Life After IML - December 2006

Three men stood shoulder to shoulder, immediately after John's presentation.

Nov 26th 2006 - With Dr Dean Gabb (centre) and Dr Tim Evans (right) of the Libertarian Alliance.
Photo credit: Dave Harris

On November 26th I gave a presentation about sexual freedom issues at the annual conference of the Libertarian Alliance. They have kindly added my 90 minute talk to their website as a sound file. If you want to listen the file can be downloaded from here (I start speaking about three minutes in).

We're now in the run-up to Christmas holidays and New Year sales, when thoughts turn to present buying. This column has some gift ideas in case you need inspiration.

If you know anyone who would like a desk calendar of B&W fetish images you might want to take a look at the 2007 Backlash calendar. Backlash is a coalition of groups and individuals campaigning against the UK government's plans to 'criminalise possession of extreme pornography'. I took part in the photoshoot back in September and have the honour of being "Mr August"! You can order copies online from

Sometimes the array of fetish literature for sale can be overwhelming. Here are five suggestions of books which will stand up to being in your library. They are ones I go back to for inspiration and education. The authors have written other books which are just as good, but these are my favourites:

If you're visiting London all these books can be bought at Coffee, Cake and Kink in Covent Garden, which is also a wonderful environment in which to drink coffee and relax.

The Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago has an online giftshop at and you can also browse their sale on eBay by clicking here. If you need other ideas for Christmas presents (or things you can exchange them for in January) check out my Leather Links page for some recommended fetish businesses.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy 2007.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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