Kokigami: Performance Enhancing Adornments for the Adventurous Man
Burton Silver and Heather Busch
(Ten Speed Press)

It's a book of paper dolls for the penis, based on an ancient Japanese practice. There's a dancing squid, a bull dog, a speedy little sports car, a happy-faced pig called "Buta," who "likes to root about in the soft earth with his pink nose." Each penis-mask comes with its own suggested dialogue and dance: "Oink! Oink! How about a bit of juicy swill?" Move the hips in short thrusts. Grunt enticingly. Emit a squeal. "Here Piggy Wiggy! Lots of lovely warm slops just for you!"

Nippon Slip-on. Art Dicko. Sex therapist Dr. Mary Scrott calls Kokigami "a most ingenious method of heightening the enjoyment of the sex act by putting the participants in touch with their inner sexual fantasies."

Particularly if your fantasy involves a wild-eyed, big-toothed paper horse head, a locomotive, or a rooster. This, she says, is a "highly sophisticated method of increasing sexual enjoyment."

Kokigami originates in the male-dominated sexual history of Japan, though the book is marketed in the female-dominated book sales world of the US. Women buy and read more books than men. The introduction is aimed to entice women to lead men into art of paper penis decoration: gift wrap the book and hide it under your partner's pillow, keep the lighting low, and don't laugh when it comes time to measure the penis for it's paper doll fitting. "If your partner is small in that department its important to reassure him by downplaying the role of size." Not exactly new information.

In an insightful passage about the sexual psyche, Scrott says Kokigami "allows the mind to get more deeply in touch with the male sexual center by pretending it is something else." This comes from an Asian tradition of oblique rather than direct approach. "By slipping a paper sculpture of an anima lover over his organ...It instantly becomes far more than a rather odd piece of blood-engorged flesh with a mind of its own. It is given a new personality, making the organ much easier to relate to and therefore easier to understand and control."

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