Yep, the Handmaid’s Tale sure looks like where we’re heading. Doesn’t seem so futuristic right now.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, Wiki sums it up. Here’s the first paragraph:
Beginning with a staged attack that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the “Sons of Jacob” launches a revolution and suspends the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order. They are quickly able to take away all of women’s rights, largely attributed to financial records being stored electronically and labelled by gender. The new regime, the Republic of Gilead, moves quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsory regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes. In this society, human rights are severely limited and women’s rights are unrecognized as almost all women are forbidden to read.
Sounds familiar, no? I wish I were kidding.