A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit “Orange Is The New Black” has skillfully avoided either trapping. Instead, viewers are treated to a show with well-thought-out story lines, sharp social commentary, diverse, multi-faceted characters with compelling backgrounds, and stellar performances. One of… More »
Everything you’ve heard about “Fruitvale Station” is true. The biopic, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at Sundance, explores the final day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man from Oakland who was shot and killed by a BART officer on New Year’s Day in… More »
Almost 250 female inmates in the California prison system were sterilized — some after being pressured by doctors — between 1997 and 2010, according to a a new report. The report conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting quoted women that had felt pestered into getting tubal ligations at both the California Institution for Women in… More »
I’ve written candidly about Mother’s Day and all the ways I think the commercialization of it fucks up our relationships with our moms. My own relationship with my mom has been easy because … well, she’s awesome. But my complex relationship to fatherhood makes both talking and writing about it difficult.
There are… More »
Aside from it being Valentine’s Day, February 14 was also the day of the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to end violence against women. Violence is cyclical, so it should be no surprise that many incarcerated women and men were also once victims of physical, emotional and sexual violence at some point in their… More »
For the dudes (or the ladies) who can’t find a decent date, why not try a more captive audience … like inmates. Three new online dating sites, Prison Inmates, Cellblockmail, and Meet-An-Inmate allow you to find the prisoner pen pal of your dreams. If things go well, maybe she will call you collect or let… More »
If you happen to be in New York City today and pass by the Beach Bum Tanning Salon at 239 7th Avenue, take note of their interesting bright orange accessory. The fake bake salon is showing their support and devotion for Lindsay Lohan — a valued longtime customer — by staging a protest and wrapping… More »
In February 2004, Piper Kerman arrived at the women’s prison in Danbury, Conn., to serve a yearlong sentence for a drug-related crime she’d committed 10 years before.
“There’s no visiting today,” an officer told Piper when her fiancé pulled into one of the parking areas.
“I’m here to surrender,” she said.
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Here’s a lesson for everyone out there. If you’re looking for freebies, do not claim that you’re a Vogue editor. Emma Charlton did just that, and now she’s stuck in prison for three years. After convincing an unsuspecting man to marry her, she booked a wedding at the Slaley Hall Hotel in Northumberland, and claimed… More »
British prison officer Lisa Harris, 28, had found the man of her dreams. His name was Daniel Lynch, and he was a 33-year-old dream boat with big muscles and a baby face. Last February, they had a month-long whirlwind affair where they traded loads of loving text messages (“I miss you, can’t wait to see… More »
Here’s a brainteaser: If someone is born a man, but becomes legally female aside one special male part, and then they kill someone, which prison should they be held in—male or female?
Well, according to a transsexual inmate in this specific situation, she says she should be hanging with the ladies. Currently held in… More »
The Los Angeles County Sheriff is considering expanding a program that distributes condoms in a unit for gay men at Men’s Central Jail. Currently, an outreach worker from nonprofit Center for Health Justice stops by once a week to give one condom per inmate to the 300 men in that unit. Now they’re considering doubling… More »
Shudder. Double X has a creepy tale penned by Anna Balkrishna about how her mother married her prison pen pal. Oh, and why was he in jail in the first place? Rape, it turned out. After 22 years of marriage, Balkrishna’s parents divorced. Not long after, Balkrishna’s mother happened to get a random, out-of-state, collect… More »
Forks, WA, has had an unexpected surge in tourists, or rather Edward stalkers, who have been making pilgrimages to the town. [NPR]
In other “Twilight”-related news, Hot Topic reported an 11.4 percent increase in profits for the third quarter, helped largely by sales from its license with the movie. [DNR] … More »
Seriously, women’s prisons are the new black. Three TV shows, currently in the works, will feature babes behind bars. Alan Ball, the writer/creator that brought you Six Feet Under and American Beauty, is slated to do another show at HBO, an adaptation of the award winning British hit, Bad Girls. The program promises to be… More »