Are We Living in a Dystopian Society?


We are living in an era where the term “it's a man’s world” is shaping our reality. There is no arguing that there is a different perception of men and women in our society due to the way that we have been moulded subliminally by our surroundings and the environment we have grown up in. Margaret Atwood created a novel, “The Handmaids Tale” which highlights the toxic male masculinity in a more profound setting and shows the patriarchy of men being far more superior to women. Within the book, Atwood shows the vulnerability of women as they have to succumb to the favours of men, as they get raped and stripped away from their individuality and have no means of any type of interaction with the opposite sex unless it is by the will of the Commanders.

It is a twisted society, built upon an extreme puritan belief that damages human emotion and freedom. Atwood outstandingly created a world of Gilead in an eerie and sinister light but also warning society of the outcome of reality if we do not accept reality and change our morals and actions for the better to suit everyone regardless of gender.

In our reality, we have seen the beginning of male superiority in a much more subtle manner. American pop star Camila Cabello was trolled on social media for saying the derogative n-word when she was 15 years old. There were many people who called her out and wanted her to apologise which she did on her Instagram claiming she was “deeply ashamed of what and will regret forever. I was uneducated and ignorant… I apologised then and apologised again now… but once you know better, you do better and that’s all I can do.” Regardless, this was not enough for some people.

Male superiority was enforced because in 2009, Worldwide sensation Justin Bieber at the age of 16, was guilty of the same crime as Camila as he uploaded on YouTube his hit song “One Less Lonely Girl” however changed the lyrics to “One Less Lonely N****”, however, it did not stop there. He then thought it was funny to say a racist joke “why are black people afraid of chainsaws…” to this day, he has not openly apologised for what he said when he was 16. Yet no one has created a massive conversation about his past.

There always seems to be one rule for men and another for women.

What do you think?