Fundamentalism is coming for us – and women, as ever, will be first | Suzanne Moore

Some women have never had it so good. But across the world the misogynistic dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale is all too real

When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he will retire from the US supreme court, which means Donald Trump can replace him with a more conservative judge, there was a sharp intake of breath. “Good morning, Gilead” said American women on Twitter. Ever since the TV success of The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilead – the society in Margaret Atwood’s novel where fundamentalist Christians have stripped women of all their rights – has become shorthand for the end of progress.

Is The Handmaid’s Tale prophecy or documentary? Or just another dystopian fantasy that gives hysterical women who are fine something to moan about? (Yes, I am pre-empting the “Calm down, dear” comments that this will provoke, because calming down is the last thing women need to do right now.)

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Sticky Fingers withdraw from music festival after calls for boycotts

Band withdraw from Newcastle festival This That after campaign based on allegations against lead singer

Australian band Sticky Fingers have withdrawn from music festival This That following a public campaign calling for boycotts, after allegations that the lead singer Dylan Frost racially abused and threatened Indigenous artist Thelma Plum in 2016.

This That posted a statement on Monday apologising to those who were upset by their initial lineup, and offering refunds. They said the decision for Sticky Fingers to withdraw from the Newcastle event came after “long discussions”.

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Sticky Fingers withdraw from music festival after calls for boycotts

Band withdraw from Newcastle festival This That after campaign based on allegations against lead singer

Australian band Sticky Fingers have withdrawn from music festival This That following a public campaign calling for boycotts, after allegations that the lead singer Dylan Frost racially abused and threatened Indigenous artist Thelma Plum in 2016.

This That posted a statement on Monday apologising to those who were upset by their initial lineup, and offering refunds. They said the decision for Sticky Fingers to withdraw from the Newcastle event came after “long discussions”.

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Shouting CEO, changing rules: inside Tesla’s Model 3-building sprint

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A tense and short-tempered Chief Executive Elon Musk barked at engineers on the Fremont, California assembly line. Tesla Inc pulled workers from other departments to keep pumping out the Model 3 electric sedans, disrupting production of the Model S and X lines. And weekend shifts were mandatory.