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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569800111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569800119
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

One person's erotic stimulation is another person's excuse to say, "I'm outta here." A study of neurological cycles, imprinting, and primal needs shows how people form their own unique recipes for love. Hardly any garment or activity escapes Brenda Love's encyclopedia. Writing exhaustively and without bias, Love has created a reference source for those intrigued with the full range of human sexual expression. To enrich the content of more than 750 entries, she has consulted with or quoted from, wherever possible, the practitioners.

Readers learn about such "practices" as concubinage, mock marriages, power tools (including a list of those suitable for sex games), sadism, and suturing. The entries, along with 150 original illustrations, are certain to expand both your consciousness and your vocabulary: you will learn about flatuphiles, fornicatory dolls, and frottage, plus infibulation (surgical closure of the labia) and inunction (using lotion for arousal). In this entertaining guide through sexual facts and fancies, Brenda Love--licensed pilot, skydiver, and columnist--writes: "It is the aim of the encyclopedia to provide objective information about how human beings behave; where you draw the line must be your own informed choice." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chances are this book won't stay on the shelf long; browsers, voyeurs, and, especially, censors will be attracted by its title. What they will discover is an odd assortment of 700 entries, ranging from the ordinary (birth control) to the ridiculous (pie throwing) and the perverse (power tools, whipping workshops). A large number of the entries refer to sadomasochistic activities, and an introductory note warns that some of the listed activities may be dangerous or lethal. The book's advisory board includes a "kinky" blacksmith and the slave of an "understanding Master." All in all, a marginal purchase for public libraries. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Ilse Heidmann Ali, formerly with Motlow State Community Coll., Tullahoma, Tenn.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Some of this stuff could really turn your stomach.
Dottie Randazzo
I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to broaden their understanding of sexuality.
Violette Rose-Jones
I "stumbled" over the on-line version of this book and just had to have it.
Blonde Goddess

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent. It gives you down-to-earth information on every aspect of sex. It is written clearly, cleanly, informatively, and in plain english - with no hype. It is not a textbook, but yet written to be informative. It covers every, and I mean every, aspect of sexual activity. It is illustrated. The illustrations are a little small, but they are there, and they help. You cannot know everything in this book. I learned, and I am 60, before I got to page 60. Thank god we might have finally got over our national fear about sex and on to dispensing all the information about it. It is both wonderful, and yet a little scary, to think that all of this exists, but it is necessary to let us know that it does. An infomred population will at least know what it is up against, and how to adjust to it's good points and bad ones. This type of information was a long time coming, in this wonderful form. This is a great addition to any home library, for both research, as well as inquisitive needs and questions. Thank you Ms. Love.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Love's book is handy as a reference or for just flipping through, but be careful about using it as an authoritative source. I found a handful of mistakes, including its listing of snuff films as real. This has been an urban legend/hoax for decades, and its inclusion here makes me wonder just how well-researched the rest of the book is. For example, that section came from an article in Penthouse on Satanism, perhaps not the best source for such material.
(For a more accurate view of the snuff film hoax, you might pick up a copy of Nadine Strossen's book Defending Pornography, where she tries to dispel the rumor that won't die. Or Susie Bright's article in the San Diego Reader (18 November 1983). Or Kim Mohan's survey of horror films Nightmare Movies, which the original film was. Or the May/June 1999 issue of the magazine the Skeptical Inquirer.)
Other than those sorts of oversights, the book is fun to read, in part just to convince yourself that there are weirder people than yourself out there!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1996
Format: Paperback
You probably don't expect to find yourself compulsively reading a book called an encyclopedia of anything, but then you probably don't expect to be reading about men who coax angry bees to sting their penises in order to make the organ swell and become more sensitive. The 750+ listings here will propel you from amazement to amazement as they carry you from abduction as a sex act to zoophilia (sex with animals). You will be repelled and excited, entranced and titillated, shocked and sucked right into the world of sexual extremes and oddities. And, all the time, you'll be making mental notes of which entries you just have to tell this or that friend about. Maybe not a book everyone will be comfortable having on the coffee table, but one you'll want within ea
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Kassoff on December 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Love (appropriately named) and Mavrides did an excellent job compiling this handy little coffee table book. I bought this while on vacation and my husband and I were intensely aroused with some of the obscure methods of sexual pleasure that were noted in this book. If you are the least bit interested in things that are "different," then I would highly recommend this gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2013
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I was puzzled by some of the outdated info in here, like various people who have passed away in the last 5 years still listed as alive, then I checked the publication date and saw that this book was from 1992. A lot of advances in the treatment of STD's have happened in the last 20 years.
It is a fascinating book. there were more than a few "People get off on THAT?" moments as well as a lot of "That's not unusual, that's one of my favourites!" reactions.
Ms. Love looks a lot better in the picture with her Wikipedia entry than she does on the back cover, too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I think "encylopedia" I think entire sets or series of books. This is more like a dictionary of sexual practices. There is an attempt to provide context, historical and contemporary, but not always as fully or as clearly as you might like. Why is it "unusual"? Because a wide range of sexual activities and interests are covered that may not be strange to you or in your society but which could be rare or taboo for others. There is a good index so you can find things fairly easily and it is fun to read. Overall you come away knowing that the weird thing you did last night, really isn't all that weird.
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By -HappyGem on February 25, 2013
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This is a wonderful book for me and my girlfriend. She has helped me be “Putty” in her hands. With this book it gave us a chance to look at more things to try with each other. We both love to experiment and this book will help give you good ideas. It explains many different types of “Unusual” sex practices. But what is “Unusual” to us it is something that someone is scared to try with their current partner but if they could they would. I know this first hand with my partner. She has opened the door to many types of “Taboo sex”. If you are fortunate enough to have someone who will travel the journey with you take this book with you. Kind of sort of sightseeing for sex, hot and wild sex. Use the book for what you want to get you there. Forget about waiting for your next magazine for tips, get the book and really set the sex on volcano HOT! Let the kink factor run full power. What do you have to lose? Even if you don’t get too much out of it, let it set on the coffee table and watch your guests get crossed eyes!
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Brenda Love, Ph.D., (born December 13, 1950) is an American writer, international lecturer and sexologist. She is a leading authority on paraphilias, fetishes, sadomasochism and unusual sex practices. She has documented over 600 sex practices in the Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices and it remains the most comprehensive and valuable research available today for therapists, physicians, educators, and law enforcement agencies.