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Staring Privilege In The Face: Orange Is The New Black, Long Division, And Racial Consciousness

Jelena Woehr

Of course, Piper’s privilege isn’t her fault. It was conferred by chance of birth, passed down from parents but obscured from her own sight. Its assumptions and implications are described in Peggy McIntosh’s 1988 paper “White Privilege.” In it, the women’s studies scholar writes that her own white privilege is like “an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious.”

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  • Alexander Rose

    The show without a doubt is entertaining and thought-provoking. I think there is more to be unpacked as it relates to the show as snapshot of current race relations -- but more importantly it's an examination of the struggles of womanhood: white, black, asian, hispanic, gay, or straight, etc.

    Regardless, it's a tough a perfect blend of comedy, satire, and melodrama that all works.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Personally I love the show. What do you think of it? I love how it's a great depiction of cultural divides- and yet it brings them all together.

    • Jelena Woehr

      I actually haven't seen it yet -- I'm a huge fan of the book mentioned, Long Division, though!