Not Just Here for Your Entertainment: The Real Stories Behind OITNB

By Robyn Di Giacinto

Fangirls rejoice—the new season of OITNB has dropped in all its feminist glory!

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Since OITNB hit Netflix in 2013, it’s become a force to be reckoned with, weaving together engaging storytelling, a dynamic ensemble cast, and groundbreaking commentary on social issues that most mainstream shows are too afraid to even hint at.

In particular, OITNB was the first real introduction many viewers had to the ever-expanding world of American prisons. And that’s part of the appeal: in a sea of primetime cop shows and law-and-order-obsessed nightly news programs, OITNB is one of the only shows that dares to challenge the idea that criminal justice is always just. Litchfield Penitentiary isn’t just where we put the “criminals.” Its prisoners are people with complicated stories not so unlike our own.

…But it’s also entertainment. Lucrative entertainment at that. The kind that draws in millions of subscribers and drives advertising revenues through the roof. And while that doesn’t cancel out the show’s importance, whose interests are your marathon binge-watching sessions, Facebook rants and Twitter epiphanies really serving — those of actual women in prison, or the profit margins at Netflix HQ?

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It’s Time We Discuss All Things Vag

This post was sponsored by S+HE Intimate Fitness. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

How do I get all these little bumps off my bikini line?

How is my vagina actually supposed to smell?

Am I supposed to use regular soap to clean my sex toys?

We all have questions about our lady bits. Unfortunately, many of us are afraid to ask these questions and turn to problematic magazines like Cosmo that are more interested in selling ads for dangerous douching products than giving actual advice.

I had the opportunity to test out a line of products that is actually good for your vagina. It’s called the S+HE Intimate Fitness Skincare System. S+HE is the 1st pH balanced skin care line designed for the specific needs of women’s intimate health and overall skin well-being. The products smell natural – unlike the weird, fake smells of other vagina products – and they actually feel good. And here’s another perk: they actually work! I’ve been using the AfterShave product for a week now and I’m already seeing my shaving bumps start to disappear!

I strongly recommend this product line for anyone looking for vag products that are … Read more

Bernie lost. Let’s move on.

This election has really tested my patience.

We’ve got unapologetic racists and xenophobes on the right and conspiracy theorists on the left.

Here’s the truth: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are going to battle for the presidency this November. Hillary has clinched the number of delegates she needs to be the Democratic nominee. There’s no “media conspiracy.” There’s no “false reporting” going on. She’s literally gotten millions of more votes than Bernie.

I understand why Bernie supporters are upset. If this outcome were flipped, I’d be pissed too. However, I do not think I would claim that the “system is rigged” or the “media is owned by Clinton.” Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That’s life.

In 2008 Hillary dropped out of the race when Obama had less of a lead than she does today. She valued party unity above her own pride. Bernie, however, plans to contest the nomination through the convention. He also has said that he does not plan to rally behind Clinton.

Bernie is a sore loser. And his campaign is sending dangerous messages to his supporters. He’s making them believe that they are entitled to win. However, whichever way you look at it, they have … Read more