Enemas, whips, chains, shackles, spreader bars, insertions, but extensive philsophy and even psychodynamic significance are conveyed here. Between consenting adults, preserving proprieties and legalities, of course), "perversions" should be perceived (and, yes, performed) as "artistries of the body" or, to put it another way, "prurience performances". And so it is with the ensemble in this book. More
As for the premises of purity of the past? How pure was it for men to wear pouches called "cod pieces"? How pure to lace the female form so tightly that body organs would be distorted and damaged? How pure back when even girls' breasts were bound to prevent development? How pure when women were accused of being witches and shaved, stabbed with pins, annointed with boiling water, burned at the stake as finale to the prior flaying? How pure even when "a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking" yet male medical mentality determined that any female erogeny was abnormal, masturbation an unthinkable disease thus requiring clitoridectomy, even into the early 1900s in this very country, the pure U. S. A.!?!? When sexuality is suppressed, such sexual atrocities emerge as the "devience" realities. But being able to "act-out" (sexual re-creation as recreation), even the atrocities of the past (such as BD/SM, etc.) can be not only soaring experience, but actually . . . therapeutic!!!
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