Essay on Analysis Of The Film Orange Is The New Black

755 Words Feb 4th, 2016 4 Pages
Basic Introduction
Orange is the New Black, a comedy drama TV show that first aired on Netflix is 2013, follows Piper Chapman on her journey through an all women’s minimum security prison. The show is critically acclaimed because it brings up topics that many people are afraid to talk about. Not only is it taking on the topic of female prisoner in the United States prison system, it also reaches out and talks about race, sexuality and gender. Throughout the series, there are many reoccurring characters that Chapman runs in to, or befriends all who have their own set of unique experiences and problems. There is one character that really sticks out and is not usually seen on television.
Sophia Burset, another inmate within the series, is a transgender female, who although was born a male, identifies as a female, and was sent to an all female prison. Although this may not seem different to some, transgender inmates within the correctional system is not as easy as a TV show may make it look. Although transgender persons are not new phenomena to society, the stigma that comes along with being a transgender individual is still very prevalent in today’s culture. Not only do transgender individuals face discrimination in their sexual orientation, workforce, the healthcare system and other areas of their lives, they also can face many challenges in the criminal justice system. Due to the ever growing changing and developing society, transgender inmates in prisons and jails face…

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