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Queer Women in Dystopian Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale, V for Vendetta, and The 100

This week on Ladies First, Elizabeth is joined by Lisa, our site’s resident expert on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. We discuss the roles that queer women play in dystopian and apocalypse fiction, the ways in which they tend to be written within these types of universes, and how the tropes of the genre interact with queer characters specifically.

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the best shows of the year, taking home an impressive eight Emmys this past Sunday, but are there ways that it can be improved? Was the use of the Bury Your Gays trope appropriate for the narrative and satisfying to the viewer? What does it have in common with similar works, such as V for Vendetta? How does it contrast with works that take a different approach to their queer characters, such as The 100?  Find out our answers to these questions and more on today’s episode!

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The Handmaid’s Tale Buried Its Gays (Alive)

Ofglen’s Subplot and Its Resonance With the Modern Queer Woman

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When not working on her degree or at her actual job, Elizabeth pursues her true passion of complaining at great length about pop culture on the internet. She serves as a Managing Editor for The Fandomentals. You can find her on Tumblr, Twitter and Steam @ohemgeelizabeth

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