Consensual Sadomasochism: How To Talk About It And How To Do It Safely

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Easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to understand, in this book the authors define and demystify the unique language of consensual sadomasochism, examine the psychological power or erotic dominance and submission, provide a carefully considered guide for safe SM play, and explain how SM can be an activity of intense intimacy and sophisticated erotic theater, as well as one of simple sexual pleasure.
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Overview

Easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to understand, in this book the authors define and demystify the unique language of consensual sadomasochism, examine the psychological power or erotic dominance and submission, provide a carefully considered guide for safe SM play, and explain how SM can be an activity of intense intimacy and sophisticated erotic theater, as well as one of simple sexual pleasure.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781881943129
  • Publisher: Daedalus Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 653,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2001

    Wonderful Introductory SM Book

    I've heard the authors on a handful of radio talk shows in the past and have always admired their down to earth and non judgemental attitudes about what it is they do and what others into SM do as well. Their book is no exception. They handle a wide variety of subjects about SM in much the same way. The chapters are divided up in various topics, topics that would be of importance to the novice SM practioner, although there still is valuable information for those with some SM experience as well. Starting off with the author's own introductions into SM and then talking about what SM is or isn't is an excellent way to begin. Subsequent chapters on the terminology, how to 'play safe,' meet other like-minded folk, social skills, and a brief 'overview' of doing a scene are also covered. A couple of topics I really liked were their discussions of doing 'therapy in the dungeon,' and why safety is soooo important. Having been involved in SM for years, I can totally relate to what they are saying. There's also basic information on various 'toys,' types of play, and even their thoughts on what a 'basic SM first-aid kit' should contain. Excellent work, Bill and Sybil!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    Great, Succinct Introductory Book

    This book, in my opinion, is one of the best introductions into BDSM. The authors display a considerable breadth of knowledge and an amazingly tolerant and open attitude toward all forms of BDSM activity. I have used its definitions and phrases to better explain concepts to newcomers and vanilla friends alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    A good book on the subject

    William Henkin and Sybil Holiday are respected sex educators who have been active for several years. He is a psychotherapist. She is a professional dominatrix. This book apparently grew out of the 'Intro to SM' workshops and presentations they have given to professional groups and to ordinary citizens. Sadomasochism being the unique subject that it is, with its own unique language and jargon, the authors did us all a favor by putting the glossary in front. There are also the 'how I got into doing this' essays that are seen in many other books on the topic. The book covers the essentials of SM, including such fundamental concepts as safe words, limits, negotiation, and consent. There is also a good essay on safety and a particularly good essay on the dangers of attempting to do SM as a form of psychotherapy. The book contains good, if somewhat limited, descriptions of the basic SM practices of bondage, spanking, using clamps, and so forth. There are also good essays on Spiritual SM and Tantric SM. There is also a good section on finding partners and how to find the SM community. There is a fairly good bibliography in the back, although given that this book is about four years old it is a bit dated at this point. All things considered, this is a good, if somewhat brief, book on this subject.

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