How we see things.
Whether we see things.
Both are equally important. The more privileged amongst us might have the luxury of not-seeing. Of choosing to not see.
It matters to June. What she sees.
She thinks about how her mother used to burn magazines and how June didn’t take her position seriously. (This is an ongoing debate amongst feminists even yet, whether the fashion and porn industries are empowering or repressive for women featured in these media.)
She considers that Aunt Helena used to head a Weight Watchers franchise. (The diet and wellness industry also remain touchstones for women.)
She asserts that Aunt Lydia “pretended to do all that love-the-sinner, hate-their-sin stuff, but she enjoyed it”. And she reports her intention to aim for “a spirit of camaraderie among women”. Her belief: “We must all pull together.”
She wonders about Nick’s view of things: “Maybe he has no notion of the future, or does not bother or dare to imagine it.”
But ultimately, The Testaments is poised to offer another perspective on Gilead. Beyond Offred. Beyond June.
Tomorrow, I’ll be chatting about the TV series, and next week, I’ll have more to say about The Testaments.