Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice

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Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice by Thompson, Mark, ed.

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When mystery enters our lives and stays there, we are set off from others. And, like a stranger who becomes a trusted friend, that mystery can grow into wonder about the endless possibilities of who we are. Certainly there is no group more cloaked within the mystery and wonder of gay life than leatherfolk, an odd tribe within a tribe that arouses feelings both hostile and seductive.

This book is a collection of writings by men and women who share little in common other than the desire to explore taboo realms and intense erotic experience. In fact, this is the first co-gender, nonfiction anthology to address the complex and sometimes unspeakable topic of sadomasochistic sexuality and the subculture that has formed around it. As a result, Leatherfolk is about many things, including the formation of a rapidly growing community within today's gay world and the meanings of seemingly incomprehensible sexual acts. the style of writing covers a spectrum as well: historical memoir, social commentary, and personal testimony. -Mark Thompson

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However one may view leatherfolk and the things we do, the subculture is long overdue for discussion. Radical sexuality has undeniably shaped gay and lesbian life; its unsettling icons are central to our mythology. Yet leather sex has usually been condemned, when it has not been ignored. By its very nature, S/M is a topic infused with ambiguity and contradiction. What appears to be one way on the surface is usually the opposite underneath. Perhaps it is this capacity to both attract and repel that accounts for S/M's contraversial reputation. Leatherfolk and the issues we raise have been as difficult for gay Americans to accept as for our heterosexual neighbors.

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