I liked this book a lot, very inspiring in places, but... for someone who's not an "expert" other than being a guy and clearly having an interest (andI liked this book a lot, very inspiring in places, but... for someone who's not an "expert" other than being a guy and clearly having an interest (and experience) in the subject, Mark wrote this with a very absolute tone. He states at the end that that his experiences don't cover the gamut of possible experiences, but when reading the book itself, I would occassionally find myself thinking "That can't happen? But I know a guy that told me it could," or "I've been with a guy where this happened." And once (with the insistence on the necessity of lube) I found myself thinking, "Um, personal experience has told me that for some people, spit is adequate." Still, I only had that reaction a few times, and they were mostly minor things. My real issue is with the tone of absolute authority. I'm beginning to suspect Mark's a bit of a dominant...
And on that note, the chapter on spanking? Very inspiring. Loved it. Overall, this book meets the need women writers of M/M erotica/romance have for accurate information. The specific information on sensations and reactions are particularly helpful. Thank you, Mark. :)
I'm going with five stars on this, for a number of reasons, even though I had a couple of complaints. But let's discuss the things I liked, first, shaI'm going with five stars on this, for a number of reasons, even though I had a couple of complaints. But let's discuss the things I liked, first, shall we?
If I had a son (who would have a foreskin, because we decided that for certain before we proceeded to have daughters), I'd give him this book. How much more of a rec is there? After reading it, I not only (sort of) wished I had a son, I sort of wished I had a foreskin, although I have no place to keep it. I mean, I guess I could give it to my husband to hang onto. Whatever. The book was entertaining, and had a lot of the information I was looking for, and a lot I never knew I needed (turns out I do need the info). I think it's probably something a lot of young guys could use. I might even slip it to the nephew... I also thought the tone towards what's "okay" for a guy to do with other guys was great. Very non-judgemental in that aspect.
Cons: At the end, Mark states he's not militantly pro-foreskin (or something to that effect), but the whole book reads that way. I was starting to wonder if there was some secret, underground pro-foreskin army. I see no problem with being pro-foreskin, but it's not a book I would give my husband to read because I'm afraid it would make him feel inadequate, for instance. The tone of the book was very absolute. Also, I wish there were more pictures. Not those kinds of pictures, but diagrams. There was one, and some very nice pictures at the end, but for someone who doesn't have a foreskin (or one on hand to explore), it wasn't super helpful. It also didn't answer all of my questions about the foreskin, most of which are things like, "If guy A did this, would guy B's foreskin do this?" But since I'm clearly not the intended audience for the book, I didn't let the pictures issue or the fact that it doesn't help me with some specific details of a sex scene affect my rating....more