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Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macram Paperback – June 12, 2007
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Sections like the brief paragraphs on aftercare are just really thoughtful: 'aftercare isn't over 30 minutes after the session, a simple text can make a sub feel better' is amazing advice.
A bigger issue though is how the book welcomes EVERYONE to experience ropes bondage
Texts that have good technical details like Shibari and Two Knotty Boys picture *just* women being bound, explicitly or implicitly by men. Two Knotty Boys also has a sort of chuckling tone of leering at a female submissive. Of course this stuff is sexual, but it feels like it breaks the boundaries of trust and respect right within the text.
Lee's book portrays people of multiple genders and body types both binding and being bound. It also offers advice for bodies of different sizes.
All this means I'm not ashamed to have it sitting open so that the sub can see it while I'm tying them.
The detail views of knots are good, though like all extant shibari books you may wish for more detailed step-by-steps on some knots. Knots by Grog is a great resource for this.
I have both the paper and kindle versions. Both are formatted well with a clear flow that's easy to flip back and forth in.
The format of 'base harness and then variations' is nice, and there's good recommendations for how to practice certain ties.
Unfortunately, it is very poorly bound and the middle pages completely separated from the binding the first time paging through it. It's almost as if the pages are perforated with the purpose of making them removable! But that can't be right.