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D/s Lifestyle

Different Loving : The World of Sexual Dominance and Submission by Gloria G. Brame, William D. Brame, Jon Jacobs

An Exploration of the World of Sexual Dominance and Submission, includes discussions, descriptions, and interviews designed to illuminate the actual practice of various types of kinky sex, with an emphasis on S&M/B&D, as the subtitle suggests. This book has been extensively discussed on various electronic forums.

Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Philip Miller, Molly Devon

The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism: One of the better instructional/overview S/M books written. Lots of technical info (with illustrations and photos) on bondage, leather, knot tying, whipping, spanking, promises and pitfalls of dominant-submissive relationships, and the real life S/M scene. There is also an extensive appendix containing a suggested reading list, as well as a listing of support groups, computer bulletin boards, suppliers of equipment and books.

Learning the Ropes : A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun S/m Lovemaking by Race Bannon

A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun S/M Lovemaking A nationally recognized expert on S/M discusses the basics of dominant/submissiove lovemaking, including both technical and psychological aspects. Chapters include S/M in the Real World; The Playground of the Mind; S/M Tecnique; Finding S/M Partners; and Safety. For men and women, straight, gay and anywhere in between.

The Topping Book: Getting Good at Being Bad by Dossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt
The Hows and Whys of the dominant role, written by two experienced players. Sections include" What do Tops Do!, How Do You Learn, S/M Ethics, Wild Scenes We Have Known, If It Doesn't Go The Way You Planned, Where Are All The Bottoms, and Shadow Play.

The Bottoming Book : How to Get Terrible Things Done to You by Wonderful People by Dossie Easton

This is the first book to address the S/M scene from the submissive perspective. Topics include: Getting What You Want (and lots of it) Connecting, Negotiation, Scenes and Roles, Towards a New Definition of Bottoming. A positive look at the submissive role.

Re/Search #12 : Modern Primitives by V. Vale, Reesearch

Documents the activities of a growing subculture of body-modification enthusiasts in the USA, Europe, Australia, etc. Through graphic photos, essays, and interviews, you'll get an inside look at the most outrageous piercings, tattoos, bindings, cosmetic surgeries, knife swallowings, sexual practices, etc.

Consensual Sadomasochism : How to Talk About It and How to Do It Safely by William A. Ph.D. Henkin

Covers the language, the demystification of S/M, psychological power, safety and theatrics.

My Private Life: Real Experiences of a Dominant Woman by Mistress Nan and Joseph W. Bean

This is a fascinating autobiography by Mistress Nan, a well known and respected personality in the Southern California scene. These are "greatest hits" stories, reaching back to the 50's. Mistress Nan writes about what it was to grow up kinky during that time in America, and about some of her many adventures (often quite intense) in the decades sinse. Nan plays with men and women, and tells these true stories with a simple passion that makes them real. You are sure to find some moments that are erotic, while perhaps others will be disturbing. Quite absorbing reading.

Beneath the Skins: The New Spirit and Politics of the Kink Community by Ivo Dominguez

The New Spirit and Politics in the Kink Community - This book examines the emerging Leather/SM/fetish community, discussing the emerging political and social trends in that community's struggle to define itself and its purposes, goals, standards and identity. Dominguez discusses many of the issues and challenges faced by this community, both internally and in its dealing with the rest of the world (mainstream and alternative). Focuses more on the gay scene.

Sadomasochism : Painful Perversion or Pleasurable Play? (AIDS Awareness) by Bill Thompson - Card catalog description - Amazon.com

The sensational conviction of fifteen gay 'sadomasochists' in 1991 provoked demands to criminalize sadomasochistic art, literature and activities. Two years later, the Law Lords' ruling on the 'Spanner' case boosted moral crusades promoting sexual correctness. Sadomasochism is a public challenge to Judge Rant's insistence that the court had to draw a line between what was and what was not acceptable in a civilized society. Thompson's lively polemic unveils the erroneous psychiatric justifications for labelling sadomasochism violent and dangerous, exposes the fallacies in the moral crusaders' assertions that SM sex leads to sex crime, and explores the major research studies to reveal the true nature of this harmless sexual proclivity. Sadomasochism then raises extremely embarrassing questions about the origins of the case and the Law Lords' ruling which seeks to make innocuous acts, from spouse spanking to teenage 'lovebites', criminal offences. In doing so, Dr. Thompson demonstrates that an appeal for tolerance would not be misplaced in a truly civilized society. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

Between the Body and the Flesh : Performing Sadomasochism (Between Men--Between Women) by Lynda Hart

Amazon card catalog description: In this first book-length study of lesbian s/m, Lynda Hart creates a vivid and compelling counterdiscourse to the erotophobic voices in contemporary cultural debates. Focusing on a variety of representations, from the boundary-shattering work of queer performances to the daring conjunction of childhood sexual abuse and perverse desire in the work of Dorothy Allison, Between the Body and the Flesh situates s/m as a lightning rod that stimulates discussions of censorship in the arts, the fetishization of sexual paraphernalia, recombinations of class, race, and sexuality, and the politics of psychoanalysis.

Leatherfolk : Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice by Mark Thompson (Editor)

Even in leather circles Leatherfolf will be suprising and illuminating. It is both a promer for the curious and an advanced course in the inner workings of the leather-sex world. Its clearheaded. experience-based essays will stand as important and current ref erences for many years to come. A discussion of the emerging Leather Community, including gay/lesbian and spiritual aspects.

The Correct Sadist : The Memoirs of Angel Stern by Terrence Sellers

An experienced Dominatrix reveals herself as the modern-day successor of th Marquis de Sade, with a touch of Nietzsche, Freud, and Jung. A detailed and phlosophical examination of sadism practice in her own life, and the psychological , moral and ethical issues connected to this.

Unnatural Acts by Susan Shellogg

However you feel about the concept of professional female dominatrixes, Ms. Shellogg's autobiographical account of her work in this field will win you over with it's clear, direct, and humoruosly ironic writing style. Shellogg has spent many years as a $300/hour Mistress in NYC, and her clients have included average joes and world leaders alike. He subject matter is often raw, but she tells her tale with Arturo insight and a jaded intelligence that makes you want to like and admire her even if you don't.

Leather and Latex Care : How to Keep Your Leather and Latex Looking Great by Kelly J. Thibault

Written by a fellow member of the leather community, Kelly J. Thibault. She presents and in-depth report on the subject of processing and caring for leather. Some of the chapters include: The history of leather, the tanning process, basic care for leather, a short history of rubber, the process of raw latex rubber, etc.


D/s Flavored Erotica

The Marketplace, The Slave and The Trainer by Sara Adamson first in the "Marketplace" series.

What brings people to the Marketplace? What dark urges compel them to seek this place...this place where they will give their bodies to such exquisite training, to such unimaginable use? This trilogy of novels elevates the genre of S/M erotica...in storyline, character developement, passion and humor. The tales ring true, the dialog achingly real, and the sex is as hot as you'd ever hope for. For the novice, the well-seasoned old-timer, and the simply curious alike, these books are the next thing to being there. From the author also known as Laura Antoniou, "Although I wrote the first few books under the name Sara Adamson, "Tales of the Marketplace", my short story collection, will be released under my real name, Laura Antoniou. Maybe 1998? Many thanks to those who have who have asked for more about the "

Leatherwomen (Rosebud Book) by Laura Antoniou

A great collection of short stories (plus some poetry) by and for women into leather/SM. A groundbreaking anthology. No fetish is too forbidding in the world of Leatherwomen...a world guaranteed to challenge all assumptions about the female libido. Fifteen new and emerging writers contribute their cutting edge fantasies ...and realities...to this startling reassessment of the sexual imagination. Hetrosexual and lesbian fantasy and fact. Also Available: Leatherwomen II

The Pearl: A Journal of Facetive and Voluptuous Reading by James Jennings List:

A collection of Victorian erotica from the publication "The Pearl", a periodical published in 18th century England. The theme is often corporal punishment as only the English know how. There are many different stories and themes in this book and focus is pleasure of the flesh.

Story of O by Pauline Reage

This is a beautifully crafted erotic novel which has long been considered by many to be "the" classic of SM literature. It deals with a woman named "O", a photographer in Paris, who willingly submits as a slave to her lover Rene, who gives her to a succession of men and women for training in their secret dungeons and secluded country estates. Originally published in 1954 in France, this is the English translation that first appeared 1965. Also Available: Return to the Chateau; Preceded By, a Girl in Love

The Sleeping Beauty Novels Boxed set of 3 by Anne Rice (as A.N. Roquelaure)

A very popular trilogy of S/M themed fantasy novels from Anne Rice, author of Exit to Eden and the Interview With The Vampire series, writing under a pen-name. A kinky retelling of the classic fairy tale, detailing the period of erotic slavery to which the noble Beauty and her contemporaries submitted in a long ago and far away land of fantasy. Also available seperately: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment and Beauty's Release

Herotica : A Collection of Women's Erotic Fiction by Susie Bright (Editor)

This is a collection of quality erotica written by women. 21 short stories together with an excellent inrtoduction, covering a broad spectrum of styles and orientations. If you are a woman, or if your erotic interests include women, this book is a rich, and a wonderful tour through varied erotic imaginations. Also available: Herotica 2, Herotica 3, Herotica 4 and Herotica 5.

Venus in Furs, a Novel by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch and Uwe Moeller

As a historic novel, this is the difinitive and legendary novel on erotic slavery from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the man whom masochism is itself was named. Written in 1870, the novel tells the tale of Severin (Sacher-Masoch's alterego) and his cruel Mistress Wanda, whith whom Severin signs a slave contract. Many modern S/M writers have surpassed Sacher-Masoch in sexual inventiveness and pornographic appeal, but few can match his literary quality. This novel is a study of power games, gender roles, obsessive love, and appearance vs, reality. Includes a collection of Sacher-Masoch's correspondances with women he knew.

The Second Coming: A Leatherdyke Reader Edited by Pat Califia and Robin Sweeney

This is the long awaited sequel to Coming to Power published in 1996. An updated look at the state of the "leatherdyke" community, with new essays, fiction, poetry, and a few graphics, plus a helpfull resourc e list of clubs, organizations, reading materials, and sympathetic service providers.

Of Princes & Beauties : Erotic Fairy Tales for Adults by Cecillia Tan

From the Publisher : This ribald collection of new twists on some old myths mixes gay and straight themes and turns fairy tale convention inside out. From a gay retelling of Beauty and the Beast to a sideways Cinderella story where the right 'fit' is not a shoe, from the story of who really saved the Frog Prince to the tale of a charmed phallus, these tales go beyond Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series to new erotic and romantic territories.

S/M Futures by Cecilia Tan

From the Publisher : These ten stories delve into various eras of human history searching for the SM at their hearts. The Inquisition, feudal Japan, the American frontier, Roman conquest -- each setting provides a context rich in power exchange and ripe for SM erotica satisfaction


Sexuality

Sensuous Magic : A Guide for Adventurous Couples by Pat Califia

Another quality work by Pat Califia, this time a nonfictional one. She focuses here on the positive aspects of S/M working to dispel the "negative and oppressive mythology built up around S/M". She examines the roles of the dominant and submissive in a sexual experience which leaves both partners "elated, pleased with each other and themselves". Califia discusses the elements of a sucessful S/M experience, and illuminates some of the terminology and techniques of S/M in the effort to demystify the motivations and realities behind this "misunderstood behavior".

The Mastery of Submission : Inventions of Masochism (Cornell Studies in the History of Psychiatry) by John K. Noyes

Amazon book description: Individuals sometimes derive sexual pleasure from submission to cruel discipline. While that predilection was noted as early as the sixteenth century, masochism was not codified as a concept until 1890. According to John K. Noyes, its invention reflected a crisis in the liberal understanding of subjectivity and sexuality which continues to inform discussions of masochism today. In essence, it remains a political concept.

Viennese physician Richard von Krafft-Ebing coined the term masochism, based on the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Noyes analyzes the social and political problems that inspired the concept, suggesting, for example, that the triumphant expansion of European colonialism was in part animated by an ambivalence in masculine sexuality.

Noyes documents the evolution of the concept of masochism with scenes in literature from John Cleland's Fanny Hill through Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs and Pauline Reage's Story of O. Analysis of Freud's vastly influential rereading of masochism precedes an exploration of the work of his successors, including Wilhem Reich, Theodor Reik, Helene Deutsch, and Karen Horney. Noyes suggests that the thematics of feminine masochism emerged only gradually from an exclusively male concept.

The Erotic Mind : Unlocking the Inner Sources of Sexual Passion and Fulfillment by Jack Morin

From the Publisher : Challenging accepted theories about what makes for terrific sex, The Erotic Mind is a breakthrough exploration of the least understood dimensions of human sexuality -- the psychology of desire, arousal, and fulfillment. Nationally known sex therapist Dr. Jack Morin offers a bold new perspective that celebrates the joys of Eros without denying its risks.

Based on an in-depth analysis of over 1,000 provocative stories of peak sexual experiences, The Erotic Mind offers clear, accessible guidance on how anyone can utilize his or her own peak encounters and fantasies as powerful tools of self-discovery.

The Erotic Mind explains the many paradoxes of erotic life, such as: why we're most excited when we must overcome obstacles; how anxiety, guilt, and anger -- generally thought to have a negative impact on sexual arousal -- often turn out to be aphrodisiacs; how we use unresolved issues from our early lives to intensify passion; and why the best sex is dynamic and unpredictable, rather than static and safe.

These and other insights, combined with concrete suggestions for increasing our enjoyment, overcoming our problems, and revitalizing our relationships, will change forever the way we think about our eroticism.

Anal Pleasure & Health : A Guide for Men and Women by Jack Morin

The publisher, Down There Press, http://www.goodvibes.com/dtp/dtp.html wrote:

The anal taboo and safe, healthy, pleasurable anal sexuality. This is the only book in any language that addresses the highly taboo topic of anal sex. < Many men and women are intrigued by the idea of exploring anal stimulation, but may be uncertain how to proceed or hesitant to discuss the issue with their partners. Dr. Morin offers progressive relaxation and other techniques to facilitate safe and pleasurable anal experiences. This innovative, comprehensive contribution not only addresses cultural attitudes and emotional factors, but offers guidelines for AIDS risk reduction. < The author advises partners how to communicate effectively and explains the varieties of anal sex other than intercourse. < "...covers all aspects of anal sexuality, emphasizing that there is no conflict between anal pleasure and anal health." -Library Journal < "...a sex education classic." -The Advocate < "...detailed explanations and sound exercises for exploring and expanding sexual boundaries." -Whole Earth Review

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