$pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution
On Sale: March 3, 2015
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$pread, an Utne Awardâ€“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 features the previously untold story
of $pread and how it has built a wider audience in its
posthumous years. What started as a community tool and trade
magazine for the sex industry quickly emerged as the essential
guide for people curious about sex work, for independent
magazine enthusiasts, and for labor and civil rights
Rachel Aimee cofounded
$pread magazine in 2004 and was an editor-in-chief for
four and a half years. Now a parent and freelance copy editor,
she also organizes for strippersâ€™ rights with We Are Dancers.
She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Kaiser is a former executive editor of $pread
magazine. She is currently raising her two children in
Manhattan. In her spare time, she writes fiction.
Audacia Ray is the founder and executive director of
the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), a peer-led organization in
New York that amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades
through media, storytelling, and advocacy programs. At RedUP,
she publishes the literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir
Stories About Sex Work. She is the author of Naked on
the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in On Internet
Sexploration and has contributed to many anthologies. She
joined the $pread staff in 2004 and was an executive
editor from 2005 to 2008.
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