Books

spread$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 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 activists.

Edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray

Published by Feminist Press, March 2015.

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“[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 Umbrella’s workshops, from which most of these works hail, they’re entertaining and edifying, even enlightening, at times. They are not by any means self-pitying stories but come from perspectives that are often humorous, seductive, pissed, confused, and psycho-sexually indignant.” – The Review Review

Edited by Audacia Ray

Collected Issues 1-5 published by Red Umbrella Project, February 2015

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Few things are more misunderstood and cause more fear and suspicion than the combination of female sexuality and the Internet. Naked on the Internet explores how women use cyberspace, personally and professionally, to learn about themselves, connect with others, and make a living. 

By Audacia Ray

Published by Seal Press, June 2007

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Anthologies

“How the Sex Positive Movement is Bad for Sex Workers’ Rights.” in Momentum: Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism, & Relationships. Tied Up EventsMarch 2012.

“The Johns,” in Coming and Crying. Glass Houses, September 2010.

“Hot Flush of Lust and Cash,” in Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys. Edited by David Henry Sterry and RJ Martin. Soft Skull Press, July 2009.

“My First Fetish, or How I Fought Mediocrity,” in Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong. Edited by Russ Kick. Disinformation Press, October 2005.