Law, legitimacy and activism in the Anthropocene

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In the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale, Offred reflects on how she and her fellow Handmaids found themselves in their current predicament - living in a world where a small group of elites have rewritten the law in line with an inhumane and brutally enforced ideology.

'When they slaughtered Congress, we didn't wake up. When they blamed terrorists, and suspended the Constitution, 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.'
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationAustralian Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


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