Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull iTunes | Stitcher | SpotifyDr. Charlene J. Fletcher is a historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century United States and African American...

Lou Graham

Lou Graham

Lou GrahamiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify At a time where full service sex workers in Seattle euphemistically called themselves seamstresses, Madam Lou Graham was so rich that she served as an alternative to banks, giving loans to business propositions deemed too risky by...

Cardi B

Cardi B

Cardi BiTunes | Stitcher | SpotifyThe most famous sex worker of today's music industry, Cardi B unabashedly flaunts and celebrates her past as a stripper in her songs, music videos, and social media. Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck...

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-LautreciTunes | Stitcher | SpotifyBest known for is commercial paintings of the moulin rouge, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was also a john who (literally) lived in brothels. As a tenant and client, Toulouse-Lautrec created compelling...

Ching Shih

Ching Shih

Ching ShihiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Ching Shih went from working as a full service sex worker on a floating brothel in Canton to becoming the one of the most successful pirate captains in the history of the world.Share this Old Pro story with your community on...

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn MonroeiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify In 1949, Marilyn Monroe, struggling to make ends meet as an actress, got paid $50 to pose nude for a calendar. She worked as a pinup and -- according to some -- as a prostitute before becoming an internationally recognized sex...

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

Anais NiniTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Anais Nin was one of the first women known to explore and take part in erotic writing, and certainly the first prominent woman in the modern West known to write and publish it.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social...

Tlazōlteōtl

Tlazōlteōtl

Tlazōlteōtl iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify This Mesoamerican Goddess was the deity of vice, filth, purification, steam baths, lust, fertility, adulterers and -- you guessed it -- sex workers. She symbolically castrated priests in elaborate rituals, and pardoned her...

Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Infamous misandrist and queer icon Aileen Wuornos killed seven men while working as a hitch hiking sex worker in Florida. To say that her life was defined by hardship would be an understatement. She started exchanging sex for...

Holiday Special: Coming Out Stories

Holiday Special: Coming Out Stories

Holiday Special: Coming Out StoriesiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify A very special episode of compiled heartbreaking and heartwarming coming out stories from Coyote Fawn, Allie Oops, and many more. Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more...

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Guest Hosted by Ceyenne DoroshowiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify In this special episode to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th, Ceyenne Doroshow interviews long time...

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Stormy Daniels is a self made woman and sex worker who had the audacity to tell her own story. The uneventful sex she had with Donald Trump might be the least interesting part of this incredible woman’s story.Share this Old...

Big Nosed Kate

Big Nosed Kate

Big Nosed Kate iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Mary Katherine Horony-Cummings, also known as "Big Nosed Kate," worked as a full service sex worker and eventually became the wife and companion of Old West gunfighter Doc Holiday.Share this Old Pro story with your community...

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Unbeknownst to most, six years before writing and starring in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone was the lead in a soft core porn film. In this episode, Kaytlin takes a deep dive into Stallone's past and analyzes the different...

Bettie Page

Bettie Page

Bettie PageiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Part two of our "Reformed Whores" series. Bettie Page, one of the most iconic pin-ups and bondage models of the twentieth century, had an on-and-off again relationship with Evangelical Christianity. While her involvement with the...

Linda Lovelace and Andrea Dworkin

Linda Lovelace and Andrea Dworkin

Linda Lovelace & Andrea DworkiniTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Part one of our "Reformed Whores" series. This episode focuses on two powerhouses of the "Porn Wars." Linda Lovelace starred in Deep Throat, the 1972 blockbuster success that thrust porn into the...

Congressional Election Blues

Congressional Election Blues

Congressional Election BluesiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify In this special episode, Kaytlin talks about losing the NY12 Democratic Primary and next steps in the fight for sex worker rights.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more...

Julie D’Aubigny

Julie D’Aubigny

Julie D'Aubigny iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Julie D'Aubigny fought, fucked and sang her way through 17th century France. Her list of accomplishments: she seduced aristocratic men and women, did some grave robbing, and burned a nunnery. A bisexual legend.Share this Old...

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee with guest host Jacq The Stripper iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Special guest Jacq the Stripper joins Kaytlin Bailey to talk about American icon and patron saint of strippers, Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy was born into a multi generational family of scrappy...

International Whores’ Day

International Whores’ Day

International Whores' DayiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify On June 2nd, 1975 over 100 sex workers occupied the Church of Saint-Nizier in Lyon, France. They hung a banner which read "Our children do not want their mothers in jail." They sparked an international conversation...

Valerie Solanas

Valerie Solanas

Valerie SolonasiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Best known for attempting to shoot Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas’ SCUM manifesto became a rallying cry for a generation of feminist thinkers. Valerie was a vagrant working as a panhandler, full service sex worker and...

Maggie Meller

Maggie Meller

Maggie MelleriTunes | Stitcher | Spotify French courtesan Marguerite Marie Alibert, otherwise known as Maggie Meller, was the lover of Edward the VII. After her affair with the British prince, she married a rich, snotty and young Egyptian aristocrat, whom she killed...

Dorian Corey

Dorian Corey

Dorian Corey iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Hosts Kaytlin Bailey and Wendi Starling are joined by the incomparably fabulous Ceyenne Doroshow  to unwrap the tumultuously tantalizing life of Dorian Corey. As documented in the film Paris Is Burning, Dorian was one of the...

Elizabeth Moryng

Elizabeth Moryng

Elizabeth MoryngiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify A 13th Century madame who tricked the system, Elizabeth Moryng serviced the religious clergy under the guise of operating an embroidery business. A hustler who knew how to weave up a good cover story.Share this Old Pro story...

Sharmus Outlaw

Sharmus Outlaw

Sharmus Outlaw With guest host Melissa Sontag Broudo iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Hosts Kaytlin and Wendi are joined by founder of the SOAR Institute, Melissa Sontag Broudo! They talk a little shop and retrace the bold steps that brought Melissa to a fateful meeting...

Timarchus

Timarchus

Timarchus iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Timarchus worked as a sex worker in his youth and was later shunned and outcast by his fellow politicians. In this episode, Kaytlin and Wendi also go over some updates on which companies have started cracking down in compliance...

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify  After being mis-gendered and housed with male inmates, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy became one of the key negotiators in the Attica Prison Riots in 1971 and went on to work as an advocate for trans women’s rights...

Flawless Sabrina

Flawless Sabrina

Flawless SabrinaiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Flawless Sabrina mothered and mentored countless young trans women in the NYC ballroom scene and thrived as an inspirational beacon of light and love. She was arrested over 100 times for simply existing as herself. This...

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Prepare to be inspired by the life and barrier shattering work of Georgina Beyer. This bad bitch went from survival sex worker to radio host, and ultimately took her place as the first trans politician in New Zealand (Mayor...

FOSTA/SESTA

FOSTA/SESTA

FOSTA/SESTAiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Both FOSTA and SESTA were introduced as bills to stop sex trafficking. Because sex workers know legislators fail to distinguish adult, consensual sex work from trafficking, they knew these laws would do just that and make sex...

Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify An absolute legend in the adult film world, Jenna Jameson is one of the most well known porn stars who took her success in the sex industry and started an empire.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social...

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Yoshiwara was the infamous red light district in 17th century Edo, AKA current day Tokyo, Japan. The original hoe-topia, if you will.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more episodes of The Oldest...

Der Pranger

Der Pranger

Der PrangeriTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Der Pranger was a German communist publication written by whores for whores in an attempt to establish fair treatment and laws benefiting sex workers and their patrons. The original "Dickpedia," if you will.Share this Old Pro...

Salon Kitty

Salon Kitty

Salon KittyiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Salon Kitty was minding her business running a brothel in Berlin when the Nazis came along and threatened to throw her into a concentration camp unless she cooperated with them as an undercover Nazi spy prostitute. In this...

Midnight Climax

Midnight Climax

Midnight ClimaxiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Hear all about how the US government took full advantage of sex workers by forcefully enlisting handfuls them to aid in administering LSD tests on their unsuspecting clients, AKA Operation Midnight Climax. Share this Old Pro...

Yu Husuan-Chi

Yu Husuan-Chi

Yu Husuan-ChiiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Yu Husuan-Chi was one of the most famous poets of the late Tang Dynasty. She had a reputation of being sexually adventurous, and is thought to be China's first openly bisexual historical figure.Share this Old Pro story with...

Heidi Fleiss

Heidi Fleiss

Heidi Fleiss iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Heidi Fleiss ran an upscale prostitution ring based in Los Angeles, California in the 1990's, and was known as the "Hollywood Madam."Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more episodes of The...

Santa Claus (Nicholas of Myra)

Santa Claus (Nicholas of Myra)

Santa Claus (Nicholas of Myra) iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify You may know him as Santa Claus -- or Old Saint Nick -- but this guy has an essentially untold history of relationships with sex workers that children's books and churches decided to leave out.Share this Old...

Wu Zeitan

Wu Zeitan

Wu Zeitan   iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify From an impoverished child to concubine of a powerful Emperor, to her ultimate destiny as a powerful Empress, Wu Zeitan really knew how to run shit.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more...

Lulu White

Lulu White

Lulu WhiteiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Lulu White was an eccentric brothel madam known for her love of jewelry and her distaste for the law.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more episodes of The Oldest Profession Podcast

Witch Hunt!

Witch Hunt!

Witch Hunt!iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Accusing women of witchcraft and condemning them to death was just one of sadistic methods in the systematic disempowerment of women. But have those seemingly archaic practices and patterns gone to the wayside in today’s society,...

Joanna of Naples

Joanna of Naples

Joanna of NaplesiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify  Queen of Naples, Countess of Provence and Princess of Achaea...Joanna of Naples' epic story lives up to the hype of all of her titles.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out more episodes of...

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Anna Nicole Smith was labeled a white trash gold digger throughout her career, all for simply capitalizing on her sexuality and good looks. Women can have it all, but it pisses people off.Share this Old Pro story with your...

Phryne

Phryne

PhryneiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Phyrne was a powerful prostitute in Ancient Greece, best known for her trial on the supposed charges of impiety. It was a rather, shall we say...scandalous trial.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out...

Lizzie Lape

Lizzie Lape

Lizzie Lape iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Legendary Ohio Madam Lizzie Lape owned not one, but multiple brothels at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th. Share this Old Pro story with your community on social media Check out more episodes of The Oldest...

Mary Jones AKA Beefsteak Pete

Mary Jones AKA Beefsteak Pete

Mary Jones AKA Beefsteak PeteiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify An absolute legend, Mary Jones AKA Beefsteak Pete showed up to court in full drag in New York City in 1836. She was charged with larceny NOT prostitution or sodomy, because her clients refused to admit knowingly...

Harriet Hicks

Harriet Hicks

Harriet HicksiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Harriet Hicks is one of the few documented cases of harassment and abuse of women by the government.Harriet worked as a prostitute during inception of the CDA (Contagious Diseases Act) in 19th century England. After an outbreak...

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Little known fact: Maya Angelou dabbled in sex work, both as a madam and a full service sex worker. It's only part of her inspiring life story, but her journey from the brothel to the White House — where she was honored by four...

Ah Toy

Ah Toy

Ah Toy iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify A historic whore who essentially ran the sex industry in San Fransico during the Gold Rush, Ah Toy was a sought after Chinese prostitute and madam who came to America and dominated the booming sex work industry at the time.Share this...

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify During the 16th Century in Venice, Italy, courtesan Veronica Franco endured public shaming that attempted to strip away her status as a prolific poet and author.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social...

Ishtar

Ishtar

Ishtar iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify The goddess of romantic love and fertility, Ishtar was worshipped through the bodies of church-sanctioned prostitutes who were trained in arts of tantric healing.Share this Old Pro story with your community on social mediaCheck out...