In this collection, we highlight past episodes related to laws and policies that impact sex workers.
Episode 4: Kashmir Hill on Facebook Outing Sex Workers
In Episode 4 we interview Kashmir Hill, a San Francisco-based investigative reporter with Gizmodo Media Group, who writes about technology and privacy. She talks to us about her recent article on how Facebook’s “People You May Know” feature outs sex workers.
We also discuss the many ways Facebook/Instagram algorithms may put marginalized people (sex workers, queer youth, domestic abuse survivors, etc.) at risk as well as possible ways of safeguarding your identity.
Episode 12: FOSTA/SESTA with Kate D’Adamo
We begin Episode 12 by bringing in Kate D’Adamo from survivorsagainstsesta.org to help us cover the news. She discusses the status of FOSTA and SESTA and what the implications of the law will be for the sex work community as a whole. She also talks about the work that sex work activists are doing and how to get involved.
Episode 16: Megan Guza on Condoms as ‘Instruments of Crime’ in Prostitution Cases
we have a discussion with Megan Guza about her article, “Condoms Criminalized in Allegheny County Prostitution Cases,” where she reports on the way that condoms have been criminalized in prostitution cases, putting sex workers at risk. We also talk about the work that we did with SWOP Pittsburgh to challenge these practices.
Episode 36: The Tumblr Sex Ban
In Episode 36 we explore Tumblr’s recent ban on adult content. We feature two interviews discussing the ban’s impact on marginalized communities: erotic artist Jaymie Delight and genre fiction writer Sunny Moraine. We also introduce Peepshow Podcast’s new weekly Feature Artist promotion.
Episode 38: Red on Prison Reform
Episode 38 is our first episode of 2019! This week we feature an interview with Red, a New York City based Marxist/feminist community organizer sex working art historian. Red’s organizing efforts sit at the intersection of art, politics, and labor. In addition to a discussion of the prison industrial complex as it relates to sex work politics, we talked to Red about the work they have done curating the art exhibit Whores Will Rise.
For the news segment, we invited back Kate D’Adamo to talk about the clemency granted to Cyntoia Brown’s, how we got here, and organizing around similar cases.
Episode 46: Theorizing the Web Special Episode: Suppressing Sex
Episode 46 is a special live recording of the “Suppressing Sex” keynote panel we hosted last April at the Theorizing the Web conference in Queens, NYC.
Cameron Glover, Liara Roux, Ramona Flour, Sunny Moraine, and Samantha Cole join PJ and I to discuss the social consequences of policing sex off of social media, with a special eye to the impacts of FOSTA/SESTA on marginalized sex communities.
Episode 48: Woodhull’s Legal Challenge to FOSTA/SESTA
Episode 48 is the second in a series of episodes recorded at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. This episode focuses on the summit itself, as well as Woodhull’s current legal challenge to FOSTA/SESTA.
Episode 54: Allie Eve Knox and Kiara Skye on Tech, Sex Work, and Payment Processing in the Sex Industry
In Episode 54 we talk to content creators and fetish performers Allie Eve Knox and Kiara Skye about the intersection of the tech industry and sex work, and why crypto may offer solutions to many of the payment processing issues faced by the adult industry.
Episode 59: Why Should We Care About the EARN IT Act with Danielle Blunt
n Episode 59 of the Peepshow Podcast we interview Danielle Blunt, professional dominatrix, sex worker rights advocate, and co-founder of Hacking//Hustling, a collective that works at the intersection of technology and social justice. We discuss the EART IT Act and how important it is to protect online spaces for marginalized communities.
Episode 77: Pornhub, Payment Processing, and Nicholas Kristof with Melissa Gira Grant
“At the end of the day, what this is about is preserving white male power. If the consequence of going back on Pornhub is reducing the incomes of people who were already marginalized, who were already lower to middle income, who were already blocked from other forms of work because they are trans, because they are undocumented, because of disability, then it isn’t an unintended consequence. It is just part of how this thing goes.” Melissa Gira Grant
We talk to Melissa Gira Grant about Nicholas Kristof’s Op/Ed in the New York Times that led to Visa/Mastercard pulling out of Pornhub. We discuss trafficking narratives, anti-porn feminism, the business model of Pornhub, sex workers issues with payment processors, and more.
Melissa Gira Grant is a staff writer at The New Republic and the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work.
Episode 78: Porn Performers Talk Pornhub and Payment Processing
In this special compilation episode, we bring together the stories of 8 porn performers and sex workers to talk about the issues they face with payment processing. They talk about bank accounts, porn platforms, cash apps, and how Visa/Mastercard pulling out of Pornhub is impacting them.
Episode 86: Biometric Scanning and Trans Porn Performers with Dylan Thomas
Jessie Sage and guest-host Reese Piper talk to porn performer Dylan Thomas about his work, his F2M transition, coming out to his family as trans an a sex worker, and also the biometric technology that has been introduced at Pornhub and its potential impact on trans performers.
See Samantha Cole’s piece on the biometric technology in Motherboard.