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Fun book! Deep down, everyone wants to be / look / behave like some other creature. DEVIANT DESIRES gives us a startling new look at a few of these variations. -- Fakir Musafar, Father of the Modern Primitive movement

Katharine Gates is the smartest/sexiest/bestest/freshest/coolest/funniest sex researcher in the universe. This book is brilliant, thoroughly entertaining, and super-outrageous. Finally someone has done something sexually-oriented that is truly original. I dare you to read it and not get turned on! -- Annie Sprinkle, Queen of Kink, artist, author, sex pioneer

About the Author

Katharine Gates has worked extensively with Annie Sprinkle and other sexual pioneers. Her collaborative efforts in the domain of the perverse include Joe Colemans Original Sin, and Maurice Vellekoops ABC Book: A Homoerotic Primer. She is the founder of Gates of Heck, an alternative culture press. Gates studied anthopology at Yale University and lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890451037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890451035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a (recovering) artist, author, editor, designer and curator. Through my company Gates of Heck, Inc, I co-created books with Annie Sprinkle and Joe Coleman; and published books by Maurice Vellekoop, Steven Cerio, Malcolm McKesson, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, Caryl Burtner and others. I am probably best known for my research into non-conformist sexual subcultures, but I also write about and work with artists whose work interests me.

I am currently working on a YA novel, of all things, that will have very little to do with kinks -- at least in any obvious way.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sheckie Green on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Think you're odd? Do you like to do "strange" things in bed? Have you ever found yourself fantasizing about something that you know is bizarre? Welcome to the real world, honey, where "deviant" sex is the norm. You may think that your penchant for panties or wish to squish is something no sane person would contemplate but you'd be wrong.
In Deviant Desires, author Katharine Gates goes for the jugular. Leaving the relatively "normal" realms of BDSM (Bondage & Discipline/SadoMasochism), transgenderism, and shrimping behind, the topics explored in Deviant Desires are completely "off the map" in comparison. Ranging from in-depth chapters on Pony Play to Balloon Fetishes with stops along the way about Giantesses, Crushing, and Fat fans, Gates raises the bar with each chapter. Even our old pal Romain Slocombe (see above) makes an appearance with his Broken Dolls photography near the end of the book.
My favorite chapter has to be the "catch all" finale to the book that addresses (among other things) attraction to androids ("My Living Doll" anyone?) and erotic fan fiction. The drawings of popular science fiction characters in compromising positions aren't easy to forget.

Gates is highly respectful of her subjects, neither exploiting them nor psychoanalyzing them. The fun the people have with their fetishes is apparent and rather "normalizing"! While the idea of people enjoying themselves while not indulging in "vanilla sex" may be offensive to some, this book is for the silent, (a)moral majority! (ISBN: 1890451037)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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A fun-loving, sympathetic, open look at the vast possibilities of the human psyche. Katherine Gates has done more than open a new psychological door on previously unexplored fetishes, she has presented the stories, wishes & secret playtimes of ordinary people with extraordinary directness. In the sexual world nothing is sacred - horses, balloons, stuffed animals - and for the most part, nothing needs to be! The book is about unusual fetishes, but it is fair to say that "Deviant Desires" is just as much about people as it is about psychology. Read it! Your own "deep, dark, secret wish" may not be as secret as you think!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
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This book is exceptionally sensitive and non-judgmental anthropologic-style review of sexual fetishes that are far from the usual mainstream discussions of sexual proclivities. If you have had literally no exposure to these fetishes or if you are a devotee of something explored here, you will appreciate the friendly and compassionate tone that Ms. Gates brings to her catalog of sexual fringe behavior.
S&M is too mainstream for this book, it is not another tired recounting of leather clubs or bondage practices. Explored here are people who are imaginative enough to use a big #10 can of Pork & Beans as a sex toy, or balloons, or those who are creative enough to construct elaborate fantasies involving normally chaste fictional characters (Spock does Kirk), or those who enjoy role play as domestic animals.
A very sensitive and compassionately written chapter on Fat Admirers and those they desire was of particular interest to me as a lifelong overweight man. It is indeed rare to find these issues discussed with respect and kindness in any published media, much less in a book on sex.
Ms. Gates makes a contribution to our knowledge about ourselves that is fun to read and interesting to explore. The illustrations she has collected here alone make the book worth having in any library. This book would make a great gift for anyone with an abiding curiosity about what goes on behind the neighbor's closed doors. Indeed, I look at popular advertising with an entirely new awareness these days. These fetishes are everywhere.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on August 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was attending an erotic/adult expo in San Francisco in spring 2000 when I saw a woman sitting at a nearly deserted booth, holding a copy of this book, which I had just bought and read the week before. "Isn't that the best? I got that last week and just devoured it, it's amazing!" I exclaimed, not realizing I had just approached the author and totally made her day. Humans come in an incredible array of shapes and sizes, and so do their turn-ons. Katherine Gates, known for her past collaborations with porn-performance-artist Annie Sprinkle, overviews a variety of practices that occupy the outer edges of sexuality, but flourish on the Internet. Balloon fetishists (to pop or not to pop, that is the question), people who like to pretend they are ponies, fat admirers and messy girls are all collected here, shown in happy, consensual pictures and interviews. This book will be of interest to fetishists, social anthropologists, sex counselors/educators and collectors of the unusual.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2000
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Opening this book is like discovering buried treasure: Every paragraph and photograph is a gem. With the creation of Deviant Desires, author Katharine Gates has not only produced a work of art -- which one would imagine to find in a museum gift shop at triple the price -- but she has also done the world a mitzvah, by shining the light of day into the hidden corners of our darkest sexual desires, and revealing that much of what actually dwells there is childlike innocence, wonder and playfulness. A completely engrossing and refreshing book, written with unflinching candor, lighthearted humor, and a sense of deep respect for these everyday people who indulge in fantastic sex practices.
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