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Transnational Feminism

Last Friday I went to the MU in hopes to sit down and hear a conference about women remaking their lives in prison. But after the clock struck 3:30 and 20 minutes had passed I realized I went to the wrong conference. The conference I somehow ended up in was “Transnational Feminist Rhetorics, Challenging the Local/Global Binary”. For a moment I was fine with this, it still seemed like it had potential to be a great conference until once again I realized I misinterpreted what “transnational” meant. Apparently it has nothing to do with transgender people. But I did find out that transnational feminism is about the “intersection among nationhood, race, gender, sexuality and economic exploitation on a world scale.”

And in the conference there was not one set discussion about one topic but instead each member began to talk about the research they were individually doing that related to transnational feminism on a larger scale. Most discussed topics of race and how many events are unfortunate circumstances are happening on a local scale, like police brutality, and how it inventively relates to the global scale of transnational feminism. One discusses the racial prejudice of kids and teens in Texas about teachers victimizing brown kids and having others students even hurt them.

They also discussed how race can affect one in even writing feminist rhetorics and many discussed how them being white cisgender females affect how they do their work and if it creates this kind of privilege. It was interesting to see that in this conference there was no set focus but taking the ideas and proposals of arrange of subjects and demonstrating how they all come together to demonstrate why transnational feminism must exist. Another topic many discussed was culture and how things in one cultures differs from another, specifically mardi gra beads of American culture compared to the Chinese workers who make them. They discussed how in our culture these beads are “All the rage” and women will strip just to get some and how they told the Chinese workers this and they couldn’t understand why so many people would get excited over them. They talked about this difference of culture and addressed where products come from, who made them, and if there is a similar understanding of what it is between producer and consumer, relating back to culture differences.

The conference had so many different topics it was hard to quite understand the idea but that’s what i realized afterward, that was the whole idea, to look into all these different areas and to find the connections.I guess my mistake ended for the best because I think now I have a much deeper understanding to my previous conception of feminism and i’m glad about that.


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S3 : Ep.10-13

Hopefully i’m not the only one who finished the season in complete dismay, so many things happened in such a short time! Like who knew Piper would be so attached and protective of her business that she would cause any altercations if someone got in her way. Once it was found out Stella was the culprit of stealing Pipers money I wondered how she would go about it, since she was going to go ape shit on Flaka but since Stella is a technical lover who knows with Piper? Though her brilliant scheme of framing Stella, taking all the prisons contraband, and placing into her bunk showed a complete new side to the previously weak and quiet Piper Chapman. Now Piper does not care about consequences, nor others, nor about the rules, she’s a loose bolt and it seems the longer she’s in that prison only the deeper the whole she dug for herself is. Though I do want to point out that re watching the season I felt Stella’s character dint do much for the plot and it seemed like she was just purely there to create a tension in Alex and Pipers relationship and once that was done the writers just decided to take her out, I honestly believed they could have done so much more with her character. Maybe we’ll see more of her in season 4, possibly plotting her revenge. Who knows.

In the last few episodes we see more religion once again but instead of focusing on the “kindness cult” I’d rather discuss Cindy Hayes conversion. For most of the season it seemed like Cindy, like others, were just using Judaism as a way to cheat the system and eat meals that didn’t look like it had been ran over a semi 10 times. Despite bringing in a Rabbi to narrow down who really is a Jew or not, Cindy was the only one still devastatingly persistent in claiming she was a Jew. Though her determination to get Kosher meals was quite admirable it seems that in the end Cindy found real, true reason to why she should become a Jew. As seen in a flashback to her childhood Cindy lived under a household with a very strict religious father who probably is the sole reason she found no comfort in God or Christianity and with Judaism being there is no heaven nor hell but you must figure out your life and your actions for yourself. And for her to do this she must be “in it” she must practice Judaism and explore this new reality and maybe she will finally seek that freedom she never achieved from God or her father.

Speaking of freedom by the end of “Trust No Bitch” as some construction men are in the midst of replacing the fence Norma, and several of the inmates, see the whole in the fence as their pathway to freedom. Though they all know they cant really escape hundreds of them are still seen running as fast as they can so they can feel that sense of freedom from just being outside those prison gates. And the lake outside Litchfield Penitentiary is there escape, it’s their symbol of freedom that some have longed for for decades, even to some, like Norma, Leanne, or Cindy, can be a symbol of their paradise, heaven, and opportunity. The lake is that bit of happiness that we and many inmates have waited for, it’s caused new relationships like Suzanne and Maureen even new friendships like Soso and Poussey’s/Taystee’s group, and even spiritual awakening with Cindy’s mikveh. I hope the lake honestly plays a role in next season because it was such a bittersweet moment I’d hate to see it disappear.

By the end of season three we are left with a thousand questions. What will happen to the inmates that “escaped” to the lake? Is Burset going to return? What do the hundreds of new inmates mean for the future of the prison? What will happen to Daya’s baby? Will the TV Show chef, Judy King, play an important role in next season? And most importantly, is Alex still even alive?!?! I’ve never finished a show that left me with so many unanswered questions and it seems there are a lot of things in store for Season 4, and from seeing all that’s happened within just the last episode it could be the most interesting and dramatic season yet.

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S3 : Ep.7-9

In “Tongue-Tied”, “Fear and Other Smells”, “Where My Dreidel At?” we began to see a completely new side to Piper Chapman, not the weak Piper, nor the crazy Piper, but the greed driven Piper. Piper has generally been one to hate the prison life so much, often resorting to any god behavior just to make the time easier. But somehow she has come to the conclusion of starting a business over selling used panties. I was honestly surprised to see this idea and vision come out of Piper Chapman, someone who seemingly wishes just to get by in the prison. Maybe it comes from her fathers words to her of being 30 and having done nothing in her life to show for it. Is this her way of showing the world she can still do something with her life and be successful? By selling used panties? Who knows but one thing for sure is that this will not end well for Piper.

After the prison was bought by a private business there have been pretty evident changes to the way the system runs things now. Its clear that these changes are only implemented just to benefit the private business owners, they don’t care at all for the inmates but only see them as an investment opportunity. Even subjecting them to, as quoted by Piper, “slave labor” using their imprisonment as a way to manufacture Whispers panties and barely make a dent in paying the women. Very common working conditions and experiences as to those in developing countries that private businesses often abuse because of their situations. The fact that they aren’t even willing to take time to train the many new officers they recruited shows that they literally could care less about the inmates and for that matter even the officers. Letting them be subjects to their own downfall.

Along with new things in the prison interestingly a new faith has popped up, one of pure kindness and trust in the sole mute of the prison that has us all wondering more. Norma has some how been able to get a lot of inmates to believe she is this type of higher being, giving her special treatment because they believe she has “magic powers” to help their life just like God. From Norma’s past we know that she has constantly been in the background and because of her insecurities regarding her stutter she’s never been able to comfortable speak or communicate with anyone. With this new group that have put their complete faith in Norma seems like she enjoys a lot. From being constantly in the shadows for her life she is finally looked up to or almost worshiped and she didn’t even have to use her voice to do so. But like all faiths I believe there’s going to be complications to come and people will begin to doubt Norma and her “special abilities”. But for Norma’s sake I hope it doesn’t crash too hard.

Now finally my most favorite topic about the last few episodes is the new keen appreciation of Suzanne. I feel that for many Suzanne has always been a character that creates mixed feelings. However I absolutely love Suzanne though she does have Crazy-Eyes tendencies she’s an overall fun and energetic character who maintains this childlike innocence. Now granted she’s created a fantasy smut for the whole prison for the last two in a half seasons she’s always one to need an authority figure, like a parent, to watch over her and to appreciate her. She often creates interesting games or uses her imagination to enlighten the imprisoned experience. In an interview for Google Talks Uzo Aduba(Suzanne) states that her character was to be “like an innocent child that you were afraid of” and this is possibly why I believe she’s on of my most favorite characters/actresses. And I’m finally glad that in season three Suzanne is finally getting the love she deserves from the other inmates and even gaining praise over her intelligence and creativity. Its good to see a very misunderstood character finally gain that bit of acceptance and I honestly hope it never ends for our dear Suzanne.

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S3 : Ep.3-6

In “Ching Chong Chang” a very relevant issue was society’s beauty standards and what women are “really” supposed to be. The first disucssion of beauty is brought up when we are introduced to Changs backstory. A young Chinese woman whose family migrated her to America so she could be sold off like the produce she was to them. Chang was basically put up for sale as a wife to a Chinese man in the U.S. but once he finally sees her he immediately is outraged because she isn’t the “beautiful” girl he thought he came to buy. An instance where someone truly puts a monetary value for beauty, and how in our society if someone is beautiful they are normally automatically given special treatment. A fact that causes society to indirectly punish the woman who believe they do not fit the standards of what people like and deem themselves as unfit.

Even by her own brother she was stated as being invisible, something she did not take much notice of almost as if it was something she already believe her whole life. In society if you are not “beautiful” or “pretty” then you are set aside in the background and like Chang are only perceived as invisible because you do not have the attributes that society raves for. Yet as a smart woman Chang takes this to her advantage so she can participate in her brothers illegal trade, in a way finally getting noticed by someone other than herself. After an incident during one of the trades Chang attended she was able to rise to power in the Chinese gang. Immediately demonstrating how reliable she was and how she was given the opportunity to be the one in control, the one people looked for, the one no one could deem as invisible.

After the official opening of the Whispers manufacturing section in the prison do we see how beauty standards are interpreted by prisoners and what “real” women are supposed to be like in their eyes of society. Cindy and Marisol are the ones primarily discussing this issue as they go through the Whispers magazine. First instance being when Cindy makes a game out of the magazine, asking her friend what page will a black girl finally show up and how dark. Though this is a minor conversation it adds to the bigger conversation that when one thinks of beauty the immediately picture someone with light skin. For some this idea that beauty is directly linked to light skin is not something we are born with but develop because thats how society views it. In Kenneth Clark`s “Pretty Doll, Ugly Doll Test” children were asked from two dolls, one light and the other dark, which was the “ugly” doll. And each child resulted in the same outcome, all deeming the darker doll as the ugly one because of its dark skin.  Despite how accepting and open society is pushing toward being people are still growing up being told that they are not beautiful because of the way they were born.

And even though many see the ideal woman or set of beauty as being someone that white or has light skin, these set of people have another set of beauty standards to go along with that. Even though one may already have the privilege of being white, marking off one box of the long list of standards, they then have to meet the other expectations of beauty standards that are set for the human body. Going on about beauty standards Cindy said that white woman had it easy since they are already white to be deemed beautiful in their world all they needed to be was skinny. It not only reinforces that outrageous ideals of beauty but also demonstrates that people of color are continuously struggling to be even deemed as fraction the label of beauty that is constantly being used for white woman.

Then there is Piper, a skinny white woman that is often praised for her looks, who also has her own insecurities about whats deemed as beautiful. Saying that she has just enough right to be insecure about her thighs as much as the next person. And that every woman should have a moment to feel sexy. All of these small details relate to the whole overwhelming picture that when it comes to society ideals of beauty nothing is ever good enough and woman, and even men, will always feel insecure and the need to be accepted for the way they look. Even people whom are deemed as exceptionally beautiful, like Piper Chapman, are still faced with the common insecurities of beauty. To which in all of my honesty is a ridiculous set of ideals that no one really needs to look for and society needs to work harder in erasing these standards.

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A Battle for Representation

Women have been fighting all of history to be treated equally or simply  to be seen. The common belief that all women were given the right to vote since 1920 is actually a lie. In 1920 all white women could vote, in 1924 all native american women could finally vote, by 1952 all Asian women were given the right to vote, and finally it wasn’t until 1964 that all black women could vote. Though these facts do not relate to Orange is the New Black on the surface they do relate in the core concept that women have constantly been getting the short end of the stick all throughout history. In Noah Berlatsky’s article Orange Is the New Black’s Irresponsible Portrayal of Men he demonstrates that despite women finally being  given the opportunity to represent themselves, a man decides to step forward and  put the focus on the lack of male characters.

Berlatsky is another individual who chooses not to understand or take into account the true reason as to why the many female roles, and lack of male roles, in Orange is vital for not only pop culture but also a step for women’s representation. Yes I admit as a male I love to see our gender represented variously in pop culture however, it is much more important to start  giving  this key representation to the women who are constantly being looked over. Many try to argue that focusing primarily on women and their representation is the same thing as saying we shouldn’t care about men. This is a tactic many men can use to say, “why focus on one gender when you can focus on all of them?”. Well yes if we could just immediately be able to treat everyone equal why would we need feminism? This movement for women’s representation isn’t saying that men are inferior or unneeded but rather its purpose is to create an equal environment by finally giving women the spotlight.

Orange  is only one of few shows currently running that puts a primary focus on women and the different minorities and people that make up the show. Many films fail to  give female characters a basic story or even opportunity for character development. A main example was with the surprising death of Beth Greene in The Walking Dead that shocked thousands of fans, who afterward believed her character was only created to further add to Daryl, a male character. As you can see shows and films today are still constantly revolved around the male figure, being whether it’s direct or not. With this constant issue hovering over women it’s understandable to be almost angry at Berlatsky, a man, who wishes to see more representation of men. This is not to say his points are invalid; every person of every race, background, and origin should get their representation; but right now it’s time for women to get theirs. So now that we have finally received a well successful show represented by a diverse cast of women, a man decides once again he feels that his gender is not “represented” enough or as “good” as he’d like it to be. Yet with his entire argument he fails to realize that the show is based off a true story written by a woman in the eyes of a woman in a women’s prison. So naturally the show would have minimal representation of men since they are not the key focus of the story, the women are.

Even the show can be seen as a type of parody or mimic of the bechdel test but in a twisted manner. With Orange you see a profound female dominated cast that has a few male characters all of which generally talk about female partners, inmates, bosses and etc. However, it may be that Orange shows an obvious twist of events when it comes to the Bechdel test and represents the common issue women face by reversing the common roles they are in and now giving little power, representation, or opportunity to the casted men. They are finally the ones who are given the complex profound stories that are normally given to their male counterparts.

Season one had a lot of impact from the male characters, whether they were shown as helping or dehumanizing the women. In season two this concept switches gears and we finally focus even closer to all the diverse women of this prison. It’s true that men are much more likely to be sent to prison, their population constantly growing and staggering in the millions, while there are around only 100,000 women in prison. Yet even with these statistics other facts show that women are still the ones likely to be abused, molested, or even raped while in prison.  Berlatsky states that portraying the real stories of these women with sympathy is just a “feminist move” is almost degrading towards women. He’s indirectly saying that because these women want equality, they want representation, they want to be seen,  automatically has to present in a sympathetic way to actually get across.

He even believes that the men who are represented in the show are just the bad stereotypes that give “most” men a bad rep and how the show is presenting false ideologies. Yet Berlatsky fails to mention the several male characters who are not in this “stereotype”, for example John Bennett, Cal Chapman, Scott O’Neill, Wade Donaldson, Pete Harper, Yadriel, Charles Ford, Howard Bloom, Dimitri Reznikov, and more. Unlike many of the female characters in Orange many of these male characters are in great standing. And if Berlatsky only wishes to see representation of the large male prison community he should spend less time writing blog posts criticizing the lack of male representation in Orange is the New Black and instead use his time watching series that have already been produced revolving around male prisons like the Oz or Prison Break.

Or if he wishes to watch shows or films that feature more males may I recommend Anita Sarkeesian as she presents an extraordinary list of films that inherently fail the Bechdel Test. A test in which the only requirements are having two or more female characters that are given names and actually converse with one another about anything besides a male. Such a simple thing that somehow is constantly failed over and over again, even by the biggest films of our generation. And with of all these popular forms of media why does Berlatsky choose to focus on the lack of males characters in a show that doesn’t even have to do with males, more so even males in the U.S. correctional system?

On multiple occasions Berlatsky praises the show for its diversity and well thought out decisions of casting yet also simultaneously criticizes it here and there again that it doesn’t feature enough of a male dominated cast as he would like. Even claiming that the majority of prisoners in the United States are male and therefor should be represented more or even better than how they already are in Orange. Yet Berlatsky fails to put into account that society and media generally focus on the majority and only put in a dash of diversity just to claim they weren’t being prejudiced. In film and media it is hard for minorities to be seen or represented and Orange is the first show of its kind to finally give a voice to not only the minorities of the U.S but also to the minorities of the prison system: women.

And though there is a general equal ratio of men to women in the world today women are still treated as though they are a minority(ex: bechdel test). In our society minorities are the ones generally vulnerable to victimization because they do not have a big enough voice to overpower the majority. The majority primarily being cisgender white males, in which 18 out of 29 male characters in Orange are. Since the show is about a woman in a female prison right off the bat we rarely ever see male prisoners. And the few instances we do, like in “Thirsty Bird”, Berlatsky only focuses onto one prisoner, Darius McRae, a hitman and perfect example of a common idea of male prisoners. Berlatsky states, first in regards to Darius, that “…men in prison are “super-predators” while women in prison are, often, innocent victims, doomed by circumstances and their own painful but touching character flaws.” Though he argues that women are the ones to always be victimized and real victimization is equal in both genders, he decides to portray the women in Orange as victims. Instead of resonating the victimization of men he chooses to put his focus on women, literally unable to further prove his reasoning. And yes there are some characters in Orange who are labeled victims or are seen in that light but his argument that all of the women are portrayed that way in the show is false.

Many characters like Vee, Red, Big Boo, Doggett(aka Pennsatucky), Diaz, or Hayes are not viewed as his standard “victim” because they all contain many flaws and have made bad choices that do not cause them to gain any sympathy. Like Doggett, whose own twisted morals and ideals already separates her from the rest, whom is willing to cause harm to others for her own personal gain. Or even Red, a well liked character, who turned from a sweet lady to a ruthless woman willing to go to great lengths just to keep her own standing, even if that means accidentally burning one of her own or attempting to murder a rival.

He also brings up a lot the victimization that is primarily involved with the violence against young black men. He implies that Orange fails to represent these individuals, and the few criminals that are shown are stereotypical drug dealers or are violent and abusive. Yet there is a key moment in the series that highlights the victimization of young black men and even how they are common targets for policemen and society. This primary example occurs with the death of Taystee’s close friend, RJ, who was unjustly framed and murdered by a New York police officer by the command of Vee. A significant event that highlights the constant mistreatment there race and gender face on a day to day basis. And the fact that Orange is able to depict that as well as its refusal to portray every woman on a pedestal, as a victim, or even corrupt demonstrates the shows profound diversity.

And a great thing about this series that though it shows the backstories of many characters and sometimes causes us to have empathy for them, they still decide to show just as much of the bad in these characters just as they do the good. A leading example of this is with the main protagonist, Piper Chapman, whom in the beginning we see as this helpless privileged white woman who doesn’t deserve to be sent to prison but the show chooses not to continue this sympathy card. Throughout season two we see the truth to Chapman and how she may as well deserve to be in prison just as much as the rest, from her attacking Pennsatucky to punching her wall out of anger of Larry’s affair to even ratting out her own lover and taking away her new found freedom by bringing her back to prison.

The reason for bringing this up is that Berlatsky cares about the representation of men in Orange is the New Black, but the key thing about representation is incorporating all the good and bad sides of a gender because representation isn’t just one directional view because all that is is misleading. And the men in Orange is the New Black fully represent the full spectrum of good and evil, the biggest example being correctional officers George Mendez and John Bennett. Both men that represent two very different worlds and ideals of men, one who manipulates and abuses the inmates and the other whom can actually show compassion and respect for the women in right circumstances. Bennett is also a main character that is well liked by viewers and is a prime example of the representation of men that Berlatsky has stated he wanted to see, funny how he was just hiding in plain sight. A role that perfectly exemplifies the representation that Berlatsky wants.

Orange is the New Black is a great television series that represents the worlds we are foreign to and the people and genders we often don’t hear of. Though it is often perceived as a show that only focused on women, to which Berlatsky rambles on about, it is actually a perfect representation of the minorities of women and the spectrum of good and evil men are seen on. From the sweet lovers, to the abusive officers, to even the often victimized black men Orange constantly surprises us with different views and stories. But is always successful in representing women in all their glory and finally giving them a voice that is often silenced.

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S3 : Ep.1-2

The key focus in the first two episodes of season three was relationships. Relationships between family, lovers, friends, or coworkers. In “Mother’s Day” all the inmates are finally given the opportunity to see their children and loves ones, which to some inmates is taken with wide open arms and with others annoyance. This represents not only the relationships between inmates and their family’s outside but how their situation and imprisonment can drastically effect that.

Many of the mothers like Maria Ruiz, Maritza Ramos, or Sophia Burset are overjoyed about getting the chance to see their loved ones. Then there are some who could care less, simply leaving their babies in the dirt just so they can get high. The Orange_is_the_New_Black_S03E01_1080p__1850event brought an abundance of emotions whether it be happiness, anger, indifference, or sadness it displays how much relationships not only affect us but those around us. For example Doggett who was unable to responsibly take care of any children and so had several abortions and when Mother’s Day comes all she is left with is sadness. But Big Boo is able to help her realize that in a way her decision was for the “best” because her children would have lived a hard and troubling life and their lives would negatively affect society’s. The show did bring up the controversial issue of abortion in an interesting way, and in one that didn’t make a huge deal out of the subject. The issue as it is, is hugely troubling and there is never a right or wrong answer no matter what happens there will always be a person whom struggles at the end. But it shows how Orange continuously is able to present common political, social, even racial issues that are overlooked in society in an effective manner.

It also shows the common mistakes and or bad parenting with children and how the way one parents directly affects how the child is brought up. For example Nickles who received zero affection or Orange_is_the_New_Black_S03E01_1080p__1475love from her own mother in which caused her to become distant and spiral downward into her own downfall. Maritza puts her baby to the side when things get gross or challenging, Sophia who gives her own son advice to just use women and even Aleida Diaz is unable to recite the names of her own children. All these small examples show how relationships can drastically affect someone and if not done properly in some cases can create individuals who will constantly make bad choices, like many of the women in Litchfield Penitentiary. Kind of displaying the circle of cause and effect that Big Boo brought up and how its directly exemplified with all the mothers and children during the first episode.

Daya and Bennett have finally evolved their relationship something I’ve been waiting three seasons four. The two have constantly been in a ditch, unable to pursue further because of their pregnancy issue. But after they were effectively able to put the blame on Mendez and Bennett was able to come clean afterward despite the new hardships their situation presented they were able to become even closer. Daya and Bennett were always the Orange_is_the_New_Black_S03E02_1080p__1121characters that you somehow felt that despite all the obstacles between them they would make the relationship work beyond all means. The moment Bennett proposed to Daya further proved this comfort with them yet once the involvement of Daya’s and Mendez’s mother came along and reality began to hit the couple everything went south. Bennett tried to take as much   responsibility as he could for Daya and the child, even visiting her family to see how his child would live once he/she was born. It was upsetting to see the environment that Daya’s siblings live in, and environment that is unhealthy and poses constant dangers from the only authority Orange_is_the_New_Black_S03E02_1080p__2099figures present to take care of them. It’s understandable as to why Daya’s mother would want her to give the baby up to Mendez mother, so that he/she could finally live a better more privileged life. Though after Bennett’s ordeal with the other family I have to say I was quite disappointed that he decided to just leave, to leave the bear and crib on the side of the road and drive off to no tomorrow. Bennett and Daya have been through so much and its sad to see that from this one obstacle it was enough for Bennett to question
everything. Hopefully in this season Daya will be able to figure out whats not only best for her but for her baby.

Alex and Piper have constantly had a strange relationship that most of can not fathom or even try to put reasoning behind. Their entire relationship is mostly build off lies, deceit, betrayal yet some how will all these components still manages to Orange_is_the_New_Black_S03E02_1080p__2032move forward. Completely baffling to me and possibly many of us. Their relationship contains a lot of passion which is kind of inspiring but makes one wonder if that’s all it really is, their is no trust when it comes to Alex and Piper. Both of whom have ratted out each other, whether it be from a crime 10 years ago or simply as a tactic for revenge to bring them back to the prison life. Again and again they have fights that create wholes in their relationship and even when they’ve confronted one another about actions that have caused them to come to prison they end it on “interesting” note with seemingly meaningless sex. Even after Alex confronts Piper with complete rage and anger they somehow end up escalating things into a more sensual way. I honestly think at this point there is no real connection or reason to their relationship but its just a means of relief from the constant problems they are having and will never actually develop into something more.


S2 : Ep. 10-13

Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E10_Little_Mustachioed_Shit_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0316In episode “Little Mustachioed Shit” Vee is at the height of her authority, easily getting special treatment for herself and her girls, this includes front line access and extra waffles at breakfast. Even kicking out Rosa and ruining her breakfast just to have a table. And with this power and authority of course Vee tries to find ways to expand this even trying to take a hold of Red’s own business by threatening her family. Vee shows an obvious willingness to do what ever it takes to protect herself or get what she wants, evident in Suzanne’s beating of Poussey and even in her kicking out her daughter-like-friend Taystee. Because of her need for conflict and Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E12_It_Was_The_Change_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_2154authority she even creates a war between her and Red, with casual menacing threats out in the open that slowly drive Red crazy. After Red even tries to choke out Vee she stops and tries to call for a truce and with Vee’s manipulative nature she pleads that there is no reason to fight and they can just do what they do best. But as we all know Vee could never leave things like that, Vee cant be weak, she cant be equal with another, Vee has to be on top. And from this Vee bashes Reds face with a lock in sock. Despite her constant acting and manipulation what it comes down to is Vee’s conniving nature.

Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_1695And now it finally comes to Vee’s ultimate downfall, in some senses Vee could be seen as a hero especially in the eyes of her group and Suzanne. Providing them with care and sometimes protection and even means of power in the prison she could be easily seen as a Hero to them. But like in every tragedy a “hero” will always have their downfall. After her heroin collection is stolen by Nickles Vee begins to go crazy even threatening her own girls when she cant find it. Because of her need for power when her source for this goes missing Vee begins to lose control of herself forgetting about her kind, manipulative aura and Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_3136going straight to insane dangerous Vee. And because of her out of control actions it resulted in her loss of control of all the black girls. Without her other source of power, the girls who give it to her and let her be in authority, Vee contains to spiral downward only worsening her circumstances. She ultimately creates her own downfall , especially when she
chooses to escape the prison. And after this as she wonders the woods and comes out to the road Vee is faced with the ultimate karma of her past actions, and her final result is death.

Through this season we barely saw much interaction with Piper and Alex especially after she was set free. In the final episode we see a flashback to Piper and Alex’s relationships ten years Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E10_Little_Mustachioed_Shit_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0154ago and I’m not surprised to find out that their entire relationship began in deceit. The fact that even then Alex cheated on her girlfriend with Piper resonates that even through the many years things rarely change. Yet after this Piper still chooses to continue dating Alex this possibly exemplifies that Piper has a drive for dangerous and possibly harmful relationships. Maybe she chooses to date Alex because she knows that all the problems and juvenile things they do just supplies her with an Adrenaline rush. It’s interesting however despite her constant questionable love for Alex at the end she chooses to contact her Parole Officer and tell him that Alex has violated. Fully knowing that when she does this the only outcome of it will be Alex returning to prison. It seems Piper is very codependent on Alex, and with her hatred of being alone, its obvious why Piper is willing to take low actions just to be with someone.

It’s surely comforting to see an inmate finally stand up to the unjust treatment and living conditions of the inmates, Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E11_Take_A_Break_From_Your_Values_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_0641even if it is from a very new an inexperienced inmate like Soso. Though her status is new she was able to gain several other inmates in her protest even that of Sister Ingles. And with Sister Ingles help she was able to make the protest/hunger strike be noticed by not only the prison authorities but of the outside world. Yoga Jones even brings up the common problem of the SHU and how it is used unfairly for inmates and is “inhumane and torture”. hopefully within season 3 these issues will be addressed more quickly.

With Fig out of the way one wonders how the prison and its environment will change under Caputo’s control, will it seemingly get Orange_Is_The_New_Black_S02E13_We_Have_Manners_Were_Polite_1080p_NF_WEBRip_DD5_1_2735better or will start to fall apart with a new lenient figure in authority now? Though Caputo is getting things done and treating the inmates in a better manner the prison is seen falling apart not only with the reveal of Bennet being the father but also the escape of two inmates. Now whether this was just unfortunate events or just the beginning of the new chaos of prison we wont know till season 3.