Researching her breezily anecdotal report, the author confesses, infrequently turned her on; indeed, her book is intriguing but troubling.

Bakos begins with the mildly adventurous-those involved in anal sex and spanking-then moves on to S&M, both straight and gay, paid domination, fetishes, body piercing (which she sees as linked to S&M) and swing clubs.

"But the very fact that this has happened is something that the hotels have to carry some responsibility for." Avery's group questioned the corporate offices of seven international hotels in Baku: the Excelsior, Hilton, Hyatt, Kempinski, Radisson, Ramada, and Sheraton.

All responded that they have corporate policies in place to ensure the rights of their guests are respected. "I can tell you that it is not possible to install hidden cameras in our hotel rooms," the Excelsior's security chief replied.

"Because we know how to fight against this kind of illegal activity.

If the most recent sex surveys suggest Americans are conservative in bed, Bakos (Sexual Pleasures) describes a busy subculture-fueled by changing mores among the avant-garde, fear of disease and boredom and our historical sexual repression-pushing sexual boundaries.


Forced into prostitution because her jailed drug addict husband won't give her a divorce, the judge who refuses to sign the papers makes her his mistress.

Those involved in heavy kink have trouble with intimacy, she notes; and these oft-geeky types do not resemble the fantasies purveyed on MTV.

But be on guard: "These are not expert conclusions" but just the author's. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

(We also don't believe him.)"Maybe it was meant to be Harry, but we've all been kids. "It was just a sort of little peck on the cheek."[They] are in an embrace...

That's what one local rights group is advising visitors to Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, for the Eurovision Song Contest there next week.

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