chapter  8
‘I Will Not Be That Girl in the Box’
The Handmaid’s Tale, Monstrous Wombs and Trump’s America
WithTara Brabazon
Pages 15

Barbara Creed’s career has been courageous. She’s has stared down theoretical dogma with a light intellectual touch, but staunch political imperatives. Her most famous article, published in 1986, located “The Monstrous-Feminine”. I return to this essay and her resolute attention to abjection in screen culture, but alter her focus and platform. I interrogate The Handmaid’s Tale. Originally written by Margaret Atwood in 1985 amidst Reagan’s America, this narrative was refashioned and refocussed for Trump’s America. I summon Creed’s ‘monstrous-feminine’ and explore what happens when the pussy grabbers gain fascistic power.