Thirty years after walking through the doors at Good Vibrations, Dr. Carol Queen continues to innovate and enlighten. She is a writer and cultural sexologist with a Bachelor’s in sociology and a Ph.D. in human sexuality. She is 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 [sexandculture.org].
When asked “What’s been the same throughout your time at Good Vibrations?” Carol says, “The mission! Quality products, good sex information, and SESAs trained to speak to just about anyone about just about anything. It’s 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.”
Carol is a noted essayist whose work has appeared everywhere. She’s written four books: the essay collection Real Live Nude Girl, 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 she’s edited or co-edited: Best Bisexual Erotica, Sex Spoken Here, Switch Hitters, PoMoSexuals, and more.
Beyond the written word, Carol 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 over 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 reach out directly- click here.