decided to pop a squat. #dog #wisdom #summer
This really trips me out…
It’s a haboob we get them here in Phoenix every summer
I refuse to believe it’s called a haboob
the most captivating thing of the LIRR. #nyc #lirr #passenger #tbt
look at this. And for the reason that only you will know what anything I’m about to say really means, this is the most intimate we can get right now.
every single second I want to text you, call you, hear your voice, hold you, see that particular side smile of yours, and breathe into you, but I can’t. I have all the desire to spring upon you and dance the shuffle of love, express everything we hold for each other, but it’s best not to. I respect you. By God, I overwhelmingly respect you as an individual. And I want you to set out on the endeavor to respect yourself. So I can’t lead you through it—only you can do that.
People have told me this resolution is mature. And it is. But the real reason I know that is because when I cry and cry and cry, relentlessly, it is for not being able to be with you, but mostly because I saw you and heard you cry and convulse, eyelids raining on my shoulder. I do not want you to ever feel so tumultuous that the storm inside erupts. Baby you’re all I want. So please, take your time. But come back.
On February 25, 2014, Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman testified at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearings on solitary confinement in Washington, DC. Unlike her fictional character, Kerman was never placed in solitary confinement. But she testified about the many women incarcerated alongside her who had:
While I was in prison, I saw many women sent to the SHU for minor infractions such as moving around a housing unit during a count, refusing an order from a correctional officer, and possession of low-level contraband like small amounts of cash (which is largely useless in prison) or having women’s underwear from the outside rather than prison-issued underwear. All of these infractions drew at least 30 days in solitary. Sometimes women are sent to the SHU immediately upon their arrival in prison because there aren’t any open beds.
Most politicians would rather ignore the reality of the problems with the prison system than address them head-on and risk being seen as “soft on crime.”Orange is the New Black—and Kerman’s determined attempt to link the peoples’ interest in the fictional story to real women’s suffering—has helped get Americans talking about prison in a way few pieces of pop culture have. It’s also a way to get people talking about women in the prison system rather than focusing the conversations around men. It’s also a sad truth that politicians and Americans in general are more likely to listen to a celebrity telling them about prison conditions than someone who didn’t become famous after being incarcerated. To her credit, Kerman (unlike some other celebrities who have experienced short stints behind bars) has been using her platform to advocate for change.
It sucks that it takes an upper-middle class white lady experiencing something for people to believe it’s a real thing, but I’m glad OITNB has sparked discussion about the inhumane way we treat prisoners in the U.S.
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