TPPP Episode 29 : Let’s Talk About Sex Work

Greetings and welcome to another episode of the podcast your mom warned you about, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I give a brief review of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’, the documentary about James Baldwin and his unfinished book. I will let you listen to it on the show, but in brief I will say that I was very moved, saddened, disgusted, angry, and not overly optimistic, though Mr. Baldwin himself said “I can’t be a pessimist, because I’m alive”. Please, if you have the opportunity, go watch this film. It is truly a phenomenal and, I believe, a seminal work.

On  the palaver I speak to Astrid Isley, former co-host on Inciting Incident Podcast, radical activist, deep thinker, and also a sex worker. We talk about what sex work is; myths and misconceptions surrounding the profession; her experiences as a sex worker; her thoughts on regulation; and much more. I often say this, but it truly was an educational and eye-opening conversation.

On the post-ramble I do the usual show promotion, but mention my appearances on The Atheist in the Trailer Park and Zachrilege Cast, since I forgot to last week and almost forgot again! As always, thanks for listening to my incessant rambling, and I hope you enjoy the show.

Download the show here.

I Am Not Your Negro Official Website

Sex Work on Wikipedia

Q&A: Policy To Protect The Human Rights Of Sex Workers

Sex Workers Outreach Project USA

Sex Workers and Civil Rights

Policing Sex Work

Red Umbrella Fund 

Industrial Workers of the World

Astrid Isley on Twitter

Zachrilege Cast #82 — Chris Watson of Podunk Polymath

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