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Prose and Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work
[The stories] that comprise this journal are straightforward without a lot of literary tropes or tricks yet their harsh and sticky realities pull readers in. A testament to Red Umbrellas workshops, from which most of these works hail, theyre entertaining and edifying, even enlightening, at times. They are not by any means self-pitying stories but come from perspectives ...more
Paperback, 1, 149 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Red Umbrella Project
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These stories, these perspectives, deserve to be read, understood, and deeply felt. For an industry and a practice so profoundly -- often willfully -- misunderstood by so many people, these are the stories and experiences that need to be read and shared. To say nothing of the writing here, so sharp, so compelling and honest. This is essential reading.
I read a quote the other day about untold and marginalized stories that seems particularly relevant here: "The more stories that are told, the less they can all be the same." In this collection, the diversity of voices and writing styles makes each piece seem personal, grounded, and real. While the memoir-heavy collection contains common themes and motifs, especially ones that form part of dominant narratives about sex workers, what really stands out in each story is the storyteller's voice and ...more
Audacia Ray is a New York-based social justice advocate, storyteller, writer, and editor who currently serves her LGBTQ community as Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. She is the author of the book Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration (Seal Press, 2007) and an editor of the anthology $pread: ...more