The Lesbian Kama Sutra

Book by Thomas Dunne Books

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Pretty Pictures, Lesbian 101

If you are a high school student questioning your sexuality, this is a good book. It doesn't get into politics, and it doesn't contain so much information that you would be confused further. It's an overview.
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Pros:
Kudos for the nod to "safer sex"
Cons:
Tone of the book assumes you read at an elementary school level.
Rating by reviewer:
2
useful review
The Lesbian Kama Sutra bears as much resemblance to the original Kama Sutra, as a pair of Nikes resemble Manhalo Blahniks. Night and Day. Kat Harding, author, has compiled some lovely historical paintings in this slim hard back volume. It gives a brief history of famous lesbians in ancient history, and then goes on to dispel myths like: "lesbians don't like men", "lesbians want to be men", "lesbians don't have proper sex", "lesbians hate sex", and lastly "something must have happened to make us like this" and "lesbians are after every woman they meet".

The book does not delve into politics at all, roles or out of the vanilla world. It has about two sentences under an illustration on the subject of "butch". It doesn't discuss the distinction between stone butch, soft butch, gender queer, daddies, dykes, high femme, boi, androgyne, soft butch, soft femme, stone femme , studs, packing, transgender, etc.

The book has about a paragraph or so on "coming out". It fails to explore the implications of the act of coming out. It does touch on STI and health, and briefly on keeping relationships alive.

There are lovely illustrations beside the historical paintings reproduced in the book. They are mostly, with the exception of an older couple and a short haired woman with a tattoo, femme young women .

It has a couple pages on "sex toys" but no illustrations or names of types, only that they can be found discreetly online, and they exist in every color variety and shape.

The book has a few paragraphs on anal, fisting, piercings, and kissing in a style that is simply written, and in words everyone past third grade could understand. It does, in fact read like a childrens book barring the subject matter.

At least the book does talk about some sexual practices and positions for the straight world that wonders "what do lesbians do”?
Experience
Pretty pictures are really the only reason to buy this book, its pretty void of information. It reminds me of a slimmed down, dumbed down, original edition of Joy of Sex from the 70's. It's almost 2010, time to update, people are more sophisticated.
Follow-up commentary
It's one of those read once, learn nothing new, and forget about it kind of books. Certainly not memorable, or any information I gained from it.
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Comments
  • Naughty Student
    Naughty Student  
    What a shame! Thanks for the honest review, this will really help people know what they should expect from this book if they intend on purchasing it.
  • vanillaSpice
    vanillaSpice  
    Too bad to hear it's so... meh. :/
  • lezergirl
    lezergirl  
    nice review on an okay product
  • Dear Ruby
    Dear Ruby  
    A shame! I like illustrations, but was hoping for more than an art book.
  • arewehavingfun?
    arewehavingfun?  
    Love the title!!
  • Hubby80
    Hubby80  
    Love it
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