Discussions of sex work often get mired in a couple basic questions: is it "good" or "bad"? Are sex workers empowered or not? But sex workers are a diverse group—their experiences aren't all good or bad. On this show, we try to reframe the issue by exploring the legal and financial realities of sex work.
For example: How does a dominatrix do her taxes? What kinds of healthcare do sex workers need? How would decriminalizing sex work change peoples’ lives?
There’s a new book out for socially conscious parents who want their kids to learn some culture along with their ABCs: A de Activistais a Spanish-language book for young kids that teaches the alphabet through lines like, “¡F de foco que brilla como el futuro!”
A protest in solidarity with Ferguson activists in August. Photo by Light Brigading via Creative Commons.
Growing up as a black kid in a near-completely white Virginia suburb, I was never taught that racism had real life implications. At school, the most relevant mentions of race usually involved Token from South Park, the beloved character from a wholesome family show most of us watched and enjoyed.
If I were making a list of things that felt absolutely futile to protest, I'd put climate change at the top. And if I were making a list of organizations that have failed in their efforts to get the world to care about climate change, I'd put the UN near the top, too.
A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else there was to say about The Thing that everybody else hadn't already said.
But, as I watched the video of The Thing—and I assume you've figured out that I'm talking about Beyoncé's closing act of MTV's Video Music Awards, her performance of "Flawless" in front of a screen on which the word “FEMINIST” glowed in neon white—I realized that this was, in many ways, one of the reasons that Bitch was founded back in 1996: this was a moment that proved that popular culture is a crucial locus of feminism.
In early August, a team of six people fanned out across the New York City subway system, putting up sticky notices that look like the could be official city notices. But if subway riders stopped and read the small posters, they would see that they actually bore the image of a pair of hands and a message about abortion.
If the glossy pages of my elementary school history books had told me stories like that of Grace Lee Boggs, I would have paid more attention. Like me, Boggs is Asian-American who was born to immigrant parents—if I’d learned her story growing up, I might have felt invested in our country’s history instead of feeling disenchanted by it.
Andrea James, who spent a year-and-a-half in prison, speaking at the Free Her rally in Washington, DC.
The women of Orange is the New Black are, for the most part, fiction. But this summer, actual women who were incarcerated at the prison where the hit Netflix show takes place are organizing in real life for prison reform.