Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014


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Orange is the New Black

“Orange is the New Black” was kind of surprising to me. It showed a lot of different stereotypes. When all the girls are standing in the lunch room and they are all separated in their little groups and trying to get people to vote for them it was very different. I’m not use to that because things are a lot different know and usually not set apart by our race anymore. But they were saying things like “i’m black and want fried chicken” and things along that matter and i just could not believe how big of an assumptions that was and that they said that. There is such a big stereotype that all inmates are lesbians or close to it and that episode also through that in there. I feel like most prisons are not even like how they portrayed it in the show. I highly doubt they are that broken up based on what race you are. I didn’t expect so much racial stereotyping to go on in that episode.

In jail Piper is portrayed as the white lady who has everything and she is nice to everyone. When she met her mom her mom told her she should not be in there and that she is not like all the other women in there. Piper explains that she is no better than anyone else in there and that she deserves it like everyone else because she made bad choices. The funny thing is that she is the prettiest one on the  show and white and that typically will make her the main character. She goes into the sheriffs office and he even says how she is good looking nice and should be in charge. Is that not stereotypical as well. I feel like in almost all shows the main character has to be the best looking and most of the time she is white. It is crazy how many shows will do that. That was the first time i had ever heard of “Orange is the New Black” and I will honestly say i did like the episode (even though it was VERY stereotypical and pretty predictable most of the time) and i wanted to watch more.


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Orange is the New Black

 Wow, Orange is the New Black is something complete new to me as far as content goes. I was  little uncomfortable with some of the language and things they talked about.. but I think that is normal considering I haven’t been to prison or anything even similar to it. But I think that’s the point of this series, it takes you out of our comfort zone and I think it’s very informative on how other people are living their lives. The race separation I think gives them a sense of belonging if that makes any sense even though it is very wrong, this is jail. I love that they use “Piper” as a WASP that goes to prison for her involvement with her lover who is female, for drug smuggling. That in itself is a huge eye catcher in itself, for people who are just hearing about the show like myself. Seeing how these women not only portray themselves, but how they see others outside of their race is truly shocking.. I was alittle confused as to what they were trying to portray with the officer and the latino woman and their relationship…Other than maybe they were trying to show a cops way over taking power over a female..? Or maybe showing that inmate/police officer relationships really do happen and its not just a myth.  It is extremely vulgar but I’m sure most of it is 100% accurate and not just for show ratings. Her mother sees her as different because of their family name and their money, even though she is in jail for the very same reasons as many other women of color are… “you’re nothing like THESE women.”  The end of the episode when the elections were announced was a great cliff hanger because Piper wins something for doing absolutely nothing, which doesn’t go over well with the inmates. They try to give the women a sense of importance and representation with these elections but clearly that back fires. I’m not sure if I would watch the show many more times because I don’t really understand pipers role because she really wasn’t very strong in the episode and I couldn’t get into her character other than she’s a “rich white girl that doesn’t fit into this jail scene.”

 


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Orange is the New Black

 

I have always heard good things about Orange is the New Black. However, the episode we watched in class was the first one I’ve ever actually watched. The episode was not only extremely vulgar but it also had sexist and racist themes. The black girls were portrayed as ghetto, the white girls were portrayed as holy, and the hispanic women were perceived as skanky. The show also portrayed cops as shady. The show demonstrated white privilege by the big guy over the jail pulling the blondie aside and telling her she’s not like the other people in the jail. It is extremely segregated as well, the different races all only hang out with each other. The episode also had a lot of lesbians. It’s almost suggesting that if you’re a girl and in jail, you’re lesbian. Which is not always the case. Besides the scene that showed a secret relationship between the cop and the prisoner. The episode made jail seem like a joke. It made it look like jail is one big party and you can pretty much do anything. That definitely downplayed the seriousness of how jail actually is. I found the show super interesting and will continue to watch it. 


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Orange Is The New Black

The television show, Orange is the New Black, addresses many race, gender, and class issues. In the episode we watched, the women in prison were running for a position on the prison council. They separated themselves, mainly by race. There was a group for white women, black women, Hispanic women, and other or older women. One of the characters made a comment to the new girl, “Just think of American society in the 1950’s, and this will all make sense.” The group of Christian white women wanted to have segregated bathrooms. Most of the prison guards and people in charge were white men. One of the men seemed to be taking advantage of his power by having sex with one of the inmates, though it was consensual. The main character was the new girl to the prison, and she was from an upper class, white family. An example of white privilege is that she won a spot on the council without even running; the men in charge just wanted her to have that position because they viewed her as a better option than the others that were running. A stereotypical portrayal of the black women was all of the fried chicken jokes. A non-stereotypical portrayal of women was that they were loud, raunchy, and anything but the traditional idea of being lady-like. One of the guards yelled at the women to “act more like ladies.”


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This was the first episode I had seen of the series and I thought it was quite interesting. I was taken aback at the beginning with the picture of a women’s behind and thought it was a little too much that they kept showing the picture (maybe it’s just me!). However, it was definitely something that grabbed my attention.

Racial stereotypes were on fire in this episode. Piper, the favored one of the show was, of course, a pretty, skinny, white woman coming from a privileged background. Her mother came out and said Piper didn’t belong in jail and she’s “not like the others.” The head officer said himself that Piper is the type of woman who should be in charge. Just a thought, but when is a woman of color going to “be the type who should be in charge”? The stereotypes kept rolling with the portrayal of the black prisoners. They were often all together being loud and saying vulgar and threatening things to others. The hispanics were similar when campaigning, suggesting all the changes they will bring to the prison cafeteria and what foods they were missing in jail. And likewise, the ditzy white girl claiming she loved Jesus and preaching about forgiveness (seemed alot like mockery, but regardless, it was still a ditzy, minor character in the show). Society’s stereotypes were definitely there, however, I found the episode interesting and will most likely look into other episodes in the series!

 


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“Orange is the New Black”

“Orange is the New Black” was defiantly interesting. I have a Netflix account, but I had never taken the time to watch it, or even look into what it is about. I was shocked to find out that the series was based on a book of memoirs. I’m sure what all was added and taken away from the actually book and account, but I found a lot disturbing. I thought that the male guards were corrupt, and the one with the mustache was really creepy. I know that their are corrupt cops, but it is a shame if that is how female prisoners are actually treated. They should have female officers to deal with prisoners at a female facility, and vice versa for male facilities. It might not stop all mistreatment, but it might help a little. It seemed like it was the male officers from the series that were taking advantage of the females. 

From tuesdays class I could see how white privilege play’s a role. Since the statistics show that back women are more likely to be in prison for non violent crimes. Although, in the series there were different races too you could tell a divide from Piper’s life before prison and the other. Also, when watching the episode the part after Piper’s mom visits stuck out to me.  The other prison told her that she should be lucky that her mom even came to visit and to not “dwell on the little things” they disagreed on.

I found the race divide shocking. I  think that the elections were wrong. If they wanted to elect people so the prisoners could have a voice it should not be done by race. In prison they should learn how to become better citizens. Turning races against each other in elections is promoting racism, and in the elections they ran on stereotypes. The other groups would poke fun at other races. To promote smarter more efficient citizens they should learn leadership in a more positive way, and what makes effective leaders. Learning about racism teaches effective leadership, because it promotes equality. 


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Racial Stereotypes: “Orange is the New Black”

Though the episode was intriguing, I really was offended by the level of stereotyping that went on. Though I am sure it happens quite a bit in real prisons, but it was so sensationalized. Every group in the episode had major stereotypes against them, but the ones that bothered me the most were against the Christian women. Yes, there are Christians that act like that, but that is definitely not the majority, and it bothers me that this is the way Christians are portrayed in every medium out there. The level of radical thinking was insane and completely unrealistic in regards to the general population. Another stereotype that bothered me was against African Americans. The entire episode was basically spent trying to express how loud and gross African Americans are portrayed within society. These stereotypes are often held against the race as a whole, without looking at individuals. I also think that the woman who ran on a platform based on healthcare, etc. and the way she was treated really spoke volumes about these preconceptions, and the fact that the women would rather have fried chicken and water-beds than better health care was completely ridiculous and unrealistic. Overall I really just think that the whole episode was grossly sensationalized and I really did not enjoy it, though I do feel it gave insight in to the situation.