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Leatherfolk - Mark Thomson


By: Mark Thomson (Editor)

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Since its publication a decade ago, this Lambda Literary Award-nominated book has become a classic, must-read book on human sexuality and identity. Widely cited as being among the most useful books of its kind, this co-gender anthology is both historical witness to and provocative treatise on this unique and often misunderstood subculture. The diverse contributors look at the history of the gay and lesbian underground, how radical sex practice relates to their spirituality, and what S/M means to them personally.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface to the 10th Anniversary Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xv
This Leather Tribe
The Hanged Manp. 1
S/M: Some Questions and a Few Answersp. 15
The Molecular Anatomy of Leatherp. 37
Her Body, Mine, and Hisp. 44
I Get Real: Celebrating My Sadomasochistic Soulp. 49
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: Notes on the Materialization of Sexual Fantasyp. 56
S/M and the Psychology of Gay Male Initiation: An Archetypal Perspectivep. 65
Six Decades of Shadow Dancing
1940s...Dr. Kinsey Takes a Peek at S/M: A Reminiscencep. 81
1950s...One Among Many: The Seduction and Training of a Leathermanp. 91
1960s...Artist Chuck Arnett: His Life/Our Timesp. 106
1970s...The Catacombs: A Temple of the Buttholep. 119
1980s...S/M's Copernican Revolution: From a Closed World to the Infinite Universep. 142
1990s...Black Leather Wingsp. 157
The Body Becomes Politic
A Second Coming Outp. 169
Snapshots of Desire: Surviving as a Queer Among Queersp. 179
I Am Your Frankensteinp. 185
Swastika Toysp. 193
What Happened?p. 210
The Limits of the S/M Relationship, or Mr. Benson Doesn't Live Here Anymorep. 221
The View From a Slingp. 233
Spirit and the Flesh
A Meditation on Religion and Leatherspacep. 247
Living in Leather: An Inner Journeyp. 252
The Spiritual Dimensions of Bondagep. 257
Fantasy, Fetish, and the Goddessp. 267
I Am the Leatherfaerie Shamanp. 276
Erotic Ecstasy: An Interview with Purusha the Androgynep. 284
Sacred Passages and Radical Sex Magicp. 294
Magical Masochist: A Conversation with Fakir Musafarp. 303
About the Contributorsp. 320
Selected Readingsp. 327
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ISBN: 9781555831875
ISBN-10: 1555831877
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 21st June 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: New edition