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Spring Awakening

Sorry folks, removed the video because of the automatic play–you can go here to watch it.
I saw the musical Spring Awakening last weekend. Jos also saw it, so we’re both going to share our thoughts in this post.
From Miriam:
Growing up I was a big fan of musical theatre, and saw pretty much every Off-Broadway production that came through my town. Since then I haven’t seen one in a few years, but I was excited to catch Spring Awakening when it came through DC. This new musical has been getting all sorts of attention and praise, including 8 TONY awards. You get a sneak peek in the video above, but it’s pretty spectacular. Innovative music ...

Sorry folks, removed the video because of the automatic play–you can go here to watch it.
I saw the musical Spring Awakening last weekend. Jos also saw it, so we’re both going to share ...

Feminist Sex Shop Guest Review: Hysteria in Denver, CO

I couldn’t visit this shop in Denver myself, so I asked Shanna Katz, author of the blog Sexuality Happens to do a guest review.
Thanks Shanna!

Hysteria has been a bastion of sex positive culture in Denver for almost four years now. Having opened its doors in April 2005, it is the only store in the state of Colorado that sells only body healthy items (all toys are phthalate free, and they actually care about the materials, where/how the items are made, etc, and of course don’t carry body harming products such has Anal Eze or vaginal shrinking cream). Hysteria’s official owners are Elizabeth Hauptman and Pete Yribia, but all the current store business is conducted ...

I couldn’t visit this shop in Denver myself, so I asked Shanna Katz, author of the blog Sexuality Happens to do a guest review.
Thanks Shanna!

Hysteria has been a bastion of sex ...

Feminist Sex Shop Review: Early to Bed


This weekend I was excited to be in Chicago because I’ve been wanting to check out the feminist sex shop so many of you raved about: Early to Bed.
Early to Bed was founded in 2001 by owner Searah, who was frustrated with the traditional sex shop options.
I made my way to ETB via public transportation, excited to see that it was super accessible. The store front is discreet enough that I walked right by it on the first shot, but not totally hidden. The glass store front sports a large decal/painting of a blue bed with the tagline “intimate apparel.”
The stock is pretty standard feminist sex shop fare. Lube, condoms, some gag gifts (but ...


This weekend I was excited to be in Chicago because I’ve been wanting to check out the feminist sex shop so many of you raved about: Early to Bed.
Early to Bed was founded ...

Reviews from the road: Couchsurfing

This will be my last review from the road, as sadly, the road trip is over! Thanks again to everyone who posted suggestions of places to visit and sent me emails.
This review is not of a place, but a website and online community, Couchsurfing. From their website:

CouchSurfing is a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit.

This trip was my first time ever trying Couchsurfing–I had never even heard of it. My travel companion had tried it though, so I trusted her judgment. Basically you set up an online profile on the site with information about yourself, and the idea is that the members will offer their homes (and couches) to surfers when ...

This will be my last review from the road, as sadly, the road trip is over! Thanks again to everyone who posted suggestions of places to visit and sent me emails.
This review is not of a ...

Reviews from the road: Aphrodite’s Toy Box, Atlanta GA

In one of my original posts about feminist sex shops, a few of you mentioned Aphrodite’s Toy Box (ATB) in Atlanta. I was intrigued by it when I went to the website, which had a very distinct feel from the other feminist sex shops I have visited. I made the trek to Aphrodite’s when I was in Atlanta for my road trip, and it was definitely an experience.
I don’t say trek casually, as it was really a hike to find ATB. This may be more about Atlanta than the store itself, but I have to give it a low score on the accessibility front. Wanting to avoid driving since we were spending most of our time doing ...

In one of my original posts about feminist sex shops, a few of you mentioned Aphrodite’s Toy Box (ATB) in Atlanta. I was intrigued by it when I went to the website, which had a ...

Reviews from the road: Charis Books, Atlanta GA

I visited Charis Books in Atlanta Georgia, at the suggestion of many of you readers. It’s located in the Little Five Points Neighborhood, which is a cute area with big old houses and windy tree-lined streets. The little downtown area has a Berkeley feel to it, with thrift stores and coffee shops. Charis Books has it’s own building, painted light purple in true 1970’s feminist fashion. Charis self-identifies as an independent feminist bookstore and you definitely get that sense from spending some time there.
Not surprisingly, I loved the store. I was immediately drawn to the displays in the front, with new books, including a section dedicated to new lesbian fiction. I knew I would like the place when ...

I visited Charis Books in Atlanta Georgia, at the suggestion of many of you readers. It’s located in the Little Five Points Neighborhood, which is a cute area with big old houses and windy tree-lined streets. ...

Reviews from the road: Vavavooom in Asheville, NC

As you all know I’m on a road trip through the South these few weeks. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions about places to visit–I’m psyched to check them out. To share things will all of you from my trip I’m going to do some reviews from the road. Mostly sex shops (to continue on with the previous series) but also other cool places I discover along the way.

Our first stop was Asheville, North Carolina. We wandered into Vavavooom, a woman-owned lingerie and sex toy shop. The large window display on a main downtown Asheville street lured me in and the shop did not disappoint. As Lisa Ziemer, co-owner of the store admits, “it’s ...

As you all know I’m on a road trip through the South these few weeks. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions about places to visit–I’m psyched to check them out. To share things will all ...

Feminist Sex Shop Review: Sugar

So, you all know about my penchant for feminist sex shops. I’ve already written about my love for Babeland and Smitten Kitten, and you all shared your favorite stores around the country.
I’m so into these places that I’ve decided to try and visit as many of them as I can (anyone want to help me finance this?) and then review the stores for all of you. Call it a Feminist Sex Shop review if you will.

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Baltimore’s only feminist sex shop, Sugar. If their mission doesn’t make you want to shop there, maybe this review will. Living in Washington DC (as I do) this is the ...

So, you all know about my penchant for feminist sex shops. I’ve already written about my love for Babeland and Smitten Kitten, and you all shared your favorite stores around the country.
I’m so ...

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