Actors from “Orange is the New Black” Identify as Feminists

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I love the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Anyone who watches it will tell you It has one of the most diverse groups of women in a series on TV right now and ALL of my guy friends even watch this show. This is awesome because it means dudes are somewhat paying attention to the message this show is trying to get across about real-life issues and female empowerment. From all different ages, cultures, shapes and sizes, this show has a very strong cast of actors who are also feminists and powerful LGBTQ activists off camera.

Orange actress Adrienne Moore states, “This show is giving women a platform to have a strong voice, a really opinionated voice, and say some very thought-provoking things.”

Even actor Matt McGorry, who plays prison guard John Bennett in the show, recently spoke out about being a feminist in an interview.

He posted a tweet that said, “I’m embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered the ACTUAL definition of feminism. I believe in gender equality, being a feminist is for both women AND men. I AM A FEMINIST.  In for equality? Pass it on”.

McGorry claims he was influenced by Sheryl Sandberg’s book called “Lean In”, which opened his eyes and led him to actually cry as he watched Emma Watson’s UN Speech. He now is determined to change everyone’s negative viewpoint of feminism.

I think a lot of men can relate to this and agree that the term feminist confuses them and scares them a bit. I have had  male friends tell me they thought it meant “women wanting to be better than men”. After I  explain the real definition, they all seem to change their minds and say “Oh, wow! I am supportive of equality between men and women, so I must be a feminist too”. It is refreshing to see men and celebrities like Matt McGorry identifying as a feminist and opening their eyes to this realistic issue in society.

(Matt McGorry talks gender equality, interview from The Wrap)

Laverne Cox, an actress on Orange is The New Black and transgender activist, is a huge role model for the LGBTQ community as well as a feminist. She said that “A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life”. Laverne is nothing short of an icon and the face of the transgender movement.

The women AND men of Orange is the New Black have shown us that everyone can be supporters of feminism and LGBTQ rights as long as they take the time to understand their true meanings and get educated on how to create awareness.

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Follow @MattMcGorry on Twitter to share his tweets about supporting feminism

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CHRISTINE BERARDINO

I’m an advocate in law enforcement and am passionate about women’s rights advocacy. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, with a dual major of Psychology and Justice Studies.

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