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American History


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Gilead is merely Margaret Atwood's dystopic vision of a totalitarian theocratic state, but one that is exhaustively detailed in her novel, The Handmaid's Tale. Influenced mainly by the Christian backlash against feminism, Atwood published her book in 1985, a few years shy of the all out "culture war" that erupted when the Christian Right movement decided to take on homosexuality, which was in turn a backlash against the lesbian and gay visibility and apparent political gains of that community in the late-1980s...
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Real-life Christian fundamentalists, however, are not so sanguine about the prospects of the U.S. being overthrown by military coup. Instead they put their energy into electing candidates -- from school boards to senators to presidents -- and that's where gay scapegoating has tremendous purchase power...
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