Jan 28, 2020
Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
Posted by Lynn Comella

In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex toy stores like Eve s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide edIn the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex toy stores like Eve s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women s lives Comella describes a world where sex positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

  • Title: Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure
  • Author: Lynn Comella
  • ISBN: 9780822368540
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Vibrator Nation How Feminist Sex Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure In the s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about had and enjoyed Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the k

    Vivian

    This is a thorough overview of feminist sex toy stores beginning in the 1970s with a strong focus on the ideology and challenges of the business and how it affected American culture and society It is presented chronologically and emphasizes the organic nature of how the the feminist ideas of female sexuality and sex positivity expanded and grew.From Betty Dodson, a sex positivity activist and early proponent of masturbation as an equal sexual act and advocating it as a way for women to understan [...]


    Mrs. Europaea

    In Vibrator Nation, Comella discusses the relationship between sexuality and public culture, including the fascinating history of the feminist revolution in the 1970 s that helped redefine economic and cultural aspects that lead the sex industry to begin catering to feminine needs, wants and desires This remodeling of the sex industry altered the market place for sex toys, with vibrators geared toward women beginning to dominate the products sold Comella not only looks at this industry academica [...]


    Anna

    Lynn Comella s in depth look at the history of feminist sex toy stores examines how the ground these stores broke, the challenges they faced, how they mixed business with sex education, and how these stores changed the face of the sex industry This book both fascinated and amused me and I spent most of the time I was reading it rattling off random facts about sex toy shops to my husband, who probably didn t care nearly as much as I did I feel like I learned a lot from this book and my appreciati [...]


    Rebekah Gordon

    Fascinating I love that it s like 75% a fan letter to shops like Good Vibrations and Babeland, but that it also asks the hard questions in the other 25% is it really possible to have a mission driven feminist org within a capitalist structure, how are these stores dependent on very specific race class gender generational dynamics, etc I ve already recommended it to like 5 people.


    Tiffany

    I received this as an ebook ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review I learned a lot from Lynn Comella s in depth examination of how feminist sex toy shops influenced the industry of sex enhancing retail, sex education, and expression of sexual freedom I could tell Comella understood her subject matter thoroughly, and while she often than not presented the information objectively, her passion and field experience clearly shows In addition to examining how sex toy st [...]


    Karoliina

    The cover makes me feel like a kid in a candy store It just looks delicious and inviting, and that s what made me want to pick this up Fortunately the content is interesting and well put together as well Going into this the only thing I knew about the history of vibrators was the way they were used to try to cure women s hysteria in the 19th century I had never thought about how, why, and when they stopped being medical equipment and became sex toys It was great to find out that vibrators and fe [...]


    Kamloth

    Vibrator Nation is a very good and instructional read It help understanding both the evolution of the feminist movement and the lesbian pride The information is dense but well present and always make you want to read the next page.


    Krystle In Bed

    Feminists from the 1960 s turned the male dominating, adult sex toy store industry, in the U.S into a haven for women, queer, and anyone else who wanted to explore, learn, and discuss their sexual desires with like minded people In, Vibration Nation How Feminist Sex Toy Stores Changed The Business of Pleasure, author Lynn Comella, explores the ups and downs of the sex toy store revolution She takes her readers back to the 1950 s when women would embarrassingly shop at brick and mortar stores ran [...]


    Mary Clare

    Full review Format eBook ARC from NetGalleyIn this book, Lynn Comella explores the history of feminist sex shops using personal anecdotes, historical records, and interviews From the imagining and opening of the very first feminist sex shop to present day, she explores how these stores have grown and developed since the sexual liberation of the 1970 s Particularly interesting is Comella s discussion of the intersection of feminism and capitalism and how store owners, workers, and shoppers strugg [...]


    Kelsey

    Comella s research was engaging and while academic, isn t out of reach for readers who don t primarily read non fiction I think Comella did a great job at weaving interesting stories and experiences of primarily women who do have at one point own, operate, or work for a feminist sex shop Race, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status of operators and customers of these feminist sex stores were not left unanalyzed, and the author handled nuance in the interviews she recants well Comell [...]


    Felicia Ramirez

    Interesting book about the history and development of feminist Sex Toy shops As someone who works in the industry this book filled in many gaps of history which I was curious about I think this book will help folks feel comfortable and consider shopping at sex positive stores Overall, well written and great read.


    Whatthelog

    When I first read the title of this book, I knew that I had to read it This might sound a bit strange, but I find sex fascinating, particularly in the ways that attitudes have changed towards female identifying people claiming and enjoying their orgasms I definitely wanted to learn about sex positivity and how feminist sex shops came about, particularly in a time when that phrase was a complete oxymoron.Vibrator Nation mainly focuses on specific feminist sex shops in the US such as Babeland, Go [...]


    Veronica

    During my job at a local sex toy retailer, my coworker regularly discussed writing a book of our experiences Lynn Comella has done that and Pulling from her own sex retail experience and years of research, Comella has brought us Vibrator Nation, a brilliant examination of the history of adult stores.Comella is an expert on the adult entertainment industry, and has studied many sociological themes through her research, including consumer culture, gender, sexual politics, and the relationship bet [...]


    Jen Hanson

    Hold for final review until release date.


    Minka Guides

    An academic text on the history of female sex toy shops in the USA might not sound like a fascinating read but I really loved it Comella references the length of time she spent researching this subject multiple times was it 20 years plus how in depth she went working in Babeland s NYC store for example and it really shows I loved how comprehensive this exploration of the movement is and the fact that she managed to interview some of the sex shop pioneers before they passed away I really had a se [...]


    Andrea

    I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review I am a fan of well written non fiction and this book was both interesting and taught me a lot This book is very thorough in its timeline as well as its look into the sex toy and sex store industry I learned a lot about what makes a feminist sex toy store and their highs and lows I appreciated how the book went into than just feminism but also information about race and class as well as LGBTQ and how all of those identities fit i [...]


    Andrea

    I received an ARC from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a honest review Vibrator Nation is an interesting and educational book that explains the feminist movements and the history of lesbian pride It is written in a way that it is informative but still entertainingly written so that it doesn t feel like reading a textbook andreazupanc.wordpress


    Michelle

    I received this as an ARC on Netgalley I was expecting of a contemporary exploration of these issues, but it was bogged down in the history of women friendly sex toy stores, classes on how to get off, etc it was still educational, but not what I was expecting.


    Sarah

    This really is a business book, specifically one about the feminist discomfort with capitalism I was hoping it would get into how safer sex toys changed the industry or the large scale changes to the sex store industry, but it really is a lot feminist navel gazing.


    D.

    Review to come on Just Love Reviews


    Mills College Library

    338.4 C7324 2017


    Joe Robles

    A nice history of feminist sex shops that shows how influential 2 stores and a handful of women were to the mainstreaming of sex and sex products I know Dreamers owes them a debt We did paint and get new fixtures, but we also needed staff that were passionate about the mission of ending the stigma around sex sexuality We re still working on it, but we ll get there I Definitely recommend this book to my peers in the industry, but think the average person would also get a nice bit of retail histor [...]


    Lesley

    Very good, but I kept feeling that it could have engaged a bit with e.g Kathy Davis, The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves How Feminism Travels Across Borders 2007 , because some of the issues about change over time, generations, going from small to large operation, race class, etc, were very similar On the other hand, it does take a very wide and nuanced consideration of its particular area.


    Katie

    Comprehensive history but a little repetitive Overall good read.



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