The Lower East Side feminist-owned sex-toy shop represents a side of feminism that centered my desires. It was a place where anyone who wasn’t a white, straight, cisgender male could explore their needs and desires while also having decidedly intellectual conversations about those needs and desires.
Vibrator Nation details women’s sex shops that emerged during the 1970s and became nearly synonymous with sex-positive feminism in the 1980s and 1990s. By the 2000s and 2010s, as queer theory overtook feminism while internet sales precluded the need for gathering place, these outposts became less necessary to the feminist community.
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Over the past several years, a wave of feminist sex tech companies has revolutionized the male-dominated industry by redefining toys as part of sexual health rather than an illicit perversity.
"No one is better placed than Lynn Comella to take us on a journey through the evolution of feminist-owned sex-toy stores. Through years of interviews and participant-observation, she brilliantly traces how the difficult conversations about race, class, and gender among feminist sex-toy store owners, their workers, and customers created a new kind of sexual public sphere.
Duncan decided to visit Eve’s Garden, the first national feminist sex-toy store. The owner, Dell Williams, polled customers at her store and revealed to Duncan that most women didn’t want ...
Lieberman doesn’t do that to her readers. Instead, what you get is exactly what its subtitle promises: Buzz is a history of sex toys from ancient times to modern day and their use by straight people, the disabled, the LGBT community, and feminists. This isn’t a book to shock—it’s meant to inform and that’s accomplished, enjoyably.
Often colloquially referred to as "The Hitachi," the toy has a storied history going back to the late '60s and is known to be symbolic of the sex-positive feminist movement of the '70s.
What sex toys were like throughout history. If you were a horny woman or man living in Ancient Greece, you probably didn't have a slew of sex shops downtown, but you did have plenty of bread ...