Stories About Women in Prison

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Orange Is the New Black, the new Netflix series based on the memoir of Rumpus interviewee Piper Kerman, has piqued viewers’ interest in the stories of women in prison. Whose stories get told, and how do we interpret them?

A blog post at Bust runs through some of the most famous movies on the subject, from pre–Hays Code classic Ladies They Talk About to ’70s sexploitation flick The Big Dollhouse.

What other films/shows/books about women in prison would you recommend picking up (or studiously avoiding, as the case may be)?


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →