Review: Kinky Books by Taschen

The Little Book of Legs
Weighing the same as a new born baby, The Big Book Of Legs was a ponderous seven pounds and after complaints from readers about the size and weight of this leggy bible, publisher Taschen has delivered a lighter and more portable version of the big book.

Spanning a whopping six decades, The Little Book Of Legs is packed with shapely flagpoles, ranging from the first apprehensive emergence of bare ankles in the early 1900s, through to the uptight stockinged and stilettoed 1950s and the sexually liberated 60s and 70s, when hemlines went up and pubes grew down.

A curation of over one hundred images from the original volume, as well as 38 brand new photographs, feature some of the world’s greatest legs. Betty Grable and Bettie Page are among the celebrity pins on offer, shot by a collection of renowned photographers, artists and the incomparable “father of leg art” Elmer Batther. Works from vintage S&M smut king Irving Klaw, American glamour man Peter Gowland and photographer/pinup girl Bunny Yeager were curated with much a needed reverence by editor Dian Hanson.  Hanson celebrates femininity while exploring how the freeing of the female leg, became central to women’s liberation. There’s some substance here, unlike the other ‘Little’ volumes from Taschen. Learn who wore the first pair of high heels, how women used nylon stockings as a weapon and why the frick Betty Grable’s legs were worth a million dollars. If you’re going to pick one these beautiful glossy miniatures, The Little Book Of Legs is my suggestion. It’s edifying, did you know that in our Victorian past, it was forbidden to even utter the word ‘leg’ in public?!

Unpin your garter, roll your stockings down and celebrate the liberation of the leg.

The Big Book of Pussy
There’s been a ‘Big Penis Book’, a ‘Big Book of Breasts’ and the ‘Big Book Of Pussy’.

Gigantic tomes weighing as much as a small child, laced with hairy seventies styled bushes, big swinging cocks and weighty Tig ol’ Bitties. If you’re embarrassed carrying the giant book of pussy around under your arm, then you might want to consider the new petite kitten version.

‘I Love Little Pussy’ is a pared down version of its big slutatious sister. Selected vaginas are celebrated throughout more than 150 photographs, tracing the history of our exhibitionistic exposure from the past century. Reading some of the reviews online, you’ll see this series of books has a certain type of demographic; generally, nefarious deviants who obviously haven’t discovered internet porn yet. Editor, Dian Hanson would prefer the books be a celebration of feminine pulchritude, an historical exploration of clunge if you will, though it’s difficult to see that within this context. Essentially, it’s just porn on glossy paper, wrapped in a hard cover to make you feel better about your perversion. There’s no text, no quotes from the models, no insight into the women and to be honest; no real substance. A perfect collection of pussies from the past 100 years, and totally not creepy at all.

The Little Book Of Butts
“My anaconda don’t want none, unless you’ve got buns, hun.” Wise words from Sir Mix-a-lot. In a true celebration of bold badonkadonks, Taschen and editor Diane Hanson have complied the best booties from ‘The Big Butt Book’ and reduced them down to the bare necessities: pure unadulterated ass. The original Big Butt Book generously featured a great cross-section of delectable derrières from the early 50s through to the present day. Unfortunate flat mum-bums, big old-donkey-booties and hoochie heinies are bodaciously bold and bountiful in a genuine cross section which celebrates the arse in all its protuberant glory. Almost two hundred glossy images of splendiferous sphincters grace the pages of this cute little six-incher, a mere fraction of the weight of the original volume, with just as much content. Illustrated artfully in colour and striking black and white imagery – The Little Book Of Butts is the best collection of keister since the Kardashian family reunion.

Words: Brent Randall