XBN schedule for this week

XBN Sex Workers Broadcast Network schedule this week. All times Eastern www.xxbn.net Please forward. To join as a guest for any of the shows, call 646 200 3136. To be a guest on a future show contact Jill Brenneman at swopeastnc@gmail.com

Segment Description Keywords Category
Maturity
Date
Duration
[190956]
XBN Guest Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks is a former sex worker and current sex worker rights activist. She is writing a reference series for Internet escorts and is a news editor at $pread Magazine. She also blogs (in various places) and is a board member of SWOP-East. She’s even been on TV before!

Politics Progressive
Mature
5/7/2008
10:00 PM
60 Minutes
[190848]
XBN Deborah Palfrey’s suicide, sex workers and activists respond.
En Memoriam: Response to the tragic death of Deborah Palfrey, confirmed guests Susan co-founder of Desiree Alliance, former exotic dancer of 15 years and JB the Program director of The world internet radio network who interviewed Deborah Palfrey and will discuss her case, what happened and what he believes happened to her. Deborah Palfrey Politics Progressive
Mature
5/9/2008
9:00 PM
90 Minutes
[192509]
David Henry Sterry
The year was 1985. Smack dab in the middle of the cash happy/coke crazy, when it was raining men and girls just wanted to have fun on ladies night, that’s when David Henry Sterry became the Master of Ceremonies at Chippendales, the hottest show in the city that never sleeps. And he did it all in tuxedo, top hats and roller skates. He was the only one fully clothed in the show, and the only one who talked. This was not a coincidence. MASTER OF CEREMONIES: A True Story of Love, Murder, Politics Progressive
Everyone
5/10/2008
3:00 PM
60 Minutes
[185756]
XBN guest Claudine O’Leary, Independent Consultant, Rethink Resources
Claudine started as a youth/student organizer in high school and organized with anti-war, anti-racist, and women’s liberation movements through a national student activist network in college. She started an activist organization in 1999 that would later become the Young Women’s Empowerment Project and led the organization developing programs and workshops with youth in the sex trade and street economies until moving on in the fall of 2006 once the organization was youth-led. She is now consulti activist, Claudine O’Leary, Rethink Resouces, sex trade, street economies, Young Women’s Empowerment Project, youth Politics Progressive
Mature
5/11/2008
6:00 PM
60 Minutes
[189958]
XBN Cult of Gracie Radio with Dr. Susan Block
Dr. Susan Block, sex educator, cable TV host and author, discusses what we can learn from bonobos. A familiar face on HBO’s late-night programming through her #1 Nielsen-rated specials, Radio Sex TV with Dr. Susan Block as well as her episodes on Real Sex, she’s not only an educated sexologist, but a hot chick with a grand sense of humor to boot. bonobos, cult of gracie, dr susan block, dr suzy block, gracie passette, interviews, radio, sex education, sexologist, swop east, xbn Politics Progressive
Adults Only
5/14/2008
10:00 PM
60 Minutes
[189970]
XBN Cult of Gracie Radio with Gracie Passette
Open call in show ~ ask Gracie anything (or hear her ramble about what matters to her). adult films, call in, cult of gracie, culture, gracie passette, interviews, politics, radio, sex history, sex toys, sex work, sex workers, swop east, XBN Politics Progressive
Mature
5/21/2008
10:00 PM
60 Minutes
[189951]
XBN Cult of Gracie Radio with Amanda Brooks
Amanda Brooks, a retired escort (and former stripper) and author of The Internet Escort’s Handbook series. Amanda is also an activist, serving as a board member of SWOP-East and, as a board member of Desiree Alliance, writer at Bound, Not Gagged. amanda brooks, cult of gracie, escorts, gracie passette, interviews, radio, sex work, sex workers, strippers, swop east, XBN


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The Pink Scare: Of Ms. Palfrey and Sex Panic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS STATEMENT
Dylan Wolfe – Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK), swank@riseup.net
Michael Bottoms – Sex Workers Outreach Project – New York City (SWOP-NYC), swop.nyc@gmail.com
Susan Blake – Prostitutes of New York (PONY), pony@panix.com
Desiree Alliance, info@DesireeAlliance.org

The Pink Scare: Of Ms. Palfrey and Sex Panic

New York, NY – The activists at Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK), Sex
Workers Outreach Project New York (SWOP-NYC), Prostitutes of New York
(PONY) and the nationally-based Desiree Alliance are saddened that Deborah
Jeane Palfrey, also known as the D.C. Madam, passed away on May 1st in an
apparent suicide. We – prostitutes, strippers, pro-dommes, porn stars, sex
experts, and allies – extend our sympathies to all of those hurt by this
most recent chapter of the “Pink Scare,” in which oppressive legislation
and social stigma partner to generate hysteria around what, for us, can
prove to be simply a decent way to make a living.

The circumstances surrounding Ms. Palfrey’s death suggest that Americans
reconsider the current state and federal policies that govern sex work, as
well as the stigmatization and sensational treatment of those who
participate in this industry. From New York to California, daily reports
of Pink Scare-fueled police busts, e-stings and raids, even at legal
venues like strip clubs and dungeons, have reached a fever pitch. These
oppressive patterns regularly marginalize and terrorize our communities,
with barely a headline to show for the mass arrests. In contrast, coverage
of high-profile cases include yellow journalism exposés published at the
expense of sex workers’ privacy, dignity and livelihood. In an interview
with Lori Price, it was Ms. Palfrey who said, “Without question in my
mind, escort and adult service businesses. . . are being used as the new
weapon of choice in American politics.” The public figures implicated in
this type of case often receive little more than a slap on the wrist and a
second chance from a forgiving public. Ironically, among the exposed we
regularly find the very same lawmakers and other insiders who claim to
protect people from vice through moralizing legislation. Former State
Department official Randall L. Tobias was a Palfrey patron, though he
implemented the abstinence earmark in programs such as the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and, with it, the
“Anti-Prostitution Pledge” that has resulted in diminished funding for sex
worker-run organizations. Annually, our government spends millions in
taxpayer money to apprehend and prosecute participants in the sex trade,
while more effective policies like harm reduction-based approaches,
including the multiplication of living wage alternatives, are dramatically
under-utilized.

In both the highly-publicized scandals and under-documented daily
struggles, many sex workers now face financial ruin, emotional hardship
and social opprobrium at the hands of the Pink Scare simply because their
work, though it takes place between consenting adults, may be illegal and,
to some, may be offensive. In two instances associated with Palfrey’s
case, Ms. Palfrey and her former employee, Ms. Britton, oppressive laws
and stigma cost the implicated their very lives. Why did Ms. Palfrey die?
In response to this question, an activist with the International Union of
Sex Workers wrote, “Whether she died by her own hand or her suicide is a
cover for murder, she has been killed by the state.” Given the highly
political nature of these events, SWANK, SWOP-NYC, PONY and the Desiree
Alliance call for an independent investigation of the circumstances
surrounding Ms. Palfrey’s untimely death. Furthermore, we, as activists
and advocates, would like to stress in this instance that the
criminalization of sex workers and our labor only drives us further
underground, making us and our dependents more vulnerable to client and
police violence, and even death, as we are further isolated. The
unfortunate events of the D.C. scandal bring many of these broader issues
into sharper focus. It is high time that we challenge the morals and laws
that harm so many, so deeply, with so few gains and so many lives
destroyed.