Orange is the New Black and its Representation of Women's Prisons
Arts and Sciences
First airing in 2013, Orange is the New Black (OITNB) is a Netflix original series. The series focuses on the life of fictional characters in a women's prison, based on Piper Kerman's real life experience behind bars. The purpose of this research is to connect how well OITNB relates to real life women's prisons. I expand upon prior research according to four reoccurring variables: race, gender, sexuality, and correctional issues. I will explore how these key variables are represented within season one of OINTB. I argue that season one gives visibility to women incarcerated; however, minorities and the LGBTQ community are often negatively portrayed, thus perpetuating harmful stereotypes. For those who have no prior knowledge on life behind bars, OITNB provides viewers with a fictionalized insight of a women's correctional facility. While this portrayal is fictional, many scenes mirror real life incidents occurring in America's women prisons.
Garcia, Alexandra N., "Orange is the New Black and its Representation of Women's Prisons" (2017). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 658.
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