I’ve been working with a few other $preadsters on the manuscript for an anthology of the best of $pread magazine - it’s painful to whittle it down, but I think it will be great when we get there. The project has given us a lot of cause to reflect on the illustrious (read: chaotic) history of the magazine.
A small story:
When the magazine first launched in 2005 we drew the ire of many radical feminists who were in fierce opposition to the sex industry and sex workers. One of the rumors hurled around was that $pread was funded by Larry Flynt and/or organized crime rings. Which is hilarious, if you know anything about the budget of $pread and our all-volunteer staff.
It became something of a joke among us that we were funded by unorganized crime, since much of the magazine’s work was sustained by contributions from sex workers who worked in both legal and illegal parts of the industry.