On The Safe Edge

On The Safe Edge: A Manual For SM Play (Safe Edge for short), written by Toronto author Trevor Jacques, with Dr. Dale, Michael Hamilton, and Sniffer, is an unprecedented manual and reference text to the safe, exotic, and erotic practices of the literate, well-organized, and international BDSM subculture. Safe Edge examines the fantasies involved in consensual sadomasochistic play (sadism and masochism): bondage, branding, ritual, whips, roles, chains, leather, marshmallows, etc., challenging the reader to re-examine preconceptions about sadomasochism and showing them safe ways to explore the BDSM fantasies contained in books like Fifty Shades of Grey. The authors, all experts in BDSM sex, dispel the stereotypes and myths about sadomasochism with this introduction to a hitherto hidden world of human expression. Safe Edge is a pan-sexual book structured to answer the questions a novice might have as he or she begins to explore safer SM play, and those of experienced players as they try new ways to play. It provides an understanding of how kinky sex play can be a positive, safe, and healthy expression of sexual fantasies.

On The Safe Edge Back CoverOn The Safe Edge Front CoverOn The Safe Edge became a Canadian best seller in its first few months of publication. It is now available on the iBookstore and on Kindle, and the paperback edition, now in its fifth printing, can be bought from the WholeSM Publishing web store, which uses our own 2048-byte secure certificate.

On The Safe Edge is one of the results of volunteer work by the Safer SM Education Project for the AIDS Committee of Toronto. It is used as the course reference book for SM seminars as far afield as Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and it has been used as a reference for BDSM safety pamphlets world-wide (For example BDSM: Safer Kinky Sex). Safe Edge was also used by the U.K. National Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty) for their case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Spanner case.

SM is wondering what the other executives would say (or think), if they knew about the welts and sticky panties under your Oh-so-conservative suit. SM is putting your boyfriend into a French maid outfit to serve lunch to you and your women’s lib girlfriends. SM is the humiliation of discovering that your new slave knows far more about SM than you, …and has far more experience. SM is the thrill you get when someone at the party asks you to try on handcuffs, “…just to see how it feels.” SM is about the tiny pair of gold handcuffs on your Chanel dress when you go to the opera. SM is being taken downstairs and noticing that it’s been soundproofed. SM is hearing people who know nothing about SM say how bad it is, and you want to giggle because they’re so serious. SM is the quiet typist by day, dominatrix by night. SM is hurting the one you love, …just right.

The authors provide an introduction and reference to: coming out into safer SM; consent and trust; SM spirituality: the mind and body, and how they relate to SM; endorphins; adult toys; and, above all, safety. Each section presents a particular aspect of SM, so that one can read the book right through, as though taking a course, or one can read each section as a reference. An extensive index, glossary, and bibliography make the book extremely easy to pick up again to remind oneself of the safety aspects of an evening’s play.

Author Trevor Jacques comments: “More and more people are experimenting. The success of Safe Edge reflects that growing awareness in the general public about safer, consensual play and the expanded role of a hitherto quiet revolution in sexual exploration.”

We’ve also provided some pages for you to take a look inside the book, read some extracts, read some reviews, and learn about the authors.

Publication: November, 1993. (Digital edition: May, 2012)
Edition: First.
Number in print: 11,500. First printing, Aug., ’93; second printing, Nov., ’93; third printing, Nov., ’94; fourth printing May, ’96; fifth printing August, ’00
Specifications: 352 acid-free, recycled pages, 5.5 x 8.5 trim, Smythe sewn, two-colour laminated cover/jacket. Index and bibliography. Head and foot bands on case. Leather binding is hand bound in genuine black leather.
Price: Digital: $16.99Cdn. $14.99U.S., £10.99U.K., $14.99AUS..
Paperback: $24.95Cdn. $19.95U.S., £14.95U.K., $14.95AUS..
Hardcover: $24.95Cdn. $19.95U.S., £14.95U.K., $14.95AUS..
Leatherbound: $24.95Cdn. $19.95U.S., £14.95U.K., $14.95AUS..

Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data

Jacques, Trevor, 1956-
On the Safe Edge: A Manual for SM Play
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-895857-16-0 (ebook)
ISBN 1-895857-07-4 (leather)
ISBN 1-895857-06-6 (bound)
ISBN 1-895857-05-8 (pbk.)
1. Sadomasochism. I. Dale, Dr., II. Hamilton, Michael, III. Sniffer, IV. Title.
HQ79.J33 1993 306.77’5 C93-090090-1
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