Book Review – Vibrator Nation

Day 30, Post 29 – I was sent Vibrator Nation┬áby Good Vibes awhile ago. I apologize for taking so long to get this posted, as this was another item I received right before my mental health break. I was provided a paperback copy of this book from Good Vibrations free in exchange for my honest review.

Vibrator Nation is written by Lynn Comella (a writer, professor, and researcher). The book is an in depth look at “how feminist sex-toy stores changed the business of pleasure.” Lynn Comella first started research for this book in 1998 and it was published in 2017. I found this book to be a very interesting read, in the fact that┬áthere was a lot of general stuff that I knew already, but there was also a lot that I learned. There were a lot of familiar names mentioned (Ducky Doolittle, Metis Black, Jamye Waxman, Betty Dodson), and some not so familiar to me. I especially found the parts about Betty Dodson fascinating, and admiring her work in teaching women how to masturbate and love our bodies and vulvas.

Vibrator Nation gave a detailed history on several feminists shops; when and how they started and how they evolved, including Babeland, Good Vibrations, and Eve’s Garden. The book also contained pictures of old vibrator ads from up and coming stores. I loved seeing the classic ads, and reading about this sex toy evolution. Another chapter I loved was the one where the author documented her time working in a sex toy shop, which is something that I always wanted to do when I was younger and first learning and exploring sex toys.

There is a brief mention of sex bloggers and toy reviewers (yay!) and how they are helping to shape the sex toy industry. There is an even larger mention of sex educators and how they are helping to bring sex positivity into the world, one vibrator at a time.

There are eight chapters in this book, 278 pages, as well as an introduction, conclusion, and index. Overall, I found this a very fascinating and educational read. I appreciated the images included in the book, as well as the ever evolving history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how sex positive and feminist shops are helping to shape our community and spread awareness. You can get your copy of Vibrator Nation at Good Vibrations.

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