THE EROTIC IMAGINATION: Sexual Fantasies of the Adult Male by William James Slattery

THE EROTIC IMAGINATION: Sexual Fantasies of the Adult Male

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There's nothing Mickey Mouse about this collection of men's fantasies that make most porno look like Ivory soap ad copy. There is absolutely everything one can think of from human to animal to group sex: all possible, and impossible, permutations of persons using hands, mouths, feet, noses, and penises in every orifice, acts emerging from the privacy of the bathroom and bedroom to altars in churches or Grand Central Station men's rooms. Humiliation, bondage, rape, s & m, ""water sports"" (urinating and defecating on another person), dildo and clothing fetishes (an amazing number of men apparently have a repressed ambition to sell jockey shorts) -- all told in not always literate prose as over 500 respondents answered classified ads asking them to talk about their ""secret gardens."" Often these phone conversations are interrupted by stertorous breathing and short gasps; the callers were also sociable, offering manifold services to the pseudonymous author at the other end of the line. En masse, the material is cumulatively depressing where not disgusting: psychiatric assurance that there is no such thing as an abnormal fantasy is not much consolation re dreams that would be criminal if acted out -- and many of them have been acted out -- by men who make no distinction between the world of the mind and reality.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Publisher: Regnery