Revisiting the Feminist Sex-Toy Store Revolution – Items
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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 s. Almost two decades ago, when I was in the early stages of an ambitious dissertation project on the history and retail culture of feminist-owned sex-toy stores in the United States, I wondered: How, beginning in the s, did feminist entrepreneurs challenge business as usual within a historically male-dominated industry? How was the vibrator transformed into a symbol of sexual liberation?