Oct 21 2012

Brady Judd in Gilead

About Polk County and the 14-year-old girl charged with first degree murder of her newborn…and about Amanda Todd, and many other people and incidents, and a way of thinking.

From the Handmaid’s Tale, chapter 13. The scene is a Testifying session during the re-education phase of Gilead.

It’s Janine, telling about how she was gang-raped at fourteen and had an abortion. She told the same story last week. She seemed almost proud of it, while she was telling. It may not even be true. At Testifying, it’s safer to make things up than to say you have nothing to reveal. But since it’s Janine, it’s probably more or less true.

But whose fault was it? Aunt Helena says, holding up one plump finger.

Her fault, her fault, her fault, we chant in unison.

Who led them on? Aunt Helena beams, pleased with us.

She did. She did. She did.

Why did God allow such a terrible thing to happen?

Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson. Teach her a lesson.

Aunt Helena, meet Brady Judd. You two will get along just fine.



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  1. 1
    hotshoe, now with more boltcutters

    Err, that is, Grady Judd …

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    Deborah (down under)

    This makes me feel ill. I read The Handmaid’s Tale a few years ago, as dystopic fiction. The speed with which absolute control of women’s bodies is becoming real in the land of the free is frightening.

  3. 3
    Ophelia Benson

    I know. It reads as so much more plausible now than it did when I first read it. Because it is. [shudder]

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