Hi everyone–I’m really excited to invite you to this special event! I’ve been thinking for some time about hosting events beyond book discussions that expand our scope and let us explore additional types of art. We had such a great discussion of Nina Raines’ play Tribes a few months ago (and an upcoming monthly club selection stays in that whole theatre/film area [shhh no spoilers so don’t ask]). When my friend Kaytlin Bailey shared that she was working on a new one-woman show and was looking for people to host workshop performances where she could gain feedback, I knew this was the perfect event for the Astoria Feminist Book Group.
Kaytlin is a writer, performer, and sex worker rights advocate. Her one-woman show, Cuntagious, sold out performances in multiple NYC theater festivals in 2016. Each episode of her popular podcast The Oldest Profession explores the story of a different ‘old pro’ from history. She recently joined the team at Decriminalize Sex Work as the Director of Communications to help direct the growing support for sex-workers’ rights toward a national strategy to end the prohibition of prostitution in the United States. Her writing has been featured in Vice, she has been quoted in The New York Times, Jacobin & The Washington Examiner.
Kaytlin has just finished an early and unpolished draft of her second one-woman show. This piece is an irreverent and funny mad dash through 10,000 years of sex work history in sixty minutes. At this event, Kaytlin will be reading a draft of the show and then we are hosting a talk-back discussion.
The topic of sex work is a challenging one, and I’m pretty sure we’re going to learn to see the issue from a new perspective at this event and learn what we can do to help advocate for safe and sane policy around sex work.