Transparent isn't So Transparent: What the Hit Show Reveals About Rigid Social Structures

Presented with Strand Bookstore


The Amazon hit show Transparent has been critiqued for focusing too little on the transition experience of the show’s ostensible protagonist Maura. In this Olio, we will analyze the show in light of a lesser-known hidden gem of social theory that I believe helps explain the show’s neglect of her character in favor of extensive portraits of her family. 

We will question the extent to which the show’s architecture shares similarities with the controversial Milgram experiment, and we will discuss how this theory may aid us in better understanding society more broadly.



Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue, the walls lined with leather-bound treasures from a book hand printed in 1480 to a limited edition Ulysses signed by Henri Matisse, the illustrator, and by James Joyce. 


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