Sex Questions from the Twittersphere: How was the Masturbate-a-Thon, Carol?

Question: Did you have fun at the Masturbate-a-Thon?

Great fun! The Masturbate-a-Thon was held Saturday, and competitors (looking to best the world time record) started at 11 a.m.; I was running around getting ice and stuff, that’s always my last-minute job, and got there at 3 or so. By 4:30 it was time to start the webcast (it was a little late; the whole thing is always a technical clusterfuck because we only do it one time per year and there’s a little whell-re-inventing involved, but our tech crew volunteers their time and expertise and they’re *amazing*).

So I put on my new sparkly Masturbate-a-Thon t-shirt (you can get a nice one from masturbate-a-thon.com, it’s an awesome Mona Caron design “ but mine is the only one with sparkles) and sat and interviewed our special guests and random fabulous people in attendance, like April Flores, our pornstar celebrity co-host; Sister Roma; Kirk Read; the team from the Lusty Lady Theatre; Theresa from CarnalNation.com, who was one of our featured masturbators (and to date our #1 $-earner\’we’ll know at the end of the month whether she stays ahead in that race, since people can still donate via the website and sponsored individuals may still have sponsor money coming our way). Also did a great interview with Ed Ehrgott, who for three years held the world record; now he is working with Nellie Wilson to do a masturbation education project online, the Sacred Touch School.

Finally it was time to screen the Good Vibes IXFF video (gv-ixff.org “ coming soon to eight cities around the US!), which gave ME time to go into the masturbatorium. I was a feature, too, and who knows if I earned any money for the Center for Sex & Culture (since the whole shindig was a benefit, our largest of the year) “ but I had a fabulous time watching the GV filmfest, enjoying the engineering marvel that is the Hitachi Magic Wand, and was smack-dab better Lusty Lady Violet, who was also Hitachi’ing her way to many orgasms, and Ed, who is a GREATE masturbator, and the ultimate winner of the time competition, Masa, all the way from Japan and there representing the next big sex product thing, Tenga (coming soon to GV!), a men’s masturbation sleeve that must work great, because he went for 9 hours and 58 minutes! Yes!! He is a Masturbation Jedi!! He got mondo applause.

Then we, like, mopped the floors until midnight. But it was worth it! We’ll be putting more details soon on the website “ plus there’s more info there about our other sponsors, including LELO, Fleshlight, Big Teaze Toys, Hathor lube (GV), and Blowfish. We’ll schedule next year’s extravaganza soon “ calendar it and come join us!

Tweet! – CQ

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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