Like much of the show's press to date, the conversation quickly veered into the realm of the political.
In that sense, many books are 'feminist.'" This idea of "victim feminism" is a Naomi Wolf-borne criticism of second-wave feminism, one that conveniently ignores the patriarchal structures that keep women down and blames early feminism itself for furthering and exploiting the notion of female "powerlessness." Ironically, in Atwood's story, this ill-founded disdain is part of what allows the women on the higher end of Gilead's caste system to mistreat and exploit those whom they lord over — the misguided belief that marginalized populations are responsible for their own lot in life, that those at the bottom just didn't work hard enough to supercede their circumstances.
But Gilead is the usual kind of dictatorship: shaped like a pyramid, with the powerful of both sexes at the apex, the men generally outranking the women at the same level." (Again, to me, this very much reads like a feminist dystopia, with women clinging to shreds of patriarchal power and subjugating one another in its name, as well as a spot-on explanation of the white women who voted for Trump.) But in another paragraph in the same New York Times piece, Atwood perfectly describes how the book mirrors the phenomenon of white feminism, or a feminism that isn't intersectional, that doesn't account for systemic oppression: "Yes, women will gang up on other women … Yes, they will gladly take positions of power over other women, even — and, possibly, especially — in systems in which women as a whole have scant power." And in the April 12 interview with Elisabeth Moss in Time, the two have the following (confusing) exchange, in which they seem to be just missing one another's points: Moss: A question I get asked a lot in interviews: Do you gravitate toward feminist roles?
In the same interview, the women discuss several distinctly feminist notions, but don't refer to them as such.
Regarding the feminist meme-ification of Peggy Olson, Moss says, "I’m super-proud to have been part of a moment that people can gain any inspiration from or connect with women’s rights." Moss also agrees that she's found it's harder to greenlight female-centric projects: "I’ve found that to be an issue.