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Polk Street Good Vibrations Store
Ride the cable car to Good Vibrations in historic Russian Hill and stroll the lively and colorful shops on Polk Street.
1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
Most of our events are open to everybody. However, some are designated for particular groups. If an event description says "women only" or "men only," anyone who identifies with that gender is welcome to attend. Events for couples do not require you to be romantic or sexual partners, but you do need to attend as a pair. So if you have a close friend you want to come with, feel free!
For paid workshops, we strongly recommend reserving your seat. Some of our classes fill up and signing up early will make sure you can attend them. Other workshops have smaller attendance and we may cancel an event if only a few people are registered in advance. Early pre-registration is the best way to avoid disappointment. You can click on the link in the workshop description or call us at 415-345-0400 to sign up. We are unable to honor refunds if the request is communicated after the actual date of the workshop.
Antique Vibrator Museum
Open every day 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The history of the vibrator is a fascinating one, and Good Vibrations gladly sheds light on the unlikely origins of its industry. The electric vibrator had its inception in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor. This device was designed as a medical tool for treating what was called "hysteria," or "female disorders." Within 20 years a British doctor followed up with a more portable battery-operated model; by 1900, dozens of styles of electric vibrators, just like those in our exhibit, were available to the discriminating medical professional.
Upcoming Events at Polk
Queer Prism: Readings
Queer fiction runs the gamut! A tasting menu to make you laugh, cry, and squirm in the most delicious ways. With Eric Andrews-Katz, Dale Chase, Dena Hankins, Clifford Henderson, Kathleen Knowles, and Felice Picano.
Open Windows: Look Inside with Erotica
Whether describing fantasy scenes or exactly what you did last night, words add power and excitement to sex. Erotica and romance writer Dena Hankins will ask which words turn you on--and do you want to try what you just read about? Let's talk hot language, exploring new ideas, and sharing stories with your lovers.
Sex Sensors––Programming and Experimenting with Custom Dildo Controls
Explore open-hardware sex toys with the engineers of Comingle. They share an easy-programmable dildo platform that you can hook any kind of sensor to–– control your toy and alter its functional possibilities. They will have several toys to program and lots of sensors available for mixing, matching and customizing. You can change your toy’s functionality with heartbeat sensors, squeeze sensors, muscle sensors, stretch sensors, flex sensors, breath sensors, touch sensors, accelerometers, proximity sensors, and even a geiger counter! Come learn about sensing platforms, fun programming, and experiment to find new ways your toys could respond to your or your partner's bodies (or both, or environmental data and more!).
Banish Shame and Experience More Pleasure
Shame around our sexuality, our body image, or our performance in bed prevents so many of us from truly experiencing sexual pleasure. Often we blame everything else… our partners, ourselves, not having the right skills or the right toys. But until we confront and banish our shame, we will never be able to be fully experience the depth of orgasm and pleasure that is achievable. In this workshop with Sex and Intimacy Coach Xanet Pailet of www.powerofpleasure.com, we will learn how shame holds us back sexually and how we can overcome it. We will examine the underpinnings of shame, how to recognize our shame response, how and why shame interferes with our pleasure, and how shame can be banished from our lives!
Polyamory: How To Love Many And Well
Sure, you've heard of it and maybe have been intrigued by it but what is polyamory and how do you love more than one person and make it work? How can you deal with jealousy, time-management, emotional rough patches, and more to enter into multiple sexual relationships? In this class with M.Christian, participants will learn to separate the myths from the realities of polyamory, how to make tentative steps towards having more than one partner, and how to approach and deal with the problems of sharing yourself with others, and being involved with someone who, in turn, is involved with someone else. Included in this class will be simple emotional exercises, true life experiences, unique techniques and innovative approaches to understanding the joys and the risks of entering into a polyamorous relationship.
Antique Vibrator Museum Tour
A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history. This month, join Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen.
Sex and Money: How to Have More and Dream Bigger
Sex and money are the two most transformative things in our lives, and yet for most people they are also the biggest taboos. We're not taught to see the connections between the two, but when you examine your sex and money story and start to identify your patterns, you can get clear about what you want in both areas. Open up to a new level of abundance and desire with Sexual Empowerment Coach Amy Jo Goddard. This workshop offers the chance to examine the connections between sex and money that usually go unaddressed and to tap into the connections between sex and money that already exist in your life so you can have more pleasure, abundance, intimacy and fulfillment. Individuals and couples are welcome.
Spooktastic Sparkles: A Bling-Your-Vibe Night!
Halloween costumes aren't just for people, vibrators can get festively spooky too! It's the best date night or friends' night out, and you get to be crafty AND sex-positive! Join burlesque performer and sex educator Alexa Joseph to snazz up a plain old vibrator--make your new ride a custom job! We'll provide the vibrators and some bling (you can bring some too, if you want to use anything special), and along the way you'll learn tons about toys and pleasure from your fun and engaging teacher.
Humpday Happy Hour: Riding the Crimson Wave
Your period is not a curse, nor is it something to be ashamed of! Explore the facts and dispell myths about that time of the month, and find products that can even make your “gift” enjoyable!
Gorgeous Junk: Releasing Negative Thoughts About Our Genitals for Hotter Sex
In this workshop for vulva and penis owners we'll explore the multitude of influences that conspire to create shame or at least a negative attitude about our genitals. With discussions, exercises, laughter and creativity, we'll re-cast our beautiful body parts in a new and positive light. Join sex educator Jean Franzblau for this healing and fun workshop that guarantees a boost in sexual esteem and an appreciation of our gorgeous junk.
Getting Erotically Unstuck: a playshop on desire, pleasure and sensuality
Sometimes we feel disconnected from the experience of pleasure, and need to take the time to reconnect with our desires and sensual selves. Amy Jo Goddard's workshop uses movement, meditation, reflection and group exercises to rekindle the flames. What is holding you back from experiencing pleasure and desire in your daily life? What are the things that make you feel most alive, and how can you work to bring those aspects of your life into greater alignment with how you live? People of all genders & couples welcome. Learn more at www.amyjogoddard.com. Amy Jo Goddard is a Sexual Empowerment Coach, author, sexuality educator and founder of SPECTRA, a mentorship program for sexuality professionals. She is the co-author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. Currently, she teaches her Women's Sexually Empowered Life Program, maintains a private coaching practice and hosts sexuality events and VIP days with private clients in the Napa Valley.
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