Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge, edited by Tristan Taormino

(pb; 2012: non-fiction/how-to BDSM sex guide)


From the back cover:

"Award-winning author, filmmaker and sex educator Tristan Taormino presents this bold and sexy treasury that runs the gamut from expert tutorials on kinky erotic practices to thought-provoking essays that delve into complex questions about desire, power and pleasure. The Ultimate Guide to Kink features the expertise of renown educators writing passionately on their favorite subjects, including Patrick Califia, Midori, Laura Antoniou, Barbara Carrellas, Lee Harrington, Jack Rinella, Lolita Wolfe, Madison Young, Hardy Haberman, Felice Shays, Ignacio Rivera, Sarah Sloane, Mollena Williams, FifthAngel and Edge. This comprehensive volume includes:

"• techniques and creative ideas for bondage, spanking, flogging, sensation play, rough sex and more, illustrated by Katie Diamond.

"• lessons on how to eroticize power, cultivate deeper connections and incorporate kink into your sex life

"• role-playing fantasies from the popular to the taboo

"• provocative and personal manifestos on dominance, submission, sadism and masochism."


Review:

As an erotica/grindhouse writer and someone who's interested in psychology, this wide-ranging guide is indispensible to my 'mature genre' writing and lifelong learning. It should also be considered indispensable for anybody who's curious about or into BDSM.

Whether or not you're into role play, weaponsex, whips or other discipline-oriented endeavors, it's an interesting, educational and often entertaining read: it's also a one-of-a-kind book, given the smart-minded loving scope of sexual bents it addresses.

In my reading experience, Ultimate Guide to Kink is only matched by one other BDSM book for its mix of pragmatic, real-world application(s) and honest, if often controversial, mindset(s): Patrick Califia's psychologically-intense story anthology Macho Sluts.

I don't own many books - I generally read and get rid of them - but Ultimate Guide to Kink, like Macho Sluts, will no doubt be a valuable research resource for years to come.

Own this, already, if you're so inclined!

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