We should feel frightened by it. "What's happening in The Handmaid's Tale isn't torture porn to every nation," another fan wrote on Reddit. "If it's fantasy and 'far from happening,' be thankful that it feels that way too, because it's a reality in so many nations around the world that people would always turn their backs against.
So maybe a show like The Handmaid's Tale—with all its painstaking "torture porn"—is exactly what we need to see to wake up and take action. "I do not see it as any type of porn," one viewer posted to Facebook about the series' more gruesome moments. "These things are happening across the world and not seeing it does not make it go away.
A lot of gruesome activity happened in season one, but it went up several notches for season two—so much so that think piece after think piece argued The Handmaid's Tale had descended from necessary political commentary to pure "torture porn.
The Handmaids aren't killed; Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) just wanted to browbeat them back into submission. (They "rebelled" against her in season one's finale by refusing to stone Ofdaniel. ) It was a reminder that Gilead's power structure is primitive, tyrannical, and brutal—and if they "disobeyed" again, the hanging might actually happen.
Necessary? Or gratuitous torture porn? https://t.co/C7GVbPEiSR— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 5, 2019
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