Malcolm had been changed from the “outside in,” but now he needs to match that change from the “inside out.” How long would it take for him to accomplish his total transformation to the native girl Lua, and could (or would) he do so willingly to save his own life? If one can get past a somewhat offensive title and then suspend disbelief a bit, “Little Brown Girl” by Tom Tame is an amazing and titillating story where voodoo magic leads to the gender transformation of an aging, ill, and morally bankrupt businessman for whom the sword of karma, wielded by an angry wife, has delivered the kabash to any hope of his regaining his lost maleness.
The protagonist, Malcolm Graham, is trapped and transformed against his will by the plotting of the sadistic wife, Marilyn, who enlists a Caribbean cult in an evil scheme against him. Malcolm, a formerly proud and successful businessman, is transformed and enslaved by his long-suffering spouse after being forced out of his job as CEO of a major corporation. Losing this lofty position of power that had sustained his self-image as a dynamic, yet unscrupulous businessman, who had cheated on Marilyn with countless female employees, sets the stage for Malcolm's transformation to Lua, the servant girl. Malcolm’s humiliation begins while vacationing with Marilyn at an unnamed Caribbean Island, where a spell transmogrifies him into a beautiful and well-endowed native woman. He is then enslaved, pawed at by horrible and disgusting men, made into a servant, and cuckolded against his will.
Instead of taking the role of a sympathetic and caring wife who supports Malcolm in his travails, encouraging him to be patient while seeking a solution to his horrible dilemma, and soothing his fractured male ego, Marilyn belittles him in a way that strikes at a fragile and waning manhood. Marilyn is able to emasculate the transformed Malcolm systematically through a regime of enforced feminization, disempowerment, corporal punishment, and cuckolding. Both the cuckolding and the gender alteration are exquisitely humiliating with Malcolm fighting and resisting against his new womanhood and emerging femininity every inch of the way.
Because the dominant/submissive relationship involves his non-consent, being enforced by entrapment and magic, Malcolm’s humiliation is intense and complete. His domination by Marilyn is sadistic, and particularly so because her sadism is couched in the idea that she herself is the actual victim and only following this extreme course to insure Malcolm/Lua’s survival and eventual return to being the man that she married. But she clearly has something else up her sleeve. Marilyn's reign over Malcolm is complete and demonstrates both extreme physical and psychological abuse. It is sadomasochistic fantasy representing highly erotic cruelty at its best.
Malcolm vulnerability is demonstrated first in that he is inexorably trapped by circumstances that force him to submit to a sadistic female authority figure. Secondly, in a scrumptious irony, he is compelled to collaborate in his own feminization process because embracing his womanhood appears less embarrassing and threatening than being seen for what he really is, an angry and miserable old man, trapped in the female form of a sexy temptress. With the threat of deportation to a third-world country and forced prostitution hanging over his head, we can empathize with Malcolm’s plight in highly erotic ways, feeling his humiliation and sense of impotence while sympathizing with his frustrated impulses to break free and reassert his lost manhood. But one cannot stop from being aroused by this story any more than Malcolm can prevent his internal maleness from constantly betraying and further degrading him. The reader is totally caught up in Malcolm’s hopelessness with the story written in such a way that it mirrors a dominant/submissive relationship between the writer and the reader that is reflected in Marilyn and Malcolm’s relationship. We wonder vicariously what such a fate would be like and that is what makes this book so arousing.
[Reviewed by Samuel]