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$pread
$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 the enduring essays about sex work around the world, first-person ... (read more)

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A Taste For Brown Sugar
A Taste For Brown Sugar
A Taste for Brown Sugar boldly takes on representations of black women's sexuality in the porn industry. It is based on Mireille Miller-Young's extensive archival research and her interviews with dozens of women who have worked in the adult entertainment industry since the 1980s. The women share the ... (read more)

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Big Sex Little Death
Big Sex Little Death
As much to do with sex as politics, family and business, Susie Bright has come out with a fantastic memoir, Big Sex Little Death. As we've come to expect, Bright's writing and insight is quite the treasure, and her life story is absolutely fascinating. A great read that's hard to put down.

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Boundaries of Desire
Boundaries of Desire
The act of reproduction, and its variants, never change much, but our ideas about the meaning of sex are in constant flux. Switch a decade, cross a border, or traverse class lines and the harmless pleasures of one group become the gravest crimes in another. Combining meticulous research and lively ... (read more)

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Designer Relationships
Designer Relationships
Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute ... (read more)

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Fast Feminism
Fast Feminism combines the velocity of speed theory and beat poets with a perversion of post-structural thought to create a theory-in-action that takes no prisoners from the old guard of male stream philosophy and sexology. Triumphing the female phallus and tracing it's concealed and broken path thr ... (read more)

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Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys is a collection of writings from pros in the sex business. All stories are from a first-person point of view, with amazing accounts of adventures from the beautiful and touching to the dark and dangerous. A fascinating and entertaining read.

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How Sex Works
How Sex Works
Ever wonder what makes us attracted to certain people, and not to others? How Sex Works discusses how all of our senses dictate who we fall in love (and lust) with and why, how evoulution has affected sex, and many more topics. The author seamlessly blends scientific fact with sexuality in a way tha ... (read more)

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Invisible Orientation
Invisible Orientation
An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker's Invisible Orientation is a much needed and welcomed resource that explores asexuality. As she clearly expresses, this book is intended to be an introduction: you will find a wealth of writing dedicated to breaking down misconceptions abou ... (read more)

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Masters of Sex
Masters of Sex
Showtime's dramatic series 'Masters of Sex' is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Before Sex and the City and ViagraTM, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom - the pair were ... (read more)

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My New Gender Workbook
My New Gender Workbook
The second edition of this amazing guide to exploring gender through fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choice questions. Exam style, without the bad grades. 2013. 293 pp.

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Pomosexuals
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Pomosexuals
By Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
This book shows us a utopian ideology of how society should look at gender and sexuality. Academic essays on a variety of topics, relevant for everyone. Preface by Kate Bornstein. 1997. 180 pp.

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Sex at Dawn
Sex at Dawn
From research psychologist Christopher Ryan and psychiatrist Cacilda Jetha, Sex at Dawn is a fun and intense journey through human pre-history to modern times questioning many of our society's assumptions about the nature of human sexuality. With a focus on the history (and pre-history) of monogamy ... (read more)

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Straight
Straight
The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality
Independent historian and author of Big Big Love Hanne Blank, delves into the formation of heterosexual and homosexual identiti ... (read more)

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$21.00 CAD

The Feminist Porn Book
The Feminist Porn Book
Looking for a buffet of ideas about the politics of producing pleasure? Exploring what it means to create feminist pornography from more than thirty unique and important perspectives, the FPB brings together actors, scholars, teachers, critics and producers of feminist pornography. Delving into the ... (read more)

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$30.95 CAD

Working Sex
Working Sex
Sex Workers Write About a Changing Industry
Working Sex is a compelling look into the taboo and often sneered upon community of sex workers. Our societies fascination with demonizing pornography, fantasy, and all things "taboo" has put us in an awkward position when it comes to understandi ... (read more)

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Burlesque West
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Burlesque West
Showgirls, Sex and Sin in Postwar Vancouver
Burlesque West, the book that spurred a national controversy over public funding of academic work on sex history, is the first to take a critical look at western Canada's history of burlesque, peeler bars and the lives of strip-tease workers. Bec ... (read more)

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Unrepentant Whore
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Unrepentant Whore
The Collected Works Of Scarlot Harlot

From the publisher: Scarlot Harlot, unrepentant whore, activist, and artist, is a brazen hooker with a brain. Since the late 1970s, Harlot (a.k.a. Carol Leigh) has written, performed, and produced work in a variety of genres on women's issues and he ... (read more)

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A Safe Girl to Love
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A Safe Girl to Love
Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up ... (read more)

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Army of Lovers
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Army of Lovers
A Community History of Will Munro
The much anticipated Army of Lovers from Sarah Liss is so much more than a mere biography of Toronto artist and activist Will Munro. Instead, Liss enlists Will's friends, co-conspirators, and family to tell the story of Will Munro's life and legacy. From ... (read more)

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$13.95 CAD

Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter
Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter
S. Bear Bergman returns with a third collection of essays! A sweet and inspiring dedication to what makes a queer family, from spunkles to poly lovers, from gutsy grandmothers to husbands and his fiery three year old child, all finding the spaces to fight for a world without such narrow gender binar ... (read more)

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$18.95 CAD

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
Trans-activists Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman have collected an anthology of fictional and non-fictional writing from the drastic position of gender outlaws, both visible and invisible. This collection of essays draws from several different positions, proving that there is no one experience of ... (read more)

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$22.95 CAD

He Mele A Hilo
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Something strange is happening in Hilo. Noleani Choi’s new show about the life of Jesus Christ told through hula dance has everyone, especially her halau, wondering what she could possibly be thinking. Rumors circulate about a rich guy from the mainland, and the dancers and their friends must reckon ... (read more)

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I've Got a Time Bomb
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On her way home from a gay wedding, Sybil’s eponymous protagonist is ambushed, beaten, and left for dead on the train tracks. Days later, Sybil awakens in a hospital and finds her skull has been reconstructed, but it quickly becomes clear that her version of “normal” and “reality” may have been perm ... (read more)

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Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme
Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme
Persistence is a multi-faceted gem - editors Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman further explore many of the themes from Joan Nestle's 1992 reader, The Persistent Desire, by enlisting the incredible voices of many of this era's prominent queer and trans writers and activists. With ... (read more)

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Rough Paradise
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Rough Paradise
Rough Paradise is an absolute gift to the genre of novellas, and is the first of what we hope will be many works in this format by the talented writer, playwright, artist and performer, Alec Butler! The story is told by Terry, a young boy growing up Intersex in a small town on Canada's East coast. T ... (read more)

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The Collection
The Collection
A dynamic composite of rising stars, The Collection represents the depth and range of tomorrow’s finest writers chronicling transgender narratives. 28 authors from North America converge in a single volume to showcase the future of trans literature and the next great movements in queer art.

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$23.00 CAD

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You
A collection of essays on personal experiences, escapades, and adventures one has with gender and identity (and sexuality), Nearest Exit is an excellent book filled with smart, often humourous and thought-provoking tales. S Bear Bergman's new classic is a fantastic read, and a great addition to the ... (read more)

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$19.95 CAD

Transgender History
Transgender History
Written in an informative yet extremely readable format, Transgender History traces back the ups and downs of trans rights and movements over the last half century. Discusses underground scenes, political changes, stand-out figures, health care battles, acceptance in different communities, and much ... (read more)

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Whipping Girl
Whipping Girl
In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the way ... (read more)

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Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?
Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?
Flaming Challenges to Maculinity, Objectification, and the Desire the Conform Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, editor of "Nobody Passes" and "That's Revolting! Queer Strategies to Resisting Assimilation," has complied a diverse range of essays from queers who challenge the contemporary trend of m ... (read more)

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