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Master/Slave Relations Paperback – 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Nazca Plains Corp (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887895639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887895637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the latest book to discuss the dynamics of Master/slave relationships, we have "Master/slave Relations: A Handbook of Theory and Practice" by Robert J. Rubel, PhD. Like similar books by Christina Abernathy, Guy Baldwin, Jack Rinella or Jay Wiseman (who contributes this book's foreword), it sets out to explore the Master/slave dynamic. Building like a pyramid through various phases of mastery (and this is primarily a book directed to dominants), Dr. Rubel power-points his way through the book's near 200 pages.

Where Dr. Rubel excels here is in the details. He has a background as a financial CEO, and it shows. Protocol is the greatest part of Dr. Rubel's definition to Master/slave relationships, and references to manners and etiquette are liberally used. Also frequently placed throughout "Master/slave Relations" are fragments of commentary attributed to well known Master and slave individuals, allowing for additional gravitas from outside sources. This is no "whip'em into shape" handbook. "Master/slave Relations" aims to mold more than pulverize. It should be emphasized that one of the words in the book's title is "practice."

Referring back to Dr. Rubel's financial background, within the book's first 50 pages, he asks of the reader "How much are you willing to pay to get what you want?" He is not just posing this question financially (although financial responsibility does play a great role), but what are you - and by extension, your slave - willing to expand outside your pre-defined ideas of what you already have? His answers are structured and never glib, in fact, he uses several examples from the relationships in his life to punctuate his thoughts.

Even more important is Dr. Rubels' thoughts on the dynamics of the relationship.
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Now that you have a slave, what do you do with him or her? I'll tell you right now that this book will not answer that question for you. And for what the introduction claims the book is, it could be a far better guide to how to write "a master manual." The problem is that I've read no other book like it, and am uncertain of where else to point the hopeful reader who doesn't have a leather or kink community available as a local resource. if one keeps the introduction in mind and questions oneself as to what is really, really important in their day-to-day life as is, one can get an idea of how to assign tasks, train and remind a slave or submissive in how to serve specific interests.

Regarding the seemingly endless section about the dinner parties: if you don't have dinner parties, mentally substitute something that you find too time consuming to do yourself, but that you'd love to have someone else take care of for you. Preparing for and attending an Society of Creative Anachronism event? Tending to your artistic space? Buying produce? Tending to your feet? Really, anything truly nitpicky that you want done a certain way -- that section shows you how to give step-by-step detail in writing that a slave or submissive can refer to as they're doing the task.

Other tasks have detail given their importance TO THE AUTHOR. If there are things that the dominant / owner / daddy/ master (hereby known as the grand poobah, because I'm getting sick of typing all that) wants to do themselves, then they either get to specify that those actions are off limits unless specifically mentioned, or don't list them at all. Cleaning? What can be touched, and what should be left alone? How often? Spring cleaning? Seasonal changes, visits, decorations, etc? Who drives?
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"Master/slave Relations" is the sort of book I can't help but give high marks simply because it exists. There simply aren't enough books out there that deal with the everyday, practical aspects of the Master/slave dynamic. This isn't the sort of book one reads casually, as fantasy fodder. This is a book for those of us who are seriously dedicated to entering into and maintaining lasting intimate relationships in which the M/s dynamic is at the foundation of the bond. You won't find anything here about BDSM play activities. If you're like me and you find yourself incredibly hot and bothered reading that a slave making an extra unplanned stop while running errands is guilty of "an incredible and inexcusable exercise in the very kind of free will that the slave no longer possesses," you'll find reading this book an erotic experience in its own right, but if graphic descriptions of kinky sex are more to your taste, don't expect this book to turn you on any more than any other handbook on interpersonal relationships would. If you expect the M/s life to be a whirlwind of orgasmic bliss, go play in a chatroom - but if you're ready to settle down to the hard work of being a Master or being a slave, this book just might make it a little bit easier.

Rubel never loses sight of the fact that an M/s relationship is, first and foremost, a relationship: a consensual relationship between two (or more) adult human beings of equal value. Like any relationship, it needs to be entered after careful consideration, on the basis of compatible personalities and shared goals. It needs to be nurtured through clear communication and thoughtful listening on both sides. Sometimes it needs to be re-evaluated and re-focused.
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