This is Laverne Cox, an actress from the new Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. She is a transgender woman, as is her character Sophia. Sophia’s character is one of the most interesting and heartbreaking, perhaps because many of the struggles she goes through in the show are the very same struggles that Laverne has gone through in her own life.

The very binary idea of man and woman, [being trans] blows it out of the water really. People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.


Aside from being one of the most nuanced and compelling characters on the show, Sophia is one of the few representatives for trans people on TV and has created a conversation in the media regarding trans people that is starting to gain momentum.

This is a generation of trans folk who feel like they should not put their dreams on hold because of who they are… and we’re making political capital out of it, we’re making ourselves be counted. I believed I deserved less than everyone else for a long time and I don’t believe that anymore. There’s a lot of trans folk who don’t believe that now who are saying, ‘I can be out, I don’t need to be stealth to live my dreams’ and ‘I deserve the same things as everybody else’.

Love her, love her character, love the show. If you haven’t seen it, you should! 
[Source: New Statesman]

This is Laverne Cox, an actress from the new Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. She is a transgender woman, as is her character Sophia. Sophia’s character is one of the most interesting and heartbreaking, perhaps because many of the struggles she goes through in the show are the very same struggles that Laverne has gone through in her own life.

The very binary idea of man and woman, [being trans] blows it out of the water really. People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.

Aside from being one of the most nuanced and compelling characters on the show, Sophia is one of the few representatives for trans people on TV and has created a conversation in the media regarding trans people that is starting to gain momentum.

This is a generation of trans folk who feel like they should not put their dreams on hold because of who they are… and we’re making political capital out of it, we’re making ourselves be counted. I believed I deserved less than everyone else for a long time and I don’t believe that anymore. There’s a lot of trans folk who don’t believe that now who are saying, ‘I can be out, I don’t need to be stealth to live my dreams’ and ‘I deserve the same things as everybody else’.

Love her, love her character, love the show. If you haven’t seen it, you should! 

[Source: New Statesman]

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