Even though today’s entry in Perversion in the News wasn’t on a first play date, the story serves as a reminder of the importance of setting up a safe call the first time you meet someone. Even though a photo session doesn’t sound like the sort of meeting that can go sideways, one never knows who they are meeting online.
By Dama deNoche
Published in 2012 by Phaze Books
Dama deNoche’s book The ABC’s of BDSM is an apparent attempt to write an introductory BDSM text in alphabetical encyclopedic form. I say apparent because deNoche fails to include any sort of explanation of the format to explain her intent. The reader is left to his own devices to wade through the book and decide for himself.
The bulk of the book consists of a pseudo-alphabetical listing of some BDSM terms, which are used as entry headers, followed by a description of said terms. The rest of the book consists of similar sections devoted to common identities in BDSM and medical emergencies, and ends with an interview with the author.
Annoyingly, the terms are not presented in alphabetical order. For example, the topic of CBT (Cock and Ball Torture) appears sandwiched between Conditioning and Chastity Devices. If you are wondering, yes, Chastity Devices follows CBT (Cock and Ball Torture). Also, the sections Emotional Triggers, Endorphins, Electrical Play, and Enemas are presented in that order. This haphazard listing was extremely distracting.
While the idea of an encyclopedic layout of BDSM terms might have some merit as a format for an introductory book, deNoche’s work fails miserably at the execution of this concept. The writing in this book approaches being unreadable. Dama deNoche’s articles are extraordinarily biased, inadequate, factually incorrect, uninformative, and redundant.
deNoche commits so many crimes as a writer that determining which is the most egregious proved a daunting task. However, after considerable thought, I have decided that the worst is her writer’s voice. As I read a book I usually begin to form a picture of a writer inside my head. As I read this book, the picture of the author that formed was that of a high school girl writing a report on a subject she was neither interested in nor knowledgeable about. Worse still, the student in question struggles to earn Cs.
My other major complaint with deNoche’s writing is that she unabashedly plays the game “my kink is okay, but your kink is sick.” I could almost overlook this if deNoche were forthright about this tendency, but she works to distance herself from her biases by couching them as health and safety concerns.
A good example of this sort of bias is found in her sections on Brown Showers (Scat) and Scat (Brown Showers). Setting aside the confounding fact that both sections earn their own separate explanation despite covering the same topic, her explanation for the former suggests that the play “…can be done with some safety as long as eating the feces is kept to a minimum. Presumably by the time she wrote the second entry she decided that scat play was too much for her as she advises “It is not recommended, even though many find it erotic, because many diseases are spread through scat.”
I initially considered that many of the books failings might be attributable to poor editing, but I have subsequently determined that cannot be the case. For the book to be poorly edited would suggest it was edited at all, and there is no evidence in the text to suggest that any editing took place. Individual entries are not only inconsistent with each other, they are inconsistent with themselves.
Worse still, the book confuses some terms and haphazardly combines their meanings with other unrelated ones. For example, in her entry Gender Identification deNoche confuses gender identity and sexual orientation. To her credit she does acknowledge that people identify with more than two genders. Unfortunately, she immediately squanders that as the section that follows Genitorture, begins “This is a type of play that can be done on both genders.” As I read this, I wanted to shout out loud, “make up your mind!”
The numerous errors and inconsistencies extend to the sections devoted to play. In the section on Enemas for example, she says at one point, “Also limit the amount of fluid to be introduced to the bowel to 1,000 cc or one liter.” In the same article she later states, “…when you or the one receiving it is used to it, you can give up to two quarts.” If I were attempting to use this book as an authoritative source for safety, I would be left to wonder whether one or two quarts of water is saf
I could go on and on about the errors and problems with this book. Suffice to say it is a complete and utter mess, and is without question the worst introductory BDSM book I have ever encountered. Anyone using this book as their sole source for learning about BDSM is likely to come away more confused and less knowledgeable about the subject than they were before they started reading. The only reason I can think of for owning a copy of this book is to help ensure that it doesn’t fall into impressionable hands.
I have been remiss about posting updates of late. In addition to traveling far and wide and presenting with my slave, my attention has been diverted with all sorts of other projects. I have still found time to read, though I have found myself stuck on one particular work that has caused me to spend some time thinking about why I created this site and its purpose. I hope to be finished with the work and my review very soon and re-focus my efforts on reading and reviewing.
After reading today’s installment of Perversion in the News, I knew that I had to post it. Not only does the contain two different acts that constitute “perversion,” it also includes references to one of today’s moral panics: bath salts.
I am old enough to remember the moral panic of Satanism back in the 1980s. By some accounts, the devil was everywhere. Not only did he run daycare facilities, but if your children happened to reach their teenage years unscathed by demonic forces you could be sure that they were being actively recruited by Satanic cults whose secret membership reached into the highest levels of government and other institutions. By far and away, my favorite claim was that Heavy Metal bands were inserting backwards messages to encourage listeners to worship the devil or commit suicide. As Judas Priest pointed out, if they wanted to insert secret messages into their music, it would be commands to buy more of their records.
Bath salts remind me of this. While I have no interest in doing them, I have to imagine that the amount of damage they do is vastly overstated. Certainly alcohol must cause more societal mayhem than bath salts. Maybe bath salt makers need to contribute more taxes and purchase Superbowl ads to become more acceptable. This seems unlikely in today’s moral climate. Then again, stranger things have certainly happened.
But I digress as I am wont to do. To read the article visit http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2012/09/17/20120917west-virginia-man-sexually-assaulted-stolen-goat-cops-say.html.
After reading this entry in Perversion in the News, I was reminded of Thomas Granger the Pilgrim who was executed for “buggery with a mare, a cowe, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey.” At least the subject of this story was only had his clothing ceremonially drowned. I’m a bit torn on the fate of the cow. After all, the cow didn’t do anything wrong, except perhaps complimenting the wrong farmhand. That said, I don’t think I would be keen to find out that cow was used to make the burger I at yesterday.
Also I am perplexed that anyone would think that the cow “was asking for it” defense will garner them any sympathy. Then again, anyone who would have sex with a cow probably isn’t playing with a full deck.
On a more sobering note, I couldn’t help but wonder if this isn’t the sort of culture that upon observing a rape wouldn’t force the victim to marry their attacker.
At any rate you can read the article here: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/national/teenager-passes-out-marrying-cow-he-had-sex-with/380095
Edited by Perverted Imp
Published in 2012 by Perverted Imp Productions
I was somewhat on the fence after reading the first issue of this zine, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received the second issue.
Upon seeing the cover of issue two, I couldn’t help but notice that it was virtually identical to the cover of the first issue. While I appreciate zines that keep a similar art direction from issue to issue, this zine’s cover was so similar to the first issue’s as to be distracting. If the cover were the only problem I noticed with Modern Dungeon Quarterly’s art direction and layout, I probably would not mention it. Unfortunately, there is much wasted space (the inside front and back covers are blank) and the pictures seem inserted in random places. They lack captions and are run together with the text. Taken as a whole, the layout is neither pleasing to the eye nor informative to the reader.
The biggest change between this issue and the first is the inclusion of other writers. While the articles are still far too short, the guest contributors’ articles were the best in this issue. I especially enjoyed The Monkey King’s article “Setting the Mood: Music.”
Even though the second issue of Modern Dungeon Quarterly didn’t improve upon the first as much as I hoped it would, there were a few improvements that make me hold out hope that it can get better.
Copies of both the print and online version of Modern Dungeon Quarterly are available from their website at http://moderndungeonquarterly.com/.