Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism Summary & Study Guide

Philip Miller and Molly Devon
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The novel, written by Philip Miller and Molly Devon, discusses the world of sadomasochism (SM) and the individuals involved in the practice. The novel begins with a brief history of SM, which is followed by a discussion of the terminology used in SM and the individuals who participate. Chapter 2 involves a discussion of the basic concepts of SM, including trust, safety, anticipation, conditioning, visualization, sensory deprivation and anatomy. Chapter 3 contains specific information about how to begin SM, how to locate suitable partners, organization to support SM, and characters one should avoid when dealing with those interested in SM. Chapter 4 introduces further SM concepts, including ideal partners, the negotiation of SM practices, power levels in dominant relationships, avoidance of abuse, and sample negotiation questionnaires.

Chapter 5 introduces the topic of gender roles and discusses the freedom from gender stereotypes allowed within SM relationships. The topic focuses on the ability for women to express sexuality and for men to explore their sexuality in a more significant manner. Chapter 6 introduces the first techniques of SM, including a discussion of various SM devices, including nipple clips, ice, anal sex, vibrators and sexual role-playing. All aspects are discussed in terms of both expected feeling as well as safety.

Chapter 7 continues the discussion of SM techniques by focusing on the topic of bondage. This introduction to the theme includes safety precautions, planning, rules, anatomy, and a walkthrough for the first several sessions. Chapter 8 continues to discuss bondage by focusing on knotting techniques, proper rope and other bondage devices, including plastic wrap, wrist and ankle cuffs, collars, blindfolds, gags, and hoods.

Chapter 9 introduces the concept of using punishment within SM scenes to further arouse the submissive. The authors first discuss planning, positioning of the submissive, techniques, and how to end a scene. Ten rules for using flogging in SM are then discussed which include avoidance of the practice when angry, negotiation, training, stance and technique, and other aspects. Chapter 10 continues the topic of flogging by discussing various techniques and tools, including spanking, paddling, face slapping, caning, flogging, cat-o-nine whips, and other devices. This chapter also gives advice on proper stance, the use of cat-o-nine tails, and specific stroking methods, including the backhand, figure eight, and forehand strokes.

Chapter 11 introduces a new concept, that of flying, or a state of mind that is achieved through high endorphin rush. Further, this chapter discusses theories regarding how pain can cause pleasure and various ways to achieve such pleasure. Chapter 12 introduces the idea of mental humiliation as a means of sexual pleasure and gives a variety of tips on achieving this goal. Further, this chapter explores the abilities of SM to help heal inner conflicts and self-esteem issues. Chapter 13, the final chapter, is essentially a recap of the various tools and devices one can use in SM. The chapter discusses all items needed to create the ideal dungeon, or SM room, which includes many items discussed in previous chapters. Additionally, the chapter notes several new devices and gives hints on ways to hide such devices from children and friends. The book ends with a glossary and several appendices regarding suppliers of SM goods, computer bulletin boards, magazines dedicated to SM, and other sources of information.

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