“Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum” or “Don’t let the Bastards Grind you down” is the rallying cry in the totalitarian hellscape of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” (now also an acclaimed mini-series on Hulu). It may well be the theme for Betty Tompkins’ large-scale realist paintings of heterosexual sex currently on view at PPOW gallery. Since the late 1960’s Tompkins’ monochromatic “Fuck Paintings” often use the male oriented world of porn magazines as a starting point but under her brilliant artistry, harsh male-oriented sex morphs into a Mapplethorpe-like beauty. Time has blunted the shock value of the images but the feminist message remains urgent. Tompkins continues to be a powerful gadfly to false religious morality, a critical champion of women’s sexuality and a reminder of the persistent attempts to claw away at women’s rights. A chilling reminder of the fight against complacency comes from a scene in Atwood’s book when one of the morality police tells the female reproductive slaves: “This may not seem ordinary to you right now,” she tells them. “But after a time, it will.” Be vigilant! At PPOW through May 13.