Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Erotic Slavehood: A Miss Abernathy Omnibus Paperback – June 1, 2007
|New from||Used from|
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 82%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The "Concise Slave Training Manual," which comprises only about a quarter of the text in this book, is addressed to Masters and Mistresses, while the much longer "Training with Miss Abernathy" is a directed series of lessons for the aspiring slave. It's ironic, then, that I, as a submissive, found the former not only more interesting than the latter, but much more relevant to my life.
"Miss Abernathy's Concise Slave Training Manual" is that rare gem among the volumes of BDSM literature that addresses itself specifically to those who are serious about a committed relationship based on literal ownership. Succinctly, and yet with surprising depth, Abernathy explores the methods and trappings of enslavement: preparation of the body for service, reward and punishment, exercises to cultivate the slave's headspace. Abernathy also discusses the emotional, psychological, and practical aspects of the M/s relationship: the forms such a relationship may take, the personal qualities that should be cultivated by and sought in both slaves and those who would own them, and the advantages of a written contract.
There are parts of "Training with Miss Abernathy" that rise to the same level of helpfulness and insight, particularly the first couple of sections, which deal with the prospective trainee's motivations and expectations in becoming a slave. The sections on sex slaves and practical considerations are also excellent. However, much of the rest of this "training program" reads like a manual on upper-class household management from a hundred years ago. Abernathy briefly acknowledges the fact that her readers are more likely, in this day and age, to become the only slave in a small household than one of many in a stately country manor, but her mindset is firmly and rather comically grounded in the latter world, or rather some surreal version thereof in which Jeeves might be required to perform oral sex on a distinguished guest in between seeing to the laundry and serving tea. My Master is a sweet guy-next-door type, not Abernathy's suave man-about-town. Our best flatware is stainless steel, we don't wear the kind of clothes that require specialized cleaning, and our idea of "entertaining" is having a couple of friends over once in a while and ordering a pizza. In my world, "hiring domestic staff" means offering the kid down the street five bucks to mow your lawn. Large portions of this book left me by turns amused, bored, and thankful for my quiet suburban existence, but did little or nothing to make me a better slave.
This book is written from the mentality often described as "old guard." The relationship between Master/Mistress and slave is assumed to be quite impersonal; relationships based on love and companionship as well as ownership are hardly mentioned, and the special considerations and challenges that arise from such a dynamic are dealt with not at all.
In reality, I see this book being truly useful only to a very limited subsection even within the 24/7 M/s community. (If the word "Victorian" gets you hot and bothered, stop reading this review and order this book NOW.) For most others, this volume will prove at times inspiring and thought-provoking, at others times tedious and absurd.