Sarah Jones: One woman, five characters, and a sex lesson from the future
Sarah Jones - Polymorphic playwright
Tony Award-winning monologist, UNICEF ambassador, firebrand and FCC-fighting poet -- Sarah Jones assumes as many roles offstage as on. Full bio
which I did on Broadway,
so here we go.
before we begin.
what you just heard me say as the -- ?
as a mobile phone.
electronic device, right,
one of these around with them,
was the sheer mortification
at some inopportune moment.
about that era for you.
BERT modules today
the very first year of the BERT program.
of these to get through.
into various different bodies,
or ethnic groups,
the gender continuum,
the book module
have requested the book in pill form.
ingesting it is better for retention,
what our forebears did, right,
the actual ocular reading, okay?
have your emotional shunts engaged?
to be able to feel the entire
part of the syllabus.
If you're unwilling to --
that after class.
and gone to composting.
as a middle-class homemaker.
more freely on our topic,
I'm ready when you are.
I'm ready when you are.
in this recording studio.
but they can't afford heat.
through the glass, honey!
the new technology. Okay.
not only my voice but my feelings
to feel my experience
a test to see how my memory's doing.
it's already bad news.
but what are you, about 20 years old?
older than 18 years old.
No, I'm comfortable with any question.
oh, sex worker, sex worker.
prostitution, not sex work.
a name for that either.
I suppose, or dirty movies.
with the Internet.
we were a very romantic couple.
at one point I thought my husband
some of the pills men can take,
watching an adult movie on the Internet?
were very good on the computer,
with the Internet,
or our grandchildren,
that wasn't an option,
a look myself, just to see.
and you look --
to find, you know, couples,
together at one time.
belonged to which body.
capture some of this, I couldn't tell you.
was making love.
right out of it, you know, the fun.
with the extreme sports.
that was $19.95 I'll never get back again,
as "entertainment services,"
inspiration after all.
-- (Applause) --
is a young woman called Bella,
an Intro to Feminist Porn class
at a college in the Bay Area.
get a recording of, like,
is just, like, really amazing,
for, like, Instagram and my Tumblr.
interviewed right now
Bio-Empathetic Resonance Technology,
like, recording, as you can see
in my hippocampus, or whatever.
to reconstitute these
like actual experiences,
actually feel what I'm feeling right now.
who is experiencing me.
like, a college freshman,
that you are experiencing through me
of the Jell-O shots which I had last night
pole dancing party
available for vegans,
should also focus on your questions also.
a sex work studies major
on notable YouTube memes.
I consider myself to be, like,
who was, like, a famous, like,
important to, like, represent women
like, what do you think
are, like, so important, because, like,
people understand that, like, it's work,
like, healthcare providers
as, like, sex care providers.
like, providing direct
being a requirement
to choose it voluntarily, like,
myself going forward
protecting sex workers',
I'm planning on becoming a lawyer.
are also circa 2016.
with a particularly noteworthy
sex workers' rights rally and parade.
in full carnival headdress
to start talking now.
put those wires anywhere you want to
what the name of -- BERT? BERT.
I think I have in all my time
name, so this won't be the first time
if you're going to interview me.
No justice, no piece!
P-I-E-C-E. No justice, no piece of us.
where I was telling you
I worked every job I could find.
for all these different old people,
another white man's backside,
a lot more money for it than this,
being a domestic worker?
and flip them over.
and flip me over, you understand?
about it, that's what I think.
some part of their job.
about this job that I hate,
is the best possibility
if that's what they want to call me.
That's how they market me.
and the Virgin Islands.
but you know what?
that their school fees are paid,
that they have a chance.
that what I do, it's easy,
what's that you said, liberated?
that I feel paid.
and just the cup of tea, love,
Just a drop more. A splash. Perfect.
Is that right, so, Peter?
the unique part of it for me,
in the prostitution after. That's right.
here in Dublin, she wrote about me.
embodiment of the whore-virgin dichotomy.
you need to go into hospital?
as a girl, it started with me dad.
spoke to us, it was just a sort of
and we had no morals, that type of thing.
do myself any favors.
with this older fella,
our little secret,
had me sent straightaway to the convent.
come to find me in the convent.
at the back of the charity shop
he's leaving his wife,
about it in our special place there,
so it could have a decent life,
back into the convent.
a fiver for the coach to Dublin,
with another fella much older than me,
because he didn't drink,
just the wee heroin problem, didn't he,
to the prostitution, my own husband.
I can tell you that.
to put a few pounds in her pocket,
have made that film.
I'd say I'm against it.
these young girls say.
you're just lost,
"Go on and get lost for a living,"
they'll do as they're told.
from four quite -- (Applause) --
but the sex industry seems to
sex work to be empowering,
though she, herself, notably,
a so-called sex worker
but she wanted the right
saying not only prostitution itself
finding who she was, right?
being introduced to the sex industry
when all girls in that society
to sexualized images of women
tool for anorexia prevention --
what was called dieting.
restricting food intake on purpose
based on attractiveness
in that society in convincing all people
to even have a sex life, right?
to be "sexy" while avoiding
for being sexual. Right?
we've heard about.
a world like that, right?
considered themselves empowered,
also evolved in this area,
been aware of issues
as quite separate
we don't have a lot of time --
on the night of his bachelor party.
can you just keep it down?
I'm mostly sober,
yeah, like, all that stuff.
a kid in Africa gets clean water.
I'm marrying a woman.
I'm in a strip club parking lot
a sexist or whatever.
she's totally a strong girl, woman,
at a strip club herself right now,
he could surprise me,
with Anderson Cooper if I want to.
you're talking about,
that's, like, not the same thing at all.
the sex industry or whatever,
to be an exotic dancer
but I just feel like people,
like all dudes are just, like, predators,
go to a prostitute, or whatever.
like when I rushed my fraternity.
those guys, they're all like me.
there's this myth that you must
and like, all bros before hos or whatever.
it doesn't mean like what it sounds like.
saying that you care about your brothers
the media, either.
go watch "Hangover 2,"
I don't know what to tell you.
watch "Bourne Identity"
over a gondola in Venice. (Laughter)
a little kid or whatever,
one thing like that.
one time playing GTA,
walking around or whatever,
the more cops you kill,
and stuff like that.
sexual stuff with them,
and take your money back.
a couple of them a few times with his car
I just finished playing and went home.
who had more than just
as a reformed and remorseful pimp
you'll have to come to the entire play.
you beautiful TED audience.
About the speaker:Sarah Jones - Polymorphic playwright
Tony Award-winning monologist, UNICEF ambassador, firebrand and FCC-fighting poet -- Sarah Jones assumes as many roles offstage as on.
Why you should listen
"Chameleon-like" barely describes the astonishing ease with which Sarah Jones slips in and out of the characters in her solo performances -- as many as fourteen personae in her Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel. Critics marvel not only at her ability to perfectly mimic accents and mannerisms, but also to seemingly reshape her body, down to pupils and dimples, in the blink of an eye.
Jones' performances showcase a biting political awareness, and she has received commissions from Equality Now, the Kellogg Foundation and the National Immigration Forum to address issues of injustice and inequality. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has given multiple performances at the White House at the invitation of President and First Lady Obama. Jones is now at work on a new solo show called Sell/Buy/Date, commissioned by the Novo Foundation. She debuted material from it at TED2015. She is also working on a commission for Lincoln Center Theater and a television project based on her characters.
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