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Sex. Queers. Politics. What's on your dresser?
Our conversations and stories on of sex, gender, culture, and politics are produced by sex workers, sex educators, and queer folks.
We are a podcast born from an FM radio show. Now with 60% more free-speech and 33% more PhDs!

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Sex. Queers. Politics. What's on your dresser?
Our conversations and stories on of sex, gender, culture, and politics are produced by sex workers, sex educators, and queer folks.
We are a podcast born from an FM radio show. Now with 60% more free-speech and 33% more PhDs!

    402 - Roundtable: Reflections on the First Year of FOSTA/SESTA

    402 - Roundtable: Reflections on the First Year of FOSTA/SESTA

    Hi Podcast Listeners
    On this episode, the On The Dresser team sits down for a discussion on what we've seen since the implementation of a new federal law known as FOSTA/SESTA. This was a joining of two congressional bills, the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act" and the "(Allow States to) Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act". Reality TV star turned federal worker Donald Trump signed it into law in April 2018. FOSTA/SESTA removed provisions under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which shielded websites from liability for content that users post on their platforms. Since its passage, some websites have self-censored content or shut down entirely if the content posted could be construed as "promoting prostitution" or "facilitating sex trafficking." This has not only affected advertising platforms for sex workers, but also information on sexual education, sexuality, legal adult content and information that sex workers have used to stay safe online and in real life.

    SESTA/FOSTA is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attacks on free speech and personal freedoms. Many more bills are being introduced that target sex workers, but can be expanded to include more citizens under the guise of "fighting human trafficking."

    After you listen to our roundtable, we'd like to hear your thoughts. What do you see since the passage of SESTA/FOSTA? Send us your notes or voice memos - Onthedresser@gmail.com. We'll share some of your responses in the coming weeks.

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com (or securely @protonmail.com). You can also find us on Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com. While you're there, please consider donating to this venture in queer sex worker media. To those who have made a financial contribution to this project, we'd like to say "Thank you for your support. Your generosity has helped us pay other sex workers for content contributions and transcription services which will help us reach wider audiences. We believe strongly in the mission of this independent media project and we're grateful to know that you feel the same.

    Co-Hosts/Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    Sex. Queers. Politics. What's On Your Dresser?

    • 26 min
    Extended Interview - Thotscholar

    Extended Interview - Thotscholar

    Here is the complete interview with thotscholar from our episode: A Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers in which we discuss her new book, Libra Season, December 17, sex work, activism, and pro-heaux womanism.

    For more from thotscholar:
    twitter.com/thotscholar
    https://www.patreon.com/thotscholar

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com (or securely @protonmail.com or find us on Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com. And, if you're so moved, consider donating to this venture in queer sex worker media. Thank you for your support and for listening along. We're thrilled to be starting our Fourth Year of edutitillation.

    Co-Ho(st)s/Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    Sex. Queers. Politics. What's On Your Dresser?

    • 34 min
    401 - Asexuality Q&A with Taryn

    401 - Asexuality Q&A with Taryn

    Welcome to our first ep of 2019! We're starting off by taking some time to educate ourselves on something that none of the On the Dresser hosts have lived experience with and that is asexuality.

    Enter Taryn. She's a blogger and educator. Her site www.AceInTheHole.com is a place where she reviews sex toys and chronicles her journey as an asexual person. She chats with Vanessa about representation and discovery and gives us helps us better understand our friends on the Asexual and Aromantic spectrum. Afterward, Danny Cruz and Lauren Kiley chat about how to best support a loved one who may trust you enough to "come out" to you. We chat in the context of asexuality, but it really applies across the TLBGQIA spectrum.

    Plus!
    Vanessa and Danny come to you from the American Bar Association (ABA) Mid Year meeting in Las Vegas! Our own Vanessa Carlisle co-wrote a guide with friend of the show Kori Cordero for writing legislation that bans gay conversion therapy for minors. Currently, only 15 states in the US ban the practice. The ABA's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) adopted a resolution urging all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to enact laws that prohibit state-licensed professionals from using conversion therapy on minors. You can find the resolution, the guide and more information at: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/sexual_orientation/

    While we enjoyed the scenery in Vegas, it was hard not to feel like we were being watched. That's because that we woke up to the news from journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant that Marriott Hotels were training their staff to “identify trafficking victims” by behavior like turning down housekeeping or traveling with too little luggage! All in the name of human trafficking (of course)
    THREAD: https://twitter.com/melissagira/status/1089170470895783938

    Later that week, Elizabeth Nolan Brown who is an associate editor at Reason Magazine wrote a piece detailing Marriott's increased surveilling of women in their hotels and how it ties into the government's expansion of "see something, say something" targeting women and sex workers.
    Are You a Woman Traveling Alone? Marriott Might Be Watching You.
    https://reason.com/archives/2019/02/05/hotel-surveillance-state-sex-trafficking

    If that didn't feel like enough eyes on us, we heard from frequent business traveller Clementine Crawford who wrote an essay about her experience being a single woman at a New York City Restaurant. At one of her regular dining spots when she travels in from London, she was surprised to find that she was no longer allowed to sit at the bar! "Company policy."
    "The Night I Was Mistaken for a Call Girl" https://drugstoreculture.com/the-night-i-was-mistaken-for-a-call-girl/

    Finally (and probably most grossly), we'll chat about a bill that was proposed in the Utah state legislature. HB 153 would amend provisions regarding the completion and amendment of a birth certificate in order to prohibit transgender citizens from being able to change the gender on their birth certificates. Luckily this bill was held and is effectively dead, but we'll talk about how these all these things fit the larger theme of policing sex, gender and bodies. All of it, On the Dresser!

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com (or securely @protonmail.com or find us on Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com. And, if you're so moved, consider donating to this venture in queer sex worker media. Thank you for your support and for listening along. We're thrilled to be starting our Fourth Year of edutitillation.

    Co-Ho(st)s/Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    • 55 min
    A Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

    A Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

    We're ending the year with a look at December 17th. Since 2003, the date has been recognized in the sex worker community as International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

    Started by Annie Sprinkle, Robin Few and organizers with the Sex Workers outreach project s a way to memorialize the victims of a serial killer who targeted sex workers in Seattle, it has grown as community call to action with observances in over 60 cities worldwide:

    Annie sent us one of her writings on concieving the action. https://rewire.news/article/2008/12/08/stopping-terror-a-day-to-end-violence-against-prostitutes/

    Interviews with:
    Kate D'Adamo - twitter.com/KateDAdamo
    Savannah Sly - twitter.com/SavannahSly
    Suprihmbe - twitter.com/thotscholar, patreon.com/thotscholar

    To see a list of names of sex workers murdered around the world in 2018 and/or find an event near you, visit www.December17.org

    More show notes to follow!

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com or find us on Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com

    Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    Sex. Queers. Politics. You'll find all of it On the Dresser!

    • 1 hr
    Sex And The Law Pt 2 (Rebroadcast)

    Sex And The Law Pt 2 (Rebroadcast)

    Hi listeners! We're taking a short break to figure out some life stuff and do a little planning for this podcast. In the meantime, we'll be sharing some bonus interviews as well as gems from the past two and a half years at On The Dresser.

    In this episode, A throwback to our time as "Sex, Please!" on live broadcast radio. We chat with Kristina Dolgin, co-founder of Red Light Legal (redlightlegal.org). Red Light Legal is an Oakland based non-profit organization that helps provide legal services and referrals to sex workers.

    Kristina chats with Danny Cruz and Vanessa Carlisle on some headlines of the day, discusses limited rights of sex workers and answers our some of our legal FAQs.

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com or find us on Facebook/Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com

    Co-Ho(st)s/Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    Sex. Queers. Politics. You'll find all of it On the Dresser!

    • 50 min
    311 - Connecting Sex Worker Community with Kaytlin Bailey

    311 - Connecting Sex Worker Community with Kaytlin Bailey

    Hi listeners. We're taking a short break to figure out some life stuff and do a little planning for this podcast. In the meantime, we'll share some bonus interviews as well as gems from the past two and a half years at On The Dresser.

    In this episode, a bonus interview! Our Vanessa Carlisle recently met Kaytlin Bailey of the Oldest Profession Podcast at a workshop led by Tina Horn! The duo found a spot in Prospect Park in NYC to reflect on the workshop and chat about sex worker community and movement building.

    Find Kaytiln on Twitter at twitter.com/KaytlinBailey.
    You can listen to The Oldest Profession on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-oldest-profession/id1296601569?mt=2) or wherever you get your podcasts.

    Want to get in touch with the On The Dresser team? Send us your questions, comments, suggestions or signal boosts to onthedresser@gmail.com or find us on Facebook/Twitter @Onthedresser!

    Visit our website at www.onthedresserpodcast.com

    Co-Ho(st)s/Production team:
    Dr. Vanessa Carlisle (twitter.com/vcarlisle)
    Lauren Kiley (twitter.com/xoxolaurenkiley)
    Danny Cruz (twitter.com/adannyboy)

    Sex. Queers. Politics. You'll find all of it On the Dresser!

    • 18 min

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