Iconic Author Margaret Atwood on Abortion, Twitter, and Predicting Everything We're Doing Wrong



Not everybody's going to like your work and if they do, you're doing something wrong I'm Lauren Oyler and this is Broadly Meets Today I'm in New York City talking with Canadian author Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays Her work has been published in 35 countries and across several genres Known in her early career for pushing conventional boundaries in both her politics and her prose style, Atwood is constantly examining contemporary culture and discussing women's rights. Margaret Atwood continues to remain on the forefront of the literary world She's always exploring new ways of storytelling, especially when it comes to the surreal or the speculative. Her newest and 15th novel, "The Heart Goes Last," was published in the fall of 2015 We recently sat down with the author to talk about her extensive career and some of the themes she has returned to throughout her work INTERVIEWER: What's your daily routine? ATWOOD: Get up in the morning drink some blood (laughs) INTERVIEWER: Go on ATWOOD: It's like everybody's work process: I get up, I have breakfast, I work INTERVIEWER: A lot of your books deal with a sort of near future and they're very speculative People will often say things like, "Oh, this happened in 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood, Oh, this is just like 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood, which was written in 1985 and now it's really happening." Did you anticipate ATWOOD: Doesn't that creep you out? INTERVIEWER: It does, yeah. Did you anticipate that? ATWOOD: Well no, you don't write those books because you hope those things will happen you write those books because you think they might happen but you would rather they didn't. NARRATION: Atwood's first novel, "The Edible Woman," published in 1969, explored several controversial issues of the time, including gender, the constraints of domestic life, and reproductive rights. 16 years later, her book "The Handmaid's Tale," which was then made into a film starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway, examined questions about women's rights and sexuality even further Although The Handmaid's Tale was written over 30 years ago, it feels eerily relevant in the context of today's debates about Planned Parenthood and abortion rights How do you see women's rights right now? People have to decide what kind of world they want to live in Are we in favor of forced childbirth (?) Because that's the world that we are going to get if we shut down reproductive rights Right to life is one way of putting it Forced childbirth is another way It just doesn't seem like… That's a good idea or going to happen It does seem to be that every totalitarian government on the planet has always taken a very great interest in women's reproductive rights Do you think I need to be worried about it, as a member of the younger generation? No, cause you live in New York sure

48 Replies to “Iconic Author Margaret Atwood on Abortion, Twitter, and Predicting Everything We're Doing Wrong”

  1. The woman who interviewed her spoke over her and at times was beyond disrespectful. I don’t know much about Ms. Atwood, but she was a gracious woman. For someone (Ms.Atwood) her personifies woman’s rights…this host/interviewer was disrespectful, rude, condescending and down right uneducated in her questioning.

  2. The interviewer is terrible. Rude, unprofessional, goat voice, cringy and seems so uneducated its laughable. Is that really the best you could have for Margaret freaking Atwood?

  3. Nowhere in the interview is ever told what abortion is about: the killing of an innocent and defenseless human being. Is this the world we want to live in?

  4. Politeness Rules
    Can someone please put that on a shirt?!?! Loved this interview. 👍🏼👍🏼⚡️⚡️

  5. Margret Atwood *in the interview*: I don't want to be labelled an icon
    Broadly: interview with Iconic author Margret Atwood
    …what

  6. THE WHITE RACE WILL BE CONQUERED BY 80 IQ MORONS FROM THE THIRD WORLD BECAUSE OF WOMEN VOTING. THESE MOTHERFUCKING CUNTS DONT DESERVE RIGHTS.

  7. I take a great interest in the reproductive rights of unborn women. I am also in favor of arming all unborn babies with AR-15s. What was it the murder supporting author said about the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood? I believe it was something like, "the wolf was dark inside." I think this author worships death inside. IMO.

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  9. I don’t see anything wrong with the host. She wasn’t rude. You guys know she wasn’t. That’s why you say she gave the impression of rudeness and disinterest instead of saying she is rude and disinterested. Her energy flowed well with Atwood’s. Not performative, truly attentive, well-spoken.

  10. I really dont see this rudeness on the part of the host everyone talks about…I dont think she is the problem, rather a video editting thing that makes her sound intrusive.

  11. my god broadly needs to hire new staff. These people do not know how to interview. Maybe look into getting people on board who arent all ivy league-cis/het women who happen to have a white-feminist perspective on life. i just binge watched hours of these and seriously except for amanda knox i cant handle any of these hosts they have

  12. I don’t get the hate for the host. But in any case, In giving constructive criticism, be careful with your words. Words are powerful.

  13. Wow!

    "Forced child birth" = the death of the human life within the womb.

    I would have thought that Ms. Atwood would be a more sophisticated thinker.

    Who, Ms. Atwood, is forcing the vast, vast majority of women to have sex?

  14. Crazy Canadian Woman in my opinion. Her book assumes that her values are correct and that rights exist. if those two things are even questioned, then her novels fall apart.

  15. You can't use hate speech, but you kill your baby:satanic illogic.

    This world needs Jesus and His Gospel desperately. READ YOUR BIBLE!

  16. I have just discovered Broadly interviews and have to say the selection of artists they interview are fantastic like Virginie Despentes and Margaret Atwood etc. but this channel really needs to consider a new interviewer. It has been really poorly researched and she seems very ignorant.

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