Dr. Carol Queen Takes Las Vegas!
Good Vibrations’ Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen is hitting the road and high tailing it to sin city where she will be heralding the history of vibrators, sharing the 50 Shades phenomenon, and presenting her one-woman Peep Show on January 17th and 18th.
Dr. Queen gives the Vibrator its due at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Thursday, January 17th where she will present to the UNLV Dept of Sociology and the Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies-Women’s Studies Program. From doctor’s office implement, where it was utilized from the 1880s onward to treat the now-defunct “female trouble” called hysteria, to common household consumable promising “health, vigor, and beauty” — not to mention a star turn in early-20th-century stag movies and the superstar of the women’s sex toy revolution — the vibrator has had one of the most fascinating careers of any consumer product. Dr. Queen, the curator of Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum, will illuminate the vibrator’s path from doctor’s little helper to feminist icon for all who believe that “if you want something done right, do it yourself”!
On Friday, January 18th it’s over to the Adult Novelty Expo Show where she will present on a panel called “Keeping up with the Krazes” about the Fifty Shades phenomenon that has rocked the adult industry. This panel explores the question of whether there is a way to anticipate the next big thing to his the industry or some way to better prepare ourselves for another craze.
Later that night Carol will be performing her peep show at the Erotic Heritage Museum as part of their new Lecture Series. Not to be confused with the Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, Carol Queen’s spoken word performance takes us on a trip to San Francisco’s notorious Lusty Lady Theatre (where she worked back before it was a co-op, in the early 1990s). Hear her stories from the Private Pleasures Booth and find out what a dildo, a ruler, and Bible have in common! “Peep Show” is a virtual backstage tour — Carol’s story of life behind the locked doors of the Private Pleasures Booth.
Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and is the Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations. She calls herself a “cultural sexologist” because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: her overarching interest is in cultural impacts (gender, shame, access to education, etc.) on sexuality. She is also the founding director (with her partner Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence) of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco (sexandculture.org), and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals; Exhibitionism for the Shy, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture.
Have a ball in Las Vegas, Carol!