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Sep 21 2015

30 Days of Kink Day 21: Favourite BDSM Book

Guido Argentini: From the portfolio Private Rooms

Guido Argentini: From the portfolio Private Rooms

Day 21: Favorite BDSM related book (fiction or non-fiction).

Probably Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis about which I have waxed poetic on previous occasions.

It was the first book written about paraphilias and fetishes. Krafft-Ebing took the radical view that homosexuality shouldn’t be illegal. Scandalous.

Psychopathia Sexualis was supposed to be written for learned men (psychiatrists, physicians and people in the legal profession—it was used in court cases). Highly academic, it was a collection of case studies and the more salacious parts were in Latin (my copy had those parts translated into English).

The general public of 1886 weren’t put off by dead languages, though, as they immediately ran out and bought the book. It went through twelve editions and was published in seven languages during the author’s lifetime.

I’ve chosen it for this entry because it shows that people have always had fetishes (and it’s fascinating how the mores of the day shape those fetishes) and because it’s the first place I learned about pageism.

[I feel compelled to note that there’s a film that’s supposedly based on the book. Yes, I’ve seen it. Well. The first fifteen minutes or so at any rate. It’s the only film I’ve ever walked out of.]

More Argentini pictures from the Private Rooms portfolio here. (Very NSFW.)

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