Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

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Once only whispered about in clandestine corners, vibrators have become just another accessory for the suburban soccer mom, showing up in all manner of pop culture, from sitcoms to talk shows to the pages of glossy women’s magazines. But how did these once-taboo toys become so socially acceptable? The journey of the devices to the cultural mainstream is a surprisingly stimulating one.

In Buzz, Hallie Lieberman—who holds the world’s first PhD in the history of sex toys—starts at the beginning, tracing the tale from lubricant in Ancient Greece to the very first condom in 1560 to advertisements touting devices as medical equipment in 19th-century magazines. She looks in particular from the period of major change 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 to today's mainstays of pop culture. The story is populated with a cast of vivid and fascinating characters including Dell Williams, founder of the first feminist sex toy store, Eve’s Garden; Betty Dodson, who pioneered “Bodysex” workshops in the 1960s to help women discover vibrators and ran Good Vibrations, a sex toy store and vibrator museum; and Gosnell Duncan, a paraplegic engineer who invented the silicone dildo and lobbied Dodson and Williams to sell them in their stores. And these personal dramas are all set against a backdrop of changing American attitudes toward sexuality, feminism, LGBTQ issues, and more.

Both educational and titillating, Buzz will make readers think quite differently about those secret items hiding in bedside drawers across the nation.

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  • Susie Dumond

    The history of sex toys, written by the first person to earn a PhD in sex toy history. That's enough of a reason to check out Buzz! Lieberman has written a fantastic overview of sex toy history, espec...

  • Betty

    The first person to receive a PhD in the history of sex toys, Hallie Lieberman has written a fascinating book that tells you everything you wanted to know on the subject, and more. For example, did yo...

  • Mandy Weeks

    In the vein of Mary Roach's Bonk, a brilliant microhistory of the sex toy that ultimately tells the story of our changing sexual mores and evolving cultural values. Once only whispered about in clande...

  • Michael

    What a great and enjoyable book to read.The time line ran smoothly through the history of the toys. Each chapter had just enough to keep you interested.Even the cover had a fun feeling texture.Would r...

  • Cat

    Well, this was certainly an interesting read. The history was enlightening, I never would have guessed so much was illegal until so recently. Worth a read....

  • Eric Smith

    This book is a deeply researched and very well written history of sex toys in the United States from the 1960s to the present. Lieberman, who has a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, appears ...

  • Chels Patterson

    I find I am between two places after finishing this book. I enjoyed it and thought it was wonderful, at the same time I need to caveat of sex toys in America. And probably another disclaimer that it s...

  • Kdorman

    Alternately revelatory, enraging*, and hilarious Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy. takes its readers on a fascinating journey. Reading the long history of phallic devices, considering the ...

  • Kelsey

    Interesting and very well researched. Ending was abrupt and it could have been edited down a little. ...

  • Kristine

    Buzz by Hallie Lieberman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late October.The author Is an affirming, honest, fun, warm-blooded lass, who had also been a private contractor salesperson with Forbi...