- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Greenery Press; 2nd edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963976389
- ISBN-13: 978-0963976383
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 185 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It goes by many names: bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and more. In Jay Wiseman's SM 101, the long-taboo subject of consentual sadomasochism is accurately, insightful presented in the context of adult human sexuality, experience and tradition for the interested non-specialist general reader. SM 101 surveys the entire spectrum of consentual sadomasochistic practices from from bondage, to spanking, to erotic role-playing, and more. Now in an expanded second edition, SM 101 includes a new chapter on starting and running sadomaschistic organizations and events for consenting adults. Greenery Press has an extensive title list in the area of human sexuality and maintains a site on the World Wide Web (see the above URL) with a complete roster of their publications in various aspects of human sexuality and practices. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Jay Wiseman (Jay Joseph Wiseman)(born 1949) is an American BDSM writer and speaker. In 1991, Wiseman started the Greenery Press publishing house with his partner Janet Hardy, author "Lady Green" of The Sexually Dominant Woman. The publishing house grew to the point of publishing several titles a year, and they hired two other employees. As of 2006, Wiseman has written 11 books and dozens of articles in magazines from Playboy to Redbook.
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This is a GOOD book. Sure, it's a little outdated in some respects, but I think it's well worth the read for anybody who is remotely interested in kinky stuff. And Wiseman busts his ass to write fairly for folks of all gender expressions and orientations, which as a queer, I very much appreciate.
There are only a few things I wish there were more of, although I am pretty sure I understand why there wasn't:
-more about the mindset of people who practice BDSM. I understand not wanting to say "here's why people do it" at the risk of pigeonholing, but I would have loved to have seen just a quick overview of some of the reasons people get into this lifestyle, just to give the readers and their various mindsets something to relate to.
-more potential scenarios. Wiseman does this briefly near the end of the book, talking about the things he might say to a new play partner, etc. and I almost want more examples. I understand the emphasis on "choose your own adventure," but especially for those of us that don't belong to a "scene" or whatever, I would have loved some sample dialog or just some sort of 'oh god how do I start?' thing. Some folks go into BDSM with a very specific scenario in mind that they want to fulfill; others, like me, are more drawn to the idea than a particular type of scene or play style, and can feel like we have no idea where to go from there.
Like I said, honestly, I can see why those things didn't happen in this book, so I don't really fault him for that. I absolutely recommend it to pretty much anyone. Hell, even if you're not sure you want to try BDSM, this book is written in a way that's not scary or gross or pornographic or whatever, so for people who are only mildly curious, reading it may help them decide if they want to go further.
I think the author's editors let him down ultimately. Had it been more concise in the introduction, I would likely have no reason to complain. Now, I need to try to finish and I'm hoping it will get to the good stuff.