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'Orange Is the New Black' offers complex look at LGBT women
'Orange Is the New Black' offers complex look at LGBT women

"This isn't 'Oz'," a prison counselor says to Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) early in the first episode of "Orange Is the New Black." The words are meant to reassure the heroine of Netflix's latest original series, a blond yuppie serving 15 months in the Litchfield women's prison because she carried a suitcase full of drug money for her ex-girlfriend. But viewers ought to take notice as well, because "Orange Is the New Black" is hardly the vulgar, violence-driven prison drama of yesteryear. Nor is it really interested in the shower rapes or lesbian panic of pulpier women-in-prison movies like "Chained Heat." ...

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