Orange is the new Black

From Representation to Tragedy Porn: Did “OITNB” Fail Its Marginalized Viewers?

Did Orange is the New Black accurately represent marginalized people, or simply expose them to pain via tragedy porn?

Filtering Prison: “Orange is the New Black’s” Instagram Chooses Fandom Over Social Justice

Orange is the New Black’s Instagram takes a dramatically different tone than the show.  Read more »

The Pain of Mothering Over a Payphone from Prison

The founder of Families for Justice as Healing talks about the realities of life in prison for moms.  Read more »

Popaganda: Invisible Prisons

The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world. But we hardly ever hear real-life stories of incarceration in our pop culture.  On this episode, we share three stories about making prisons impossible to ignore. We hear voices from a recent national ... Read more »

On “Orange is the New Black” and the Destruction of Black Bodies

As a Black woman and a feminist, stories of violence dominate my everyday life.  Read more »

The Racism on “Orange Is the New Black” Makes It Traumatic to Watch

Watching such visceral racist acts in every episode didn’t feel enlightening, it felt exhausting. Read more »

Your “Orange Is the New Black” Reading List

Netflix’s most-watched series was inspired by Piper Kerman’s memoir, but that’s not the only book about women’s incarceration. Read more »

Before You Watch “Orange is the New Black,” Here Are 5 Facts To Know about Pregnancy in Prison

The Bureau of Justice found that nearly 3 percent of women entering federal prison are pregnant upon arrival. Read more »

Laverne Cox and bell hooks Had a Discussion About Gender and Pop Culture

bell hooks is a scholar-in-residence at the New School in New York City this month and this week talked with none other than Laverne Cox in front of a packed crowd.  The conversation is a rare and honest... Read more »

The Real Women of “Orange Is the New Black” Are Now Activists

On June 21, women who had been imprisoned at FCI Danbury, where Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman served most of her sentence, convened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a rally. Read more »

What Pennsatucky’s Teeth Tell us about Class in America

More than any other marker in America, teeth indicate class status. Read more »