Truth Behind the Fiction
While the Republic of Gilead from a Handmaid's Tale was fictional, the author based it off events that have already happened to women~and may happen again if we aren't careful.
In the novel, it all begins with the slow but steady stripping away of the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community. From there it escalates into a full blown takeover and restructuring of the government to embrace a utalitarian type of patriarchy where women are seen and not heard, used and not cherished, and to be LGBTQ+ is to invite mutilation at best and death at worst.
Sound far-fetched? Sadly, it is all based on real events and several countries are still frightfully close to this type of patriarchial rule. Some practice female genital mutilation for the sake of oppression, don't allow women to drive, to vote, play sports, or publish books. These atrocities are currently happening to women, they are not science fiction, or dystopian novel concepts, they are real.
Is it possible the United States is headed down that road? I don't know. What I do know, is that one step down a slippery slope often leads to a horrible fall, and this is not a pit we want to fall into.