SM101: A Realistic Introduction - erotic book by Greenery Press - review by Jessica Elizabeth

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Well written, detailed and understandable.

In the end the item is totally worth it. Jay Wiseman is an excellent author and his focus on safety is commendable.
Published:
Pros:
Understandable, informative.
Cons:
Few illustrations, little about the emotional aspect.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
I really enjoy this book, and I often find myself going back for both information's sake, and pleasure's sake. Jay Wiseman includes not only easy to understand how to information but a lot of safety information as well. This book however is not really about a Dominance and submission lifestyle. While Mr. Wiseman does include a chapter on D/s, the book is mostly about the physical BDSM aspect.

Mr. Wiseman goes into detail on a wide variety of subjects from clamps, to floggers, and crops to finding local communities. He also includes ways that you can use common household items for S&M play such as ice, hair brushes, and candle wax. Included are different ways many implements can be used, different types and styles of each, and their positive and negative points.

Most importantly he includes safety aspects to help you lower your chance of injury. Mr. Wiseman includes safety tips such as safe words, safe calls, and having a first aid kit nearby. He also includes experiences that he has had, stories he's heard, and the whys and hows of them. He uses these as ways of explaining how the different instruments work, the dangers and also the pleasures of them.

Also, Mr. Wiseman includes practical advice such as being aware of sound when you live in an apartment, and being aware of the chance of marks and bruising if you need to keep your BDSM activities to yourself.

Jay Wiseman does include one chapter which focuses on a Dominance and submission lifestyle. I often re-read this chapter as he includes sections for both the Dominant and the submissive. I must admit that I was disappointed at how little information there was about Dominance and submission, however that is not always involved with BDSM.

While this book is rather black-and-white, and at times can get a bit clinical, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in BDSM from the beginner to the experienced player.
Experience
This was the first book I ever read about BDSM. I must say that his no-nonsense, sometimes humorous, and focused-on-safety way of writing helped me feel more comfortable about being interested in BDSM.
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  • Adriana Ravenlust
    I loved how you included specific information from the book in your review. Wonderful!
  • Jessica Elizabeth
    Thanks Smile I find it's easiest to have that information to base an opinion on if i want to purchase something.
  • Luscious Lily
    Nice review! I've heard good things about this book, but it's always useful to know the focus. Thanks!
  • bodymodboy
    Thanks! I've been peeking at the book myself, thinking I might add it to my shelf Smile
  • Airen Wolf
    You would think that being aware of bruising and striping would be obvious but I have learned how dangerous it can be NOT to be aware of how some people view bruises! I have two men in my life and one was unaware that my relationship with the other was much more physical, then one day my more physical partner left a visible thumb print on my arm and when I took off my shirt later that day the other partner was on the war path in seconds! It's good to see a book that takes the physical side of BDSM very seriously and deals with it openly rather than focusing on the psychological side only.
    Your review was very thorough and at the same time easy and fun to read! Welcome to the community, I look forward to seeing more!
  • Jessica Elizabeth
    It is indeed nice to find a book like that! What really impressed me is that he also focused on 'where' to hit, and how each implement works differently. What i'd like to see now is a book that's half physical and half psychological.
  • babypinecone
    After reading your review I am kind of excited to receive our copy that I got for my boyfriend and I!
  • Ghost
    Thanks for the review!
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