just woke up 2 find jill slid this under my front door
i put it in and it is actually “so yesterday” 17 times over. my friends are really good sometimes
OITNB does so many little things right.
Here’s a show that understands physical contact - sexual, sure, but every other kind, too - is so fucking important to us. These women have nothing else. Behind bars they have their guard up. They’re stripped of everything. If they try to caress their loved ones during visiting hours a guard will bark NO TOUCHING.
But they continually give into this basic need to be touched by those around them, and they also give their touch as one of the only gifts they can give. Touch is used to control, to love, to comfort, to express what they couldn’t. It’s used by everyone, even those from cultures and backgrounds who outside of bars are generally societally prevented from touching others (especially same-gendered others, and especially opposite-gendered others in non-sexual ways).
Piper has gradually gotten much more comfortable with touching. Vee used it to manipulate, in overt and subtle ways. Red and Gloria try to act as if they’re stern matriarchs, but they break down and touch ‘their girls’ many times.
It’s not just one of the best shows for women on TV. It’s one of the best shows for basic humanity.
so I accidentally had a job interview today