Our MISSION is to tell better sex worker stories and our VISION is to change the stories people tell about sex workers. Because changing the story changes everything.
The Oldest Profession Podcast is an irreverent history that reminds listeners that sex workers have always been part of the story. A public history project, each episode of The Oldest Profession focuses on an “old pro” from history, contextualizing that figure in their own time and connecting their story to the ongoing struggle for sex worker rights.
Your host, Kaytlin Bailey, is a nationally touring stand up comic, notorious old pro, and sex worker rights advocate. She’s partnered with historian Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher and producer and audio engineer Marie Cecile Anderson to create an accessible and entertaining resource for anyone who wants to learn more about sex workers and our place in history.
Stella Darby: Beloved Madam of Pendelton, Oregon
Stella Darby, beloved madam of Pendelton, Oregon, was said to be a benevolent person, always giving food and clothing to those in need and encouraging her employees to pursue an education, save money, and to strive for more. Stella Darby’s kindness and strong relationships within her community led to the success of her brothel, becoming one of Pendleton's most popular locations for over forty years — a location you can still visit today! Learn more about Stella Darby this week on The Oldest Profession Podcast.
For more resources on this episode, visit our website: https://oldprosonline.org/stella-darby-madam-oregon
Music by Epidemic Sound: "West of the Soul" - River Foxcroft
The Age-Old Stigma of Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene is one of the most famous, mysterious, and perhaps controversial women in the Bible. She’s been called a friend to Jesus, his wife, one of his most devout followers, and a prostitute. Who is Mary Magdalene and how did her story become aligned with sex workers around the world? Find out this week, as Kaytlin Bailey rewrites the age-old stigma of Mary Magdalene on The Oldest Profession Podcast.
For more resources on this episode, visit our website: https://oldprosonline.org/stigma-of-mary-magdalene
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Brothel Owner Mrs. Lake's Secrets Revealed in Boston's "Big Dig"
Together Old Pros Historian, Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher, and podcast host, Kaytlin Bailey, discuss Boston’s infamous “Big Dig,” a construction project that unearthed a trove of archeological treasures from a 19th century brothel. According to census records, the “parlor house” in question belonged to brothel owner Mrs. Lake, who set high standards for her SWers’ self-care and personal hygiene.
For more resources on this episode, visit our website: https://oldprosonline.org/brothel-owner-mrs-lake
Ella “Cattle Kate” Watson: Trailblazer of the Wild West
It’s unclear if Ella “Cattle Kate” Watson was a SWer, but what we do know is she was a renowned pioneer of the Wild West. She was a ranch owner, entrepreneur, and woman who sought to challenge gender norms to live life her own way. Why then is her name notorious throughout American history? Join your host Kaytlin Bailey as she reclaims the often misremembered story of the infamous Ella “Cattle Kate” Watson.
For more resources on this episode, visit our website: https://oldprosonline.org/cattle-kate
Old Pro News: Unapologetically Generational
Check out the newest show from Old Pros! Introducing Old Pro News, hosted by longtime human rights activist and former sex worker Lakeesha Harris. Old Pro News is a biweekly podcast that reports on and contextualizes current events affecting the sex worker rights movement and community. We don’t just report on sex worker related news. We’re here to help you understand what’s really going on!
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Listen now to the latest Old Pro News episode, Unapologetically Generational – with Desi. In this episode, Old Pro News updates you on exciting new pieces legislation regarding sex worker safety at the state and federal levels, as well as some troubling developments from Russian Only Fans creators. Our very special guest this week is host Lakeesha Harris’ daughter, Desiree. They share a personal conversation on generational sex work.
For more information on today's episode and headlines, visit https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-003.
Lycoris the Mime was the Most Influential Courtesan in Ancient Rome
Evidence of the oldest profession can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. Volumina Cytheris, also known as Lycoris the Mime, is among the oldest and most influential courtesans in history. This week on The Oldest Profession Podcast, travel back in time with Kaytlin Bailey for a history lesson on ancient Rome and Lycoris the Mime.
For more resources on this episode, visit our website: https://oldprosonline.org/lycoris-the-mime
Found by accident - SO HAPPY
What a podcast!!!! I am so shocked. I am here by complete accident, and I am so so so happy.
Kaytlin, you are a legend and love your work. Listening from Australia :)
I love this podcast
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This is my favourite podcast of all time. Addictive!!! The oldest profession certainly does have a history, and the stories are told with such wisdom and insight.
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