Save the Date: The Masturbate-a-Thon is Coming May 30

In 1995, just months after US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders had been fired for mildly pro-masturbation remarks, Good Vibrations launched National Masturbation Month. Dedicated to increasing discussion and ending the stigma surrounding self-pleasure, GV added new elements to the monthly celebration each year, finally introducing the Masturbate-a-Thon, a fundraiser featuring pledge-getting, (private) masturbation and charity donations.

While Good Vibrations and many of its sister stores, plus sex-positive organizations and pro-sexual health campus groups, continued to promote the private version of the Masturbate-a-Thon, San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture developed a live group version of the event that’s been going on for the past decade. And they’re doing it again this year!

On Sunday, May 30th, people will gather at CSC to masturbate (or watch from the audience area) and earn donations based on the pledges they’ve gathered. Some will vie to best last year’s winner of the Longest Time Masturbating trophy (the record is just short of ten hours!), while others will try for the most orgasms — and many will simply enjoy themselves, literally, and the same-free, pro-pleasure environment created by the Masturbate-a-Thon. Hosted by Good Vibrations Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen and porn superstar Nina Hartley, with Feminist Porn Award winner  Jiz Lee and other special guests, the 2010 Masturbate-a-Thon will be the Center for Sex & Culture’s largest annual fundraiser.

The doors will open in the morning for people wishing to go for this year’s time record. Admission will start in the afternoon for everyone else — regular participants, voyeurs, and entertainers — and exact door times will be established soon.

Online live feed (as well as a no-press, no-camera area) will be available; all of this  year’s details will be coming soon to masturbate-a-thon.com.

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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 carolqueen.com.

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