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Mark Thompson

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A celebration of consensual sadomasochism, this collecton of 28 essays mostly by practitioners of both sexes argues that ``leathersex'' heals wounds, mends shame, aids psychological growth and provides the basis for expanded spiritual awareness. With its photographs of ostensibly violent acts that many would consider repellent and its graphic accounts of ``leatherfolk'' practices, this is not a book for everyone. Selections explore coming out, the meaning of black leather, bondage and Nazi paraphernalia. Goddess worshippers, a self-professed shaman and androgynes who employ sadomasochistic rites discuss their practices. Also included are a recollection of a 1949 interview with Alfred Kinsey, an appreciation of agitprop poster artist Chuck Arnett and a reminiscence of San Francisco's Catacombs club. Thompson is senior editor of the gay magazine Advocate . (Nov.)

"...draws on parts of the psyche we are taught to regard as taboo, (and) can release powerful energies..." -- London Gay Times "A groundbreaking anthology... this first non-fiction, co-gender collection to document the queer leather scene is an instant classic." -- The San Francisco Review of Books
"'Leatherfolk' is probably the finest book ever published on leathersex history and philosophy. Fascinating, comprehensivve, informative, and sexy." -- International Leatherman "Leatherfolk" reveals a side of leather and S/M as no book before- its heart and soul. -- Lambda Book Report
"Probably our first glimpse of the neo-tribal, fusion-oriented fourth phase of a cultural revolution that began in 1960." -- Fakir Musafar, Body Play and Modern Primitives Quarterly "Thompson is able to demystify S/M's darker elements without draining any of the thrilling erotic quality from the subject." -- Frontiers

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