Sunday, November 13, 2011

SM101: Not Just Another Crash Course in Kink


When I was going to college my introductory courses allowed me to get explore some ideas, exposed me to others, and basically gave me a good foundation to continue my studies. They also allowed me opportunity to discover I had a knack for accounting…and NOT computer programming. None of them, however, held the promise for pleasure and pain the way that SM101: A Realistic Introduction does.

To be sure, SM101: A Realistic Introduction is NOT your garden variety crash course in kink. Jay Wiseman, the author, has compiled in this volume what can only be described as the most thorough introduction to S&M that we have ever come across. He covers every aspect of S&M from CBT, to nipple torture, to rope work. And he doesn’t just give you enough information to make you a danger to yourself and your play partner. He whets your appetite, explains what you should and should not be doing, and gives you enough of a understanding to allow for informed exploration.

Master Wiseman begins the book with just the type of introduction you can expect on the first day of any class. He tells you who he is. He tells you about his experiences. And most importantly, he tells you how those experience have led to him writing the SM101 . He then explains who the book is for and what the student can expect to discover within its pages.

The rest of the book is focused on the art of S&M. He starts you off with the basics, covers bondage, pain, implements for delivering erotic pain, and the relationship between the dom and the sub. What we really liked about this is that the book is very gender neutral. Regardless of who is dominant in your relationship, this book had meaningful and relevant information for both of you. There is a chapter titled A Novice Woman’s Guide to Erotically Dominating a Man which provides some gender-specific information that can be especially helpful, especially if this is a role-reversal for a couple.

The author also provides an extensive amount of resources on everything from finding play palaces to what to do if you’re S&M relationship becomes abusive. There is a glossary, a list of interesting S&M sayings that will introduce you to the ethos of the lifestyle, and how to set up a starter set. Personally, I can’t think of anything that might have been left out. Like I said, this is a THOROUGH introduction!

I have always wanted to go to a sex-ed class like those offered by Good Vibrations. I think it is a great way to learn. What’s more, I think Mrs. Peg and I would have a blast. Unfortunately, we live in North Florida and there simply aren’t too many of the kind of classes we’d like to attend being offered around here. Instruction-wise, I think this book is really the next best thing. It is informative, thoughtful, and well-written. Could we learn more kneeling at the feet of the master? I am sure we could. But this is truly a great, and realistic, introduction to the in and outs of real S&M play.

Have fun and play safely!!

*****WE RECEIVED THIS PRODUCT AS A FREE SAMPLE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE AND Good Vibrations. THANKS AMANDA! The fact that I got this free really has no bearing on the honesty of this review portion of this story. We REALLY like this toy!! ******

***Pegging is the sexual act of a woman using a strapon dildo to anally penetrate her male partner.***

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