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There are a lot of reasons to write and illustrate a rock climbing-inspired book of sex positions. With terms like nuts, jugs, rubber, and cracks, the dirty puns are obvious and endless. Plus, technique on the wall has a lot in common with technique in bed: both can involve smearing, finger-jamming, leg-spreading, plenty of friction, and (sometimes) tying-in. Then there is the age-old truism that
rock climbers make better lovers.
We are, after all, bold, fit, graceful, and good with our hands.
With all these factors in play, I was little shocked to discover that a climbing-inspired sex book didn’t already exist. I am not a professional writer or illustrator, but I like a good challenge so I took it upon myself to create The Climb-a-Sutra: a hot and humorous book of sex positions, inspired by rock climbing.
I love climbing. I love sex. But because I love these activities, I have to hold their respective industries accountable: both are dominated by the voices, experiences, and preferences of straight men. I know I am not the only one who has finished a bouldering problem only to have overheard a dude whisper to his friend,
if a girl can do it, you can do it.
And I am certainly not the only one who can’t identify with the sort of sex that is portrayed in porn and in the media.
I couldn’t wait around for someone else to make a climbing-inspired sex book for me to put on my coffee table. If I did, there is a good chance it would be full of heterosexual positions, dominant men, and tiny women with oversized breasts. (I’m not saying you can’t can’t be into those things- you totally can! I’m just saying that not everyone is into those things.)
Climb-a-Sutra is different. The images in the book are inclusive, displaying a diversity of bodies and sexualities, and the captions are thoughtful, avoiding both gendered language and assumptions of sexual preferences as much as possible.
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The book is not meant to be a radical critique of sex and/or climbing. It is simply meant to be a fun and funny creative piece that everyone can enjoy.
The Climb-a-Sutra is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo. You can help make the book a reality by contributing a donation, pre-ordering a copy, or sharing the campaign page.