You are a statistic after my own heart. I never watched Man Men, didn't get the thrill of even the idea of the show. I watched a few episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, but quit because it is a show with an objectionable (to me) agenda. I tend to stay away from shows like that; the purport to be entertainment, but they are really political propaganda.
As the book was also. I read it when it first came out. I thought it was a nice bit of scifi. That's all, nothing more consequential than one of the million other scifi books in the universe. I didn't realize it was the Handbook for the Feminist Movement.
But, it's taken so seriously that must be what it is. I'll give you a personal example. I play the Sims2. It's a video game in which the player creates neighborhoods and characters and does whatever he wants with them. I decided to make handmaid neighborhood, just for fun, and create people (not characters from the book), and just have the framework of the story be their neighborhood rules.
Someone on one the game's sites wrote me this horrible message about what a terrible person I must be to envision such a thing. She wished me horrible things for my future. I wrote her back, saying I was sorry my game proposal had hurt her. She came back telling me how the book had scarred her and how frightened she was of that actually happening to her.
I was like, really? It makes as much sense to me as being worried Darth Vader is going to appear, cut my hand off, and tell me I'm his father.