Review: 50 Shades of Kink by Tristan Taormino

50 Shades of Kink by Tristan Taormino
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 162
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Tristan Taormino can tell you everything you want to know about the world of kink, and more! Operating on the pleasure principle, 50 Shades of Kink is a truly helpful how-to that is the perfect beginner’s guide to the realm of kinky sex and can also serve as a wonderful refresher course. Whether readers want to get up close and personal with blindfolds, crops, and paddles or are just looking for some inspiration to keep things fresh in the bedroom, 50 Shades of Kink is ideal for everyone and their lover(s). Included are techniques and creative ideas for bondage, spanking, flogging, sensation play, and rough sex; lessons on how to eroticize power, cultivate deeper connections, and incorporate kink into one’s sex life; and role-playing fantasies from the popular to the taboo.


Review:  As more women become curious about the BDSM lifestyle, the more valuable instruction manuals become. Beyond the pages of a popular set of novels is a lifestyle that can be rewarding if done correctly. Tristan Taormino has created a basic introduction from A to Z with 50 Shades of Kink.

Organized into 11 chapters, the book starts out by debunking common myths regarding the kinkster lifestyle. As a sex educator and erotica editor, the author is extremely open and knowledgeable about the topics. From basic bondage to rough sex, Taormino covers all the details in an easy-to-understand format. The language is clear and concise, but conversational in nature so it doesn’t read like a textbook.

A lot of time is devoted to making sure that the reader has a clear understanding of the common vocabulary that might be used by someone practicing BDSM. There is even a sample contract used as a reference.

As someone who is curious about the lifestyle, I found this to be a perfect starting point for separating fiction from reality. An added bonus is a reading list for more in-depth study.

I was impressed not only with the fact that this is a comprehensive guide, but it really focuses on the basic elements of the BDSM lifestyle by showing how our darkest fantasies can be brought to life.