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The First Annual Women on Top: Celebrating the Movers and Shakers of the Industr

Saturday, May 13, 2006
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Karin Tobiason
Location Details:
Good Vibrations 1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento) in San Francisco

Good Vibrations, legendary destination for sex positive products, service and education, honors the luminaries in sex-positivity by hosting the “First Annual Women on Top: Movers and Shakers of the Industry” panel scheduled on May 13, 2006 from 2:00-4:30 pm at Good Vibrations 1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento) in San Francisco. Free to the public, Good Vibrations invites you to lift a glass of wine and pass the hors d’ oeuvres for a meet and greet with famed educators and philosophers with a panel moderated by local Bay Area freelance journalist and health educator, Liz Highleyman.

For the first time, Good Vibrations brings together the women responsible for challenging often unconscious and outdated assumptions about sexuality and pleasure for both men and women. The pioneering works of Betty Dodson, PhD, Annie Sprinkle, PhD, Carol Queen, PhD and the rest of the panel of extraordinary women have helped everyone to more readily enjoy non-judgmental shame-free sexual expression, to better understand our bodies, and to explore new erotic options. The first Annual Women on Top panel is an opportunity to honor and meet the leaders, old and new, whose lifework consists of evolving sexual pleasure into a healthy, strong and empowered action for all.

About the Panelists:

Betty Dodson, PhD – Renowned Author, Educator and “Mother of Masturbation.”
In 1973, Dodson left the art world to design and facilitate sexuality workshops for women. Her groundbreaking book Liberating Masturbation: the Joy of Selfloving was self-published in 1974 and became a feminist classic. Over the next 22 years, Dodson showed countless women the beauty of their genitals and introduced them to electric vibrators as a way to explore the varied experiences of orgasm. Sex for One: The Joy of Selfloving came out in 1987 and became a best seller. Dodson has produced four videos that document her innovative hands-on teaching methods. Her recent book, Orgasms for Two: the Joy of Partnersex was published in 2002. Dodson joins us from New York City.

Annie Sprinkle, PhD - Famed Prostitute/Porn Star turned Performance Artist/ Sexologist.
Sprinkle has passionately explored sexuality for thirty-three years, sharing her experiences through making her own unique brand of sex/art films, writing books and articles, and teaching. She has toured the world doing theater performances about her life in sex. Her first book, Post Porn Modernist is a cult classic. Hardcore from the Heart won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award. Her newest book is Dr. Sprinkle’s Spectacular Sex: Make Over Your Love Life. Her 30-year film diary, Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn has just been released on DVD with new features.

Carol Queen, PhD - Author, Speaker, Activist and Staff Sexologist for Good Vibrations.
Queen has been Good Vibrations’ spokesperson since 1992 and is well known worldwide for her nine books, sex education videos, and television appearances and published articles. Queen is an expert on a multitude of sex-related topics, and has been an invited lecturer worldwide. She serves on the speakers bureau of Feminists for Free Expression and works with many other sex-positive and free-expression organizations. Dr. Queen is the author of Exhibitionism for the Shy, Real Live Nude Girl, and The Leather Daddy and the Femme, has edited seven other books, most recently Whipped!, and her work has appeared in over 70 anthologies. She is also the director and one of the co-founders of the Center for Sex and Culture, located in San Francisco, California.

LaSara Firefox - Author, Pagan Priestess and Educator.
LaSara is a writer, ritualist, sex positive activist and educator, and designer/facilitator of a wide variety of interactive, exploration based workshops. She has been featured on Sony Pictures Television Life & Style Playboy’s Television Sexcetera, Canada’s Sex TV, and Dr. Block’s Speakeasy. Author of Sexy Witch published by Llewellyn Publications (2005), LaSara has a second book due out in Jan 2007 based on her flirting workshops

Jackie Strano and Shar Rednour - Groundbreaking Filmmakers.
Shar Rednour and Jackie Strano are the couple behind S.I.R. Video, dedicated to taking reality video to new heights. Tired of the traditional adult films that have been sold for years, this power duo produce videos using diverse ethnic demographics, varying sexual orientations and combine accurate sexual education with sizzling on-screen sex. Shar and Jackie’s productions have been nominated for top AVN industry awards. Shar Rednour is also the author of The Femmes Guide to the Universe and editor of Virgin Territory, Virgin Territory 2, and Starf*ucker. Jackie Strano was the lead singer in cult favorite band The Hail Marys.

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