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Carol Queen at 2006 Counter Pulse "Perverts Put Out" event in San Francisco, California
|Occupation||Author, editor, sociologist and sexologist|
|Home town||San Francisco, California|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence|
Carol Queen is an American author, editor, sociologist and sexologist active in the sex-positive feminism movement. Queen has written on human sexuality in books such as Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture. She has written a sex tutorial, Exhibitionism for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up and Talk Hot, as well as erotica, such as the novel The Leather Daddy and the Femme. Queen has produced adult movies, events, workshops and lectures. Queen was featured as an instructor and star in both installments of the Bend Over Boyfriend series about female-to-male anal sex, or pegging. She has also served as editor for compilations and anthologies. She is a sex-positive sex educator in the United States.
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In 1975, Queen helped to found GAYouth, one of the first United States youth organizations for gays and lesbians, in Eugene, Oregon, where she was studying Sociology. When University leadership demanded the names of all GAYouth members, the organization was soon dismantled so as to not compromise the privacy of its members.
Queen moved to San Francisco in the late 1980s to obtain a degree in sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She became a safer sex advocate in 1986 in Eugene Oregon at the Willamette AIDS Council.
Queen, together with her partner Robert Morgan Lawrence are the co-founders of the 501(c)3 education San Francisco based non-profit Center for Sex and Culture. The mission of the CSC is to "provide non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations by means of classes, workshops, social gatherings, and hands-on, practical skills-building events". The CSC was formed as a nascent non-profit in 1994 on the suggestion of Dr. Betty Dodson. It was formed in order to establish a large non-profit research library and archive a collection of sexually-related materials for research and public resource, in order to provide a place for sex educators to work.
Queen identifies as a bisexual.
Queen began her higher education in 1974 at the age of 16 at the University of Oregon Honors College. She graduated Cum Laude from the Sociology department of University of Oregon (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1985. She has a degree from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 1998.
Work at Good Vibrations
Queen serves as staff sexologist to Good Vibrations, the San Francisco sex toy retailer. In this function, she designed an education program which has trained many other current and past Good Vibrations-based sex educators, including Violet Blue, Charlie Glickman and Staci Haines. She is currently still working for GV as The Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer.
Queen is known as a professional editor, writer and commentator of works such as Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, Pomosexuals, and Exhibitionism for the Shy. She has written for juried journals and compendiums such as The Journal of Bisexuality and The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. She is currently in over 70 anthologies. (See discussion for list of removed titles.)
The neologism absexual has also been introduced by Queen, although it was coined by her partner. Based on its prefix ab- (as in "abhor" or in "abreaction"), it represents a form of sexuality where someone is stimulated by moving away from sexuality or is moralistically opposed to sex. Betty Dodson defined the term as describing "folks who get off complaining about sex and trying to censor porn." As of 2010[update] absexuality is not an "official" psychiatric term; though note the mention of absexuality in a psychiatric manual in 1988, a decade before Carol Queen popularized the concept in feminist circles. Queen has proposed inclusion of the concept in the American Psychiatric Association's forthcoming DSM-5 (scheduled for publication in 2013). Darrell Hamamoto sees Queen's view of absexuality as playfully broad: "the current 'absexuality' embraced by many progressive and conservative critics of pornographic literature is itself a kind of 'kink' stemming from a compulsive need to impose their own sexual mores upon those whom they self-righteously condemn as benighted reprobates."
Development of SHARP
In 2000, Queen together with her partner Robert Morgan Lawrence published a jointly written essay in the Journal of Bisexuality detailing the role of San Francisco bisexuals in the development of safe sex strategies in response to the emerging AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Queen detailed her and Lawrence's development of a safe sex version of the SAR or Sexual Attitude Reassessment training, which they termed Sexual Health Attitude Restructuring Process or SHARP. Originally a program started by the IASHS, SHARP is described as a combination of "lectures, films, videos, slides, and personal sharing", as well as "massage techniques, condom relay races, a blindfolded ritual known as the Sensorium which emphasized transformation and sensate focus, and much more." In 2007, Queen expressed the intention to revive the SHARP training, now referred to as SARP or Sexual Attitude Reassessment Process.'
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- Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture (Cleis Press, 1997) ISBN 1-57344-073-6 - reissued 2002 with new introduction and updated Recommended Reading list.
- Exhibitionism for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up and Talk Hot (Down There Press, 1995; Quality Paperback Book Club Edition, 1997) ISBN 0-940208-16-4 - excerpted in the German book Dirty Talking (Schwarzkopf und Schwarzkopf, 2002); also translated into Chinese (Hsin-Lin Books, 2003)
- The Leather Daddy and the Femme (Cleis Press, 1998) ISBN 0-940208-31-8
- More 5 Minute Erotica, (Running Press, 2007)
- Whipped: 20 Erotic Stories of Female Dominance (Chamberlain Bros., 2005) ISBN 1-59609-046-4
- Best Bisexual Erotica (Best of Series Vol. 1), with Bill Brent (Circlet Press, 2003) ISBN 1-885865-47-3
- 5 Minute Erotica (Running Press, 2003) ISBN 0-7624-1560-6
- Speaking Parts: Provocative Lesbian Erotica, with M. Christian (Alyson Books, 2002) ISBN 1-55583-700-X
- Best Bisexual Erotica Vol. 2, with Bill Brent (Circlet/Black Books, 2001) ISBN 1-892723-10-7
- Best Bisexual Erotica, with Bill Brent (Circlet/Black Books, 2000) ISBN 0-7394-1209-4
- Sex Spoken Here: Stories from the Good Vibrations Erotic Reading Circle, with Jack R. Davis (Down There Press, 1998) ISBN 0-940208-19-9
- PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality, with Lawrence Schimel (Cleis Press, 1997) ISBN 1-57344-074-4 - winner of a 1998 Lambda Literary Award
- Switch Hitters: Lesbians Write Gay Male Erotica and Gay Men Write Lesbian Erotica, with Lawrence Schimel (Cleis Press, 1996) ISBN 1-57344-021-3 [partially reprinted with new material in German under the title Sexperimente (Querverlag, 1999)]
- Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions - Naomi Tucker - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1995-09-19. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Greetings from Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D". goodvibes.com. Barnaby Ltd. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- RM Lawrence, C Queen, Bisexuals Help Create the Standards for Safer Sex: San Francisco, 1981-1987, Journal of Bisexuality, 2000.
- Rebecca Whisnant and Christine Stark (2004). Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography. Spinifex Press. ISBN 978-1-876756-49-9. "She even goes so far as to suggest that feminists opposed to pornography and prostitution are 'absexual' (a term made up by her physician husband ... Queen says, 'The crusading absexuals are fundamentally nonconsensual, for their goal is to impose their ..."
- Annie Sprinkle (2005). Dr. Sprinkle's spectacular sex. Penguin Books. ISBN 1-58542-412-9. "Cultural sexologist Carol Queen invented the term absexual for people ..."
- An interview with the Mother of Masturbation, Betty Dodson by Diane Walsh of Xtra! in Vancouver. Monday, April 30, 2007
- Rawlins, Ruth Parmelee; Patricia Evans Heacock (1988). Clinical manual of psychiatric nursing. St Louis: Mosby. p. 509. ISBN 978-0-8016-4096-4. Retrieved 2010-06-10. "Consider that sexual practices the client sees as absexuality normal or disapproved of by the interviewer are often not volunteered."
- Brian Alexander (May 22, 2008). "What's ‘normal’ sex? Shrinks seek definition. Controversy erupts over creation of psychiatric rule book's new edition". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-06-06. "She also proposes an addition, a diagnosis of “absexual” (“ab” meaning “away from”). This would include those who appear to be “turned on by fulminating against it.” Examples could include state governors who crusade against prostitution even while paying hookers for sex, and religious leaders who wind up trying to explain engaging in the sex acts they preach against."
- Hamamoto, Darrell Y. (2000), "The Joy Fuck Club: Prolegomenon to an Asian American Porno Practice", in Hamamoto, Darrell Y.; Liu, Sandra, Countervisions: Asian American film criticism, Asian American history and culture AK-Sg Series, Temple University Press, pp. 59–89 , ISBN 978-1-56639-776-6, "Queen jokingly argues that the current 'absexuality' embraced by many progressive and conservative critics of pornographic literature is itself a kind of 'kink' stemming from a compulsive need to impose their own sexual mores upon those whom they self-righteously condemn as benighted reprobates."
- Sulak, John and V. Vale. (2001). Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual. Re/Search. ISBN 1-889307-10-6
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