As the generation that built the system that promoted peace in Europe fades away, we find ourselves struggling to maintain those institutions. This is in large part because we forget too easily that their original and true purpose was not the sacrifice of national identity at the altar of economic integration. The purpose was peace.
The emphasis on the purity of women and an obsession with controlling sexual urges that creates ideas like the Billy Graham Rule are apparent in The Handmaid’s Tale, where the agency of the Handmaids has been stripped from them and their sanctioned sexual encounters are limited ritualized sessions in order to produce children.
Twenty-two years ago Atlanta Legal Aid sued the state of Georgia on behalf of two women with intellectual and mental health disabilities, setting into motion a process that resulted in one of the most important human rights mandates of the modern era of mental health treatment.