Orange Is The New Black is getting some buzz for being a new lesbian series, and some are suggesting it is the greatest lesbian series ever. I like it…a lot…but so far, I’m not seeing it as a lesbian series at all, and certainly not the greatest ever. Yes, Piper, the main star, ‘used to be’ a lesbian and is in prison for a crime she committed with her former lesbian lover. And yes, there are lesbians in the women’s prison she is in. I’m not sure that makes it a ‘lesbian series’. Piper is currently engaged to a man and does not say she’s a lesbian at all (though she did manage to find herself a prison wife, much to her dismay).
I’m reserving judgement about this until I get a bit further into the series. She may realize that she IS, indeed, a lesbian after being in prison for a while. But, for me, the only outcome that would qualify it as a ‘lesbian series’ would be Piper coming to an understanding of herself which would mean she identified as a lesbian who had been playing straight. I am not invested in her sexual orientation, but if this is going to be described as a lesbian series, I feel the main character should identify as a lesbian, or eventually come out as one.
All of that being said, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable show. I even resubscribed to Netflix to watch it!