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Flogging Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Joseph W. Bean has been hanging around radical sex for a very long time, and he has a habit of writing about everything he hangs around, sex included.
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People new to the scene will find a lot of useful information about impact play in general. This book covers the basics of consent, escalation, aftercare, etc.There are narratives going over different ways a scene could play out and how to deal with it. I'm not a complete novice, but this was a great presentation anyway- very comfortable concepts and discussions leading to less familiar ones as it got more to technique.
As for the flogging-specific information, it's pretty thorough. If you have no idea where to start with actual implements or flogging someone, you'll find some answers. That said, reading this book isn't a replacement for experience- no book could be. I don't say that as a PSA exactly- just that I realized after reading this book that there are many, many things I"m going to actually have to work up the guts to try out at a play party before I really understand them. But this book has given me much more confidence to try that out!
I don't know how more experienced players will feel about this book, but if you think you have something to gain form a book about flogging, you probably do.
The book is thin and can be digested rather quickly; the author does well to introduce the reader not only on certain techniques of flogging but on the important support aspects as well such as care for your tools, addressing needs and care for your subject, and the psychology and practice behind pre-scene, the scene itself and the aftercare after the scene.
I would recommend though that if you are considering this book because you have an interest in flogging or incorporating flogging into your lifestyle practices or you just want to explore flogging as a new way of playing with your partner, you may also, at time of purchase, obtain Mr. Bean's companion video training system titled "Flogging: The Basics and Beyond (SMTech Educational)" which can also be ordered through Amazon. The DVD will provide you with the visual tools necessary to get the written instruction you obtained in his book down properly.
In fact if you have some fantasies but know nothing about flogging the book will be useful. If you have at least some knowledge, don't waste your time.
When I recieved the book and DVD (if it is not clear this is a Book and DVD SET) I instant put in the DVD and sat down expecting a very dry tutorial; This was so far from the reality though. J.W. Bean is definately entertaining while getting across crusial information and safety tips. There is even a bit of world history (that I cross checked for accuracy) of where some of the flogging traditions origionate from I would recomend this set to anyone who is interested in flogging no matter their experience level.
The book is a quick read but is really an over view of the DVD, which is nice to have, but do not just look at one or the other. However, I strongly suggest reviewing both the book and DVD.