A subculture of gay men participate in a radical form of sexuality and community known as leather. Through intimate forms of encounter, using such tools as pain-pleasure, bondage, and role-play, leather can bring a shift of consciousness and a new vision of the self.
This innovative book pioneered in sensitively exploring and celebrating leathersexuality. As relevant today as when it was written 20 years ago, Urban Aboriginals is an intimate view of the gay male leather community. Within its pages, author Geoff Mains explores the spritual, sexual, emotional, cultural and physiological aspects that make this “scene” one of the most prominent yet misunderstood subcultures in our society.
A Daedalus Publishing title.
Praise for Urban Aboriginals:
Geoff Mains was a sweet, intelligent, articulate, and wonderful man who cared passionately about the leather community. He wanted to make sure that its accomplishments would be remembered and its wild beauty understood. Urban Aboriginals resulted from his love and is an enduring part of his legacy. It is a unique cultural study, and a priceless document of a now vanished time.
--Gayle Rubin, Ph.D., author and anthropologist
I met Geoff Mains in the early 1980s. We shared a common vision: fusion of tribal subcultures "on a journey marked by fetish and mana, shaman, ritual and trance". Urban Aboriginals was way ahead of its time for clearly defining a significant transformation in Western Culture. I feel Geoff would have enjoyed seeing his blueprint for ecstatic exploration live on and blossom even further in the still Apollonian world of the 21st Century. --Fakir Musafar, Father of the Modern Primitive Movement
In Urban Aboriginals, Geoff Mains pioneered our understanding of the connections between the neurochemistry of pleasure seeking and radical sexuality. But the book is more..... .so much more. Its stories and vignettes take us personally into the experience of different old guard "scenes" with intimacy, intensity, range and depth not found anywhere else. Simply required reading. --Guy Baldwin, M.S., author and psychotherapist
Urban Aboriginals ranks high on the list of books that belong in any library of kinky writing. Geoff’s contribution to our history, our community, and our understanding of ourselves has withstood the test of time. This book, important -- classic, and a must-read -- is one that makes a pre-eminent contribution to each and every one of us. Urban Aboriginals was the first works to teach me the meaning of real SM, a lesson it holds for all who will read it. --Jack Rinella, author
20th Anniversary Edition by Geoff Mains.