Fake Geek Girls
Episode 66

The Handmaid's Tale

Melissa Brinks published on
In episode 66, we're discussing The Handmaid's Tale, both Margaret Atwood's novel and the recent Hulu adaptation. How does it function as an adaptation? How do the changes affect the message? And how can both of them do better?

Warning: Due to the nature of the book and show, some conversations may be triggering to listeners. We don't discuss sexual assault in detail, but we do touch on it during the course of the conversation. We also don't censor swearing.

Mistakes: The costume designer for The Handmaid's Tale is named Ane Crabtree, not Anne Crabtree. It turns out that reading a name from a URL and not the link itself is difficult. Also, Missy's point regarding how reproductive rights are important for everybody was clumsily worded—reproductive rights are important to people of all genders and sexualities, but some identities (essentially, anybody who is not a heterosexual cis white man) are more policed than others.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

2 Dope Queens


Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Spell on Wheels by Kate Leth, Megan Levans, Marissa Louise


Monument Valley 2

What Merri's Been Up To>:


The OC
The Bachelorette

Listening To:
Rose Buddies


Monument Valley 2

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Race, Intersectionality, and the End of the World: The Problem with The Handmaid’s Tale by Shannon Gibney and Lori Askeland
Get Out of Gilead: Anti-Blackness in the Handmaid’s Tale by Priya Nair
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A White Feminist’s Dystopia by Ana Cottle
What We Mean When We Talk about Infertility by Robin Ganev
I Grew Up In A Fundamentalist Cult?—?‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Was My Reality by Hanna Hettinger
there are secret feminist messages sewn into 'the handmaid’s tale’ costumes by Alice Newell-Hanson
Toronto and Gilead: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Unseen Spaces Between by Angel Cruz

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