The Oldest Profession

The Oldest Profession Podcast

Kaytlin Bailey celebrates the storied history of the world’s oldest profession and the heroic whores that had a hand (or at least a pinky finger) in shaping society as we know it today.

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What is gained or lost by the language we use to define ourselves and our community? Where does this language come from and who gets to use it?    In this season finale, two influential thinkers (thotscholar aka Moses and The Scarlot Harlot aka Carol Leigh) meet for the first time and explore the role of language in the sex worker movement. They ruminate on the importance of discourse around language, the impact of using such language and the evolution in discourse over time.

Aug 9

59 min 54 sec

 Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away this year on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement, Miss Vera and Annie Sprinkle.    To learn more about the life of Margo St. James and the sex worker rights movement, please visit https://margostjames.com.

Jun 23

57 min 48 sec

 Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away this year on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement, Miss Vera and Annie Sprinkle.    To learn more about the life of Margo St. James and the sex worker rights movement, please visit https://margostjames.com.

Jun 21

52 min 25 sec

June 2nd is International Whores' Day! To celebrate, we are re-releasing an episode from Season Two featuring Kaytlin Bailey & Ceyenne Doroshow. By doing this, we hope to draw attention to how far the sex worker rights movement has come in the last three years since their conversation. Telling our stories has an impact. Keep telling yours, and we'll keep those of the sex workers who came before us.  

Jun 1

39 min

Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away this year on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement, Lottie Da, Molly Bode, and Carol Leigh.   Original Audio from the short film Hookers 1975 by George Csicsery, Zala Films and Carol Leigh's film Outlaw Poverty Not Prostitution Original Music by Queen Ida To learn more about the life of Margo St. James and the sex worker rights movement, please visit https://margostjames.com.

May 21

1 hr 1 min

Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away this year on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement, Carol Leigh http://sexworkermedialibrary.org, Dolores French, author of Working: My Life as a Prostitute, and Norma Jean Almodovar http://www.normajeanalmodovar.com/mybio.html.    To find out more information about the Celebration of Life for Margo St. James, please visit https://margostjames.com.

Apr 14

41 min 52 sec

Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away this year on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement, Carol Leigh http://sexworkermedialibrary.org, Dolores French, author of Working: My Life as a Prostitute, and Norma Jean Almodovar http://www.normajeanalmodovar.com/mybio.html.    To find out more information about the Celebration of Life for Margo St. James, please visit https://margostjames.com.

Apr 7

44 min 51 sec

To conclude our series on Jack the Ripper's victims, our Old Pro historian Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher hosts a panel discussion with Charlotte, a spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) and AK Saini, a contributing author to We Too, as well as a sex worker and storyteller.

Apr 3

54 min 37 sec

Recorded during the release of our series on Jack the Ripper's victims, Kaytlin and Dr. Fletcher had the great pleasure of speaking with Tina Horn.  Tina is the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex), which you can proudly contribute to the book's Kickstarter HERE. She's also the author of two nonfiction books and has contributed to or creative directed numerous anthologies including the queer horror collection Theater of Terror and the feminist essay collections We Too and Believe Me. For more information, please visit https://tinahorn.net.

Apr 1

1 hr

This is the final episode of our series on the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Mary Jane Kelly, generally considered the fifth and final victim, was found dead on November 9, 1888. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Mar 31

21 min 14 sec

This is the fourth episode of our series on the women murdered by Jack the Ripper. Catherine Eddowes, also known as Kate (which is how we reference her) was found mutilated in the southernmost corner of Mitre Square on September 30, 1888.   Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Mar 24

34 min 55 sec

Continuing our series on the women murdered by Jack the Ripper, this episode focuses on his third known victim. Elisabeth, an immigrant from Sweden, was found murdered on September 30th, 1888. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5  

Mar 17

38 min 19 sec

Continuing our series on the victims of Jack the Ripper, this episode is about Annie, who was brutally murdered in London's East End on September 8, 1888. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Mar 10

22 min 17 sec

Late in the summer of 1888, a serial killer murdered at least five women in London's East End. The press at the time was quick to paint his victims as prostitutes, punished for their promiscuity. This series tells the full story that has been glossed over again and again. This isn’t about Jack the Ripper, it’s about the women he killed. This episode is  about Polly, murdered on August 31, 1888. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Mar 4

31 min 51 sec

To honor the recent death of the trailblazing sex worker organzier Margo St James, this month The Oldest Professional Podcast will pay tribute to the OG old pros who have spent their life fighting for our rights, our dignity, and our stories.  To start off our series, we sit down with living legend Annie Sprinkle and her long time partner Beth Stephens.

Feb 14

41 min 11 sec

Dr. Charlene Fletcher and Kaytlin Bailey host a discussion with the City Coordinators involved in #OldProProject 2021: Savannah Sly, TS Candii, Valentine, Danyell Davis, Mx. Pucks A'Plenty, and Joaquin Remora.

Feb 2

1 hr 4 min

Dr. Charlene Fletcher is joined by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, authors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute, to talk more about Alice’s letters that inspired the January 25th march in 1917. Ivy and Devon also share more about their research and findings since publishing the book.  

Jan 29

50 min 54 sec

We pass the mic to the team behind the #OldProProject in San Francisco, CA to discusses their project and its significance.  The #OldProProject is a national sex worker led campaign that allows sex workers across the country to retell their city's history through their perspective and art. All art pieces from each city will be debuted on January 25th, 2021 via a livestream event put on by The Oldest Profession Podcast.

Jan 25

45 min 18 sec

We pass the mic to the team behind the #OldProProject in New York, NY to discusses their project and its significance.  The #OldProProject is a national sex worker led campaign that allows sex workers across the country to retell their city's history through their perspective and art. All art pieces from each city will be debuted on January 25th, 2021 via a livestream event put on by The Oldest Profession Podcast.

Jan 24

29 min 26 sec

We pass the mic to the team behind the #OldProProject in New Orleans, LA to discusses their project and its significance.  The #OldProProject is a national sex worker led campaign that allows sex workers across the country to retell their city's history through their perspective and art. All art pieces from each city will be debuted on January 25th, 2021 via a livestream event put on by The Oldest Profession Podcast.

Jan 20

43 min 6 sec

We pass the mic to the team behind the #OldProProject in Seattle, WA to discusses their project and its significance.  The #OldProProject is a national sex worker led campaign that allows sex workers across the country to retell their city's history through their perspective and art. All art pieces from each city will be debuted on January 25th, 2021 via a livestream event put on by The Oldest Profession Podcast.

Jan 19

1 hr 2 min

We pass the mic to the team behind the #OldProProject in Portland, OR to discusses their project and its significance.  The #OldProProject is a national sex worker led campaign that allows sex workers across the country to retell their city's history through their perspective and art. All art pieces from each city will be debuted on January 25th, 2021 via a livestream event put on by The Oldest Profession Podcast.

Jan 13

38 min 5 sec

On Jan 25, 1917, 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. The Old Pro Project is an annual event that builds towards this anniversary, and this episodes takes a deep dive on its history and significance.

Jan 5

36 min 32 sec

Dr. Charlene Fletcher hosts a panel discussion about the divine feminine, Lilith, with Dr. Lauren Mancia (medievalist at Brooklyn College) and Verity Lightman (writer, visual artists, and researcher at Liminal Praxis).

Dec 2020

43 min 19 sec

What happens when we embrace our shadow selves instead of repressing them? Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Dec 2020

24 min 22 sec

A crossover episode with Peepshow Media where sex workers share their stories of coming out.

Dec 2020

1 hr 14 min

If you want to learn the official story of Lilith, this episode is for you.   Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond

Dec 2020

29 min 42 sec

The story of the story of Lilith, the first ever nasty woman. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Dec 2020

42 min 22 sec

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher hosts a discussion about this month’s old pros with special guests Joy Michael Ellison, a writer, a teacher/scholar, and a grassroots community activist, and Ceyenne Doroshow, the Founder and Director of G.L.I.T.S.

Nov 2020

46 min 48 sec

The end of the mothers of many movements' lives and the legacy they left behind. 

Nov 2020

23 min 49 sec

In part two, Kaytlin covers the Stonewall Riots, how Marsha P. Johnson's and Sylvia Rivera played a major role in them, and how they were intially rejected from the Gay Rights movement because of their status as trans street workers. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Nov 2020

43 min 19 sec

On the historic Election Night of 2020, Kaytlin Bailey and Dr. Charlene Fletcher of The Oldest Profession Podcast sat down for a candid discussion about Melania Trump. The conversation explored whether or not Melania can be considered an old pro, if she is part of our movement, and how Kaytlin had circus performers at her wedding. A panel discussion truly for the ages.  

Nov 2020

1 hr 45 min

In part one, host Kaytlin Bailey sets the scene by covering queer culture in New York City, from 1869 to 1969.  References: CT Trans History and Archives. Sylvia Rivera: She Was More Than Stonewall Documentary (November 25, 2019), accessed October 30, 2020 Kasino, Michael and Richard Morrison. "Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson." Film accessed August 18, 2020 Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5 Soundbible.com https://musopen.org

Nov 2020

36 min 39 sec

Dr. Charlene Fletcher (Historian for The Oldest Profession Podcast) hosts a discussion with EPB (Writer, Visual Artist, and Researcher for Liminal Praxis) and Kaytlin Bailey (CEO + Founder of Old Pro Productions) about Victoria Woodhull and what we can take from her story in terms of sexual freedom, and the complexities and multitudes that women contain.

Oct 2020

51 min 55 sec

In part three, host Kaytlin Bailey recounts the end of Woodhull's life, and notes her impact on the Suffrage Movement that has somehow (yet also intentionally) mostly been forgotten. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragette, stock broker, rumored sex worker, and first female candidate for the President of the United States. A woman who wore many hates and was called many names. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Oct 2020

31 min 9 sec

In part two, host Kaytlin Bailey notes Woodhull's crucial involvement in the Women's Suffrage Movement, and recounts the events that ultimately lead to her trouble with law enforcement. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragette, stock broker, rumored sex worker, and first female candidate for the President of the United States. A woman who wore many hates and was called many names. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5

Oct 2020

36 min 36 sec

Host Kaytlin Bailey talks about Victoria Woodhull's early life and what led to her becoming an old pro. Victoria Woodhull was a suffragette, stock broker, rumored sex worker, and first female candidate for the President of the United States. A woman who wore many hates and was called many names. Stock Media provided by sounddogs / Pond5  

Oct 2020

47 min 13 sec

At a time where full service sex workers in Seattle euphemistically called themselves seamstresses, Madam Lou Graham was so rich that she served as an alternative to banks, giving loans to business propositions deemed too risky by bankers. She was also largely responsible for the funding of Seattle's school system. At the height of her power, Graham got arrested by a rookie cop who clearly did not know who he was dealing with. She was so influential that she was cleared of all charges AND had the police commissioner fired.

Jul 2019

17 min 5 sec

The most famous sex worker of today's music industry, Cardi B unabashedly flaunts and celebrates her past as a stripper in her songs, music videos, and social media. 

Apr 2019

22 min 44 sec

Best known for is commercial paintings of the moulin rouge, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was also a john who (literally) lived in brothels. As a tenant and client, Toulouse-Lautrec created compelling portraits of the full service sex workers with whom he socialized. His empathetic gaze captured the elements of their lives often missed by more sensationalist or romanticized depictions of sex work by other artists of his time.      

Apr 2019

19 min 30 sec

Ching Shih went from working as a full service sex worker on a floating brothel in Canton to becoming the one of the most successful pirate captains in the history of the world.      

Apr 2019

17 min 45 sec

In 1949, Marilyn Monroe, struggling to make ends meet as an actress, got paid 50$ to pose nude for a calendar. She worked as a pinup and, some say, as a prostitute before becoming an internationally recognized sex symbol & box office sensation.  Her vibrant, sensuous charisma, her comedic genius and witty flair deeply resonates with old pros and civilians alike- over fifty years after her death, we're still obsessed with her. 

Mar 2019

25 min 43 sec

This Mesoamerican Goddess was the deity of vice, filth, purification, steam baths, lust, fertility, adulterers and, you guessed it, sex workers.  She symbolically castrated priests in elaborate rituals, and provoked and pardoned her followers' sin in a never ending circle of life, sex and death.     

Feb 2019

19 min 39 sec

Infamous misandrist martyr and queer icon Aileen Wuornos killed seven men while working as a hitch hiking sex worker in Florida. To say that her life was defined by hardship would be an understatement. She started exchanging sex for resources at 11, was kicked out of her family house at 15. At 35, after killing a number of johns, one of whom a convicted rapist Wuornos shot in self-defence, she was betrayed by her lover who collaborated with the cops in exchange for immunity from prosecution.  Her trial was heavily covered by the media, who feasted on her case because of what they perceived as Wuornos' titillating identity as both a queer sex worker and a survivor of sexual assault. Her last words one camera were: "Thanks a lot, society, for railroading my ass." After spending years on death row, she was executed at the age of 56.      

Feb 2019

21 min 43 sec

In this new special segment, Kaytlin responds to the alarming but predictable trend of single women traveling alone being targeted by companies who are spending millions to train their staff to spot 'trafficking victims'. Surprise surprise: the training doesn't actually help trafficking victims, but rather targets old pros. Kaytlin also addresses the recent wave of arrests on seeking.com. 

Feb 2019

5 min 27 sec

This week we're doing something a little different- we compiled heartbreaking and heartwarming coming out stories from Coyote Fawn, Allie Oops, and many more.   

Dec 2018

32 min 3 sec

  To commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th we pass the mic to Ceyenne Doroshow who interviews long time friend & activist JyAsia Kylee about her experience with violence & the police. For more information about vigils & events in your area visit http://www.december17.org/

Dec 2018

33 min 6 sec

In this episode Kaytlin focuses on the life of unlikely national hero, Stormy Daniels. The uneventful sex she definitely had with Donald Trump might be the least interesting part of this incredible woman’s story.        

Nov 2018

21 min 49 sec

In the second part of this two part series about prostitution in colonial Nigeria, Kaytlin pulls back to discuss the shared goals and developing rivalry between the Colony Welfare Office, which was run by British colonialists, and upper class Lagosian women working toward a broad feminist agenda.   Beginning in the 1920's, these women demanded that the colonial state work to eradicate prostitution. However, when the government passed and aggressively enforced anti-prostitution laws in the 1940s, the legislation impacted their lives in ways that they could not have predicted.  

Nov 2018

24 min 26 sec

Segilola Eleyinju Ege was an immensely popular Nigerian prostitute who wrote what is considered by many to be the first Yoruba novel,"The Life History of Me Segilola Endowed with Fascinating Eyes, the Sweetheart of a Thousand and One Men". Between 1929 & 1930, Segilola published tales from her exciting life as a monthly column in the Lagos Herald. This is part one of a two part series based on Saheed Aderinto's scholarly book, "When Sex Threatened The State; Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria 1900-1958".    

Nov 2018

23 min 10 sec