"Sororize, it would have to be, he said."

This reference to patriarchy’s influence on language reminds us that although Gilead’s level of oppression is unparalleled in North America, it very much existed in other forms in ‘the time before’. The Republic is the logical conclusion of unchecked patriarchy, so it is perhaps fitting for such a world that ‘sororize’ does not exist as a word, as women are now pitted against each other and any form of true friendship between them is forbidden.