readings of the Bible.
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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.
The Handmaid’s Tale.
The latest screen adaptation of Atwood’s celebrated 1980s novel has new relevance for women in the Trump era.