Vibrator Nation: In Conversation with 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 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.

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Join Lynn Comella (USA) in conversation with Cyndi Darnell one night only in Melbourne for an inspiring night of erotihistory, revolution & celebration of women in business  who mean business.

When: Wed Feb 21st 2018

Where: Melba Spiegletent. 35 Johnston St. Collingwood

Time: Doors – 6.30 for 7pm start

Early Bird Tix: $28 until Jan 8 2018. After $35.

Group discount over 8 people

(Pre-order your copy for $40)

Book sales on the night $50 from Nikki Darling

About Lynn

Lynn Comella is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An award-winning researcher, she has written extensively about sexuality and culture for numerous academic publications and popular media outlets. She’s interviewed porn legend Nina Hartley, covered the red carpet at the AVN Awards, reported on the business of adult webcamming, and investigated the state of sex education in Nevada. She is coeditor of the
comprehensive New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law, and a frequent media contributor.
She’s been featured in more than 100 news stories and broadcasts, including ABC Nightline, The Guardian, Talking Points Memo, Women’s Health, The Daily Beast, Salon, Mashable, Broadly, Bitch, and more. In Vibrator Nation—the first book to tell the story of feminist sex-toy stores and the women who pioneered them—she takes a deep dive into the making of the consumer market for sex toys, tracing its emergence from the early 1970s to today. Drawing on more than eighty in-depth interviews with retailers and industry insiders, including a stint working as a vibrator clerk, she brings readers onto the sex-shop floor and into the world of sex-positive capitalism and cultural production. Dr. Comella received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For more information about her research and writing visit www.lynncomella.com

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Reviews

“Sex shops were my entry into a brazen new world of gender and sexuality, eventually channeling my career in adult film. Lynn Comella’s masterful book documents the ‘sexpositive’ ethos of gender and sexual progress and its complex junctures within capitalism, feminism, and education. Recounting a pivotal moment, Vibrator Nation is a fascinating history lesson for the uninitiated, a gift to all who were
there, and a love letter to those who call these sex shops home.”
JIZ LEE, editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy

Launched late 2017, Vibrator Nation has attracted a great deal of attention from US media outlets such as Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Times Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post and SBS Australia We are thrilled to be offering this event in Australia and we look forward to seeing you there!