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$pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution
$pread, an Utne Award–winning magazine by and for sex workers, was independently published from 2005 to 2011. This collection features enduring essays about sex work around the world, first-person stories that range from deeply traumatic to totally hilarious, analysis of media and culture, and fantastic illustrations and photos produced just for the magazine. The book also featur ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
(first published February 9th 2015)
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Well, THAT was certainly interesting! The essays in this book certainly introduced some perspectives that I had not previously considered. It was far more political than I anticipated. The parts written by the editors read like a satricical send up of pc language policing... but they are serious. They tie themselves in knots trying to stand for all sex workers everywhere and leave no one out. But the essays by contibutors were really interesting and well written. If you chose to read this book, ...more
I wish the magazine was still in print today. Sex workers all around the world were able to open up about their experiences instead of having to stay in the shadows. While a magazine might not be the best way for this to happen any more, sex workers need an opportunity to get out opinions and stories once again to change the world view of sex work.
This is a great collection that's really accessible and engaging. The articles are incredibly diverse in tone and subject, ranging from a hilarious anecdotes, like a story about being paid to eat sushi, to devastating essays and confessions about violence and hatred toward sex workers. $pread will really challenge you as a reader and open you up to new perspectives and issues. Read it!