Usually ships next business day
Shipping options »
List Price $16.95

In Stock
Order

Buzz

Buzz

"From medicine to feminism to law, Buzz shows how the history of the sex toy has completely changed the world in ways we may not even realize. With this book as the product of her PhD dissertation, Hallie Lieberman compiles stories so rarely told that I doubt any other historian knows them with the same expertise. I picked up this book warily, fully prepared for some sort of nonsense. I came away with new heroes and greater understandings. I laughed, I cried; how many academic texts can you say that about?"

Audrey S.

See all my recommendations »

Author Hallie Lieberman
Publisher
Publication Date 2019-03-12
Section Women's Studies / All Staff Suggestions / Non-Fiction Suggestions / Audrey S.
Type New
Format
ISBN 9781643130378

Once only whispered about in clandestine corners, vibrators have become just another accessory for the suburban soccer mom. 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 provides a riveting history that tells the story of sex toys from ancient phalluses to 21st century vibrating rabbits. She 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.Both educational and titillating, Buzz will make readers think quite differently about those secret items hiding in bedside drawers across the nation.

There are no customer reviews for this item yet.

Leave a Review

Our Frequent Buyer Card

Members of our Frequent Buyer Program receive benefits at Harvard Book Store and harvard.com. Sign up for free!

Learn More »

Signed by the Author

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

Learn More »

Shipping & Delivery

Shipping rates
and options, locally
and throughout
the U.S.

Learn More »