A fetish (in sexual terms) is when a non-sexual part of the body, an object or behavior becomes a focus for sexual desire. Usually people just mean they really like something, such as boobs or bums, when they say they have a fetish. That’s not even the tip of the iceberg. This collection features eight articles exploring some of the author’s favorite fetishes, each one the product of years of depraved behavior.
An incredibly interesting view into some of the most innocent, the weirdest, and the most extreme of sexual fetishes from the mind of a man who’s had some experience among them all.
As an anthology, a fairly short one at that, there is no real point of reference for me to measure this against, nor do I particularly know what kind of rating to give it. What I can do is share my assessment and reactions to what’s within its pages. First and foremost, let me say that this was a truly enlightening read. A lot of us have a general idea of fetishes when the subject comes up or when a reference is made, but here we have detailed accounts from some people that live these fetishes and descriptions from a man who’s experimented with just about every sexual activity out there. If you’ve ever wondered about the taboo sexual practices, but never knew where to look (safely anyway – you never know where Google will take you with a search like that HA!), here’s a book for you.
First article is called “What is a Fetish?”. Right from the start I knew this was going to be an interesting book. Peter Birch gives us the textbook definition of a fetish, and how it translates to sexual terms. What’s neat about it is that he includes real confessions from people that live some of these fetishes. Now, call me juvenile, but when talking about sex or sexual situations, I blush and giggle. Maybe some of the men and women in these examples did also, but it’s presented in a fashion that lends itself to be taken seriously with maturity.
“Beauty in Blue Jeans”, “What, No Knickers!?”, and “Erotica Victoriana” all delve into the world of certain clothing fetishes. He even goes into the history of blue jeans, the different implications of going commando that a partner can infer, and the eroticism of the clothing from the Victorian era as a whole. He admits to Daisy Duke being the reason he loves denim in the form of short cutoff shorts, that he likes knickers mostly because they can be pulled down, and all the heavy and layered clothes in the Victorian days only made you value what’s beneath that much more.
“Ten Top Tips for Bondage”, “The UK’s Top 20 Spanking Positions”, “Aftercare, Or The Fine Art Of Tending To A Smacked Bottom”, and “Harness Made To Your Own Design” are all informative or how-to guides. The tips are important things to keep in mind during bondage play, from the types of restraints, the ties and knots, and the state of your partner. The spanking positions is pretty much exactly what it looks like – a rundown of the top 20 spanking positions, though a few are very similar and a couple aren’t fully explained so I can’t fully picture it. Aftercare recommendations are aimed mostly at the mind frame of the partner that was spanked. The harness portion is literally a DIY guide to making your own pony-girl bridle, from the materials you’ll need, the factors to take into consideration for your design, and the step-by-step instructions.
“Oh Those Kinky Clowns!” is the cherry on top for this expedition into the fetish world. I’m an open-minded individual and I feel everyone is entitled to whatever floats their boat (with the exception of things like underage porn etc. – you get the idea), but I definitely have to file this one under the weird category. Women dressed up in clown costumes, well ok, mostly paint actually, and doing naughty things with custard…to each their own!
I think the most important thing about this book is the overall message found inside. The obvious message is that everyone has different tastes and that’s okay! It’s natural, it’s fun, and should be explored openly without judgment. The other big message is that there should always be respect, even affection, for your partner (or partners) in any given situation. I think this is exemplified best in the aftermath section as he says that there should at minimum be a hug and a kiss. I agree most with the next part though: “Extended cuddles are better still”.