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->'''Marshall:''' Spending ten months undercover in a women's prison? I can think of worse.\\
'''Mary:''' You do know it's not all lingerie and pillow fights?\\
'''Marshall:''' But it is sometimes, right?
-->-- ''Series/InPlainSight''

Women's prison is a setting that stands out for how scarce its depictions are... outside of porn that is. At most, only expect a vague allusion but the instances where the lives of female inmates are featured are vanishingly rare in comparison to those of male inmates. And the only thing that most people recall about women's prison is its {{fetish}} potential.

In short, women's prisons are [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything hotbeds]] of... uh... intrigue. For instance, if there's a female detective character, she pretty much has to be [[GetIntoJailFree sent to prison undercover]], as is the law in most countries.

Still, an unfortunate effect of MostWritersAreMale is that most of them have never been to a women's prison, nor do they know how life is inside of it. It can be because men are not allowed inside, much like women in men's prisons. It may be because [[DoubleStandard female offenders aren't considered as]] [[WomenAreDelicate violent]], [[ARealManIsAKiller dangerous]] or [[TheUnfairSex despicable]] [[DoubleStandard as male offenders]] and thus less worthy of scrutiny - never mind that being in a prison means they are ostensibly guilty of one or more crimes in the first place. It almost certainly involves a (possibly subconscious) downplaying of violence between females inmates, as acknowledging that would mean [[MenAreTheExpendableGender treating the loss of female life in the same way as loss of male life]]. It may even be because in most places, there are a lot more male prisoners than female. Or it may be because they just didn't bother with research.

But, let's face it, it's mostly because most of them assume women's prisons are a [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian porn heaven]]. No matter what, in sharp contrast to men's prisons, women's prisons are always believed to be a {{fetish}} station where women learn to be bisexuals thanks to this oh-so beautiful and chaste thing called lesbianism (which [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale doesn't involve rape at all]], oh no), so they can serve [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian fantasies]] better. And of course, female guardians partake joyfully in it as well as the lucky male staff who live in this palace of pleasure! It also goes without saying that the women are [[LipstickLesbian beautifully feminine]] except perhaps for a few [[ButchLesbian tough dominant ones]] who [[AlphaBitch run the prison]] and [[NaiveNewcomer initiate newcomers]] into [[SituationalSexuality the homosexual prison environment]]. Depending on how dirty-minded the audience is, and the [[{{Watershed}} time slot]], this may result in a sort of ChekhovsGun scenario as the audience expects... ''[[HotterAndSexier action]]''. In a movie or late-night cable TV show, there will be at least one ShowerScene or strip-search.

Needless to say, the above description is purely fantasy and '''NOT''' TruthInTelevision, except maybe for the shower scenes and the nudes searches, as can be seen in men's prisons. Female prisons are dangerous, disgusting hellholes - this is what makes them prisons and not, say, resorts. But the preponderance of the porn-friendly description is so deeply ingrained in pop-culture that realistic depictions of women's prison ''as a main setting'' that don't include these elements are exceptional.

In RealLife, women's prisons are populated with the same ilk as men's prisons: violent and dangerous criminals and lawbreakers. And no, just because they're vagina-havers doesn't mean they are more peaceful and gentle than penis-havers. The daily fight for dominance also applies there, [[CatFight catfights]] tend to involve the use of [[SinisterShiv shivs]] and the {{Alpha Bitch}}es are just as ruthless and ''physically'' violent as Alpha Dogs in men's prisons, [[TruthInTelevision especially to newcomers who happen to be prettier than them]]. Remember: in an all-female setting, good looks are a hindrance, not an asset. Also, just like in men's prisons, [[PrisonRape sexual violence]], at the hands of corrections staff as well as fellow prisoners, is a very real and constant threat.

A case of SituationalSexuality taken UpToEleven to [[PanderingToTheBase pander to the audience]]. Might be used as an ExcusePlot for a SweepsWeekLesbianKiss. May contain offensive tropes like DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnFemale.

Compare PrisonRape and WondrousLadiesRoom (another trope whose fallaciously ideal depiction of women is due to MostWritersAreMale).

See also: ChainedHeat, ForcedPrizeFight.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In one chapter of the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga, Excel and Elgala are on a boat headed for an island women's prison. A guard mentions that "they will be subjected to tortures both savage and sensual!"
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean'' begins with protagonist Jolyne Kujo being framed for murder and sent to prison.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' alludes to this when Revy threatens Janet to "show her her stuff" if she ever tried to have sex with Rock, tellingly hinting at how she would make every other inmate her bitch back in prison.
* ''Anime/SengokuCollection'' has an episode that is an homage to the famous Japanese women's prison film ''Film/JoshuuSasori'' (Female Prisoner Scorpion).
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' makes heavy use of the fetish potential, with an all-female population on a military prison island. Besides the typical hijinks in the locker rooms and showers/baths, the squadron commander has herself a small harem and attempts to [[PrisonRape force]] Ange to join.

* Happens to ComicBook/MsTree in the "Prisoner in Cell Block Hell" storyline. Despite the general realism of the series, this arc does include the obligatory shower scene and a fight with the AlphaBitch of the cell block.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' #82 has Gina Diggers doing time in a women's prison. The comic includes a shower scene and a fight with the head bitch, who happens to be a ShoutOut of a certain female ''StarWars'' character.
* ''AdventureComics'' #394 features a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} in an alien women's prison. The story isn't really that good; however, and the comic is best remembered for [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljhz6xBUsP1qbujox.jpg its cover]] with the laughter inducing tagline "Heartbreak Prison! Where Every Girl's A Lifer!"
* ''{{Comicbook/Catwoman}}'' #80 features said character being thrown into a women's prison. It includes catfights and a shower scene.
* O'Brien spends time in a women's prison during ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' arc where Frank is going after Nicky Cavella and his men for pissing on his family's remains. Being a ''Punisher MAX'' story, O'Brien's arc is played for drama rather than titillation as she fights viciously to keep the other convicts from raping her, and breaks out when they kill a guard and stick the shiv in her hand.
* Homaged in the ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' story "Interdimensional Women's Prison Breakout", with [[http://hackslashinc.com/1/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/hack_slash_11_a_web_72.jpg obligatory]] SexyPackaging.
* The "Lockdown" arc (#76-81) of ''ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales'' features Sela in a women's prison. Plenty of the standard tropes apply, including a ShowerScene, a fight with the ButchLesbian, etc.
* ''ComicBook/BitchPlanet'' is all about this, set in a PenalColony on a prison planet for Non-Compliant women.

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* The ParodyFic ''[[https://www.squidge.org/peja/cgi-bin/viewstory.php?sid=37971 Voyager Chicks Behind Forcefields]]'' is this trope RecycledInSPACE using the intrepid crew of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* Creator/AAPessimal's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' tale '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5423228/1/Murder-Most-Orrible Murder most Horrible]]''' introduces the womens' wing of Ankh-Morpork's Tanty Prison. It has a suspicious amount in common with ''Series/PrisonerCellBlockH''.
** in the tale ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/27/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures]]'', the [[BadassIsraeli Cenotian]] Assassin Rivka ben-Divorah's first experience of the country of [[UsefulNotes/{{Zimbabwe}} Smith-Rhodesia]] is a prison cell. It's all to do with a forgotten lump of Klatchian bhong resin discovered in her luggage by Customs. Rivka shrugs and rflects that for seven years she was a boarding pupil at the Assassins' Guild School. Prison therefore holds no terrors for her. And she has some annoyance to work off, as the cell's Queen Bitch soon discovers. Her time in prison is brief, instructive and entertaining.
* In ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', the Shimo City Women's Prison averts the trope's standard depiction. When Yugito and the kids go there to visit the temporarily-incarcerated Fuu, the warden informs them that the inmates include husband-killers, boyfriend-beaters, child abusers, thieves, white-collar crooks, and perverts, "and not in the way late-night soft-core TV would lead you to think."
--> '''Warden:''' I have two teenage boys and a cable subscription at home. I've seen what they watch. And what I see here on a weekly basis is ''nothing'' like what porn claims.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' mentions that Belladonna's mother was beaten up by her fellow inmates at least five times. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Says a lot that these women would find someone who abandoned their own child disgusting.]]

* The zombie movie ''Film/PlanetTerror'' has the two heroines behind bars for a scene in the third act. Also, [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Exactly What It Says On The Tin WOMEN IN CAGES! ]]
* The whole point of the 80's flick ''Reform School Girls.''
* ''Chained Heat'' is the classic series of movies in the late-night genre.
* Likewise, ''Caged Heat'' was another example of the genre from [[TheSeventies the 70's]].
* ''Film/TankGirl''. Tank Girl and Jet Girl spend some time incarcerated in Water and Power's coed prison.
* The 1980s InNameOnly remake of ''Film/AndGodCreatedWoman'' features this as its setting.
* Creator/RogerCorman's ''Film/SwampDiamonds'' (as seen on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''). Undercover cop, check; struggle for dominance, check; Beverly Garland as a PsychoForHire, bonus!
* The first part of the Creator/PamGrier movie ''Film/BlackMamaWhiteMama'' takes place in a woman's prison. As is to be expected from an ExploitationFilm the situation is played for FanService in almost every conceivable way.
* ''The Big Doll House''
* ''Film/LadiesTheyTalkAbout'' is an early example from ThePreCodeEra.
* ''Caged,'' a 50's film that is considered a classic example of women in prison. It's something of an UnbuiltTrope, as the story is more of a film noir - showing how the innocent Marie Allen is [[CorruptTheCutie slowly corrupted]] by the system and becomes just as cold and ruthless as her fellow prisoners. It's pretty much a gender flipped version of any male prison story, without the fetish elements of a usual GirlsBehindBars story.
* ''Bare Behind Bars'' is an especially brutal example of the genre.
* ''Girls in Prison,'' a 1994 film that is an example of the innocent woman in prison plotline.
* ''Under Lock and Key,'' a B-Movie with the classic undercover female cop plot.
* ''Werewolf in a Women's Prison.'' Nuff said.
* ''Film/JoshuuSasori'' (Female Prisoner Scorpion), a Japanese women's prison movie that sparked a series of sequels and copycats. Thing is, the prison in question is full of feuding, scheming inmates and the whole film is a deconstruction of the genre, shot through with sadistic torment and unexpected surrealism. The only person who behaves like the stereotypical sexpot prisoner is an undercover warden with zero in-story credibility.
* ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' is a notable aversion, despite being an asylum for the criminally insane, featuring an all female prison with NO porn-like scene. The ShowerScene, for instance, features a bunch of inmates in which some are unattractive or old, like a RealLife women's prison would feature. Scenes in recreation rooms consist of those women often sobbing, staring blankly, or gabbling to themselves.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Freeway}}''. On one side, you have the typical lesbian inmate Rhonda (Creator/BrittanyMurphy) who hits on Vanessa (Creator/ReeseWitherspoon) and on the other hand, the dominant Mesquita (Alanna Ubach) who immediately provokes Vanessa to a physical fight over who's the baddest bitch, thus the one in command.
* ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'' invokes this trope by depicting ButchLesbian Corky (Creator/GinaGershon) as a former inmate.
* Parodied in the ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' film. The opening Shower Scene features women who, well... look like the women you'd actually see in a women's prison.
* The filmography of Andreas Bethmann consists almost entirely of incredibly extreme entries in this genre.
* Averted in ''Film/JackieBrown'', with a realistic view of women's prison.
* There was a whole genre of {{Exploitation Film}}s based on this Trope, the American ones mentioned above; foreign films with this subject like ''Women's Prison Massacre'' (1985), ''Caged Women'' (1984), and ''Jail A Women's Hell'' (2006) from Italy and ''Bamboo House of Dolls'' (1973) and ''Great Escape from a Women's Prison'' (1988) from Hong Kong all had far more graphic sex and violence than those produced in the U.S. The 1992 Hong Kong movie ''Comfort Women'' was based on true events of World War II.
* Not the case in ''Film/MadeaGoesToJail'', to Big Sal's (initial) chagrin and Madea's relief regarding [[AxCrazy Tee Tee]].
* In ''Film/DiaryOfALostGirl'' Thymian is in a reformatory for "wayward women", so technically not a prison, but the girls are being held prisoner there, so basically it is. And like this trope usually plays out, there's all kinds of lesbianism, including an evil DepravedHomosexual headmistress, another inmate who plays FootsieUnderTheTable with Thymian, and other inmates who simply crawl into bunks together in the communal barracks. The most surprising thing is the year this movie came out--1929.
* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' the protagonists are imprisoned for ... taking part in a demonstration for women's voting rights. Which law exactly forbids this is not clear, and they are also not treated as political prisoners, but as common criminals, and forced to strip and change into prison clothes, an additional humiliation designed to discourage them from standing up for their rights. The prison is not depicted as comfy, but realistically depicted as the horrid place a women's prison of that era would be - grey, cold cells, bad food, sadistic guards, and fellow prisoners who are too overworked and underfed to even think of entertaining violence or lesbian sexytimes. When the protagonist goes on hunger strike, she's force-fed, in a way that looks like torture. Which is probably what is is intended as, as the reason it is done is because the government doesn't want the women's rights movement to have a martyr. The only ''nice'' thing about the protagonist's stay in prison is the fact that she's given flowers and a medal by fellow suffragists when she's finally released and walks out of the prison door.
* ''Film/Jailbait2014'' is set in a woman's correctional institute. There is liberal amounts of lesbian sex and underwear is apparently a privilege only earned after the first year.
* ''Born American'' (1986). One of the protagonists in the gulag gets hold of a coin and tries to purchase medical care for his friend. The FriendInTheBlackMarket says it's not enough, but as the protagonist is a young man he could use it to buy... ''(puts a finger through hole in coin and leers)'' We then cut to several male inmates, including the protagonist, looking through vents into the women's shower. Contrary to the usual examples of this trope, the women are rather unshapely.

* ''Literature/RoseUnderFire'' is set in Ravensbrück, a women's concentration camp, during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/{{Birthright}}'' trilogy, ''All These Things I've Done'', Anya Balanchine, the anti-heroine, spends some time in a female correctional facility. She's a mafiosa and murder suspect, though ironically, at the time of her imprisonment, she hasn't actually done anything yet. Unusual to the trope, the correctional facility Anya is sent to is more akin to male depictions of prison, unglamorous, with ruthless occupants, abusive wardens, and desperation to leave.
* In the Creator/DanielleSteel novel ''Malice'', the heroine is sent to prison for killing her sexually abusive father (no one believed her, thanks to his pillar of the community status). The depiction is fairly realistic, namely in that she's nearly assaulted by a group of other prisoners before her cellmate rescues her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' sent three of them at once. [[ChainedHeat Chained together]] in the aptly named episode "Angels in Chains."
** This series liked the women's prison plot enough to use it a second time, albeit with only one Angel actually imprisoned in "Caged Angel."
** The 2011 remake also had an episode where the Angels went to prison, titled "Angels in Chains" in homage of the original series episode. There are some notable differences; however, such as the prison being located in Cuba and the absence of a ShowerScene.
* Occurs in an episode of ''Series/LaFemmeNikita''.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had [[spoiler:Piper]] in prison briefly.
* In one multi-part episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Sam and the other patrons uncovered Robin's plot to enact a hostile takeover of his company, using Rebecca as a pawn; in one scene, Sam had was discussing what to do about it with the others, mentioning that Rebecca wouldn't last long in a women's prison, the conversation quickly turning into a fetish fantasy discussion between them on what she might ''wear'' if incarcerated. (They did this ''a lot'', actually.)
* {{Subverted|Trope}} on the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Little Jerry," where George goes on a tour of a women's prison, as he is in a relationship with one of the convicts, and is disappointed to discover it's a peaceful, minimum-security institution without a shower fight to be seen.
* ''Series/TheBill'' has done this several times.
%% * ''Series/MutantX'', "The Taking Of Crows"
* ''Series/BadGirls'' has made a series of this, but without the detective.
* The ''Series/PrisonBreak'' MadeForTVMovie revolved around breaking Sarah out of a women's prison. However, while it's probably not as tough as most RealLife women's prisons, it still contains no small amount of gangs and violence.
* An otherwise best forgotten episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' had Carter lampshade this trope.
---> '''Carter:''' Why do I feel like I'm in a women behind bars movie?
* ''Series/PacificBlue'' had an episode that guest starred Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/{{Sable}}, with one of the (female) main characters going undercover into the prison and Sable playing the head bitch. Yes, there was a shower scene, and a couple different catfight scenes.
* German TV series ''Hinter Gittern - der Frauenknast'' (English: "Behind bars - The Women's Prison")
* One episode of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has her sent to a women's prison island for murdering a woman who turns out to be the [[spoiler:very-much-alive commandant of the prison]]. It is, however, played entirely for drama rather than sex appeal.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Olivia goes undercover at a women's prison in one episode. However, it is definitely not played for prurient amusement; in fact she's sexually assaulted by a guard and several later episodes show her dealing with the trauma.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. While investigating the murder of a prison guard, Matt and Ronnie note that one of the other guards is reluctant to talk. When the press him, it turns out that he's new and is reluctant to cause trouble, as, "it would be very easy to find yourself in the middle of a riot and no one coming to help you", thus making it quite clear that a women's prison is just as dangerous as its male counterpart. Indeed, the guard in question turns out to be an AssholeVictim who was forcing himself on several of the inmates.
* ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' had an episode where Xev went to prison, complete with a shower scene.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' has a two-part episode where Lois Lane is framed for murder and sent to a women's prison.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' series VIII was set in the eponymous spaceship's brig. In the episode "Krytie TV", Kryten is classified as a woman because of his lack of identifying male genitalia. Although his programming does not allow him to exploit that, Killcrazy and other prisoners kidnap him, reprogram him and make him secretly film and broadcast the women prisoners showering for the viewing of the male prisoners.
* ''{{Series/NCIS}}'' episode "Caged" plays this realistically. [=McGee=] is at a womens' prison interviewing a murder suspect when a riot breaks out over the murder of a guard-- and the female inmates prove very difficult to handle, one threatening to kill him repeatedly.
* Season 5 of ''Series/TheLWord'' sees Helena incarcerated in a women's prison. Scenes include a strip search and shower.
** Sex with her cellmate, who is very butch. Trope played absolutely [[JustForPun straight]].
* ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has Fizz falsely in jail for murders committed by her husband John Stape.
* ''Series/PrisonerCellBlockH'' was set in an Australian women's prison, and was at the time one of the more realistic depictions of this trope.
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "XX", the CSI team investigate a murder inside a women's prison. However, the episode is devoid of most the tropes associated with women's prisons and shows it as a brutal and dangerous place to be.
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy frets about going to prison, because she knows that it's ''not'' lingerie and pillow fights. (Randy tries to convince her that it won't be so bad, because of this trope.)
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' does a fairly realistic depiction when [[spoiler: Fiona]] goes to prison for awhile. While there, she has to fight the most dominant member of the prison and has to adapt to the harsh conditions. [[ActionGirl Of course, she does pretty well under the circumstances....]]. It should be noted that Fi as always been portrayed as a full fledged action girl, quite self-reliant, self confident, independent, and succesfull in pretty much every aspect of her life, both before, and after Michael showed up in Miami, yet when he visits her in prison she has an emotional breakdown, and Michael later informs his mother when asked, that she is eating very little, and is ''quite'' scared. this is all shown without a trace of {{chickification}}.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Shows [[spoiler: Faith]] in jail a few times. Mostly it's the visitor's room, complete with telephones and a window, but there is a prison fight between two inmates in the yard. There is no fetishizing of the prison, mostly it looks like depictions of male prisons but with the inmates having longer hair.
* ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'': when Martha Stewart was in prison for insider trading Letterman made many jokes implying that Stewart was in this kind of prison.
* The entire premise of the {{dramedy}} series ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', notable for being a weird mix of racial and sexual stereotypes with much more realistic elements about life in prison. But the violence element is notably downplayed, at least until the arrival of a one-woman AppleOfDiscord in the second season.
** In the audio commentary for the first episode, the director states that they chose to start the series with a shower scene as a homage to the typical porn depiction of women's prisons.
* The third season of ''Series/LostGirl'' sees Bo in prison for having gone on a crime spree following the defeat of the Garuda. It's... kinda porny, in keeping with the [[FanService tone of the show]].
* In one episode of ''Series/PoliceWoman'' from 1974, detective sgt. Pepper Anderson has to go undercover in a women's prison. Despite looking like a high-security facility from the outside, with guard towers and tall walls, the inside of the prison is rather "soft": the inmates don't have cells, but "rooms" (without doors), the furniture looks more comfortable than in most depictions of prisons, and the guards seem pretty nice for prison guards. If there is any FanService it is that all the inmates are young, good-looking (with makeup and nice hairdos), wear uniforms consisting of sleeveless minidresses, and spend a lot of time walking around in their short nighties.
* Alluded to in ''Series/PeepShow'', where Jeremy is put on jury service with a female defendant. He doesn't seem to grasp the reality of it, though, even thinking that women's prison was "probably like one long hen night".
* Rhonda and Leanne start ''[[Series/YouMeAndTheApocalypse You, Me And The Apocalypse]]'' in a women's prison in New Mexico.
* Spanish series ''Series/LockedUp'' / ''Vis a Vis'' centres on a naive and idealistic woman sent to prison. In addition to the thriller aspect of the main plotline, it details more everyday problems of prison. This includes one inmate who is unable to get a heart transplant because she is convicted of murder, the main character trying to get bail, smuggling, prison rape, escape attempts, an abusive doctor, 'snitches', etc.
* ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'': While in a mental hospital for her various crimes, Sheila gets beaten up by two other prisoners. Their [[ButchLesbian unpleasant appearance]] and [[PsychoLesbian demeanor]], plus the way Sheila acts afterwards--taking a ShowerOfAngst--are clearly meant to imply that they sexually assaulted her as well. Even if not, the whole sequence still gives off a DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything vibe.
** On the flip side, Sheila and the other prisoners get along great, giving off a "college--dorm" atmosphere.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Laura is wrongfully imprisoned. Aside from taking an instant dislike to her because of her cherubic looks, the other prisoners get even more ticked off when the police commissioner, a friend, comes to visit (a highly stupid move that he should have known would endanger her), assuming that she's a snitch. Luckily, she's bailed out before anything happens.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''. When Alex (a district attorney) is imprisoned, she's inexplicably placed in general population and sure enough, gets attacked by a vengeful inmate.
* The short-lived Fox sitcom ''Women In Prison'' featured six women prisoners, one of whom, the protagonist, was a newcomer, a socialite wrongly arrested and sentenced for shoplifting. Despite the comedy setting, there were a few moments of realism--the others dislike her due to her looks and previous social status, one prisoner is explicitly stated to be a murderer (albeit of her abusive husband). But otherwise, the general atmosphere was that of a strict college dorm--cell gates were ''left open'' with prisoners free to come and go as they pleased, prisoners wore their own clothes, cells were large and comfortable, etc.

* Music/LadyGaga's music video for "Telephone". Crotch shots, chains, girl on girl action, and undies galore. Seems to be another one of her attempts at {{Fanservice}}.
* Creator/PamGrier's song "Long Time Woman" from ''The Big Doll House.''
* Played for laughs with the backup dancer in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPXnoLAEUSQ this old Bobby Fuller Four video.]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The [[http://www.wowe.com/ WOW (Women of Wrestling)]] TagTeam Caged Heat, named after the film, Loca and [[PunnyName Delta Lotta Pain]], who were the first and only [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_of_Wrestling WOW World Tag Team Champions]] until they were defeated by The All American Girls one year after the company's revival, and Vendetta, who mostly just hung around and did not return with them. They were billed from [[PartsUnknown the Nevada State Correctional Facility]], wore orange jumpsuits and their [[SignatureMove signature moves]] had such names as "Hard Time" (BearHug with top rope clothesline) and "Capital Punishment" (better known as Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys' "Dudley Death Drop"/"3D," a combined flapjack and a [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage "cutter"]]). Their entrance video showed them in prison rapping their [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]][[note]]Theirs was the only one with lyrics[[/note]]. The absence of logic in the fact that they were supposedly driven to the arena from ''prison'', and then sent back after the match, was not even [[{{Handwave}} Handwaved]] away, as this promotion adhered to an old-school, straight-faced {{Kayfabe}} mentality, which is what would be expected from a promotion started by David [=McLane=], who had previously created Wrestling/{{GLOW}} in TheEighties. In 2000-2001, this was a decided contrast to Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Wrestling/AttitudeEra, which was taking place at the same time. Despite the implications of their [[TheGimmick gimmick]], they were VERY popular. The revival did come up with a reason for their presence (and absence of Vendetta). A lawyer named Sophia Lopez had been fighting to prove their innocence and finally did in 2012, for ''two'' of them.
* More inline with 90s "Attitude" was a pay per view on demand called ''Wet Wrestling: The Shawshank Redemption''. It was about convicts being forced to compete in a wrestling ring.
* WOW's {{spiritual successor}}s CRUSH and Wrestling/{{Wrestlicious}} featured a wrestler known as Felony (Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa in the former, indie wrestler Rain [[TheOtherDarrin in the latter]]). The gimmick worked on the premise she was allowed to wrestle on work release. She had to be led to the ring in handcuffs by her parole officer and a RunningGag would be Felony trying to escape from him whenever she got the chance.

* "When You're Good to Mama" from most versions of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''.
* Mo'Nique in her routine ''I Coulda Been You Cellmate'', that is set in a women's institution, playfully toys with this trope about its implausibility.
* Subverted in ''A Gulag Mouse'', where the plays is set in a women's prison camp that is starkly realistic and brutal.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the storylines in the Japanese RPG ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' opens with the main character, Emelia, having to escape from a women's prison.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Mentioned briefly in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail193.html rated]], Strong Bad makes reference to the "triple-R rated" ''Women's Penitentiary Bakesale Nightmare''.
* The comedy-oriented ''WebAnimation/DorisAndMaryAnneAreBreakingOutOfPrison'', [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNkxGLp3Up3vAg3XEBSeX1Q/videos found here]], set in the year 1922.

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' when Kremlina goes to jail. The "top dog" tries to make her her bitch, only to get downed in one punch - which makes Kremlina the new top dog, complete with another inmate asking very politely to be her bitch.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' -- There are plenty of female contestants, and yes, the show is in a prison, so while there ARE Girls Behind Bars, it's a relatively calm co-ed prison environment and the closest we get to a ShowerScene is one panel of Daisy from the shoulders up.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter reveals that he accidentally recorded over his and Lois' wedding video with "softcore cable porn"; the brief clips we're shown are of a Girls Behind Bars film.
** And referenced in another episode, where Quagmire frets that what Peter is doing could land him in jail- "And not the good kind of jail, like on Cinemax! The man jail!"
** The episode "Breaking Out Is Hard to Do" sees Lois sent to prison. When visiting with her family she remarks-"I'm just gonna have to lay back and let the penal system teach me a lesson."
** In the episode "Dial Meg for Murder," Meg goes to prison and becomes a hardened criminal.
* Averted entirely on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Marge goes to prison for a month, as the situation is PlayedForDrama and this particular trope is not even mentioned.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' movie "Into the Wild Green Yonder" has Leela, Amy and a bunch of other female characters from the show all get sent to a women's prison. While it's far from the nicest place, all these good friends are put in cells together and start painting toenails and the like.
* ''TrippingTheRift'' has a women's prison themed episode. It contains skimpy prison dresses, a shower scene, and a catfight during said shower scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' had an episode where Johnny was falsely convicted of bank robbery and sent to a women's prison because of a typo on his birth certificate spelling his name "Joanie".
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', the porno version is naturally not an option, so when Gwen gets thrown in jail after Charmcaster forced a body-switch with her, a jail for girls looks a lot like... jail! Or rather, [[CardboardPrison jail in a superhero show]]. She busts out rather easily, but it helps when you're in a mundane jail and have the body of a magic-wielding supervillain.

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* [[http://www.linternaute.com/sortir/spectacle/un-spectacle-nomme-desirs-au-crazy-horse/image/crazy-horse-dynasty-830769.jpg This number]] from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_(cabaret) Crazy Horse Saloon]].