News & Awards
Good Vibrations is the nation's first and premier provider of sex education and sex postive products as seen on Oprah, MSNBC, and Dateline, and in magazines such as Men's Fitness, Essence, Cosmo, and popular sites such as Oprah.com and MarieClaire.com. Lauded by local and national press, Good Vibrations stores (four retail stores on two coasts) and its robust website, GoodVibes.com, were awarded for excellence, including the DIG Award, the Cybersocket Award for Best Lesbian Site, and the "O" Awards for "Outstanding Online Retailer" by AVN Novelty Business, the AVN Award of Excellence.
Good Vibrations' sister company Good Releasing was recently honored with several Feminist Porn Awards and AVN Award Nominations. Our store and are products create quite a "buzz"! Good Vibrations has been making the world a sexier place for over 33 years! We've also been awarded:
- Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature, 2006
- Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly, 2004
- Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly, 2003
- Certificate of Honor from the board of Supervisors, 2003
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
Anonymous Sex Toy Review: The Moody
Date: January 20th, 2017
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.