Germain, Shanna. “As Kinky as You Wanna Be: Your Guide to Safe, Sane and Smart BDSM”, Cleis Press, 2014.
Kinky and Fun
In “As Kinky as You Wanna Be” Shanna Germain does not teach us how to tie up our lovers. What she does is teach us how to become kinky and at the same time to enjoy safe and sane sexual experiences (that we have all thought about but usually never try). She gives us a quick tour of the various sexual activities that comprise BDSM and as we read we learn how to be kinky in the bedroom. We learn of tips and techniques about BDSM as we read.
The book contains interviews with experts in BDSM and there are stories throughout from writers of erotica. Unlike other self-help books this is more of a guide of safe and sane activities. We learn how to “discover new pleasures, talk about kink with our partner, and/or doctor, stay physically and mentally safe, handle the rough terrain of fears and concerns, and put kinky dreams into practice”. Having the book is akin to having a mentor who is both a confidant and an expert.
One of the ways that makes this book so interesting and fun to read is the way that are stories are used to illustrate activities. The topics of bondage, submission, dominance, pain and pleasure are just a bit of what you will find here and it is really all you need to get started on new sexual adventures.