The Splooge Factory is a Very Real Exploration of Women (Review: The Splooge Factory by Christina Springer)

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My experience reading The Splooge Factory was indescribable, but I'll try my best.


ABOUT 


This collection of poetry arose from the author's experiences as the fill-in receptionist at an "adult services" massage parlor in Pittsburgh. Informed by theories of feminized eroticism and a feminist inquiry of power dynamics, these poems reflect the real stories of the real women who worked there. 


The Splooge Factory by Christina Springer 
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

I knew I had to read The Splooge Factory the moment I was contacted and read the synopsis. There was no better way to be introduced to Christina Springer's prose. We all need to take a moment to appreciate the way she portrays the real lives of sex workers and the fact that she doesn't take their tales, their very real lives, and turn them into something other than what they are.

Which is an exploration of real women. The Splooge Factory accomplishes much in very little time. It is a testament to how strong and pointed Springer's voice is. She tells these stories in a way that still captures their voices and their stories, never tangling into something dishonest. Instead, it is like listening to something far more powerful than one review could explain.

The spotlight is entirely on these women's voices, explored by another woman. Their life is told in pieces that combine with a very specific time in their lives as sex workers. Christina Springer's prose only strengthens their voices and provides readers with a raw sort of intimacy that is blunt and never littered with fluff.

Readers will know straight away from the introduction to the collection that what they are about to read is important. Each poem is structured with the sting of honesty. The Splooge Factory is never watered down with flowery, impersonal half-truths, instead, it focuses on many topics and must be read in full to understand the gravity and importance of it.

One thing is certain, Christina Springer's prose is laced with the kind of verses you'll hear echoing in your mind for days after reading. Highlights include (but are not limited to): Ordering Double Dutch, Candy Bonds With Ebony, Ebony Tells An Old Wive's Tale and Salsa Explains Why She Prefers Domination to Nude Massage.

Thought-provoking and intensely compelling, The Splooge Factory was a wonderful exploration of all topics. And one I won't soon forget. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy.

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