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Author Comella, Lynn, author.

Title Vibrator nation : how feminist sex-toy stores changed the business of pleasure / Lynn Comella.

Publication Info. Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  306.7709 COMELLA    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-266) and index.
Contents Introduction: The making of a market -- The business of masturbation -- Out of the therapist's office, into the vibrator shop -- Living the mission -- Repackaging sex -- The politics of products -- Sexperts and sex talk -- Selling identity -- Profitability and social change -- Conclusion: Grow or die? -- Appendix: Studying sexual culture and commerce.
Summary "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 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"--Back cover.
Processing Action cover housed 20180411 Colibri pda MCR-S
Subject Vibrators (Massage) -- United States.
Sex toys -- United States.
Female masturbation -- United States.
Female orgasm -- United States.
Sex industry -- United States.
Feminism -- United States.
Female masturbation. (OCoLC)fst01738804
Female orgasm. (OCoLC)fst00922644
Feminism. (OCoLC)fst00922671
Sex-oriented businesses. (OCoLC)fst01114670
Sex toys. (OCoLC)fst01739202
Vibrators (Massage) (OCoLC)fst01166216
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Feminismus (DE-588)4222126-2
Sexshop (DE-588)4529547-5
Sexualität (DE-588)4054684-6
Sexuelles Hilfsmittel (DE-588)4577677-5
United States (DE-588)4078704-7
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
Added Title How feminist sex-toy stores changed the business of pleasure
Other Form: Online version: Comella, Lynn. Vibrator nation. Durham : Duke University Press, 2017 9780822372677 (DLC) 2017006456
ISBN 9780822368540 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0822368544 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780822368663 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
0822368668 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
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