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. 

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

As a Black woman, I don’t need that—I deal with enough racism in my daily life.  Read more »

Your "Orange Is the New Black" Reading List

Five books about gender, prison, and the justice system. 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 »

Real-Life Women Incarcerated in the "Orange is the New Black" Prison Are Now Inspiring Activists

Andrea James, who spent a year-and-a-half in prison, speaking at the Free Her rally in Washington, DC.  The women of Orange is the New Black are, for the most part, fiction. But this summer, actual women who were incarcerated at the prison where the hit Netflix... Read more »

What Pennsatucky’s Teeth Tell Us About Class in America

I know she is supposed to be a cross between a villain and comic relief, but Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett is my favorite character to watch this season on Orange is the New Black. Read more »

"Orange is the New Black" Rewrites the "Bad Prisoner" Stereotype

In the second season of Orange is the New Black, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Aduba) gains surprising depth.  Recently on Tumblr, I came across pictures of pregnant women who were in prison. In these photos, women nursed babies, gave birth, and cared for their children,... Read more »