The Handmaid’s Tale gets warning so ‘snowflake’ students know it’s ‘disturbing’

The book that inspired Channel 4 series The Handmaid’s Tale has been slapped with a warning for "snowflake" students.

English literature scholars have been told the 1985 novel contains "disturbing content".

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale is about a regime under which women are forced to have children for high-ranking men.

Undergraduates at Manchester Uni were told: "Content Warning: This week’s novel contains disturbing passages (rape, violence, and suicide)."

A Freedom of Information request revealed Masters students were also warned about books.

Patrick Suskind’s Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer has shifted 20million copies worldwide, but a warning read: "This week’s novel contains some violent scenes (violence against women)."

Another project asked students to research news articles from 1985 which contain "descriptions of child abduction, sexual assault, and rape," but added: "If you might find the content upsetting, you don’t have to read it."

A watchdog ruled in 2019 unis can alert students to upsetting material. And if they feel they might be offended they can leave lectures.

Manchester University has been asked for a comment.

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It comes after telly comedy Desmond’s was branded racist – even though it was created by a West Indian writer and featured a mainly black British cast.

The show – set in a barber's in Peckham, south London – became Channel 4's longest-running sitcom in terms of episodes with 71 instalments until it ended in 1994.

It was penned by Trix Worrell who appears on the website `100 Great Black Britons'.

The site states: "Through Desmond's Worrell was able to work through some of the complex issues which are important features of black migrant experiences in Britain that would make sense to both black and white audiences, and to show that black families experience the same joys and problems as white families.''

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Trix, who hails from the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean, is a BAFTA nominee and British Comedy and Royal Television award winner.

An excerpt from Desmond's was used in the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics.

But the show has been flagged up for "racial stereotyping" by streaming service BritBox.

Censors are poring through hours of classic Brit telly to find content that might offend snowflakes.

Bosses at BritBox – co-owned by the BBC and ITV – have so far slapped warnings on thousands of hours of classic telly.

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