This article aims at recognising different modes of response in the field of feminine subjectivity that faces a coercive patriarchal order, one of the possible configurations that male dominance may assert in society. The TV series The Handmaid’s Tale displays a fictional scenario which represents a social organization pervaded by complex networks of power, whose normative model about the female gender is easily identifiable with the role women have played along the history of humanity. On the basis of the act of naming through discourse as an example of power, the concept of how different socio-historical coordinates determine what it means to be a woman is also raised. By approaching the filming material, it is possible to account for the way in which epochal forms of feminine subjectivity provide a frame of reference for the display of the singularity in a specific situation, which goes beyond categorization.
Keywords: feminine subjectivity | gender | power | patriarchy of coercion