Superfreaks: Kink, Pleasure, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Hardcover)

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Superfreaks: Kink, Pleasure, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Hardcover)


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A deliciously subversive and endlessly informative celebration of “kinky f*ckery,” as told by a lifelong student of kink and fetishism

Neither a how-to guide to getting it on nor a collection of sensational erotica, Superfreaks is instead an empathetic journey into the widely misunderstood world of kink. Lifelong practitioner and student of “kinky f*ckery” Arielle Greenberg draws on her study and teaching of BDSM and fetishism to

  • introduce kink’s history and trailblazing kinksters like Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Mollena Williams-Haas, and Tom of Finland
  • explain the science behind sexual fetishes
  • delve into the psychology behind power exchange
  • parse the politics of sexual deviance

Superfreaks is an accessible, interactive. and raunchy experience that invites the reader to engage their kinky curiosity. Written with folks of all genders and sexual orientations in mind, the book features resources like

  • quizzes readers can take with their partners to help assess sexual compatibility
  • sidebars with lists of kinky representation in literature, film, music, and more
  • an A-to-Z glossary of kinky gear, from collars and floggers to zentai suits and beyond

Superfreaks challenges and dismantles longstanding myths about kink perpetuated by pop culture phenomena like Fifty Shades of Grey and 365 Days. In doing so, Greenberg names the systemic marginalization kinky people experience and argues that we must build a society that accepts and celebrates sexual diversity of all kinds. The book also affirms the importance of consent and not “yucking someone’s yum”—key concepts inherent to the practice of kink that are essential building blocks for safer, more inclusive sex.
Arielle Greenberg speaks about kink and ethical nonmonogamy at universities and on such podcasts as Dear Sugar, Why Are People into That?!, and Sex Out Loud. She is the author of several books of poetry and creative nonfiction. A former tenured professor in English at Columbia College Chicago, she has spent over 20 years as a scholar and academic, writing about cultural studies and literature and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well as in the community. She identifies as a lifelong sexual fetishist. Keep up with Arielle on Instagram (@arielle_greenberg) and on her website,
Product Details ISBN: 9780807020210
ISBN-10: 0807020214
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 280
Language: English
“[A] funny, provocative primer on kink and fetish. Superfreaks introduces readers to common (and less common!) kinky practices in nonjudgmental and easily approachable language, advocating for an open, fun, and consensual sexual landscape.”

“Knowledgeable, nonjudgmental, and playful, Superfreaks is your guide to the universes that lie beyond conventional sex. Seldom will you find a volume more responsible in its approach that is still great fun to read.”
—Janet W. Hardy, coauthor of The Ethical Slut

“As cerebral as it is titillating, Greenberg's Superfreaks leaves no stone unturned in this deep dive into the history, language, politics, iconography, and rituals of kink and fetish.”
—Tristan Taormino, editor of The Ultimate Guide to Kink

“Infused with good humor, extensive research, and great taste in music, this is an experienced pervert’s refreshing guide to enjoying perverted adventures. Poet and professor Greenberg has created an approachable, friendly guide to kink culture in contemporary life. I predict it will help a lot of people feel less alone in this world.”
—Tina Horn, host and producer of Why Are People Into That?! podcast