ABSTRACT

[Noah Berlatsky] I recently argued that the way the show Orange Is the New Black deals with men, and especially male prisoners, is problematic since the vast majority of prisoners in the US are men, not women and because the show uses stereotypical gender assumptions to elicit sympathy for women prisoners in ways that don't translate into an institutional critique of prison as a whole. My post became something of a viral hate read, with many critics complaining it was a prime example of “what about the men?” rhetoric – that is, trying to bring up men as a way to prevent or derail engagement with the oppression of women.