Revisiting the Feminist Sex-Toy Store Revolution. Reflecting on her Sexuality Research Fellowship Program experience and how it shaped her career, Lynn Comella explores the evolution of and growth in the feminist sex-toy retail industry since the 1970s. Through ethnographic research across different field sites around the United States, she ...
By 2008, the women’s market for sex toys and pornography was being her-alded as a major growth market and feminist sex-toy stores seemed to hold the key to how other businesses could appeal to this newly significant and highly sought-after demographic. To tell the story I wanted to tell, the focus
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Today, a growing network of feminist-identified sex-toy shops exist in cities across the country, from Seattle to New York, Albuquerque to Chicago, and Milwaukee to Boston. These businesses have adopted elements of the educationally oriented and quasi-therapeutic approach to selling sex toys and talking about sex pioneered by Good Vibrations.
In this paper I will argue that in the 1970s sex toys in the United States were transformed into feminist devices. Although many people had a hand in this transformation, an unlikely person played a leading role: a former advertising executive and actress named Dell Williams, who founded the first feminist sex-toy store in America.
Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets. Markets in sexually-explicit materials (pornography) and sexual services (prostitution) raise numerous worries for philosophers and feminists. The main concern is that such markets appear to be inescapably and seriously harmful to women—both individual women and women as a group.
Usage and ownership of sex toys is on the rise worldwide. The global sex toy market is expected to grow by about nine percent between 2019 to 2026, from approximately 28.64 billion U.S. dollars to ...
One woman who is familiar with the control of women’s sexual freedom is entrepreneur and advocate Sheila Oh, the co-founder of a feminist sex toy company called Knotty Vibes. She is a first-generation Nigerian-American woman who was raised i a strict Presbyterian household where sex was a taboo subject.
"Knotty Vibes is an organization founded in my quest for women's freedom and equality," Sheila said, recalling how her first trip to a sex toy shop with Courtney played a part in the company's ...
Feminist Porn. In 1984, porn star Candida Royalle (born Candace Vadala, 1950-2015) tired of its myopically male perspective and founded Femme Productions to produce sex videos aimed at women.
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