I’m Joining the Doomsayers

It’s time to pull the alarm.

Carol Burt

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I just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale for the second time. The ruling on Roe just made it seem like a thing I needed to do. And I’m glad I did.

I will say this — right now is a scary time to read The Handmaid’s Tale — even though it is an excellent work and a worthy read.

The author, Margaret Atwood, has gone on to write a sequel, The Testaments, but I’m not sure I will read that one. I had forgotten enough of the original book to merit rereading it, and it left me just as depressed as it did the first time I read it. It also frightened me, maybe necessarily so. Perhaps we need to be frightened, or more frightened? Because of the knockdown of Roe, the book hit me harder when I read it the second time.

We need to think about the general direction this country is going. Look at the events of the last few years. Do we seem to be moving, as a whole, toward progress and enlightenment? Hell, no.

Are we heading toward Gilead — the fictional country in the book that has created a dystopian nightmare for the women of the nation? And, as usual, women are their own very worst enemies. We must find a way to unite women in what could very well be a fight for women’s very independence.

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Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.