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Talks and Readings: Sex, Shift Scheduling, and Student Debt

This week: everything you generally avoid talking about gets talked about.


Monday, Sept. 15
Hot, Wet and Shaking: Talking About Sex with Kaleigh Trace
Kaleigh Trace is a disabled, queer, feminist sex educator with a mission: to promote “safe, shame-free and consensual sex people of all abilities, ethnicities, races, orientations, and gender identities.” Among other things, she co-wrote and appeared in the above music video in response to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” More →

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Just in Time: A Broadly Speaking Event

Increasingly, workers in the restaurant and retail industry are at the mercy of “just in time” scheduling: a system that might seem dreamily flexible for 9-5 jobbers, but in fact makes already struggling workers even more vulnerable to job insecurity. Such a scheme (in which shifts are scheduled with little advance notice, and are subject to last-minute cancellation) allows companies to boost profits while removing the possibility of steady pay-checks for employees, and making childcare, further education and public assistance even more difficult to arrange. This New America NYCevent brings together Jodi Kantor (New York Times correspondent), Liza Mundy (author of The Richer Sex) and Melody Pabon (a former Zara cashier and now retail union member and activist), to discuss the challenges inherent in the rise of “just in time,” and possible policy approaches.