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Carol Queen, Ph. D, Staff Sexologist/Historian, Curator of Antique Vibrator Museum | (510) 380-8813 ext. 215



  • Nearly 13 million American women watch porn online at least once each month.
  • 53% of women in the United States have used vibrators.
  • Women who use vibrators are more likely to have had a gynecologic exam.
  • More than 40% of men and women have engaged in anal intercourse.
  • 70% of women need clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm.


  • Year first Good Vibrations store opened: 1977
  • Year the first Good Vibrations mail order catalog appeared: 1985
  • Year launched: 1996

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Recent Press Releases

In Memoriam: Joani Blank

Joani Blank, who founded Good Vibrations in 1977, has died. She was 79 and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just over two months before.

True to form for a woman who promoted her business with the phrase "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Joani died at home, with family and her beloved dog Bapu at her side, on her own schedule. Just a couple of months after California legalized physician-assisted suicide, Joani chose to treat her symptoms palliatively but not the aggressive disease itself, whose poor prognosis and painful treatments would have curbed her ability to enjoy her last weeks of life.

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Good Vibrations In The Press: Recent Articles

The Harvard Crimson

Good Vibes Only: Good Vibrations Staffer Preaches Sex Positivity

Good Vibrations is a “pleasure boutique” founded in 1977 with the goal of creating a “clean, well-lighted alternative to conventional adult bookstores,” according to its website.

Date: February 23rd, 2017
Author: Sadie C. pate

Tucked into a nook of Harvard Square, Good Vibrations lies below the sidewalk and down a set of quaint little stairs.

Flanked by delicate flower pots and a dainty curved handrail, the entrance to the bright and spacious store is conspicuously welcoming.

Good Vibrations is a “pleasure boutique” founded in 1977 with the goal of creating a “clean, well-lighted alternative to conventional adult bookstores,” according to its website. The business originated in San Francisco and made its East Coast debut in 2006 in Brookline, Mass. Last month, Good Vibrations opened its ninth store in Harvard Square.

“We’re a place where anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, can feel comfortable coming in, asking questions, and getting an education alongside a really quality product,” says Allyssa S. Prutzman, a Sex Educator-Sales Associate—SEAS—at Good Vibrations. “Pleasure is your birthright, and you deserve to feel it no matter what walk of life you’re coming from. And you deserve to feel it in a shame-free way,” she says.

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The Harvard Crimson

Square Abuzz with Entry of Good Vibrations Sex Shop

Date: February 16th, 2017
Author: Alison W. Steinbach and Katherine E. Wang

Harvard Square is picking up Good Vibrations from a new sex shop at 52 JFK St. Good Vibrations, a San Francisco-based business, held its grand opening in January after a “quiet” opening in October. The Harvard Square location is its second in the Boston area, joining the seven branches in the California Bay Area and one in Brookline.

In addition to selling a wide variety of sex toys and other products, Good Vibrations holds educational workshops on sexual health and pleasure. According to the store’s website, staff members are all trained sex educators, and the store focuses on providing information and answering questions about products.

In an emailed statement, Lita D. Peña ’19, co-president of Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard College, said the store’s arrival will help mitigate the stigma surrounding sex toys and sexual pleasure.

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Spartan Daily

Downtown Berkeley Is for Lovers

Date: February 8th, 2017
Author: Kristin Lam

Good Vibrations, a Bay Area-based sex retailer, held a LGBTQ sex and sexuality workshop in the Campus Village 2 Multipurpose Room Tuesday night.

The Pride Center and Rainbow Village – an open-themed community in Joe West – co-sponsored the event titled “Sex Talk with world famous sexologist Dr. Carol Queen” in order to teach safe and consensual queer sex education.

Music technology sophomore and Rainbow Village resident advisor Zuri Lazare said that everyone was welcome, but the event was mostly targeted toward students in the LGBTQ community.

“I hope they’ll get more understanding about queer sexuality as well as consent within different ranges of orientation and different genders,” Lazare said. “As well as safe sex in general because I feel like everybody needs that.”

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Downtown Berkeley Is for Lovers

Date: February 7th, 2017
Author: Sarah Miller

Last year I had a great idea for Valentine’s Day: a “sexy” walking tour of Berkeley. My (now ex-) boyfriend wasn’t into it, and my dream was deferred. What the fuck, right? It’s true.

...Next stop is Good Vibrations (#2). I don’t know what gets you off, but I think a little something that slips into your skivvies with Bluetooth would be fun to use on the walk. Also, pick up some kind of oil or lubricant.

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The Globe and Mail

Fifty Shades versus BDSM: The reality of consent

Date: February 2nd, 2017
Author: Charyn Pfeuffer

“In BDSM, it is common practice to discuss ahead of time what all partners want to do, and what limitations they have,” says Carol Queen, the staff sexologist at San Francisco sex-toy shop Good Vibrations. She adds that these limitations are sometimes based on boundaries, and sometimes on health issues, “as when a person who has asthma shouldn’t have a hood put on them.”

Queen began exploring BDSM in the 1980s, and says that it’s where she first heard the actual word “consent” used regularly, and discussed as an integral part of an erotic experience. She says it’s far less common for those having “old-fashioned skin-to-skin sex” to have involved conversation about what they like, don’t want to do and what kind of STIs they might have.

She believes that most of us are poorly equipped to have an honest dialogue about sex and that many negative experiences – from awkward misunderstandings all the way to sexual assault – might be avoided if we got comfortable with these conversations. “The BDSM players are among the only people on the planet who elevate sexual/erotic communication this way,” Queen says. “We all have tons to learn from them.”

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Kinky Valentine's Day Ideas

Date: February 1st, 2017
Author: Aly Walansky

Valentine’s Day is said to be the most romantic day of the year, but a lot of us aren’t basic flowers-and-chocolates types of people. If you want to do something a little more special than the same old thing that everyone else does (we have Hallmark cards for that!), there’s a lot of edgy, fun, and absolutely still romantic ways to have a sexy and exciting V-Day.

Whether you embrace the day by trying a new toy or a new sex game, or do so via a gift — there’s many ways to be naughty and still share the love. There are a lot of kinky ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There’s also experiential options: you can go on a trip or do something really meaningful together that will bring your relationship to a whole new level.

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Anonymous Sex Toy Review: The Moody

Date: January 20th, 2017
Author: anon

Over the last few years, sex toy companies and stores have propositioned us to review their toys in exchange for, you know, their toys. This week, one of our anonymous reviewers tried out the Moody from Fun Factory, available at Good Vibrations.

I’m a sex toy late adopter. My workhorse vibrator has, for too long, been a Con-Air plug-in “personal massager” from Walgreens with the shape and charisma of a 1950s hair dryer. So meeting the Moody, a vibrator that charges via USB in my laptop, felt like an upgrade to the future.

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12/28/16 Good Vibrations Harvard Square Grand Opening Party

10/25/16 More Good Vibes for Boston MA

10/17/16 Giving Can Be Better Than Receiving

9/14/16 Good Vibrations Launches Book Club on Goodreads!

7/5/16 Good Vibrations hosts a special Consent Culture Reception & Conversation at Palo Alto Store

3/25/16 Trans Rights a Focus at CatalystCon Chicago

3/1/16 Fun Factory Partners with Good Vibrations for Exclusive New Vibrator Release

1/28/16 Orgasms Are A Girl's Best Friend: Good Vibrations Valentie's Gift Guide for Everyone

1/19/16 Good Vibrations Wins Two Top Adult Retailer Industry Awards!

10/26/15 Good Vibrations Proudly Partners with Planned Parenthood & Local Non-Profits

10/8/15 Good Vibrations Releases the Most Comprehensive, Compassionate, and Inclusive Sex Book Ever!

8/25/15 Good Vibrations celebrates the official launch of THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone

7/21/15 Good Vibrations Brings THE New Way to Orgasm

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