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The Handmaid's Tale

Date: 1985
Author: Margaret Atwood
From: The Handmaid's Tale, Bloom's Guides.

Margaret Atwood's controversial, feminist dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale(1984), features the ruminations of a female prisoner in Gilead—a theocratic dictatorship that evolves, in the near future, within America's borders. This oppressive regime measures a woman's worth solely by her reproductive capabilities (adhering to a "biology as destiny" philosophy), and women are not allowed to read, write, hold property, or have a job. In this way, Atwood deliberately magnifies and exaggerates the tradition-based ideology of America's religious right, or moral majority of the early 1980's, so as to scrutinize possible social consequences.

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Castelvecchi, D. (2008, August 30). “Carbon Tubes leave nano behind.” Science News, 174(5), Retrieved from

 This source, which describes a new, flexible lightweight material 30 times stronger than Keviar and possibly useful for better bulletproof vests, provides evidence of yet another upcoming technology that might be useful to law enforcement. This article focuses on the ways in which lighter, stronger, bulletproof materials might change SWAT tactics, for instance, enabling them to carry more gear, protect police vehicles, or to blend into crowds better. 

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