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The Mistress Contract

2.35  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The remarkable true document that is The Mistress Contract opens with a piece of paper that was signed in 1981 by a woman and her wealthy lover. The contract establishes an exchange that she thinks fair: If he will provide an adequate and separate home for her and cover her expenses, she will provide him with �mistress services”: �All sexual acts as requested, with suspens ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Unbridled Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Karen Ireland-Phillips
Dec 31, 2011 Karen Ireland-Phillips rated it did not like it
The premise is that two consenting adults, thirty years ago, decided to sign a contract –written by “She”, the reader eventually finds - assigning her the role of mistress, obligated to provide sex, and assigning him the role of financial provider. Concomitantly, they begin recording their conversations. [return]Very little of this slim paperback is salacious. None of it was erotic. Much of it was offensive. Starting with the tagline: [return]“He is a successful businessman. [return]She could be ...more
Hopscotch Friday
Apr 28, 2014 Hopscotch Friday rated it did not like it
Review by Stevie O'Cuana for Hopscotch Friday: I must admit that it was with mild trepidation that I was drawn to The Mistress Contract. Having made it through the first hundred pages of Fifty Shades of Grey, but not much more, I was hoping for something that didn’t read as though it was written by a 14-year-old with no experience of her own physical wants and needs let alone someone else’s. I wanted something true-to-life and, well, satisfying. I was apprehensive because I knew The Mistress Con ...more
Michelle
The Mistress Contract is one that piqued my interest from the very first time it was brought to my attention as a new fall release. The idea of a couple agreeing to share their most intimate details about their relationship, however anonymous, was as titillating as it was a huge opportunity to delve into the mind of someone who knowingly enters in a mistress relationship. Unfortunately, The Mistress Contract was nothing like I expected it to be, and my disappointment is profound.

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Katherine
Feb 20, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it
It's both interesting and frustrating to note how exceptional the narrators perceive themselves to be in their ostensibly daring and rule-breaking contract-bound relationship, when what they are really doing, and finding so oddly satisfying, is fulfilling the roles the patriarchy dictates to a tee. Thought-provoking to read as an intellectual exercise, to see how informed and intelligent people can be so entirely subsumed in a perfectly sexist paradigm while convincing themselves they have wisel ...more
Sonya
Aug 11, 2011 Sonya rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book is a series of edited transcripts of recorded conversations between She and He, people who have entered into a sexual contract wherein She becomes the sexual property of He and in return is provided with her own home and money. That being said, the book's discussions are political, psychological, and philosophical in nature; the Contract looms in the background of discussions but is not explicit in all of the transcripts. Like all dialectical pieces, you can't skim this book. If you're ...more
Oriana
Oct 27, 2013 Oriana rated it did not like it
Ever wonder what it would look like to take the conversations of youtube trolls and publish them? How would that read? Well look no futher. THis book is pretty much the accumulation of youtube troll conversations. Some of the most backwards thought processes and pathological insanity resides in this book. Everything from ramblings of regurgitated rants laced with sexism at its worst, to moments of lobbying for sex slavery - it's all here. I have never in all my years of reading all sorts of lite ...more
Jacky Donovan
Dec 27, 2013 Jacky Donovan rated it did not like it
I can only imagine that the UK press - many of whom gave this a good review - were deliberately sent an entirely different work as their comments are so far removed from the content of the book I read.

If the excerpts in this book are the most fascinating out of 30 years of taped conversations then I feel sorry for the poor person who had to read / sleep through all the rest as this was the most disappointing book I have read. Period.

It wasn't erotic. It wasn't exciting. It wasn't inventive. It w
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Lindsay Seddon
Not really what I expected. I assumed this would involve a lot of talk about the contact and how it affects their lives and relationships, but I found this was mostly discussions about feminism and how open men and women can be with each other in a romantic relationship. Some of the conversations were fascinating, but others very heavy and the book ends abruptly. I would have liked more information about the two authors.
Yvonne Kraak
Apr 06, 2016 Yvonne Kraak rated it it was ok
Mmmm not quite a "book". More like a transcription of conversations. I'm also really confused. I thought this was the American version of 'les vaisseaux du coeur', but this one is less romantic and very American. The two main characters are also utterly annoying. The man in his arrogance semi-intellectual academic knowledge, the woman in her 'feminist' identification. But it did made me think about this social contract, and Western marriages in general, so that's always a good thing.
Michael
Mar 01, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
It's such a strange creature. Reads like a play. Feels like a thesis. And oddly misogynistic. And despite the female protagonist being the one who drew up the 'contract' - she seemed to have lost the most in the end.

Not the most pleasure of reads.
Sinead Fitzgibbon
Feb 08, 2014 Sinead Fitzgibbon rated it did not like it
Don't bother. Seriously. Life is just too short to spend a few hours of it reading this tedious exercise in narcissism.
Anna Seckman
May 16, 2013 Anna Seckman rated it did not like it
blehhhhhhhhh.
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Aug 02, 2011 Autumn rated it did not like it
Shelves: in-kindle
It was just not my particular cup of tea.
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Interesting look at relationships.
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