~A Preface to Tonight’s Show~

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Greetings Listeners and Fans,

This is Lauren, TCW Creator and Producer. I wanted to take a moment to discuss the content of tonight’s show; we will interview Jes, who fights for the eradication of sex trafficking on the west coast, and who will discuss rape culture, the sex industry, and her painstaking, uphill work in this field to save women and girls from the grips of these social disgraces. 

While we give the disclaimer before every show that the content is not suitable for all listeners, we feel it appropriate to extend an extra word of caution to our listeners this evening. This is not because tonight’s content is explicit or vulgar, but because the culture in which we live and often blindly carry about our business is infected with the thriving, growing, commonplace, overlooked, unchecked and ugly sex trafficking industry we will expose. It is close to you. It is in your neighborhood, it is on your streets and in your schools. I felt compelled to preface the broadcast with a word about these things because I believe you should listen, and so should your families. Girls and boys should listen, parents should listen, educators should listen, Johns should listen, priests should listen — but we want you to know that the intent is, in fact, to trigger discomfort. No one should tune in and expect to feel nothing; we hope that you will feel moved, compelled to take action to improve your community, and a bit more informed about what is going on in the shadows of our daily lives.

The Concertina Wire aspires to expose listeners to underrepresented perspectives and to shine a spotlight on individuals who have fallen through the cracks of our society. Tonight’s broadcast highlights a topic close to the hearts of your host, Carrie, and me. We invite you to join us in the spirit of the mission we assume every week; we invite the open-minded, the inquisitive, the rebellious and the lifelong learner to tune in and participate in the conversation this evening, but we also proceed cautiously, knowing that several listeners will handle the discomfort in a variety of ways. Above all, we advocate for safety and self-care. Tonight’s show will be laden with triggers for some, will expose difficult and disturbingly common norms in our local communities, and will not be easy to digest for any rational person. We therefore extend this word of caution to our fans and listeners, and encourage all to seek out and pursue the resources they require to practice safe self-care. 

As always, your feedback, ideas, questions and love are received on our Facebook page or via email at concertinaradio@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. 

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