The Handmaid's Tale and 1984 Sex Comparison

Female passivity in sex
1984: "embracing a jointed wooden figure" - THT: "Below it the Commander is *******"
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Lack of pleasure in sex
1984: "he grew to have a feeling of positive dread when the appointed day came around" - THT: "regular two-four marching stroke"
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Focus on pregnancy
1984: "They must, she said, produce a child" - THT: "big-bellied sail"
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Sex as a chore for the State
1984: "duty to the Party ... the performance" - THT: "doing his duty ... the Ceremony"
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Sexual rebellion
1984: "desire is thoughtcrime" - THT: "commit the act of touch"
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Card 2

Front

1984: "he grew to have a feeling of positive dread when the appointed day came around" - THT: "regular two-four marching stroke"

Back

Lack of pleasure in sex

Card 3

Front

1984: "They must, she said, produce a child" - THT: "big-bellied sail"

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

1984: "duty to the Party ... the performance" - THT: "doing his duty ... the Ceremony"

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

1984: "desire is thoughtcrime" - THT: "commit the act of touch"

Back

Preview of the back of card 5

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