The Handmaid's Tale

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Michel Foucault’s writings attempt to confirm sexuality and ideas of sex as social constructs, wherein the expectations of gender and sex have fixed roles within the society which allow members to function within the system. Evidence Foucault’s “Repressive Hypothesis” (1978), which counters the extent of the repression, censorship, and the notable repression of sexuality (p. 5-13), can be seen through Atwood’s writings.. Though society makes an effort in the “policing of sex," it is not with the “ rigor of a taboo” but out of the “necessity of regulating sex through useful and public discourses.” (Foucault, 1978, p. 25). Atwood’s severe example of this in The Handmaid's Tale, is portrayed through the ‘ceremony’. The ritual begins with an
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