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The test is severe—sexual in method, psychological in substance… The artistic interest here has precisely to do with the use not only of erotic materials but also erotic methods, the deliberate stimulation of the reader as a part of and means to a total, authentic literary experience. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published May 12th by Ballantine Books first published More Details Original Title.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Story of O Story of O 1. View all 82 comments. Jun 13, Petra-X rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed , popculture-anthropology , sex. The original ending of this book was suppressed because it supposedly objectified women.
However, I think the book is very empowering for women. It makes very clear the difference between being submissive as a person and being submissive as a sexual preference. O is a successful career woman who gets her freak on as a sexual slave. We are all hedonists at heart!
The prudish, Protestant roots of society plus the pc attitudes for which feminism is responsible in part, make this a very shocking boo The original ending of this book was suppressed because it supposedly objectified women. The prudish, Protestant roots of society plus the pc attitudes for which feminism is responsible in part, make this a very shocking book now. But not as much as in the past for its pornographic content,no now it is seen as the choices its protagonist makes that are shocking.
I would recommend the book to loads of people if only because it's fabulously well-written, a real literary classic and of course, it's hot, really hot. How many classics can you say are that? View all 22 comments. Aug 16, Casey Wilson rated it liked it. Since my child is currently one of my 2 friends, I will refrain from writing a real review of this book. Manon, when you're living far far away and are much older you should check this out.
And when you do, please don't tell me about it. View all 4 comments. Ryan Hi. It brings up such complex issues and could, especially if read too young, cause damage if taken too seriously or without support.
I think that is true of all relationships or sexuality discussions. Please find safe spaces, I hope your home is one, where you can talk to trusted adults about these issues.
Figuring it all out yourself is a dark and lonely path we all too often walk. Konstantin Nobody needs your mansplaining, Ryan. I never had any intention of reading Story of O until I was recently asked to review it. I knew I wouldn't like it, that it is not the kind of erotica I usually waste my Sunday afternoons with, so rather than purchasing the whole thing, I instead decided to read the Amazon Kindle sample.
That, I'm afraid, was way more than enough. I'm not sure whether the sample starts at the beginning of the story or not, the first chapter felt a little out of place, but then none of what I read really followed I never had any intention of reading Story of O until I was recently asked to review it.
I'm not sure whether the sample starts at the beginning of the story or not, the first chapter felt a little out of place, but then none of what I read really followed the format of a regular novel. The sample starts as it means to go on: "Get in," he says. She gets in. I laughed at this. Perhaps I shouldn't have. Perhaps I shouldn't laugh at the fact that O allows herself to be objectified and used sexually, perhaps I should pity her for feeling that it's okay to be ordered around in this way.
Oh well, I'm just a firm believer that if someone tells you to jump off a cliff and you jump off said cliff, then it's your fault for being a cliff-jumping moron. Just sayin' Anyway, as far as your regular run-of-the-mill sex goes, there's hardly any description. It's all entering and plunging and then it's all over. The whipping, however, gets a lot more attention than the sex does, the whole sample doesn't actually feel like erotica unless you're the kind to masturbate while Crimewatch is on.
This is a story of violence, not sex. Because sex is a two or more way thing regardless of whether it is BDSM or straight-up lol, pun! If all the participants aren't invested in the sexual activities and aren't getting pleasure out of it then it isn't sex, it's rape.
Okay, okay, before I get carried away with that idea, it's kinda important to point out that it wasn't clear as to whether O was giving consent to what the people were doing to her. She screams and she cries, which to me is something negative, but I'm no expert on how people behave during this kind of sexual encounter. We are not treated to O's thoughts, only her actions and the actions of the people around her.
She doesn't express regret, sadness or even pain inwardly. The only thing that is clear to me and makes me feel sick is that the men who are doing all this stuff to her are not concerned with her pleasure.
Which, as I said in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey , is important because all parties are supposed to get something out of it. In BDSM relationships, submission is something that a person chooses to do and wants to do because they enjoy what it gives them and what it gives the dom. It is not forced out of someone. The psychological aspect of BDSM is a lot like how it is or should be with regular sex. You give pleasure, you get pleasure.
However: "If you do tie her up from time to time, or whip her just a little, and she begins to like it, that's no good either. You have to get past the pleasure stage, until you reach the stage of tears. They rejoice when she is in pain, when she is distressed, and when she screams or cries.
For me, trying to hurt someone for the sake of hurting them - not to give them what they want - is no different from rape. It is sick. This is sick: The gag stifles all screams and eliminates all but the most violent moans, while allowing tears to flow without restraint. There was no question of using it that night. On the contrary, they wanted to hear her scream; and the sooner the better. You could argue with me that O actually wants all of this to happen, so I have no point.
We are not told what O is thinking, she never speaks to say whether she wants it or not, but I cannot be the only one thinking that this is not the sign of a woman enjoying herself: Then one of the men, holding her with both hands on her hips, plunged into her belly. He yielded to a second. The third wanted to force his way into the narrower passage and, driving hard, made her scream.
When he let her go, sobbing and befouled by tears beneath her blindfold, she slipped to the floor, only to feel someone's knees against her face, and she realized that her mouth was not to be spared. Though, personally, I think her mouth is the least of O's problems if he's shagging her belly.
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Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication. Desclos claims she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan ,  who had admired the work of the Marquis de Sade. The novel shares with the latter themes such as love, dominance and submission. Story of O is a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who is taught to be constantly available for oral , vaginal , and anal intercourse , offering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained , and whipped ; her anus is widened by increasingly large plugs ; her labium is pierced and her buttocks are branded. Over the course of this training, O falls in love with Sir Stephen and believes him to be in love with her as well.