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Deviant Desires

A Tour of the Erotic Edge

Can there still be anything new to say about the erotic, sexy play, and desire?

YES, because what drives each of us to any sexual fixation-from feet or fat to latex or ponyplay-may hold mysteries, but can never be inexplicable.

YES, because even the most seemingly unusual kinks and fetishes, like trample and crush, cannibal play, quicksand and male pregnancy, derive from such universal themes as power and transformation.

YES, because when some taboos crumble, others emerge, with often surprising, delightful, and even disturbing consequences for our psyches and libidos.

YES, because as human culture evolves, we newly discover sexual excitement and fulfillment from scenarios (such as car accidents) and objects (like gas masks and medical equipment) that never existed before.

YES, because wherever there is darkness, secrecy, and silence, what's most essential is light, revelation, and ever better communication.

Yale-trained gonzo anthropologist Katharine Gates has now fully updated and revised her pioneering 2000 work, Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex, into what you now hold in your possibly trembling hands: DEVIANT DESIRES: A TOUR OF THE EROTIC EDGE And what a tour! Within these pages Gates proves there's ALWAYS new information about sex and desire, because human adaptability and creativity ever combine to discover new frontiers of pleasure, whether by imagining ourselves superheroes or tiny or giants, or simply stuffing party balloons down our pants. We might even find that what really accelerates our desires is pumping car pedals-but only that specific, perfect way that gets us off like nothing else can. Featuring over a thousand illustrations (mostly in color, new for this edition), interviews from around the world, both fun and serious discussion, and even some tips and suggestions, DEVIANT DESIRES: A TOUR OF THE EROTIC EDGE is for any adult who ever hoped or believed there might be more to life, love, and pleasure than previously imagined. -David Steinhardt, Editor of this New Edition

"Beautifully illustrated with new images that are the perfect mix of the sexy, sensual, and subversive, Deviant Desires will satisfy your inquisitive mind with fascinating stories from the sexual fringe."

– HUCK

"Deviant Desires presents some of the most detailed information on kink's behind-the-scenes requirements that I've encountered in a book not written explicitly as an instruction manual."

– The Nation

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