Different Loving: A Complete Exploration of the World of Sexual Dominance and Submission

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“A detailed, eye-opening account of the real sexual underground in America . . . a thorough and serious study.”—Playboy

From Different Loving:

In order to understand unusual sexualities such as dominance and submission, one first has to consider the question ‘What is normal?‘ If the unique function of sex is reproductive—and the only reason men and women should engage in sex is for the purpose of creating a new life—then only heterosexual intercourse is normal. By this standard, many common acts, even contraception, must be considered aberrant. Reproductive relevance was the Victorian standard of normalcy, and even today many of the laws in the United States still abide by that model. But people have always pursued sex for both reproduction and for pleasure and well-being.

We start from the premise that sex for pleasure is a normal human drive and is acceptable when it brings pleasure to both partners. From this perspective, D&S is simply a ‘different‘ kind of loving.

We hope to add to the greater body of knowledge about what people really do behind closed doors with the people they most love and trust. Perhaps Different Loving will help open the door for further research into the mystery, beauty, and complexity of human life and its diverse expressions.

Praise for Different Loving

“The definitive guide to the sexual styles of those who walk on the wild side.”—Kirkus Reviews

“As a window on largely unexplored territory, Different Loving is a breakthrough in the dialogue on human sexuality, and a significant work of popular sociology.”—South Bend Tribune

“A comprehensive primer on loving with leather and romance by riding crop.”—Michael Musto, New York Daily News


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Villard (Jan. 13 1996)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679769560
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679769569