"More than machinery, we need humanity."
Short notice, bookish types, but if you’re not doing anything this evening & are within shouting distance of Brooklyn, you should definitely join friend of the Shipwreck Melissa Gira Grant and others at PowerHouse Arena this evening at 7.
Melissa will be discussing her new book, Playing the whore:
In Playing the Whore, journalist Melissa Gira Grant turns these pieties on their head, arguing for an overhaul in the way we think about sex work. Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the “legitimate” economy only harms those who perform sexual labor. Sex workers’ demands, too long relegated to the margins, take center stage: sex work is work, and sex workers’ rights are human rights.
Benjamin Kunkel and Micah Uertricht will also be speaking on their new books, Utopia or bust and Strike for America, respectively, as the three of them collectively launch a book series from Verso co-edited by Jacobin magazine.
If you can’t make it tonight, maybe you can catch Melissa elsewhere on the Procession. She’ll be back in NYC on, speaking at McNally Jackson on April 10.