“This Other Reality Exists”


Our girl Elissa Bassist lays some hella smart analysis on Orange is the New Black for Medium:

To see what’s been missing in popular culture is to see how comprehensive and refined the brainwashing has become….the number/diversity of women on-screen, the depth/complexity of their stories, the scope/span of their humanity—is one antidote to objectification.

She also quotes Martin Amis and Virginia Woolf, who “no doubt…would have binge-watched” the show.

(And of course, if you’re interested in OITNB, there’s always our interview with Piper Kerman, whose memoir is the basis for the show.)

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 →