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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2021, 3(7); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2021.030711.

Public Recognization of Surrogacy in the Handmaid's Tale and the Reality


Xinhui Ye

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Xinhui Ye

Nanjing Yuhuatai High School, No.8, Sixiang Lane, Qinhuai District, Nanjing City, China


Published by Canadian author Margaret Atwood in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale, her first dystopian novel, depicts a near-future patriarchal society practicing the legal and sacred form of reproductive surrogacy, the so-called “handmaid” system. The whole system is centered on the male Commanders- male founders of Gilead: they rape the handmaids every month, on the Ceremony, in front of their wives and servants; they dispatch the handmaids to another Commander’s family once the newborn infants wean; they push this inhumane torture and autocratic trading of handmaids’ wombs to the extreme edge of ethics.


Public Recognization; Surrogacy; Handmaid's Tale; Reality

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Xinhui Ye. Public Recognization of Surrogacy in the Handmaid's Tale and the Reality. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 7: 67-69. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2021.030711.


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