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10 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Orange is the New Black

23 Aug

Without giving away too much of the major plot points, here is why you’re missing out if you haven’t checked out the first season of the newest Netflix production:

1. LAURA PREPON

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In the literal first scene of the show, you’re immediately brought into Eric Foreman’s wet dream. Laura Prepon plays a tall, brunette queer chick who runs drugs. If that doesn’t get you hooked, you’re beyond hope. Also, Netflix is extremely lenient with censorship, which makes it a fantastic platform for this.

 

2. FOR REAL QUEER REPRESENTATION

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Are you sick of queer characters on TV constantly being made into the same tired stereotypes? Piper and Alex’s relationship is just as intricate and complicated as any straight one in any other show. Piper brings up the Kinsey scale, which, while I’m not the biggest fan of that as a determination of sexuality, indicates that the show’s writers at least don’t view straight and gay as black and white. All the lesbian activity in prison may be dramatized, but at least it feels real.

 

3. FOR REAL REPRESENTATION OF EVERYONE

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Seriously, they cover all of the bases. Intersectionality, yo. It’s great to see a female cast of characters that you can tell apart.

 

4. TRANS PEOPLE ON TV

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I don’t wanna spoil too much, but actor Laverne Cox and her character Sophia are fucking fantastic. It’s super rare that a trans* character has such depth and humanity on a TV show and hopefully this will set a precedent.

 

5. OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT PRISON

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If you live in the United States especially, you’ve probably heard loads about the prison-industrial complex, mandatory minimum sentences, nonviolent drug offenders, people rotting in jail on the taxpayer’s dime, and it can all sound distant and abstract if you’ve never been to prison. While obviously a lot of aspects of this show are dramatized, the fact that many people in prison are decent ones who have made mistakes that the state determines worthy of taking away their humanity remains true. Creating sympathetic characters who have been incarcerated is a nice reminder that prisoners are people too.

 

6. WHITE PEOPLE BE LIKE

 

7. YOU GET TO FIND OUT THE CONTEXT FOR THIS

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In all fairness, Taystee doesn’t provide much context either. But it does make for a good story.

 

8. DAYA WILL MAKE YOU CRY

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Trust me on this. I really just wanna give her a hug.

 

9. OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE

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All the bureaucratic bullshit that goes on in prisons means that a prison employee’s word is usually taken over a prisoner. You’ll want to barf at how icky Pornstache is, but hopefully it’ll make you think about how sexual abuse is treated in the mainstream.

 

10. JUST WATCH IT OKAY?

Seriously, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be extra careful about which drug-running lesbians you get involved with.

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