What To Watch After Your Breakup: The Handmaid's Tale


By Laura Yates

If you're looking for something to take your mind off your breakup, it might be time to take a romantic comedy break and switch genres altogether. 

The Handmaid's Tale is set in a totalitarian regime where women have lost all of their rights. Offred (played beautifully by Elisabeth Moss) is one of many women who have been forced to become a Handmaid, a vessel to breed children. 

Although the series is set in a somewhat abstract dystopian world, some of the ideas explored are also mirrored in today’s society when it comes to love, women and fertility, freedom and confinement, marriage and identity.

What really underpins The Handmaid’s Tale is the question of what’s been lost in this new world and way of life. Those things that we often take for granted in modern life - relationships, love, intimacy, children and friendship. Needs like affection, touch, trust, warmth and expression. 

Love is something that’s more remembered than real in the series. Even when the characters have feelings for each other, they have to try hard to ignore them or fight them because any strong emotions put them at risk. So even though the pain of heartbreak is very real, this show reminds us that it's better than a world with no love.

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Laura Yates

Laura is a coach, writer and speaker specialising in helping people to bounce back, relieve stress in their lives, heal and transform their everyday. Laura has been featured in VICE, Glamour, Match.com, Eharmony and the Daily Mail plus others.

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