I’m genuinely interested in reading The Handmaid’s Tale and only then seeing the movie. Which is to say it may be a while before I can actually comment on the movie. I gather it’s a dystopian book/film in which women are forced to bear children for others at the hands of religious (Christian?) authoritarians.
The reality is that secularism is demanding a new subordination of women. Doctors are calling for payments to be legal in Canada for reproductive material–eggs, sperm and for surrogates.
As it is, many people in Canada wait indefinitely to have children, resort to reproductive tourism in other countries or import eggs and sperm from the United States, where compensating donors is legal, the group says. Canadians are at a disadvantage “in terms of managing their own fertility care,” said Sherry Levitan, a lawyer and member of the society’s board.
The article discusses how very few women are willing to be donors or surrogates simply out of altruism (duh) so this kind of activity will need to be coerced via payments. I see this as a call for a new dystopia, where women who have no money are compelled to sell their bodies and/or parts for those who do have money but no children.
Watch Breeders, people, before we walk this path. Men can donate sperm endlessly at virtually no cost to their own health, but this is absolutely not true for women. Having children cannot be commercialized.