Vibrator Nation Book Tour

Vibrator Nation is the first book to tell the story of feminist sex-toy stores in the United States and the women who pioneered them. Drawing on more than eighty in-depth interviews with retailers and industry insiders, Lynn Comella takes a deep dive into the making of the consumer market for sex toys, tracing its emergence from the early 1970s to today. She brings readers onto the sex shop floor and into a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, commodities are framed as tools of liberation, and consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living through orgasms.

Vibrator Nation is THE definitive tale of the women’s sex store revolution.” –Dr. Carol Queen, Executive Director of the Center for Sex and Culture.


SPRING 2018

January 25, 1:00 – 2:20 pm
Vibrator Nation: Inside the Sex-Toy Revolution
AVN Adult Entertainment and Novelty Expo
With Jessica Drake
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
http://trade.adultentertainmentexpo.com/seminars#

February 14, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Vibrator Nation: Inside the Sex-Toy Revolution
UNLV's Sex Week
Student Union Green Room
https://www.unlv.edu/studentunion

February 21, 7:00 pm
Vibrator Nation: In Conversation with Lynn Comella
With Cyndi Darnell
The Melba Spiegeltent
35 Johnston St. Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=330557

February 27, 7:00 pm
Vibrator Nation: Inside the Sex-Toy Revolution
Max Black Adult Boutique
1/264 King Street, Newtown, Sydney, Australia
http://www.maxblack.com.au

March 16, 7:00 pm
Vibrators and Vino:
A Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella
Good For Her
175 Harbord St., Toronto, Canada M5S 1H3
https://www.goodforher.com

March 20, 12:30 pm
Sex Toys and Social Entrepreneurship:
How Feminists Changed the Business of Pleasure
Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
https://events.temple.edu/gsws-talk-series-sex-toys-and-social-entrepreneurship-how-feminists-changed-the-business-of-pleasure

March 20, 6:00 pm
Reading and Discussion
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
http://www.pennbookcenter.com

March 22, 4:00 pm
Sex Toys and Social Entrepreneurship:
The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Sex-Positive Capitalism and Cultural ProductionSponsored by the Department of Communication
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
http://www.umass.edu/communication/

March 23, 8:00 pm
Vibrator Nation: Inside the Sex-Toy Revolution
Oh My Sensuality Shop
122 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060
www.ohmysensuality.com/

March 25, 1:00 pm
A Smut-TEA Time Presents: Lynn Comella & Vibrator Nation
Reading and Discussion
Good Vibrations Brookline
308 Harvard St. A, Brookline, MA 02446
www.goodvibes.com/s

March 26, 6:30 pm
Vibrator Nation Happy Hour: Let’s Get Buzzed
Reading and Discussion
Good Vibrations Harvard Square
52 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138
www.goodvibes.com/s

March 27, 5:00 pm
Sex Toys and Feminist Entrepreneurship: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Sex-Positive Capitalism 
Sponsored by the Gender Studies Program
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
https://www.uml.edu/FAHSS/gender-studies/

March 28, 7:00 pm
Vibrator Nation: Inside the Sex-Toy Revolution
Center for Sexual Health and Pleasure
250 Main St #1 Pawtucket, RI 02860
http://www.thecsph.org

March 29, 7:00 pm
Reading and Discussion
With author Julie Scelfo
The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, NYC 10003
Cosponsored by NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and Babeland
http://www.strandbooks.com/event/vibrator%2Dnation

April 4, 3:00 pm
Sex Toys and Social Entrepreneurship: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Sex-Positive Capitalism 
Sponsored by LGBTQ Affairs
University of Florida
https://lgbtq.multicultural.ufl.edu