Why is The Handmaid’s Tale's Emmy Haul So Relevant Today?


“Did I really wear bathing suits, at the beach? I did, without thought, among men, without caring that my legs, my arms, my thighs and back were on display, could be seen. Shameful, immodest. I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it's shameful or immodest but because I don't want to see it. I don't want to look at something that determines me so completely.” —The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood  


Your body, worth and identity is not—and should not— be used to evaluate your value as a woman. Needless to say, if you’re not watching The Handmaid’s Tale, you should be. The show is using its platform to make a difference, and it inspires both men and women to do the same.

The work of producer and writer Bruce Miller recently landed him the Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series this year. The popular Hulu original series is based on the best-selling novel written by Margaret Atwood. It had a clean sweep at the award show this past month—it took home eight Emmys.

The show brings to light the controversial issue of the patriarchy and its efforts to control women’s rights to their bodies. Unfortunately, women are still facing these issues at our current state of division and inequality. The restrictions placed on reproductive health care, for one, is an example of that. The strong feminist themes of the show have united and encouraged women to make political statements against injustices all over the country this past year.

Women have dressed as the fictional handmaids to protest against bills that would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and prevent access to health care for Medicaid patients. These women have stood silently, which urges people to realize that women are more than just reproductive objects.

The Handmaid’s Tale has joined women together by reiterating that we’re not property or sexual objects. Take the time to remind yourself, roommates, family and friends that their worth goes so far beyond their fecundity.