Nina Hartley Special-Guests at GV’s New Store Party

It’s always a treat for us at Good Vibrations when Nina graces us with her presence, but this was an extra-special visit — we all got some face time with Nina, and so did a few hundred of our friends, customers, vendors and workshop teachers! The beautiful new Mission Street store, right across from the SF Chronicle building and Bloomingdale’s, hosted a big grand opening party on Saturday night. Nina and Joani Blank, GV’s original founder (and winner of a recent Lifetime Achievement Award at the AVNs), were our special guests. Many, many significant San Francisco sex ed teachers, artists, performers, and others came to celebrate, as did journalists, fans of Good Vibes, a bunch of our much-missed former colleagues, and some of the people who make the wonderful products we make available to you. Every time I zipped across the room to greet a new person I saw Nina, deep in conversation with one happy person after the other. (Among her many other fine qualities, Nina genuinely cares about connecting with her fans, and she has a more diverse fan base than any porn star I’ve ever met — whenever we feature her at a GV event, she’s mobbed by at least as many women as men.)

While we’re on the topic of Nina, she needs your help this month — and the deadline for donations is coming up on February 28th!

Nina is having surgery soon and a web page has been set up to make it easy for people to show their support: “After all she has given me, taught me, been there for me, it is my pleasure to give back to her. If she has ever taught you anything, been there for you when nobody else understood, or just made you happy with her sweet, wonderful demeanor, please donate at least five bucks,” says her friend Lesley, who set up the donation site. (Read messages from her fans there too.)

You don’t have to come up with a great big donation if you don’t have the money — if everyone who’d been to the GiveForward site had donated a couple of dollars, her goal would have been reached by now. People who can afford more than that: also great, of course!

Fans and friends of Nina Hartley: Please donate and spread the word so she can get back to making terrific porn and helpful sex education films ASAP.

Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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