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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Embraces Humor and Focuses on Motherhood in Season 3

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It’s fitting that the first episode of Orange Is the New Black‘s third season takes place on Mother’s Day, because the season, at least in its first half, is largely concerned with various ideas surrounding motherhood. This isn’t too much of a divergence from last season — in which mothers, biological or otherwise, were occasionally the source of conflict within Litchfield — but the theme has now become even more dominant and a bit more complicated. And that’s how Orange generally plays out: complications at every turn. Season 3 is no different, though it’s noticeably funnier than previous seasons, as if actively trying to make up for last year’s dark and distressing Vee-centric fare.
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How an ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actor Became a Powerful Feminist Ally

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It’s a safe bet that many of us feminists who say things like, “It’s not my job to educate you” and, “Why can’t [Celebrity X] just say she’s a feminist?” on Twitter or Tumblr, interact every day with people in our families, workplaces, and even social circles who are exactly like the folks we criticize online. Most feminists have have “I’m not a feminist, but” friends — and perhaps our daily interactions with these folks help to explain why we don’t feel compelled to slow down and teach Feminism 101 to curious strangers on the Internet.
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‘Women in Prison’ Is a Sobering, Real-Life Companion to ‘Orange Is the New Black’

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After last week’s bland but endearing Serial Thriller, Investigation Discovery is wasting no time rolling out another new summer show (and successfully capitalizing on its reality-TV strengths): Women in Prison. Not coincidentally, the docu-series is timed to coincide with Orange Is the New Black — it premieres Thursday night at 10 PM, just two hours before the third season of Orange hits Netflix. And Women in Prison is proudly, and unsubtly, touting itself as the real-life counterpart to the Netflix drama (right down to the prison-inspired black-and-orange title fonts). In a simplistic sense, it really is the reality version of Orange (it even follows the basic format), though it’s also decidedly more serious.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 Episodes 9-10 Recap

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The unique thing about “40 Oz. of Furlough” — besides the fact that the episode has the best title of Season 2 — is that the flashbacks take place entirely in prison. This episode’s focus is on both Red and Vee, revealing their past connection while going back to when the two first met while serving time together. Their relationship has been built on distrust since day one, and we finally learn why.
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No, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Doesn’t Need to Focus on Men’s Stories

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This morning, The Atlantic published a piece by Noah Berlatsky about the “irresponsible portrayal of men” on Orange Is the New BlackOrange, a groundbreaking show with a wonderful and admirably diverse cast, is set inside a women’s prison, and the characters definitely reflect that setting. It’s a show created by a woman (Jenji Kohan), based on a memoir written by a woman (Piper Kerman). It’s a show that aims to tell women’s stories — and it succeeds masterfully — but Berlatsky’s complaint, naturally, is that the show “barely, and inadequately” represents men.
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The Weird World of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Tie-Ins

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Last Friday, Netflix unleashed 13 more episodes of Orange Is the New Black on the world. The existence of these new and fantastically written episodes were not enough to satiate us, so we were also given a handful of strange OITNB tie-ins. TV show tie-ins aren’t uncommon, and are usually quite clever — the Fakeblock app from Netflix’s season of Arrested Development rings a bell — but most of the Orange Is the New Black promotional stunts are strange and tone-deaf, and only tangentially related to the actual program.
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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2 Episodes 1-2 Recap

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“I think I’ve moved beyond stress into something more deeply disturbing,” Piper Chapman says in the Season 2 premiere. She’s sitting on a plane after being pulled out of solitary but has no idea where she’s going and no one will fill her in. It’s been a while since we’ve last seen Piper and presumably a while since she’s last seen anyone, as she’s been locked in the SHU busying herself with using her breakfast to create “art” on the walls.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is Even More Powerful — and Addictive — in Season 2

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Here’s the short review: If you loved Season 1 of Orange Is the New Black, then you will love Season 2. You might, I strongly suspect, love it even more. You will certainly race through the 13 episodes as quickly as you can, perhaps even in one viewing, pausing only for bathroom breaks or to answer the door for food delivery. OITNB is the very definition of an addictive TV series. It doesn’t just manage to remain engaging while dramatizing a milieu of people whose lives are characterized by boredom and passing time, but it manages to do so effortlessly.
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Your ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 1 Refresher Course

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The breakout Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black returns for Season 2 this Friday. It’s been about 11 months since Season 1 appeared on the Internet like a beautiful summer gift, tailor-made for binge-watching on a lazy weekend afternoon. If you watched it all at once, as I did (twice in a row!), and haven’t revisited it since then, you may be a little hazy on certain details. There is still time to marathon the season again before Friday, but just in case you’re busy with life, here’s a recap of all the important moments from each episode.

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Laverne Cox Is a Woman, Despite What Some Dude Might Opine to an Audience of Millions

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Last week, Time released the cover for its most recent issue, featuring actress Laverne Cox. I wrote some words on Thursday about how powerful this is — that a mainstream publication is offering an enlightening take on the transgender experience, and that the most public face of the trans rights movement is a woman of color, are both incredible milestones. And, of course, the response has not been completely positive, although I’ve personally been lucky to avoid any of that online. Until today.
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