Orange Is the New Black: Reviewing Cultural Beliefs Surrounding Gender Shame, Gender Expectations, Gender Non-Conformity, and the Presentation of Human Sexuality

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  1. Lenzy says:

    Great write-up. I was curious about the show but now I am going to check it out. I usually have a weak stomach against the brutality of prison shows (never could finish Oz) but this one sounds far more interesting. Although the part you talk about with the screwdriver, does sound a tad bit brutal. Not because of the act itself but because of the use of a screw driver.

    • Andrew says:

      It’s not as brutal as you think; she was using only the handle of the screwdriver, not the sharp part.

      The scene was actually a very cleverly delayed punchline to another scene in a previous episode, in which the chef complained that phallic-shaped vegetables kept getting stolen from the kitchen.

      I think you’ll like the show; it’s a funny and compassionate portrayal of the lives of several female characters – emotionally raw at times but not violent.

  2. Heidi says:

    As Andrew pointed out, the scene is not brutal at all. The fact that reviewers were so quick to label the shot as “graphic” and “gross” was part of what struck me as I wrote this post.

    I hope you’ll check out the series. In addition to bringing up important social issues, “Orange” is also really funny. As someone who isn’t generally interested in comedies, I couldn’t believe how many times I found myself literally laughing out loud.

    I hope this is a sign of the kind of series we can expect from Netflix in the future.

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