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This week, we are joined by author Melissa Gira Grant, whose new book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work dismantles the myths surrounding sex work and challenges us to think about sex work in the same framework in which we put other kinds of labor. At the heart is the question: should workers have to love their work in order to be able to demand rights and protections on the job?
Michelle also brings us news of a win for labor rights for sex workers in New Zealand; we then take a look at the heated battle over charter schools in New York and nationwide, at the struggle for decent jobs as a local economy moves from manufacturing to care work, and the surprising news that McDonald’s might be raising wages after all. Finally, we wrap up with a look at what happened to the company town.
Conversation with Melissa Gira Grant about the work of sex work:
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