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Buzz : a stimulating history of the sex toy

Author: Hallie Lieberman
Publisher: New York ; London : Pegasus Books, ©2017 [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"A riveting history that tells the story of sex toys from ancient phalluses to 21st century vibrating rabbits. [Lieberman] focuses on the period from the 1950s through the present, when sex toys evolved from symbols of female emancipation to tools in the fight against HIV/AIDS to consumerist marital aids and finally to mainstays of today's pop culture. Lieberman's history is populated by vivid and fascinating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hallie Lieberman
ISBN: 9781681775432 1681775433
OCLC Number: 975366290
Description: viii, 359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Selling sex toys --
From cavemen to Kinsey --
The ventriloquist and his rival --
Fake vaginas, female masturbation, and porno empires --
NOW, sex, and women's liberation --
Duncan's dildos --
Inflatables --
Female masturbation --
A garden of sex toys, condoms for all, and Sturman's War --
Doc Johnson and sisterhood --
Dildo debates --
GRIDS and good vibes --
Meese and masturbation --
The government vs. everyone --
21st-century toys.
Other Titles: Stimulating history of the sex toy
Responsibility: Hallie Lieberman.

Abstract:

"A riveting history that tells the story of sex toys from ancient phalluses to 21st century vibrating rabbits. [Lieberman] focuses on the period from the 1950s through the present, when sex toys evolved from symbols of female emancipation to tools in the fight against HIV/AIDS to consumerist marital aids and finally to mainstays of today's pop culture. Lieberman's history is populated by vivid and fascinating characters, including Ted Marche, an entrepreneurial ventriloquist and dildo maker; Duane Coleglazier, the gay ice cream truck driver who founded the first boutique sex-toy store; Dell Williams, ex-communist advertising maven who created the feminist sex toy store; Betty Dodson, whose workshops helped 1960s women discover vibrators; and Gosnell Duncan, a paraplegic engineer who invented the silicone dildo. And these personal dramas are all set against a backdrop of changing American attitudes toward sexuality, feminism, LGBTQ issues, and more"--Jacket.
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