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iVillage.com

iVillage Recommends Good Vibrations this Holiday Season
Date: December 12, 2012
Author: Kimberly Dawn Neuman
Title: How to Squeeze a Booty Call Onto Your Crazy Holiday To-Do List
Summary: Beat the winter blues with a natural boost – sex! Bring along some discreet toys from Good Vibrations and your holidays are sure to be bright.

“Keep Your Toys Handy!

When you don’t have a lot of time to climax, sometimes a little buzz can help (and we’re not talking about the kind you get from eggnog). While you might be a little nervous to travel with a vibrating companion, don’t be. The trick is to get a few discreet toys (especially if you’re only bringing a carry-on). There’s a vibrator that looks like a makeup compact (Make Me Over, $89), another that looks like a blush/powder brush (At First Blush, $28) and even one that looks like a lipstick (Love Lipstick Vibe, $28). “If you get quizzed by an airport security agent, just calmly say, ‘That’s a personal item’ and don’t let them make you blush…they’ve probably seen it all before,” says Good Vibrations staff sexologist Carol Queen, Ph.D. “One very important tip for traveling with vibes, however, is to take the batteries out before you head to the airport...no matter how discreet your plaything, if it starts vibrating randomly, they’re going to look at it with suspicion.”

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iVillage.com

iVillage Recommends Good Vibrations this Holiday Season
Date: December 12, 2012
Author: Kimberly Dawn Neuman
Title: How to Squeeze a Booty Call Onto Your Crazy Holiday To-Do List
Summary: Beat the winter blues with a natural boost – sex! Bring along some discreet toys from Good Vibrations and your holidays are sure to be bright.

“Keep Your Toys Handy!

When you don’t have a lot of time to climax, sometimes a little buzz can help (and we’re not talking about the kind you get from eggnog). While you might be a little nervous to travel with a vibrating companion, don’t be. The trick is to get a few discreet toys (especially if you’re only bringing a carry-on). There’s a vibrator that looks like a makeup compact (Make Me Over, $89), another that looks like a blush/powder brush (At First Blush, $28) and even one that looks like a lipstick (Love Lipstick Vibe, $28). “If you get quizzed by an airport security agent, just calmly say, ‘That’s a personal item’ and don’t let them make you blush…they’ve probably seen it all before,” says Good Vibrations staff sexologist Carol Queen, Ph.D. “One very important tip for traveling with vibes, however, is to take the batteries out before you head to the airport...no matter how discreet your plaything, if it starts vibrating randomly, they’re going to look at it with suspicion.”

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The Advocate

Holiday Gifts for the Stocking Stuffer
Date: December 2nd, 2012
Author: Diane Anderson-Minshall
Title: "Holiday Gifts for the Stocking Stuffer"
Summary: The Advocate rounds up the best stocking stuffers for your special someone, including cute sexy toys from Good Vibrations.

"Toys With a Twist: 
A naughty toy or two will make for great gifts for the bedroom. Boys will adore the Aneros Vice Prostate Massager (have you found your P-spot?) and girls will giggle over the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Kinky Kat Waterproof Vibe. Throw in some sustainable Please Cream lube and you've got a party. $8 and up, GoodVibes.com"

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Autostaddle.com

Autostraddle's Sexy Holiday Gift Guide Features Good Vibrations
Date: December 2nd, 2012
Author: Ali
Title: "NSFW Lesbosexy Sunday's Ultimate Sex Toys Shopping Guide"
Summary: Autostraddle's HOLIGAYS 2012

"This year, we're sharing our favorites — vibrators, harnesses, dildos, restraints, lube and more. For more help with sexy holiday shopping: Good Vibrations' Sexy Queer Gift Guide"


Penthouse Magazine

Good Vibrations' Antique Vibrator Museum Featured in Penthouse
Date: December 2012
Author: Christine Colby
Title: "Hard News: Around the World"
Summary: Penthouse Magazine features erotic museums around the world, including Good Vibrations' Antique Vibrator Museum in San Francisco.

"Museums can make you smarter, more culture, more well-rounded - and, if you pick the right one, horny. San Francisco, California: Antique Vibrator Museum: Located in the Good Vibrations sex-toy shop on Polk Street, this collection includes examples of joy buzzers dating all the way back to the 1800s. Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen offers tours. AntiqueVibratorMuseum.com.


Essence.com

Essence.com
Date: December 3, 2012
Author: Charli Penn
Title: "His and Hers Naughty Holiday Gift Guide"
Summary: Experience how nice it is to be naughty with these sexy gifts!

"Sometimes being naughty can be nice – especially when you're madly in love. This year, heat things up for the holidays with fun gifts and stocking stuffers that are sure to make you both smile for many nights to come.

Magic Touch Waterproof Bullet: Sometimes big things come in small packages. Add the Magic Touch Waterproof Bullet Vibe to your holiday wish list, and morning showers and nightime baths will never be the same. Is there enough room in your tub for two? If so, bring this with you! Thrill by We-Vibe: This brand new dual stimulation vibrator from We-Vibe is designed to "thrill" the two spots you need it to most – your G-spot and clitoris. With eight modes of fun and a built-in rapid recharge system, there's no place he can't take you with this nearby. And, if he's not around, you're still winning.

Aneros EVI Hands Free G-Spot Massager: Go hands-free with this one-of-a-kind G-spot massager. The Aneros EVI packs a double-punch of clitoral and G-spot stimulation while it reacts to your body movements. It even doubles as a Kegel exercise for new moms or any woman looking to tighten things up "down there." It's sleek, sexy, smooth and all about the way you move. What more could a girl ask for? "


Glamour

Good Vibrations Featured in Glamour's Gift Guide
Date: December 2012
Title: "Sex-and-Love Gifts!"
Summary: Glamour picks the top gifts for you, your friend, and him, including the "I Rub My Duckie" from Good Vibrations.

"Who says you can't be both naughty and nice? For you: It's a duck. It's waterproof. It's the world's most discreet and hilarious vibrator ($33, goodvibes.com)."

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Curve

Good Vibrations Featured in Curve Magazine Holiday Gift Guide
Date: December 2012
Title: "Lesbo-Sexy Gifts for Every Budget"
Summary: Curve's lesbian holiday gift guide features a fabulous range of gifts including sexy treats from Good Vibrations.

"Whatever your taste, be it silly, sexy, smart or sentimental, you'll be sure to find something to please every lesbian and lesbian-friendly loved one on your gift list! Shunga Edible Body Paint: unleash your creativity and create erotic intimacy with this chocolate body paint inspired by ancient Japanese art. ($15, goodvibes.com)."


Maxim

Maxim Gets Tips from Dr. Carol Queen on the Perfect Gift for your Woman
Date: November 22, 2012
Author: Stephanie Radman
Title: 10 Sex Gifts That Keep On Giving
Summary: Give her something priceless – an erotic adventure that the two of you can enjoy! Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen offers up several sexy strategies for keeping the holidays hot.

The holidays are tense, and an erotic connection can help with that,” explains Carol Queen, Ph.D., a staff sexologist with online sex toy store Good Vibrations. “Taking the time to satisfy your partner is a great, pleasurable distraction, even if you’re not adding anything new into the mix.” So when your girl’s stressing over what fruit basket to buy your mom, find a moment to lay her down on the bed, cover her in kisses and let extended foreplay lead to an explosive orgasm. Beat that, Santa.”

 

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USA Today

Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist featured in USA Today
Date: November, 2012
Author: Diane Anderson-Minshall
Title: "Inspiration: Q&A with Carol Queen PhD, Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist"
Summary: Dr. Queen answers intimate questions about sex

"Q: How important is communication in the bedroom? A: Crucial! Talking may not seem necessary in the beginning, when lust can conquer all. But as you settle into a routine, or bodies change, speaking about sensation, desire, arousal and limits becomes very important. Some lovers never say much in bed, but do talk about sexuality outside the bedroom."


Boston Dig

Good Vibrations wins Boston Dig's "Best of" Award!
Date: November 2012
Title: "Boston Dig Awards"
Summary: Good Vibrations wins "Best History Lesson" for the Antique Vibrator Museum at its Brookline store.

"HEATHER'S PICK
BEST HISTORY LESSON: GOOD VIBRATIONS
The best way to navigate this sex-positive sex toy shop is to, first, tour the vibrator museum, which contains artifacts of various instruments of torture disguised as vibrators, then browse their broad selection of adorable (yet effective) vibrators and sex toys. God bless you, Good Vibes. [308A Harvard St., Brookline. @GoodVibesToys. goodvibes.com]"

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Jezebel.com

Jezebel has the perfect gift for your sex addict friend
Date: November 22, 2012
Author: Brent Rose
Title: "Holiday Gifts for the Stocking Stuffer"
Summary: Jezebel and Gizmodo assemble the perfect collection of gifts for your freaky friends. …and to all a good night!

Sex. Hot, naked, sexy sex. While most of us enjoy it, maybe you know someone who enjoys it just a liiittle too much. Maybe it's all they talk about. It's certainly all they think about. This year, give your freaky friends what they really want.

Fascinator Throe by Liberator - Good sex is a messy business. You've got sweat, lube, and body fluids flying all around (and chocolate syrup with whipped cream, if you're lucky). Just because your friend is an insatiable lust-vortex, that doesn't mean they want a biohazard for a bed. Throw down this throe before your throw down. It's soft, it has a moisture-proof barrier on the inside, and it's machine washable. Score. $90 [www.goodvibes.com]"

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SNAP: Hipstamatic Magazine

Carol Queen Talks Sex Positivity in SNAP Hipstamatic Magazine
Date: October 2012
Title: "Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!"
Summary: Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen discusses the meaning of sex-positive education and why it is so important.

"Good Vibrations is about more than just sexy time toys, they're on a mission to provide sex-positive education to everyone. I hear the call to 'Speak Out' and say it's not quite enough—since so many people don't have enough good info to begin with. What we need is sex-positive education: information that is accurate, non-judgmental, diverse (because no two of us are exactly the same sexually—we're little snowflakes!), and realistic about the pleasures, as well as the perils, of sexual experience. When what we hear is "just say no," a healthy and pleasure-filled sex life is harder to achieve even as adults."

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Rappler.com

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum Featured on Rappler
Date: October 10th, 2012
Author: Ana P. Santos
Title: The vibrator: A girl's 'bed friend'
Summary: Rappler takes a tour of Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum and muses on the origins and significance of a woman's favorite gadget.

"From generation to generation, there has probably been no other sex toy that so captured a woman's ahem, heart, and occupied such a prime space in her bedside table than the vibrator. Women started feeling the need for a good vibe as early as 1899. …the vibrator was invented a full decade earlier than the flat iron, the vacuum cleaner and the electric frying pan.

Is it a coincidence that all these household items were meant to make life just a wee bit easier for women? Or as Maines posits in her study, "The Technology of Orgasms: Hysteria, The Vibrator and Women's Sexual Satisfaction," was it indicative of consumer priorities at the time?

Dr Carol Queen, resident sexologist of the Good Vibrations sex shop on Polk Street, San Francisco, thinks it was a little of that, as well as "Just ignorance of women's sexual health and what they needed to function as healthy people."

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SHAPE Magazine

Dr. Carol Queen Tells How to Clean Your Sex Toys in SHAPE Magazine
Date: October 2012
Author: Katie J.M. Baker
Title: "Between the Sheets: Got a blush-worthy question? Bring it on!"
Summary: Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen explains how to clean your sex toys.

"What's the best way to clean sex toys? It depends on the gadget. "For one that's not waterproof, like a battery-operated vibrator, you should prevent it from getting dirty in the first place by slipping a condom over it before use, says Carol Queen, Ph.D., a sexologist [at] San Francisco-based erotic store Good Vibrations."


Jezebel.com

Jezebel Examines Oral sex and STDs, Good Vibrations' Dr. Carol Queen Weighs In
Date: September 27, 2012
Author: Katie J.M. Baker
Title: "Rethinking the Blow Job: Condoms or Gonorrhea? Take Your Pick"
Summary: Jezebel looks at the rise in gonorrhea and the challenges of incorporating condoms into oral sex. Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen offers tips on how to make condom use more pleasurable and rethinking the importance of oral sex altogether.

"Carol Queen, Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist, agreed that 'pleasure is one of the obstacles to oral barrier use... because so many guys still have the idea that condoms will minimize the sensation they feel,' and had some simpler (and detailed) ideas to increase said pleasure…

"So many people think [oral sex] isn't "really" sex,' Queen wrote in an email, 'But there are plenty of people for whom oral is a central sex act, and implying it isn't really sex does them quite a disservice – and may, in a way, encourage people to have oral sex without thinking of it as risky.'"

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Fifty Shades Magazine

Fifty Shades Magazine Recommends Good Vibrations
Date: September 2012
Title: "20 of the Best Loved Toys"
Summary: Fifty Shades Magazine rounds up their favorite toys and features the Rabbit Habbit from Good Vibrations.

"It's so difficult to choose. Adult toys date back to pre-Roman times, but there have never been so many available as there are today. Thousands and thousands of choices and hundreds of styles and designs await the curious shopper, so what's a girl to do? Fret not: We've done the research, asked the questions and run the test. Here, for your pleasure, we present 20 of the most iconic, most popular, most modern and best-loved toys available. Just don't forget the batteries…"

"RABBIT HABIT: The cordless version of the iconic toy featured on Sex & the City back in 1998. $90 at goodvibes.com."


The Atlantic

The Atlantic Reexamines the 50 Shades of Grey Phenomenon
Date: September 5, 2012
Title: "Attention '50 Shades' Copycats: Rip Off the Orgasms, Not the Whips and Chains"
Author: Maura Kelly
Summary: As publishers and marketers race to find the next "Fifty Shades of Grey" and capitalize on an apparent BDSM craze, Maura Kelly asks what's really driving the interest in the books and consults Good Vibrations.

"Could it be that 50 Shades is so alluring because it's a mainstream book—being read by celebrities, housewives, and co-workers—whose popularity gives straight women permission to think about what they might enjoy in bed, and to ask their partners to explore alternate sexual scenarios with them? "I think that's right on," says Carol Queen, a sexologist who works at Good Vibrations, a San Francisco-based adult toy and education company. "I don't for one minute think that most ladies are secret bondage-hounds waiting to be unleashed. To the degree that BDSM is integral to women readers' response to 50 Shades, it's in the way ... [that] erotic roleplay allows a [woman] to feel really consumed, powerfully desired."

Reports from the people who work on the floor at the three Good Vibrations stores in San Francisco also indicate that 50 Shades fans aren't interested in hard-core BDSM stuff as much as some other sex toys mentioned in the book, especially the Ben Wa balls—which are what most 50 Shades readers ask for when they shop, according to one Good Vibrations sales associate. Another says that lately, a lot of men who come in say something like this: "My wife is reading this book that really makes her want to try this stuff out. Any suggestions for beginner toys? I want to surprise her, but not scare her."

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San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle Notes the Effect of 50 Shades of Grey on Good Vibrations
Date: September 3, 2012
Title: "The Buzz"
Author: Carolyne Zinko
Summary: Best-selling erotica series "Fifty Shades of Grey" has had an impressive impact upon popular culture and sales at local women and couples-friendly adult retailer Good Vibrations.

"Sales of bondage-related sex toys at Good Vibrations are up 65 percent and erotica 50 percent since the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy (about a fictional Seattle billionaire and his love of kinky bedroom play) hit the best-seller list. They include ostrich feather ticklers, binding tape and riding crops with heart-shaped tips (pictured) for light taps on the rear (leaving marks is a no-no). "It's always impressive when something causes such a massive shift in the cultural conversation about sex, and the fact that the book is rather ordinary seems to show how eager this country is to go there," said Camilla Lombard, a spokeswoman for Good Vibes, which hosts a "50 Shades of Play" workshop at the Polk Street store Wednesday."

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ESSENCE Magazine

Good Vibrations Featured in ESSENCE
Date: September 2012
Title: "Get in the "Aah" Zone: the ESSENCE Sex Toy Road Test"
Author: Charreah K. Jackson
Summary: Four ESSENCE readers try out a variety of toys and pick their favorites, including two toys from Good Vibrations.

"Give your naughty drawer an upgrade with the newest pleasure products designed to share or use alone. We enlisted four readers to find out what the buzz is all about.

"Nipple Teasers Vibrating Nipple Clamps, $29 goodvibes.com: "Stimulating and extra saucy.

"We-Vibe 3, $139 goodvibes.com: "Love a vibrator a woman could wear during intercourse."


Men's Fitness

Men's Fitness Addresses the Kink Disparity with Dr. Carol Queen
Date: August 30, 2012
Title: "Answers from a Hot Girl: When She's Too Kinky For You: What to do when she likes rough sex and you're more of a traditional, meat and potatoes kind of guy."
Author: Rachel Khona
Summary: Hot Girl Rachel Khona answers the question of what to do when she's kinkier than you with a few tips from Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen.

I've started dating a woman who is a little "kinky" in bed. How can I ask her to be gentler without coming off like a wuss?

A: According to Good Vibrations resident sexologist Dr. Carol Queen, there are a few likely possibilities for her rough housing; either she gets turned on causing pain or she likes receiving it and therefore assumes that everyone else does. Or maybe she just doesn't realize how strong she is.

"Ask her is directly but without being accusatory," advises Dr. Queen. For example, "You really get into it when you bite me, but that sensation actually doesn't do anything for me -- what turns me on the most is…" Ask if perhaps what she really wants is to be bitten. If that's the case, you can always bite her without being gnawed on yourself. And as always, positive reinforcement works wonders."

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Seattle Business Magazine

Seattle Business Magazine Features Good Vibrations in 50 Shades of Grey Business Boom
Date: August 28, 2012
Title: "Local Firms Love 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Local businesses cash in on a best-selling erotic trilogy set in Seattle."
Author: Isolde Raftery
Summary: Seattle Business magazine examines the impact of Fifty Shades of Grey on adult businesses, and how a larger sexual climate shift has allowed for a mainstream conversation about taboo subject matter.

"Stores started to notice the Fifty Shades of Grey effect last spring.

In New York, hardware stores reported selling 10 times the amount of rope as usual— most of it, they discovered, to female customers. In San Francisco, women in their 30s and 40s walked into Good Vibrations stores asking for riding crops and erotic Ben Wa Balls, a relatively obscure sexual stimulation toy.

Carol Queen, a sexologist with San Francisco-based Good Vibrations, says the book, although maligned by critics for the quality of its writing, has assumed a cultural currency of its own. Queen points out that people "got snooty" about Harry Potter books until they saw how their kids devoured them, and parents said, "'Anything that gets the kids to read.' There's a total parallel here," Queen says. "Someone like me would say, 'It's not the best-written book, but anything that gets the lady fantasizing.' The vast majority probably won't be into BDSM; they're probably just going to be friskier with their husbands."

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New York Times

Good Vibrations Featured in New York Times
Date: August 7th, 2012
Title: "A Surprise in a Hot Dog Cart"
Author: Andrew Adam Newman
Summary: On Wednesday and Thursday, Trojan Vibrations, a line of sexual enhancement devices, will hand out 10,000 free vibrators from two hot dog carts identified as pleasure carts. Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen explains the importance of normalizing sex toy use and the trajectory of finding one in Walgreens to exploring a more education-based resource like Good Vibrations.

Carol Queen, curator of the Antique Vibrator Museum and a staff sexologist for Good Vibrations, a sexual products retailer founded in 1977, credits the new Trojan ads with "pretty seamlessly integrating men into the campaign."

Some consumers who buy their first device as an impulse buy at a mass retailer are apt to eventually be drawn to boutiques like Good Vibrations, which along with Trojan devices has a wide selection of other brands — and knowledgeable staff members.

"Going to a sexuality store like Good Vibrations or many others, you have trained people who can answer your questions and help you choose," Ms. Queen said. "What most customers are probably not doing is getting the greeter at Walmart to come with them to the vibrator aisle and asking them, 'Which one should I get?' "

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Cosmpolitan Magazine

Cosmo.com Features Funny Toys for Grown-Ups on Goodvibes.com
Date: August 2012
Title: "Sex Toys That Make Us LOL"
Author: Arielle Pardes
Summary: Cosmo rounds up the funniest toys for grown-ups.

"#1: This gives entirely new meaning to "monsters under your bed." - Man Eaters From Outer Space Waterproof Vibrator, $32, goodvibes.com

#2: It's just like a stuffed animal...except it's your vibrator. Rule of thumb: Sex toys should never look like something that came from a toy store. - Bullet Buddies Vibrators, $12 each, goodvibes.com."

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Essence.com

ESSENCE Rounds Up the Newest and Hottest Sex Toys Around
Date: August, 2012
Title: "The Newest and Hottest Sex Toys Around"
Author: Charli Penn
Summary: Essence includes Good Vibrations in its favorite toy round up.

"Your "Handy" Little Guide: here's your guide to more of the newest and hottest sex toys around, and what you'll love most about 'em. - Please Cream Lubricant, $8-$16

If your lady parts are as sensitive as your skin, Good Vibrations offers a fun new cream lubricant created with you in mind. The Please Cream Lubricant is eco-erotic, meaning it's animal product-free and made with all natural ingredients. - Nippies Marilyn Pasties, $32

Calling all fashionistas: There's a new way to style your birthday suit. Pop on these pretty little pasties from Good Vibrations and strut your stuff right on over to the bed. He will love 'em even more than you do. They're backed with a reusable (and comfy!), glue-free adhesive and are available in a sexy gypsy rose red style with tassels too."

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Essence.com

ESSENCE Explores Sex through the Ages (Your ages)
Date: August, 2012
Title: "Sex at Any Age: Fact vs. Fiction"
Author: Charli Penn
Summary: How does sex change in your twenties, thirties, forties, and beyond? Essence finds out, with the help of Good Vibrations Staff Sexologists Dr. Carol Queen and Dr. Charlie Glickman.

"And, as you navigate through the different stages in your life, with age, even more questions arise. Is this as good as it gets? What's up with my libido? Age and sex are more related than women often realize, and where you are in life can dictate your attitude and aptitude toward sex. We checked in with two top sexologists to separate the myths from the facts and find out what your age has to do with it.

Sex In Your 20s
This is a time for self-exploration and trial and error — to "overcome misinformation, sexual shame, fear or shyness," says Dr. Carol Queen, PhD, an award-winning author and sex educator with Good Vibrations. Conquering these battles, so to speak, will help you determine what you like and what you don't…. "When we're younger, we're much more likely to be having sex because we think we have to or to make a partner happy," said adult sex educator Dr. Charlie Glickman. "Or we do it in ways that are for our partners rather than for ourselves." …"

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San Francisco Weekly

Good Vibrations wins "Best of San Francisco" San Francisco Weekly Readers' Poll – Best Place to Buy Sex Toys
Date: July 26, 2012
Title: "San Francisco Weekly Readers' Poll Winner – Best Adult Toy Shop "
Author: N/a

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Chicago Tribute

Sex Toy Sales rising with the popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotica
Date: July 24, 2012
Title: "Pull down the shades, pull out the toys: As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' goes mainstream, sex toy sales are heating up too"
Author: Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Summary: Chicago Tribune examines the economics of the recent "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotica phenomenon and how it has affected companies like Good Vibrations.

"At San Francisco-based Good Vibrations, sales of bondage sex toys have increased 65 percent and erotica 50 percent since "Fifty Shades" rose to the top of the best-seller lists this spring with its graphic tale of an ingenue submitting to the sexual games of a powerful man, introducing mainstream audiences to themes of BDSM (an acronym encompassing bondage and discipline, domination and submission and sadism and masochism).

Just as "Sex and the City" prompted a run on Rabbit vibrators, "Fifty Shades" is giving people — and women in particular — permission to venture into new erotic territory they may have previously been too shy to explore, said Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibrations."

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San Francisco Bay Guardian

Good Vibrations wins "Best of the Bay" SF Bay Guardian Readers' Poll – Best Place to Buy Sex Toys
Date: July 24, 2012
Title: "San Francisco Bay Guardian Readers' Poll Winner – Best Place to Buy Sex Toys"
Author: N/a

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Chicago Tribute

Sex Toy Sales rising with the popularity of "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotica
Date: July 24, 2012
Title: "Pull down the shades, pull out the toys: As 'Fifty Shades of Grey' goes mainstream, sex toy sales are heating up too"
Author: Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Summary: Chicago Tribune examines the economics of the recent "Fifty Shades of Grey" erotica phenomenon and how it has affected companies like Good Vibrations.

"At San Francisco-based Good Vibrations, sales of bondage sex toys have increased 65 percent and erotica 50 percent since "Fifty Shades" rose to the top of the best-seller lists this spring with its graphic tale of an ingenue submitting to the sexual games of a powerful man, introducing mainstream audiences to themes of BDSM (an acronym encompassing bondage and discipline, domination and submission and sadism and masochism).

Just as "Sex and the City" prompted a run on Rabbit vibrators, "Fifty Shades" is giving people — and women in particular — permission to venture into new erotic territory they may have previously been too shy to explore, said Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibrations."

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East Bay Express

Good Vibrations wins "Best of the East Bay" East Bay Express Readers' Poll – Best Sex Shop
Date: July 18, 2012
Title: "East Bay Express Readers' Poll Winner – Best Sex Shop"
Author: N/a

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iVillage.com

How to Slow Your Guy Down in the Sack
Date: July 13th, 2012
Title: "How to Slow Your Guy Down in the Sack"
Author: Kimberly Dawn Neumann
Summary: Squash any minute-man moments with these sex tricks, techniques and tips from experts, including Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen

"Squeeze: Sexologists often recommend the 'Squeeze Technique' as a way to slow him down, though this isn't something a woman ought to just 'do' without communicating with her partner," says Carol Queen, PhD, Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist. Here's the gist: Commence sex play as usual. When he feels ejaculation is imminent, he (or his partner) squeezes the tip of his penis for a few seconds. If you do this in time, it will disrupt the reflex called ejaculatory inevitability. "Go back to playing after the ejaculatory urge has subsided, and repeat as necessary," says Dr. Queen. Ultimately this technique should help him learn to control ejaculation himself.

If he's a quick masturbator, get him to slow down! "Many men become fast ejaculators because they train themselves to be, through rapid -- often furtive or rushed -- masturbation," says Dr. Queen. "They can train themselves the other way, too, but they have to give up the old habit of quick, one-minute relief and spend some more time at it."

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SheKnows.com

This Fun, Sexy Toy Helps You Stay Cool in Bed
Date: July 9th 2012
Title: "This Fun, Sexy Toy Helps You Stay Cool in Bed"
Author: Jamie Beckman
Summary: Heat up Summer with cool sex toys like the iScream silicone dildo from Good Vibrations. It looks like a popsicle, just pop it in the freezer for a cool, sexy treat!

"As July temps keep climbing, we're always searching for new ways to keep our environment chilly -- especially when we want to turn up the heat between the sheets. Enter (no pun intended) the adorable iScream Silicone Dildo, which you can incorporate into your summer lovin' routine. This baby doesn't vibrate, but it does have a cool trick up its sleeve: Pop it in the freezer, and the silicone "popsicle" part holds cold so you and your partner can experiment with the chilly sensation in bed. Hey, it sure beats sweating it out au naturel in front of a box fan! If you've got a spare $42, whip out your credit card and pick one up at GoodVibes.com. What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold.

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SF Weekly Sex blog

Ejaculation conversation: An interview with Billy Castro
Date: July 2012
Title: "Ejaculation conversation: An interview with Billy Castro"
Summary: Billy Castro, star of his new film "Naughty Squirters" from Good Vibrations, shares all.

"Female ejaculation can be about as mysterious as the Loch Ness Monster. Looking to do a little underwater exploration? Sexy SF transman porn star Billy Castro's Naughty Squirters is a revealing 60 minutes of hot femmes coming here, there, and everywhere, brought to you by the folks at Good Vibrations."

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Business Insider

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum named one of the Coolest New Businesses San Francisco
Date: May 2012
Title: "Coolest New Businesses San Francisco"
Author: Barbie Davenporte
Summary: Business Insider identified Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum as one of the coolest new businesses in San Francisco.

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum
What it is: Antique vibrator museum
Why it's cool: The museum, lead by Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen, showcases vibrators from as far back as the 1880s. As one can imagine, the museum delves into the history of today's most popular sex toy. At their inception, vibrators were used to treat women with hysteria. But today, they're marketed as massagers, according to the museum."

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The Advocate

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum featured in The Advocate
Date: May 18, 2012
Title: "The First Digital Revolution: Lesbian-Directed 'Hysteria' Hits Theaters"
Author: Diane Anderson-Minshall
Summary: The new Hollywod romantic comedy Hysteria features vibrators from Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, and The Advocate explores the bizarre history one of our favorite inventions.

"The vibrator, in fact, was one of the earliest patents. The San Francisco premier of Hysteria was held last week in conjunction with the grand opening of Good Vibrations' Antique Vibrator Museum. Showcasing collectibles from the 1800s and onward, the Vibrator Museum tells a fascinating story of history, health, and sexuality. Curator and staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen said the new exhibit "contextualizes the vibrators' role in society and highlights how our attitudes around sex and female pleasure have evolved. It really gives us an appreciation for how far both society and technology have come, and it's fitting to house the exhibit in the original female-friendly adult retail store.

The turn-of-the-century vibes seen in Hysteria were a far cry from the modern technology but paved the way for today's pleasure, which is why Good Vibrations, the legendary queer-run sex toy company co-sponsored the San Francisco premiere of Hysteria. Still with all the hubub this spring over sex toys, one can't help but question whether the history of the vibrator is somehow yet to be discovered."

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Gizmodo

Good Vibrations Makes for an Orgasmic Future on Gizmodo
Date: May 18, 2012
Title: "NSFW: The Sex Toys That Will Make the Future More Orgasmic"
Author: Brent Rose
Summary: The Gizmodo crew looks at the top tech-savvy toys that will make our futures more orgasmic, including the We-Vibe 3, the Mio, Fifi, and Club Vibe 2.Oh!

"According to a new study that I just made up, sex and orgasms are fun. Fortunately, the evolution of technology doesn't stop at smartphones; it wants to make our sex-lives better. Here's a quick look at some of the latest tech-tastic sex toys."

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Glamour

Smitten Shares the Shades of Grey Kit from Good Vibrations
Date: May 16, 2012
Title: "Found! Good Vibes is Selling a Shades of Grey Kit (As in Fifty Shades of Grey!)"
Author: Arian Marder
Summary: Kink has gone mainstream and Glamour wonders what a vanilla gal is to do. Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen reflects on the relationship between kinky sex and social politics.

"Fifty Shades of Grey is officially having its moment. You can't get away from it! Good Vibes is carrying a Shades of Grey sex kit, so if you're feeling especially risqué and up for some, um, kinky play, it's all there in one pretty package. The kit comes with "ravishing ribbons" to tie each other up, a blindfold for those "blazing grey eyes," and a soy-scented massage candle to add some, eh, fire. Plus, its got the first volume of the book if you haven't read it--all for $46."

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LA Weekly

Sex Toy Trends Spotlights Eco-Consciousness Shopping Trends
Date: May 7, 2012
Title: "Survey: People Actually Give a Sh*t about Eco-friendly Sex Toys & Lube"
Author: Barbie Davenporte
Summary: Good Vibrations sustainable sex toy survey reveals deep concern for the quality of toys and body products used by them and their partners.

"Boutique sex store Good Vibrations has released the results of a recent survey conducted to figure out how sex toy shoppers feel about going green. (Not a euphemism.) Most said they gave a shit about being eco-friendly while shopping, but they were most concerned with their partners' safety than anything else. Ninety percent surveyed said buying body-safe material is their highest priority, and almost 70 percent rated it the most important factor in making a sex toy purchase. (Body-safe materials include steel, borosilicate glass, some elastomers and hard plastics, and 100 percent silicone.)"

"It's clear that the American public -- at least those not afraid of a little dildo or two -- are allowing the green/organic trend to penetrate their lives and fortunately there are enough products from every corner of the sex world to cater to even the most persnickety."

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USA Today: American Life Women's Health magazine

USA Today Features Good Vibrations in the Guide to Better Sex at Every Relationship Stage
Date: May 2012
Title: "A Lifetime of Good Sex"
Author: Jamie Beckman
Summary: USA Today explores how to maximize sexual pleasure in different relationship stages. From a new romance to newlyweds, parenthood, and the golden years, with adjustments in communication and technique, sexual satisfaction can last a lifetime.

"The type of sex we have – and the kind of sex we crave – can change as a relationship progresses. Just starting out? The relationship may be new, but don't hide your true sexual self, cautions Dr. Carol Queen, sex educator at San Francisco sex toy store Good Vibrations. Remember to seek your own pleasure and never fake it. If you're not achieving orgasm, tell him. And, Queen warns, 'be alert to any signals that your partner doesn't care much about what you want.'"


Women's Health

Women's Health Features Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Collection
Date: May 2012
Title: "The Evolution of Vibrators"
Author: Brittany Risher
Summary: Women's Health looks back at the history of vibrators through Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum photo collection.

"The Wide, Wacky World of Vibrators
Vibrators have come a long way since they were invented in the 1880s as a tool for doctors. They weren't playing naughty nurse -- physicians believed that paroxysm (that's a fancy old medical term for "orgasm") cured women of hysteria, which was marked by symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, and a tendency to cause trouble. We doubt it worked, but we'll take a prescription for more Os any day! From the painful-looking to the absurd, here is a quick look at how (very) personal massagers have evolved, with photographs from Good Vibrations"

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BUST Magazine

Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen Answers BUST Reader Questions
Date: April/May 2012
Title: "Questions for the Queen: Dr. Carol Queen Tells you Everything you Wanted to Know About Sex but were Waiting for Someone Else to Ask"
Author: Dr. Carol Queen
Summary: Dr. Carol Queen responds to a question about how to find one's G-spot and more.

"…this shouldn't be an academic exercise; you must get turned on to engorge the vulvovaginal tissues. So pull out all the stops: fantasize, use erotically egaging material, and get your clitoris in on the action…"


MSN

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum featured on MSN
Date: April 7th, 2012
Title: "Vibrator museum displays toys that kept grandma happy"
Summary: MSN features the opening of Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, including images from the rare and bizarre collection.

"By all means take in Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf on your next visit to San Francisco, but do not take the family to the newest tourist attraction: the Antique Vibrator Museum. It opens April 12, and you might not find it on any visitors' map -- it's in the back of the Good Vibrations shop on Polk (heh, heh, heh) Street. Sexologist Carol Queen is the curator and says the display "contextualizes the vibrator's role in society and highlights how our attitudes around sex and female pleasure have evolved." And also if there might be any kitchen uses for some of the devices. Admission is free. If you do go, please, no Coit Tower jokes."

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Huffington Post

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum featured on Huffington Post
Date: April 7th, 2012
Title: "Vibrator Museum Organizers Hope To Create A Buzz"
Author: David Moye
Summary: Huffington Post features the opening of Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, including images from the rare and bizarre collection.

"San Francisco's newest museum is sure to cause a buzz when it opens April 12 -- because it's devoted to vibrators of the past. The Antique Vibrator Museum is designed to showcase kinky collectibles from the late 1800s to the 1970s and, in the process, the history of health and sexuality between 1890 and 1970, according to curator and sexologist Carol Queen."

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Bay Area Reporter

Good Vibrations wins "Best of the Gays" Award for Best Sex Toy Store
Date: April 5th, 2012
Title: "Bay Area Reporter readers declare Good Vibrations is the Best Place to Buy Sex Toys"
Author: Matthew S. Bajko
Summary: Good Vibrations wins "Best Place to Buy Sex Toys"

"Best Place to Buy Sex Toys: Good Vibrations
The Castro may be most associated with sex shops in the minds of many anti-gay critics, but locals know the best place to browse for adult items is a few blocks east in the Mission. B.A.R. readers once again named Good Vibrations as their favorite seller of dildos, lubes, condoms and all other products that can add a bit of spice to bedroom goings-on. The sex-positive store has been catering to the libidinous needs of Bay Area shoppers since 1977, and its online site offers a plethora of anal sex toys, masturbation aides and vibrators to a worldwide market. Locations are also on Polk Street and a new store recently opened in Oakland.
Good Vibrations, 899 Mission Street, San Francisco, (415) 513-1635. www.goodvibes.com"

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Boston Phoenix

Boston Phoenix Readers Elect Good Vibrations Best Place to Buy Erotic Gifts
Date: April 5th, 2012
Title: "The Phoenix Best 2012: BEST EROTIC-GIFTS STORE: Good Vibrations"
Summary: Good Vibrations wins "Best Erotic Gift Store"

"If you're looking to create a buzz in the bedroom (or at work, or even on the T, you kinky buggers), look no further than Good Vibrations, Boston's choice for quality vibrators, dildos, DVDs, and select bondage gear. More welcoming to women than any place in the defunct Combat Zone ever could have been, Brookline's popular destination for sexually liberated consumers also offers monthly events and workshops for her and him. Located on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner, you need to enter through the rear. Ahem.."

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Allure Magazine

Dr. Charlie Glickman Featured on Huffington Post
Date: March 8, 2012
Title: "Stop Being Such a Girl"
Author: Vanessa Pinto
Summary: Author Vanessa Pinto discussed the challenges of masculinity with Good Vibrations Education Manager Charlie Glickman after being moved by his presentation at the BIL conference called "Act Like a Man: Masculinity & Sexuality in Modern America."

"Sugar, spice and everything nice is what little girls are made of. So, what are little boys made of? I never actually thought to ask myself this until I went to BIL 2012 this weekend. I found myself at a talk entitled "Act Like a Man: Masculinity & Sexuality in Modern America" by Charlie Glickman, Ph.D. Charlie Glickman Ph.D. has been a sex-educator for over 20 years. He runs the education programs at Good Vibrations. Being a man in today's world is not an easy job these days. "We need to make more room for different visions of what masculinity can look like," says Glickman."

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Allure Magazine

How to Buy A Sex Toy: Good Vibrations in Allure
Date: February 2012
Title: "How to Buy a Sex Toy"
Author: Em & Lo
Summary: Em & Lo streamline the sex toy purchasing process and take the mystery out of finding your new best friend. They recommend exploring a website aimed at women like Good Vibrations that offers quality and education.

"Thanks to the internet, you can buy a sex toy without having to hand over money to someone who can feel the heat coming off your bright red face. (Not that you have anything to be embarrassed about!) Your best bet is a website aimed at women, such as Good Vibrations…they tend to have a gentle interface with lots of helpful info. If you find a few items you want to see in person before you commit, Good Vibrations has several stores."

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MORE Magazine

Healthy, Sexy, and Just in time for Valentine's Day!
Date: January 20, 2012
Title: "18 Sexy Products That Are Secretly Healthy"
Summary: Good sex is great for your health and Good Vibrations has a great collections of items to keep you healthy and happy for Valentine's Day and beyond!

"Sex keeps you and your body young. Here are 18 items—big and small—that will help you enjoy every minute of it.

Get Hands-On: If you love massages but hate the greasy mess oils make, give your honey a Rub Me Massage Bar ($6; goodvibes.com). These mini discs melt into a creamy body butter when rubbed between the palms or over warm skin.

Play Games: Bored with your usual routine? Spice things up with I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions ($14.95; goodvibes.com). Help Him Read Your Mind Give your honey a huge hint he won't misinterpret with this flirty Naughty or Nice Reversible Eye Mask ($14; goodvibes.com). Once he catches on, it doubles nicely as a blindfold."

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SF Weekly

Good Vibrations Grand Opening Party in Oakland features Kandi Burress
Date: January 10, 2012
Title: "Good Vibrations Oakland and Kandi Burruss of Real Housewives of Atlanta Come Together"
Author: Tamara Palmer
Summary: Good Vibrations celebrates their 35th year in business with a grand opening party for their sixth store in Oakland featuring Kandi Burruss, Grammy-winning songwriter, singer, producer, and Real Housewife of Atlanta, presenting her new intimate luxury line "Bedroom Kandi."

"With so many companies trying to shed more light on the contents of their products, from building materials to children's toys, it should be no surprise that the efforts also extend to adult toys.

"Female-friendly and home-grown sex-toy retailer Good Vibrations has a new store in Oakland. Reality TV star, R&B musician, and newly minted sexpert Kandi Burruss has a new line of sexual products. Where do the two intersect? Well, literally speaking, in Oakland later this month. Good Vibes plans to have Burruss on hand for the grand opening part at its new location on Lakeshore on January 28. We'd say she's a good fit."

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