Orange is the New Black is the new hope for interesting female charecters.
-By Leah Bonnema
If you've been Crazytowning with me for a while you may have read about my love of scifi movies and how, specifically, I feel the genre has some of the best roles for women. In scifi, female characters are allowed to be flawed, unlikable even, they are action driven and have intentions that involve things other than landing a man, being pretty and waiting to be picked for something.
AND If you've followed my Netflix Streaming In My Pants blogs (which I write with the goal of hoping to help restore movie order to the nonsensical queues) you know that I don't often watch television shows. It's not that I don't like them, it's that I don't like to be left hanging. I get to do that everyday in my non TV watching life. I want my shit wrapped up in under two hours so I can carry on soldier.
That being said, and to give credit where credit is due, my incredibly feminist boyfriend (cleverly disguised as a character from Justified) kept telling me that I had to watch Orange in the New Black. He is a huge fan of the show Weeds which was created by Jenji Kohan (OitNB creator) and so he had watched it immediately. I kept putting it off, my fear of being left hanging holding me back, until finally he said "Bonnema, they're as good as scifi characters" and at that I flipped on the Netflix and did not rise from the couch until I had watched the entire season.
Thank you, Orange is the New Black, for giving women depth, strength and interesting choices. And for not having everyone look the same. We, women, just want to get to be people.