We were outnumbered at the “Battle for Berkeley,” and we can’t afford to let that happen again. The Handmaid's Tale reveals exactly why.I originally sat down to write about being in the age of Trump and watching the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, a new series from Hulu that debuts April 26, with a couple hot takes to offer the masses. Then I went to what is being called “the Battle for Berkeley” on April 15, and I realized that any SEO-friendly thinkpiece I could write was complete and utter bullshit compared to the call to awareness The Handmaid’s Tale is. I was struck by the similarities between the rise to power of Gilead, the fascist religious regime controlling the world of the main characters -- particularly Offred -- in The Handmaid's Tale, and the rise to power of Trump, Pence and the alt-right. Related: How White Millennials Became Neo-Nazis Be forewarned: there are some spoilers (especially relating to the third episode), but if you’ve read the book, you won’t be too surprised.
*Oy with the spoilers already!* Haley Mlotek of The New York Times coined the phrase “emotional speculative fiction” to talk about Gilmore Girls, and that is still the best description of the show to date. As someone who doesn’t have a