Dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale meant to inspire and give voice to women's issues

Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale gives voice to women's issues relevant to the past and present society.
Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale gives voice to women's issues relevant to the past and present society.PHOTO: HULU/ELLY DASSAS

NEW YORK - "Bleak" does not even begin to describe the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale, which imagines the United States morphing into a brutal totalitarian state where women are enslaved and the few remaining fertile ones, forcibly impregnated.

The show's creator and stars note that current US political developments make their story seem unnervingly prescient - for instance, with attempts to make abortion illegal in several states.

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