Why you think you are watching Orange is the New Black: There is an upper middle class girl who went to Smith who was put in a Federal penitentiary. Holy…!
Why you keep watching Orange is the New Black: The women – with a few exceptions – find their inner strength against all odds. They find it together. They find it on their own. They find it. It’s awesome.
This is after people are sitting around saying, “You can’t”…in a BIG way.
Sometimes for years.
Outside the prison.
Inside the prison.
But then…there is light.
There are a few people…that say, “Yes you can,” like angels in orange and tan jumpsuits.
And then – character by character – damn if they don’t just do it.oll
They do exactly what someone told them they could not do.
Even when that someone was themselves.
This is why we severely heart Orange is the New Black.
Sometimes, it’s just standing back up again. Seriously. That happens a lot.
This is rough stuff on a HNL (Hole.Nother.Level.)
Chances are, you may feel a lot less sorry for yourself after you watch #OITNB. Putting it lightly.
I did NOT find myself saying:
“Oh, I chipped a nail.”
“Dang – I’m late for the carpool – look at this traffic.”
There will be thanks, perhaps. Just maybe, if you’re an introspective one, it will remind you of a story you know. This is about stories, as is the Hot Mommas Project award-winning, confidence-boosting women’s education mission.
WARNING: OITNB – OD Syndrome. If you watch the entire series back-to-back, as I did this past week, watch out for the following: OITNB – OD Syndrome. Symptoms include a sudden, irrational fear that someone will come steal your mattress or that Red will starve you out.
Not that that stopped me….I mean, what’s a few irrational fears compared to the SHU?
Then there are the characters.
After watching #OITNB, you will feel thankful for the crazy you feel while PMSing, because of the transgender character Sophia who is – out of nowhere – restricted on her hormones, thus holding her body hostage.
Who saw that coming? Feeling thankful for your hormones. Yeah.
We will feel thankful our kids who hate us for normal stuff, versus we were born in the wrong body and had to make a life-altering decision that has rocked everyone’s world – including our own – and we don’t know if it will ever be okay again. It hurts Sophia. But it hurt more to be false and live a lie. What a mental tug-of-war. And it’s portrayed so brilliantly.
Or the character “Crazy Eyes” who struggles with sanity at times, and we think “it’s her” and then we realize “it’s not.” She’s sane enough to know good people from bad people. She has coping mechanisms figured out. She wants love and to be loved. So she pees on the floor every now and then..hey.
Or even the guards, who you want to hate, but then the writers show you sympathetic sides of them. As Vinnie Barbarino says, “I’m so confused!” I decided my personal philosophy: It doesn’t make it okay, it just helped me understand how they got that way.
Then I thought: Wait! These aren’t real people!
Or are they?
Because, sports fans, #OITNB is based on the memoir of a real person. Piper Kerman. True.
In conclusion – for me #OITNB was fascinating and empowering.
For women’s leadership nerds: And for those of you intimately familiar with our work, you may even see the Alfred Bandura (most famous living psychologist) parallels in the plot lines. Other than the film “Elizabeth,” I’ve been hard-pressed to find such well-rounded female characters that make it all the way through a plot without collapsing into a boyfriend, tiara, or other feel-good gimmick.
I’m in business, so I can’t say I don’t get it. It’s just great when it’s a win win.
Orange is the New Black *is* that.
If it were a little less contro, I’d assign it to my class at GW. I still may (parts). And I may make a curriculum element out of it for the award-winning Hot Mommas Project (we boost confidence).
What aspects were particularly impactful to you? Do tell.
The series left me constantly thinking: “What’s next? What would I do?”
And I wonder if that is what the writers intended.
The small screen just had a head-on collision.