#826 Work is work is work (Wage and Respect Gap)

Today we take a delightfully nuanced look at the causes of the gender pay gap and then likely make a lot of people uncomfortable with the idea that sex work isn't inherently evil

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Equal Pay Day: How Obama Is Helping Close the Pay Gap - @majorityfm - Air Date: 04-09-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: New Slang - Oh, Inverted World

Ch. 4: Act 2: Differentials In Pay Between Women And Men (Part 1) - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date 4-8-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Ode to My Family - Stars - The Best of 1992-2002

Ch. 6: Act 3: Politician: Women Don't Deserve Equal Pay Because WHAT?! - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 05-02-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Coal Miner's Daughter - All Time Greatest Hits

Ch. 8: Act 4: Differentials In Pay Between Women And Men (Part 2) - @WEEKinBLACKNESS - Air Date 4-8-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Upturned Nose of Count Buffon - Wild Ones

Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Is Just Asking: "Are Female Breadwinners A Problem?" - Media Matters Minute (@mmfa) - Air Date: 05-05-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: The Upturned Nose of Count Buffon - Wild Ones

Ch. 12: Act 6: Playing The Whore, The Work Of Sex Work - @radio_dispatch - Air Date: 3-5-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: There She Goes - Sixpence None the Richer

Ch. 14: Act 7: Prostitution Restrictions Removed by Canada Supreme Court - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 12-28-13

Ch. 15: Song 7: Today Has Been OK - Fisherman's Woman

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Sex Workers Project via @UJCSexWorkers - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 18: Act 9: Influence Of Internet On Sex Workers - @fakedansavage - Air Date 7-30-13


Ch. 19: Surprised at lack of animal agriculture in climate episode - Jim from Washington State

Ch. 20: Government should get out of the marriage business - Nathan from Boca Raton, FL

Ch. 21: Thanks for campaign finance reform episode - Paula from California

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 22: Final comments on how to share the show and it's segments

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


No Condoms as Evidence

emPOWER - a Celebration of the Sex Workers Project, June 5th, NYC

Additional Activism

Follow #NotYourRescueProject

The Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP): Take Action and Volunteer

Sources/further reading:

”Playing the Whore” by Melissa Gira Grant

"Fighting sex trafficking with Jesus: How the religious right’s 'healing' hurts” by Melissa Gira Grant

"Sex worker activist convicted for crime of 'walking while trans’” via Feministing

”Sex Workers: We’re not a rescue project, not trafficking victims” by Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Listen: Red Umbrella Diaries podcast from Red Umbrella Project

"How a controversial Ariz. program tries to keep sex workers out of jail” by Sarah Hoye

"NYPD to Stop Seizing Sex Work Suspects’ Condoms”


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-05-19 22:34:02 -0400
    Heather makes some excellent points, though I disagree that it’s not valid to speak about eating habits. Consumer demand can and does drive change; we just have a long way to go. Still she is right, we definitely need to address big ag, and if our media isn’t covering this problem enough, we need to demand that they do.
    Thanks for your work, Jay & team - keep fighting the good fight —
  • commented 2014-05-16 17:34:55 -0400
    This comment is in reference to the caller who wanted to know why we don’t talk about agriculture when we talk about climate change or environmental issues. Let me first say that I am an agriculture and food systems student at Washington State University. I often find myself wondering about the same thing. Agriculture is our biggest contributor to the destruction of our planet but no one talks about it or fights against it. Your answer I think was not good enough. When talking about the effects of agriculture on our planet it is not valid to talk about eating habits in the sense of vegan, GMO, Paleo, american standard, etc. What needs to be talked about are the practices of farmers. Farmers need to make changes to the way they farm away from conventional to an agroecological (systems) approach or something like it. I get so upset by everyone only talking about the controversial/personal/moral parts of our food system, we will never get anywhere with that. We need to learn how our food is grown and better ways to grow it. For example instead of tilling and tilling tearing up the soil causing erosion we should be minimizing tillage. Instead of using fertilizer inputs off farm we should be finding ways to close nutrient cycles on our farms. There are so many effects from agriculture, loss of biodiversity, run-off, water pollution, arable soil loss, labor rights, on and on. People should be aware that in general we only have enough soil left to sustain our food systems for another 60 years, Until these problems are accepted by consumers and are made to become aware of these issues all talk about solutions to climate change are a big waste of time.