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The Transformations of GwenReview - The Transformations of Gwen
Volume 2
by Eric Kroll
NBM Publishing, 2001
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Mar 13th 2002 (Volume 6, Issue 11)

The novelty has worn off a bit after the first volume of The Transformations of Gwen.  This second volume contains more photoshoots of 26-year old Gwen on her own or with other people.  My favorite is “Punishment Shave for Truen Elizabeth,” which features Gwen shaving 18-year old Elizabeth’s head with an electric razor and then a cut-throat razor; the pictures suggest a sense of fun and playfulness.  Some of the other series are more surreal or weird: a black and white sequence of Gwen interacting with a phallic shadow of a lamp; Gwen naked in high heels on black sand (at night); and Gwen gagged and covered in green saran wrap and hung upside down from the ceiling.  There are series of images of Gwen and a female friend in the shower pouring honey over each other; Gwen dressed in black leather beating a naked man; Gwen wearing a bizarre strap-on on her chin, playing with her friend Nimese.  There are more one-off pictures here too: Gwen sitting on a toilet the wrong way around, with the bathroom floor covered in high heeled shoes; Gwen crouching on a dinner table, impaling herself on a large dildo; Gwen in leg braces.  These pictures will not be to everyone’s taste.

The pictures here have the same immediacy as in the first book; it’s very rare to get a glimpse into other’s sexual lives in such a sustained way.  Even if she is an exhibitionist, these pictures are still of Gwen’s explorations of sexuality, rather than simply her performing to some preset audience.  These pictures are not the kind that would appear in some glossy porn magazine, but they are far higher in quality than the “amateur” images available on the Internet and elsewhere.  This joint enterprise between Eric Kroll and his partner Gwen is a curious one, but and I imagine that most people will find only a few of these pictures, if any, genuinely arousing.  But I find the spontaneity and experimentalism of these pictures refreshing and admirable. 

 

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Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in psychiatry. He is especially interested in exploring how philosophers can play a greater role in public life. He is available to give talks on many philosophical or controversial issues in mental health.


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