Why Women Hurt Each Other

I did my brother’s laundry for the last three days and felt it was about time he did his own. When I told my mother this, I got yelled at. I was asked what depth of humiliation I thought I would face if I helped my brother out. I was told to achieve a great…

The Handmaid’s Tale in 2016

I recently read Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopian plot is largely bleak and unhappy, but powerfully so. Atwood’s primary concern lies less in emotional or narrative descriptions and more in ideas and the psychology of power. The prose is heavy and makes for slower reading, but it’s unquestionably worth the…