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The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge

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Expand Your Erotic Horizons Beyond the Ordinary

"This is more than just a guide to kink, it's more than a sex manual. Editor Tristan Taormino has brought the players, thinkers and rock stars of the kink scene and together they have created a book that not only lets people know where to start, but why to start, and what they'll get out of it. Vanillas, novices, old hands, old guard—everyone can learn from this collection." —Dan Savage

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 renowned educators writing passionately on their favorite subjects, including Patrick Califia, Midori, Laura Antoniou, Barbara Carrellas, Lee Harrington, Jack Rinella, Lolita Wolf, 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

Synopsis:

The Ultimate Guide to Kink is the first major guide to BDSM in a generation—a bold and sexy collection of essays that run the gamut from expert how-to tutorials to provocative essays that delve into complex questions about desire, power, and pleasure. The book brings together diverse voices from the kink community in an unprecedented way: each chapter is written by a different sexuality/BDSM educator. Divided into two sections, the first section features thorough, thoughtful pieces—on everything from flogging to bondage—packed with techniques and beautifully illustrated with original images from artist Katie Diamond. The second section is dedicated to role-playing fantasies and personal manifestos. From age play to masochism, these chapters cover some of the edgiest, most taboo and controversial elements of kink in depth. The Ultimate Guide to Kink features the expertise of renowned educators writing passionately on their favorite subjects, including Patrick Califia, Midori, Laura Antoniou, Barbara Carrellas, Lee Harrington, Jack Rinella, Lolita Wolf, Madison Young, Hardy Haberman, Felice Shays, Ignacio Rivera, Sarah Sloane, Mollena Williams, FifthAngel, and Edge. It will educate, inspire, and challenge both newcomers to the world of kink and experienced BDSM players.

About the Author

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, filmmaker, and sex educator. She is the author of seven books, including Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She is editor of 23 anthologies, including more than a dozen volumes of the Best Lesbian Erotica series, which she created. Shes written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to The Village Voice to Penthouse. She has been featured in more than 400 publications and appeared on countless TV and radio shows. She lectures at top colleges and universities and teaches sex and relationships around the world.

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BritMandelo, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
This is quite the book - 500 pages of essays by various experienced contributors, from the famous Midori to first-time writers who predominantly work in BDSM education and seminars. Frankly, I loved it. The inclusion of lenses of gender and race to discussions of kink makes this book a complex and inclusive read in a way that I haven't seen often, elsewhere. (I'm not surprised, as Taormino also edited the wonderful Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica.)

The first half of the text is "how to" reading, while the second half has more to do with headspace, theory, and personal manifestos. The topics cover a diverse range of behaviors and identities that can be included under the kink umbrella, and each is treated with dignity and respect. The intelligent commentary included on risk, health awareness, safer sex practices, and negotiation - in nearly every chapter - makes this a good introductory read for a someone exploring this territory for the first time, while the material itself and the writers contributing it make the book double-thumbs-up even for someone with a great deal of experience.

There were some chapters I cared less for than others, but I suppose at some level that's a matter of personal preference. ("Yikes!" reactions are personal, after all.)The exception: I found the chapter by "FifthAngel" on sadism to be a little too over the top, and his insistence on his definition of the word "sadist" while deriding other peoples' definitions of the word rubbed me the wrong way. Overall I'd say this is probably the most inclusive, complete informational book on kink that's available for purchase right now. Taormino has done a great job at organizing their contributors so that a range of attitudes and voices are on display, even when in disagreement with each other (like that chapter I didn't care for, which is at odds with other authors in the text). I can't say again how nice it is to read a smart, well-organized book on kink from a variety of contributors who are queer and inclusive of trans* and queer folks, as well as writers like Mollena Williams who deal with intersections of race and kink.
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KinkyAnnamarie, April 27, 2012 (view all comments by KinkyAnnamarie)
It has been quite a few years since we have had a new BDSM 101 book, leaving us with books that were generally written in the mid to late 90s - perfectly good and useful books but dated nonetheless. Tristan Taormino’s latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge is a excellent way to break that long dry spell!

I was hooked with the introduction, but to be fair I’m generally a huge fan of Tristan’s writing. This, however, is so perfectly descriptive of my experience in the kink community:

“That’s what’s so ironic about the conservative backlash against BDSMers. With increased visibility comes increased bigotry, and conservatives continue to rally against kinky events by local groups to get them shut down. What the anti-kink fanatics don’t understand about us is that we’re geeks. Sex nerds. SM intellectuals. We pay money to spend a weekend going to classes.”

Sex nerds. Yup. That’s me and most of my friends.

From there, The Ultimate Guide to Kink deviates from the norm for books on BDSM in that each chapter is written by someone who has extensive experience with the given topic. When I first heard about it, I was disappointed that the whole thing hadn’t been written by Tristan, but after reading a few chapters I’m convinced this is a far better idea. Rather than one author trying to cover all the bases, this gives you not only the information but also the passion these people feel for their topics. These include plenty of the standards: impact play, bondage, cbt, role play; some upper level areas: vaginal and anal fisting, play piercing, animal play, rough sex; and a hefty helping of subjects that rarely see the light of day outside of edgier conferences: age play, well thought out submission and sadism, taboo role play, and mindfuck. I found a good solid handful of new ideas, which is rare seeing as I’ve read most of the BDSM 101+ books on the market.

My personal favorites were “Kinky Twisted Tantra” by Barbara Carrellas, “Submissive: A Personal Manifesto” by Madison Young, “Inside the Mind of a Sadist” by FifthAngel, and “Mindfuck” by Edge but every essay is excellent. Plus, it left me itching to go play which is what a good BDSM book should do, right?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573447799
Author:
Taormino, Tristan
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Sexual Instruction
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
475
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The Ultimate Guide to Kink is the first major guide to BDSM in a generation—a bold and sexy collection of essays that run the gamut from expert how-to tutorials to provocative essays that delve into complex questions about desire, power, and pleasure. The book brings together diverse voices from the kink community in an unprecedented way: each chapter is written by a different sexuality/BDSM educator. Divided into two sections, the first section features thorough, thoughtful pieces—on everything from flogging to bondage—packed with techniques and beautifully illustrated with original images from artist Katie Diamond. The second section is dedicated to role-playing fantasies and personal manifestos. From age play to masochism, these chapters cover some of the edgiest, most taboo and controversial elements of kink in depth. The Ultimate Guide to Kink features the expertise of renowned educators writing passionately on their favorite subjects, including Patrick Califia, Midori, Laura Antoniou, Barbara Carrellas, Lee Harrington, Jack Rinella, Lolita Wolf, Madison Young, Hardy Haberman, Felice Shays, Ignacio Rivera, Sarah Sloane, Mollena Williams, FifthAngel, and Edge. It will educate, inspire, and challenge both newcomers to the world of kink and experienced BDSM players.

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