2011 AVN Nominations for Good Vibrations!

Congratulations to Good Vibrations!

I’m pleased to have been invited to write a quick report on the company’s recent 2011 AVN Awards Nominations. It’s a good thing and they continue to do great causes and inspire a lot of ethical developments in the industry. Good Vibrations is well-known for it’s  sex-positive education and quality sex toys.

The store was founded in 1977 by Joani Blank in San Francisco’s Mission District. At its inception it was a “clean, well-lighted alternative to conventional ‘adult’ bookstores”.  Adult bookstores then have since transformed to porn shops and novelty sex toy stores, and Good Vibrations’ stores remain to this day well-lit and organized retail venues for finding the sex education or erotic reading materials you want, as well as high quality vibrators, dildos, and other sex toys and even female and queer-friendly porn videos.

All of their goods go through a company review process and they take customer feedback seriously to ensure quality products. I first walked into a Good Vibrations store when I moved to the Bay Area in 1999 and it was a turning point in my sexual exploration and coming-out process. I really value the Vision Statement and the points on what Sex-Positivity means to Good Vibrations as a company, how they operate within education, their open policies with gender and sexuality, transparency in their product selection and other points showcased on the Mission & Values page of their website, and agree that sexual pleasure is everyone’s birthright.

Good Vibrations is a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing high-quality, sex-positive products and non-judgmental, accurate sex information through our clean and comfortable stores, catalog, website, wholesale division, product and movie production lines in order to enhance our customers’ sex lives and promote healthy attitudes about sex. – Good Vibrations Mission Statement

Over the years they’ve been recognized with awards and nominations, and this year is no different. With 2 special “O” Awards under their belt, and countless others, this year the company is again recognized.

Good Vibrations is nominated for these three categories:

  1. Best Retail Website – GoodVibes.com
  2. Best Retail Chain – Good Vibrations (SF Valencia, SF Polk, Berkeley in California; Brookline, Massachusetts)
  3. Best Retail Store West – Good Vibrations Polk Street San Francisco Store

In addition, Joani Blank (Good Vibrations)  is nominated for Hall of Fame (Pleasure Products Branch)

The company recognized for its quality, and so were many of the toys they carry! Here’s a short list:

BDSM & Sensory Items

Vibrators

And other items like games, lube and accessories

GV tells me they will soon be in stock with the following: Cobra Libre, Flash, Jopen, and the Better Than Chocolate Vibrator.

I noted high quality companies that make a lot of the products Good Vibes carries including Aneros Prostate Toys, Je Joue VibratorsJimmyjane, Liberator, Njoy, NobEssence, OhMiBod, Fleshlight, Fun Factory, and LELO! Most of these items are in their Premium Sex Toys category. I also include many of them in the Toy List Good Vibes posted for me. These are really nice long lasting toys that last a long time and are worth the price. Because a lot of them are rechargeable, they also are part of the company’s “Ecorotic® Green Sex” collection.

Just like the ethics the company puts into their toys, so do they with their adult movies. With Oprah recommending porn for women, and the Feminist Porn Awards celebrating female-directed porn, there’s a big audience hungry for women and queer-friendly adult movies. Many guides have been written to help women and those interested in finding feminist and ethical pornography, such as Violet Blue’s Smart Girls Guide to Porn. Movies can be educational and entertaining. I find movies that feature people you can identify with having consensual and pleasurable sex — that they themselves have created — extremely validating and powerful.

Good Vibes sells a range of videos, from Sex Education Guides to romantic movies for straight couples New to Watching Porn, to Alt Porn and a revolutionary Queer Porn section for authentic chemistry and all sorts of genders and sexual orientations — and diverse people — represented. (How cool to see a “queer porn” section in a sex toy website where you can instantly watch movies — and one that respects performers’ gender identities!) So browse Women-Directed and Award-Winning titles and try the PPM (Pay Per Minute) option if you aren’t sure you’d like it or not. This way you can skim around for a few minutes and find what you like so you don’t waste your money. And if you find something you like you can even get it on iTunes and download it to your iPod or iPhone to watch in private or tote as a portable porn party. 😉

Good Vibration’s sister company is Good Releasing, and last year it saw a bunch of titles nominated for AVN Awards, as well as a nomination for Good Releasing itself. This year, a sub-section of Good Releasing — the line “HeartCore Films” — is up for Best New Video Line.

“Good Releasing’s titles showcase authentic and hot adult entertainment full of lustful and unabashed sexualities, unapologetic desire, genuine pleasure, helpful information, and screen burning chemistry -Jackie Strano COO Good Vibrations

Good Releasing’s sex education line is the “Pleasure-Ed Series“.

Going Down: The Official Guide to Cunnilingus

‘Going down’ on a woman can give her exquisite pleasure “ and intense orgasms. Learn what women love about this intimate, sexy activity and learn how to do it better! Featuring expert sex professionals, real-life couples, and newcomers to oral sex, Dr. Carol Queen discusses expert information about anatomy, arousal, and techniques.

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST SEX EDUCATION RELEASE

Good Vibrations Queer sexuality line is Reel Queer Productions

Seven Minutes in Heaven: Coming Out

Reality porn is coming out of the closet in this first ever gonzo queer film. Award-winning director Courtney Trouble invites 7 diverse, fresh-faced performers to a kinky slumber-party for fun and games¦ only tonight there are no rules, no limits and no bedtime! The amateur cast picks their own partners, their own sex toys and their own ways of getting off. Spin the Bottle inspires an unscripted fuck-fest and first-time fantasies come true during a Truth or Dare strap-on sex scene. With honest video confessions, authentic orgasms and natural bodies, Seven Minutes in Heaven is the real queer deal.

Director: Courtney Trouble
Studio: Reel Queer Productions / Good Releasing

2010 Feminist Porn Awards Nominee

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST PRO-AM RELEASE

Good Releasing’s HeartCore Films saw special attention, with numerous awards and was itself nominated for AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST NEW LINE

In addition, several of the directors and stars are recognized with nominations, including Kimberly Kane for Female Performer of the Year and April Flores for Crossover Star of the Year! Also congrats to Danny Wylde for being nominated for Unsung Star of the Year.

Dangerous Curves

Embark on an erotic journey where the landscapes of libido come to life. Although this road may twist and turn, the real dangerous curves are those of the fierce fashionistas that exist in these environments. The waterfall isn’t the only thing getting Syd Blakovich and Jiz Lee wet as they create their own cascades with the big beautiful April Flores. Full-figure fan CJ Wright pleasures plump porn star Kelly Shibari in the shade of a majestic tree. Lady Monster dances a blazing burlesque on the beach, while in the woods, married couple X Rae and Art Nuveau engage in an intimate game of hide and seek. As you wind you way through these orgasmic women getting off in the great outdoors, admire the sensual scenery and hug those dangerous curves.

Director: Carlos Batts
Studio: HeartCore Films/ Good Releasing

2010 Feminist Porn Awards Most Deliciously Diverse Cast

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST SPECIALTY RELEASE – OTHER GENRE

Mandy Candy

Savor the flavor of Mandy Morbid! This tattooed temptress with beautiful natural breasts teases in the streets and pleases in the sheets. From the dirty gutters of Hollywood to the fancy hotels of Beverly Hills, she picks up desperate little runaways and orders up sex like room service. Award-winning director Kimberly Kane exploits Mandy just the way she likes it, demanding that the nastiest sex acts be carried out with no hesitation. Satisfy your craving for eye candy with Mandy Candy, a full high definition film which includes HD transferred Super 8MM.

Director: Kimberly Kane
Studio: HeartCore Films/ Good Releasing

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST HIGH-END ALL-SEX RELEASE

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST EDITING

The Curse of MacBeth

Something wicked this way cums. Award-winning porn pioneer Madison Young directs and stars in this post apocalyptic erotic envisioning of the classic Shakespearian tragedy. The world is wrought with death and insanity. While rolling the bones in an orgiastic game of domination and debauchery, the wanton witches subject power-mad Macbeth to dripping hot wax, fervid floggings and cutting-edge knife play. His lusty Lady has her way with a leather-clad corpse before succumbing to delusions of “that damn spot. Experience spanking, power play and a death-defying rope suspension in The Curse of MacBeth, a dark fantasy where fair is foul and foul is fair.

Director: Madison Young
Studio: HeartCore Films/ Good Releasing

AVN Critical Rating: AAAA
Feminist pornographer Madison Young has drawn together an attractive cast of young fetish fanatics to share a witches’ brew that mixes the famed Shakespearean storyline with hardcore sex and theatrical BDSM.

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST BDSM RELEASE

Turbo Rock

Punk’s not dead, it’s just passed out after an all-anal all-nighter. Toxic Goiter and their go-go groupies get down and dirty in this spunk-filled spoof.  The ample April Flores blows members of the band, while buttshaker Ashley Blue indulges in a milk enema before serving up ass cream pie. Renowned fetish photographer and award-winning director Dave Naz revisits the raunchy era of rock gone by, complete with cock-sucking, ass-fucking and a cameo from The Dickies’ guitarist Stan Lee! With music by the Meatmen, even the soundtrack is as hardcore as the sex.

Director: Dave Naz
Studio: HeartCore Films/ Good Releasing

NOMINATED AVN AWARDS 2011 BEST MUSIC SOUNDTRACK

Here are some other titles that are up for nominations, sold at GoodVibes.com:

That’s 9 nominations for Good Releasing, and 3 Company Nominations in addition to Joani Blank’s Hall of Fame.

Browse GoodVibes.com! for toys and gifts and adult movies! Sign up for the Mailing List to recieve $5 off your first order. Try a shopping guide such as their Holiday Shopping Guide, My Recommended Top Toys, their Good Vibrations Staff Picks page, or take a look at the Best Selling Sex Toys. Don’t hesitate to call their customer service — during business hours — they are some of the most helpful and knowledgeable sex toy stores in the industry. And the repeated nominations prove it!

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