Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has long been studied for its cautionary warnings about sexist ideologies that exist between men and women; seldom has it been analyzed for instances of intra gender oppression. Intra gender oppression, which this thesis seeks to define and highlight through the novel’s context, offers artificial forms of power to those in oppressed classes, enough to attract women themselves to participate in the indoctrination and policing of their own sex. This essay will highlight the ways in which Atwood’s dystopia parallels sexist beliefs held by societies past and present.
"The Manifestation of Intra Gender Oppression in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as Results From Intentional Patriarchal Power Structures,"
The Compass: Vol. 1:
10, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/thecompass/vol1/iss10/2