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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
Getting What You Want from Your Submissive
When D/s play goes awry, being the Dominant in a scene or a relationship can ignite the tyrant or the co-dependent, bringing out the worst in ourselves or our subs and depleting the precious energy of power exchange. The urge to take charge, receive trust, or experience someone's surrender can muddle our thinking. Join Tim Emert and Francesca Gentille to learn key negotiation concepts, plus important techniques for staying centered, discerning, self-caring, and adored in your Dominance.
Summer Fun Vibrator Crafting Night
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.
Opening Up Without Screwing Up
Whether you say polyamory, open marriage, swinging or "monogamish," it seems like everyone's talking about open relationships these days. But maintaining a healthy, happy, loving relationship is hard enough… how do you do it with more than one person? Nationally recognized open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski has seen it all. Learn to manage jealousy, how to talk about opening up, much more!
Humpday Happy Hour! Sultry Striptease
Learn how to excite and entice your lover(s) with sultry striptease performances. Learn how to choose the right music, use costumes and props, and practice some sexy dance moves. All levels of experience are welcome! Please wear comfy clothes and bring extra layers to shed.
More people are discovering the amazing pleasure potential of the prostate, aka the male G-spot. Prostate massage, pegging, and anal sex for men can bring you to new heights of sensation, and Charlie Glickman PhD, one of the authors of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, is here to tell you all about it. He'll explain the role of the prostate in sexual arousal and orgasm, give you lots of tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, tell you all about prostate massage, show you the best toys for strap-on play and pegging, offer ideas for combining prostate play with other kinds of sex, and much more. Whether you're new to the idea of prostate play or you're an experienced enthusiast, Charlie has plenty to offer you, so come discover new ways to make your or your guy's toes curl!
Burlesque Styling with Dottie Lux
Are you hitting the stage as a kitten or are trying to get your burlesque look together for a new act or theme party-maybe even Burning Man? Dottie Lux will show you all the special secrets you'll need to get the fashion and silhouette down right. We will go over the basics of fishnets, fluttery underthings, crinoline, wigs, lashes, lips and hips! If you have something you are working with please feel free to bring it! This class will mix demo with hands-on practice and technique.
How To Create An Effective Online Profile & Write Messages That Will Get Good Responses
The world is the now the Internet ... and if you don't know how to use it then you are at a serious disadvantage in making any kind of connection: employment, social, artistic and – most of all – erotic. In this class, M. Christian will not just explore how to use the Internet and various sites as a resource to explore your own sexuality in any form, but also how to create an effective and alluring online profile. But creating a digital 'self' is only part of it: participants will also get tips on how to reach out in imaginative ways that will get a positive response, the important things that are too often forgotten and other social niceties that can be the difference between frustration and disappointment and having a wonderful and sexy time online!
Antique Vibrator Museum Docent 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 docent Alexa Joseph, trained by Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen.
Club Chiffon: A Showgrrrl's Guide to Pin-Up & Glamour
"When I think of the word ‘pin-up’ I think of a woman who shows and shares her beauty through strength and confidence, reflected through the gestures of her body," says class instructor Sugar Cane Jane of Bebop Boudoir.
Drawing inspiration from the heyday eras of iconic pin-up imagery, this comprehensive pose, poise & presentation workshop will help you to not only familiarize yourself with the natural accentuation of your body's lines onstage and in front of the camera, but throughout the every day hullabaloo of life. We will practice & explore positioning and movements that will break down and gloriously redefine what it means to be a modern- day bombshell regardless of size, complexion or stature, drawing from within. Please bring comfortable yet form fitting attire along with a pair of high heeled shoes, as we will be doing warms ups, active posing and full body extension exploration. Workshop attendees are also encouraged to bring your favorite lipstick and an accessory or small playful prop, i.e., jewelry, small fan, boa, large tassel, etc. Bobby pins for anyone who would like to experiment with hair movement will be provided.
Humpday Happy Hour! Have a Swingin’ Summer
Summer lovin’ doesn’t have to involve only one partner. Gather skills to open up your lovin’ and learn tips on smoothly opening up your relationship, and how to do it safely.
Skillful Sexual Communication: How to Talk about Your Sex Life with Your Lovers
Sexual empowerment coach Amy Jo Goddard knows how common it is for couples to have sexual issues that need to be addressed. And all too often, people are overcome by fear and/or shame that prevent them from having the fulfilling sex life they want. Many people fear bringing up sensitive issues and worry about hurting their partner’s feelings if they want to make requests for change or improvement. Sometimes it’s hard to identify what requests even need to be made. In this workshop we’ll discuss how to bring up the subject and strategies for talking about sensitive sexual issues with lovers. We’ll do some self-assessment and practice communication techniques that will make sex talk easier and sex lives better! This is a great workshop for anyone to improve skills, and couples are encouraged to attend together. Learn more at www.amyjogoddard.com.
Amy Jo Goddard is an author, sexuality educator and founder of SPECTRA, a mentorship program for sexuality professionals. She is the co-author of Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. She teaches the 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.
Advanced and Kinky Anal Play
People of every gender and orientation can get exquisite pleasure from anal sex. And some people think it’s always kinky—but they don’t know the half of it! Learn the ins and outs of back-door sex, especially the kind when it starts to get pervy, with Drs. Carol Queen and Robert Morgan Lawrence, co-stars of the cult sex ed movie Bend Over Boyfriend. There's no better way to become a great anal top than by learning what the bottom is experiencing firsthand. And anal penetration doesn't ever have to hurt—but when you want to combine pain or dominance with anal pleasure, there are some safe ways to do it. Learn about technique, safety, pleasure and more! Recommended for partnered or solo people at any level of experience who like roleplay, role reversal, power exchange, strap-on anal sex, playing with large toys, enema play, and more. For more about Carol and Robert, visit sexandculture.org.
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