a whores’ dialogue: on the history & racism of anti-trafficking {podcast transcript}

This is a transcript of episode 3 of our new podcast, The Underbelli. This episode is a historical fiction interpretation of some articles about the history of anti-trafficking projects. We have made these articles available on their own as well in a reader we put together called The Myths of Sex Trafficking.  A PDF for […]

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The Underbelli Podcast #4 – Approaching New Pathways in Mental Health

Episode 4 of the Underbelli: Beyond Psychiatry and Self-Care – Approaching New Pathways in Mental Health This episode is comprised of a reading Sasha Durakov did first in Minneapolis in July and then in Chicago in August, with some minor changes to account for the switch to an audio format. The description read: ‘Many of […]

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The Underbelli Podcast #3 – A Whores’ Dialogue: On the History and Racism of Anti-Trafficking

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Underbelli We’re very excited about this one as we continue experimenting with new and creative ways to communicate. This episode is in the format of a “whores’ dialogue”, an old pornographic literary form typically in which an older, more experienced woman educates a naive younger woman on manners of […]

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The Underbelli Podcast #2 – The Madwives’ Blues: Gaslights, Masculinity, and Psychiatry

Ever heard someone say someone else is “gaslighting”? What does it mean to “gaslight” someone? What do we make of this word “crazy” that gaslighting implies? Is it merely accidental that the victim is nearly always feminized? We explore the implications of the term through the madwives (women diagnosed with schizophrenia) of the 1950s, films […]

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The Underbelli Podcast #1 – The Monsters You Make of Us: On Sex Work and Stigma

Welcome Episode 1 of The Underbelli! In this episode Erma VIP pulls listeners through a web of texts pertaining to how sex work is stigmatized and policed in the present moment. Their spinnerets take us from personal meditations on doing sex work to the rescue industry of the Twin Cities to strippers organizing in New […]

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The Underbelli Audiozine #1 – Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse

We are very pleased to say we finished recording our first audio zine! This is us and some of our friends reading from Sasha Durakov’s “Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse—The Story of the Psycho,” which you can read here. Schizo-Genesis is a text in which Sasha Durakov attempts to situate psychiatry within the history of policing, […]

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