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Book Review: Rope, Bondage and Power

September 12, 2009
Rope, Bondage and Power

Rope, Bondage and Power

While at SPANK in Aug the book ‘Rope, Bondage and Power’ Edited by Lee Harrington came to my attention during a suspension class taught by Graydancer and Lqqkout. I was happy to be able to actually purchase a copy at M/s Conference thanks to the Series Editor Robert Rubel, PhD.

The book is a series of essays written by 17 Bondage enthusiasts and aficionados with a forward written by Lee Harrington himself.  The essays discuss a wide variety of topics that cover rope as art, the giving and taking of power through bondage, the emotional connection rope can have, finding a rope partner and some hot histories and scenes of rope that are a real turn on.

The thing I love about this book is that it is not your standard how to. It gets into the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of rope and bondage. Something that I find is seriously lacking when it comes to the education of any activity in SM. My favorite pieces in this book have been the ones that give you a glimpse into the minds of these truly amazing rope people. A glimpse at their history, their weaknesses and their strengths. You can see them as human. Not some kind of unreachable, unobtainable “rope gods”. Since this book is in essay form you can easily pick and choose in whatever order you want to read these essays.  I personally have just have been ticking off each essay as I read and some cases have re read 2 or 3 times.

Some highlights include JD of The Knotty Boys‘ essay on rope and zen, Graydancer facing his more darker side of play with Lee Harrington, Lqqkout’s description of a rope scene, Van Darkholme‘s personal history of bondage and Janice Stine’s view of rope as submissive and dominant.

As someone who is constantly looking for more than just another how to book this definitely fits the bill. I strongly suggest this book for anyone who is into rope or is looking to get a wider view of this art form.

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