Oddly, it was Atwood who got to me. She said, at one point, roughly 'We have lived in a period of extreme license and are heading back to a period of extreme repression - the best place to live is when the balance is hit and before things start to turn.' May I say what a staggering piece of idiocy that is.
It has taken all of this 'period of extreme license' for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans people and poly and SM people to start getting treated with human respect, and we are supposed, are we, to look forward to going back to a period when we are only a little bit oppressed, because it is somehow our fault that there will be other periods when we are very oppressed indeed.
Well, frak that, Atwood. We just have to resist repression and all the religious nonsense and state control that tends to produce it: I refuse to believe that anything is inevitable or that there is a cycle in human affairs that can never be broken.