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The Power of Female Voices: How Online Activism and #MeToo Can Help Bring an End to the Stigmatization of Female Inmates in Popular Culture

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posted on 20.12.2021, 17:25 authored by Kristen Elizabeth CovelloKristen Elizabeth Covello

This paper analyzes how depictions of female inmates in popular culture promote the stigmatization of female inmates. To do this, it analyzes the first season of the TV show Orange is the New Black and finds that negative gender expectations and stereotypes about female inmates intersect and lead to a doubly inaccurate portrayal of female inmates as objectified, weak, evil, and unforgiveable individuals. These inaccurate depictions perpetuate the stigmatization of female inmates and increase the likelihood that men will mistreat female inmates and women will dehumanize female inmates. To overcome this stigmatization, female inmates, both past and present, should take inspiration from the #MeToo Movement and use their voices to help bring an end to the stigmatization that they face in society and popular culture at large.

History

Advisor

Howe, Lori

Committee members

Small, Nancy; Zibrak, Arielle

Location

United States

Degree

Bachelor's

Graduation date

11/12/2021

ISO

eng

Language

English

Department

  • English - ENGL
  • Criminal Justice - CRMJ