In The Handmaid's Tale, one of the main goals of the Gilead Regime seems to be to control and regulate sex and sexuality. Do you think they succeed? Are sexual relations more ordered and "normalized" under the new regime?

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In answer to your questions, I would argue that no, the sex and sexuality is not necessarily more regulated and normalized under the regime than it is in our modern society. That said, I would also argue that the goal of the regime is not to actually control and regulate sex and sexuality, but merely to keep up the appearance of it being fully regulated.

To elaborate on my first claim, even with clear and strict laws about the hows and whys of sex, many citizens of Gilead still find ways to engage in "immoral" and illegal activities. Offred is amazed when the Commander brings her to the Gilead version of a brothel, but it should come as no surprise. Ever since societies have had taboos around sexuality and sexual behavior, people have found ways to break them. The purpose of sex is for reproduction, and in Gilead, no more noble or important purpose is possible, with the extinction...

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