I get it, I truly do. Of course it doesn’t make sense and doesn’t fit with reality. Dystopian literature is a bit like science fiction in that the author is given some leeway when it comes to reality. You’re actually defining a new reality. In 1985 this was probably some pretty bizarre thinking — it was shocking and got lots of attention — and was a fantastic novel. The television series was successful for the same reasons and we suspend reality for a while, which is why we enjoy it. Is it unbelievable? Probably. Do I care? Not a bit. Love the book, which is a brilliant piece of literature, and the series which is dramatic, well-acted and you get swept away in the story. You have a well-written article here explaining your perspectives but I am 100% in the Handmaid’s Tale camp on this one.