How Accurate Is Orange Is the New Black?


We’ve blogged a bit about Orange is the New Black from storytelling and feminist angles, but what do real-life women who have been to prison think about the show?

According to the women Kat Stoeffel talked to, it’s actually pretty accurate—especially the part about the maxi-pads.

Read more about their thoughts and experiences at The Cut.

(And of course, there’s always our interview with Piper Kerman, the woman on whose memoir the show is based, conducted well before the show started as part of our Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons series.)

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 →