SAN FRANCISCOIt’s been 30 years since young sex worker Carol Queen walked through the doors at the first Good Vibrations store in downtown San Franciscoand now, all those years later, Dr. Carol Queen continues to innovate and enlighten both store customers and the adult community at large.Dr. Queen is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Bachelor’s in sociology and a Ph.D. in human sexuality, and she is the staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sex shop, and also the curator of its Antique Vibrator Museum. In 2000, she co-founded (with Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence) the Center for Sex & Culture nonprofit.Asked whats remained consistent throughout her career at Good Vibrations, Dr. Queen responded, The mission! Quality products, good sex information, and SESAs trained to speak to just about anyone about just about anything. Its still people who believe Good Vibrations plays an important role in helping people, and in making more space for sexuality, relationship configuration, and gender issues.Dr. Queen is a noted essayist whose work has appeared in many magazines and journals. She’s written four books: the essay collection Real Live Nude Girl, as well as The Leather Daddy and the Femme, Exhibitionism for the Shy, and The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. A prolific writer and contributor, her contributions can be found in several volumes of Best American Erotica as well as in many books shes edited or co-edited, including Best Bisexual Erotica, Sex Spoken Here, Switch Hitters, PoMoSexuals and more.Beyond the written word, Dr. Queen has addressed numerous scholarly and professional conferences, from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, to the Oxford Union at Oxford University, England. Dr. Queen continues to be one of the most interviewed sex educators, and appears frequently on television programs.Carol Queen is active on behalf of progressive sex education and sexual diversity issues. Outside of her role at Good Vibrations, she is perhaps most closely affiliated with the bisexual and sex work communities, but she has been speaking publicly about non-mainstream sexualities, from lesbian to leather, for more than 45 years. Her perspective in addressing sexual diversity incorporates personal experience, accurate sex information, and informed cultural commentary.To read more about Dr. Carol Queen or to reach out directly, click here.
written by: Robert Neuwave