Kaytlin Bailey, Host
Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer. She started The Oldest Profession Podcast in 2017. In 2018 she returned to politics to challenge laws criminalizing the oldest profession as the Director of Communications for Decriminalize Sex Work. In 2020 Bailey founded Old Pro Productions, Inc. where she continues her stubborn crusade against whorephobia.
Bailey moved to NYC in 2010 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. She produced a variety of shows at Stand Up NY Labs, the popular Naked Show at the Creek and the Cave, and performed regularly at bar shows and clubs all over the city. She was a regular at the infamous roast battles at The Stand. She sold out venues across the country with the CAKE Comedy Tour.
She came out as sex worker in 2015 as a performer and stand-up comic with her critically acclaimed one woman show, Cuntagious and a personal essay in Vice. The show enjoyed sold out performances and an extended run in multiple theater festivals in New York City. Her biting satire, personal essays, and op eds continue to raise awareness in a variety of local and national publications. She has been quoted extensively in The New York Times. Her second one woman show, Whore’s Eye View is in development.
Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher, Historian
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 history and gender studies. Prior to attending IU, Charlene led a domestic violence/sexual assault program as well as a large reentry initiative in New York City, assisting women and men in their transition from incarceration to society. She also served as a lecturer of Criminal Justice at LaGuardia Community College and an adjunct lecturer in Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.
Charlene’s research and forthcoming book explores the experiences of confined African-American women in Kentucky from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era, specifically illuminating the lives of confined Black women by examining places other than carceral locales as arenas of confinement, including mental health institutions and domestic spaces. She seeks to explore how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with public, social, and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged ideas of race and femininity.
Charlene’s work is motivated by her personal and professional experiences — particularly her work with individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and incarceration — and these experiences continue to fuel her passion for her work today.
Marie Cecile Anderson, Producer & Audio Engineer
Marie lives in Brooklyn, but hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for being one half of the country/comedy duo Reformed Whores and co-host, editor, and producer of their podcast called Difficult Women.
As a Southern songstress and musical comedian, Marie has toured the country opening for the likes of musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dweezil Zappa, and Les Claypool from Primus. Her musical comedy duo Reformed Whores premiered their hour-long show “Grand Old Cuntry” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, and was hailed by the press as “an empowering shake-down of country music clichés and tired pop parodies that the industry is long overdue.” Reformed Whores have fans all over the world thanks to their growing YouTube Channel, Difficult Women Podcast, and two comedy albums available on all music platforms. They’ve been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, SiriusXM, Gotham Comedy Live on AXS tv, WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens live show, Dan Savage’s Hot Mic on Audible.com, The Comedy Show Show presented by Will Arnett, Huff Post, Splitsider, IndieWire, The Washington Post, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Nerve.com, Glamour Magazine, and more.
When Marie isn’t touring the world singing about sexual freedom and equality, she stays busy acting & writing, and editing podcasts for the Last Podcast Network and Zero Cool Media. Most recently she worked on the Netflix show Maniac, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and once a month can be seen on Twitch.tv writing and performing live sketch comedy on The John Twitcherman Sketch Program. Marie is super pumped about joining the badass team at The Oldest Profession Podcast and can’t wait to get to werk!
Irene Fagan Merrow, Community Manager & Publicist
Irene Merrow is a comedian, sex worker, content creator, and writer; a woman who wears many hats and sometimes nothing at all.
Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.
Merrow’s experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.
Merrow’s stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.
Leah Moon, Designer + Developer
Leah Moon is an artist and healer who has fully embraced the Internet. She designs and produces branding, online spaces, and business support plans for changemakers. With a background in documentary filmmaking, a decade of applied website development experience, and online business training, Leah brings respect for and knowledge of mental health, diverse wisdom traditions, and leading edge technology to create unique solutions for each collaboration she undertakes.
Leah studied at Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Media. In addition to being a Reiki Master Teacher, Leah is also trained as an herbalist, Medicine Caller, and is an award winning photographer. She shares tools for personal growth and how to manage self care through success in her free weekly email and also on Instagram @withleahmoon.
Regan Ferrell, Director of Development
Regan Ferrell is a fledgling fundraiser and human rights activist. She has been interested in sex work advocacy since high school when she wrote a 50 page paper debating the moral philosophy of sex work. While interviewing local lawmakers and professors for the paper, she realized how much work still needed to be done to protect sex workers’ rights.
She may be new to fundraising, but that hasn’t stopped her from tricky fundraising strategies usually saved for huge nonprofits. When she looks back on the initial calls with Kaytlin — sitting cross-legged spitballing ideas on the grass of her grandparent’s lawn — she’s blown away by the progress of the Old Pro Project. She believes there’s no greater joy than getting money directly into the hands of those who need it, and this project is doing just that.
An ardent vegetarian, you’ll frequently hear her lamenting factory farming when she’s not protesting human rights issues, hanging around the beltway libertarian scene, or reading tarot.
Nicola O’Callaghan, Communications
Nicola is a media and communications strategist and she relocated from London, UK to NYC in November 2019. A month before relocating, Nicola met Kaytlin on a snorkelling trip on holiday and after a few rum punches they shared life stories, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Nicola will be the first to admit that she had never come across the Sex Workers’ Rights Movement prior to meeting Kaytlin, but she was fascinated by the politics, history and humour that are rife in the stories Kaytlin has made it her mission to tell.