“Orange Is The New Black” Season 4 Returns To Netflix, What Will Be The Fate Of Character Sophia Burset?

I came late in the game with Orange Is The New Black (Netflix Original Series, 2013-) and actually have to catch up on all of Season 3. It’s hard to not read those spoilers and stuff but it’s all good. It’s that kind of a soap opera type of situation that you just get so hooked!

There are some of my favourite characters that one does wonder about their fate, like what happens to Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne), whether she gets out of maximum security, what happens to Daya (Dascha Polanco) and Bennett (Matt McGorry), like is he coming back? And of course their child. Litchfield is on the brink as the population doubles as it becomes privatised. More and new nasty guards, the works…Then there is the new couple alert with Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) and Brook Soso (Kimiko Glenn).

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 4 premieres on June 17, 2016. It’s going to be a great season, I’m super looking forward to it.

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The one thing that I wanted to shed some light on was the fate of character Sophia Burset played by Laverne Cox.

Laverne Cox is historically the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her work in Orange Is The New Black. Cox is a tremendous asset to the community as she is both vocal and intelligent in her description of the difficulties of the transgender community.  In an appearance on Katie Couric’s program Katie, Couric addresses another transgender woman guest Carmen Carrera with curiosity about gender assignment surgery, specifically about genital augmentation which Carrera rebuffed. Couric turned the question to Cox who replied:

“I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of colour, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things.”

With the fate of the character Sophia Burset quite up in the air for the premiere of Season 4, we do have some very real issues being presented. Sophia Burset’s falling out with character Gloria Mendoza (Selenis Leyva) leads to a violent attack against her, which results with her being put in the SHU (Special Housing Units or basically solitary confinement). What is destined for the character Sophia Burset?

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Just as Laverne Cox turned Katie Couric’s common curiosity about below the belt issues of the trans community and highlights the objectification that occurs when we act on these curiosities, she sheds light on that education, tolerance must be practiced and dignity must be respected for all individuals. The objectification of women, of both cisgender and transgender must stop.

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Laverne Cox is both intelligent and beautiful, there is some hypocrisy in stating that she is beautiful, as we often place the worth of a woman on her appearance. Yet we also say a man is handsome, good looking and at times, beautiful. We’re treading on new ground. Things to think about!

Do you love Sophia Burset on Orange Is The New Black?

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