Kink: A Straight Girl's Investigation

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From bondage parties and peeping toms to plushies and foot worshippers, one woman's sometimes mind-boggling, mostly hilarious, always fascinating investigation into sexual fetishes
 
Turned on by something unusual? Interview subjects required for ultra-confidential research into fetishes. Call Sandra.
 
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Overview


From bondage parties and peeping toms to plushies and foot worshippers, one woman's sometimes mind-boggling, mostly hilarious, always fascinating investigation into sexual fetishes
 
Turned on by something unusual? Interview subjects required for ultra-confidential research into fetishes. Call Sandra.
 
Stephanie Clifford-Smith was fascinated by fetishes. She wondered what happens the first time someone with a sexual fetish shares it with their lover? Do they risk their lover running screaming from the room by asking to lick their eyeballs? Or do they find some oblique way of bringing it up—perhaps when they're struggling with a stray eyelash? Or is it easier to just go behind their back and find a willing partner on the internet? Are sexual fetishes widespread, or are they only the domain of a kinky minority? And how has kinkdom changed over time? So Stephanie assumes an identity, puts an ad in the local paper, and sets off to find out for herself. She infiltrates the scene, goes to bondage parties, and watches grown men as they have their diapers changed. She thought nothing could shock her, but she was wrong.

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"A compelling read"—Bust magazine

Kirkus Reviews

Funny, intriguing personal accounts of the kinkier side of sex.

Whether readers are into bondage, submission, people dressed up in furry animal costumes or just vanilla sex, the four-year research project undertaken by Aussie Clifford-Smith (A Marvellous Party: The Life of Bernard King, 2004) will evoke pleasure. Interested in the dirty details of the goings-on in other people's bedrooms, the author placed an ad in a newspaper, trolled Internet fetish chat rooms and attended swinger parties to learn more about what drove people to their personal kinks and how it took shape in their lives. Each chapter introduces a new person and their kink, with the author providing space for them to explain the intricacies of their urges. Fleshing out each anecdote are Clifford-Smith's own thoughts, sometimes heightened by comparisons to artwork or great novels or injected with humorous asides or statistics. The author, a self-proclaimed vanilla-sex enthusiast, was unable to remain entirely on the sidelines, and was eventually pulled into the action by one of her subjects. "That was undoubtedly the biggest surprise of them all and, while it was useful, I'm glad it didn't last," she writes. Prostitution, bestiality, water sports, scat play, amputees—it's all here. Clifford-Smith's first-person observations, blended with the subjects' various sexual proclivities, results in an intriguing collection of kinks. Beware though—even the author confides, "Who was I kidding when I thought I was unshockable?"

Not for the faint of heart, but certainly the inquisitive mind—or libido.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741759129
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Clifford-Smith is a journalist and food writer.

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