Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing About Each Other

Edited by R.J Martin Jr. and David Henry Sterry. Soft Skull, $16.95 (464p) ISBN 978-1-59376-507-1
This collection of personal essays by sex workers and their clients vacillates wildly from hilarious to depressing but never strays from being utterly captivating. Among the more amusing stories are a client with a "sweater fetish", a woman who paid for her family's Christmas presents by stepping on a man's testicles in a pornographic film, and the dominatrix who got fired because she could not remove a client's tooth. The phone sex operator asked to do cartoon animal voices for a caller is also not to be missed. Candid essays cover everything from the anonymous "captain of industry" with an appreciation for transsexual prostitutes, to the human misery of a pimp who turned out his own girlfriend. Some pieces are more meditative: Fiona Helmsey recalls meeting a kind client at a bachelor party who later died on 9/11, while Dr. Annie Sprinkle discusses her 40 years in the sex industry and her wish for "a more compassionate sex-positive society" in which "prostitutes and johns would be government-subsidized". Though obviously not for the faint of heart, this book contains some courageous, raw, and intelligent writing that breaks taboos and smashes misconceptions. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/22/2013
Release date: 04/01/2013
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