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Lynn Comella: Vibrator Nation

Literati is excited to welcome author Lynn Comella who will be discussing her book Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. Lynn will be joined by University of Michigan Professor Katherine Sender

About Vibrator Nation:
Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how feminist sex-toy stores such as Eve's Garden, Good Vibrations and Babeland raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, provided educational and community resources, and changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed.

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.

Lynn Comella is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and coeditor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.

Katherine Sender is professor of media and sexuality in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780822368663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Duke University Press - September 8th, 2017

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