Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics and Practice by Mark Thompson


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Since its publication a decade ago, this Lambda Literary Award-nominated book has become a classic must-read on the shelf of books adressing human sexuality and identity. Widely cited as among the most useful books of its kind, Leatherfolk is both historical witness and provocative treatise regarding a distinct subculture that has withstood decades of political harassment and other challenges to its health. Spanning the decades from the 1940s onward, this collection of vibrant writing documents the many eras and shifts of attitude that have informed the gay and lesbian leather underground and its influence on the society beyond. A new preface by editor Mark Thompson, and a new annotated bibliography provide an up-to-date look at this community and provide valuable resources for researchers and interested parties.

'Leatherfolk' is porbably the finest book ever published on leathersex history and philosophy. Fascinating, comprehensivve, informative, and sexy." -- International Leatherman

"Leatherfolk" reveals a side of leather and S/M as no book before- its heart and soul. -- Lambda Book Report

"...draws on parts of the psyche we are taught to regard as taboo, (and) can release powerful energies..." -- London Gay Times

"A groundbreaking anthology... this first non-fiction, co-gender collection to document the queer leather scene is an instant classic." -- The San Francisco Review of Books

"Probably our first glimpse of the neo-tribal, fusion-oriented fourth phase of a cultural revolution that began in 1960." -- Fakir Musafar, Body Play and Modern Primitives Quarterly

"Thompson is able to demystify S/M's darker elements without draining any of the thrilling erotic quality from the subject." -- Frontiers

265 pages.

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