“A Woman’s Touch is a thriving woman-owned and operated sexuality boutique… [They] focus on women’s perspectives on sex and sensuality and [they are one of the] only stores that offers [a] unique combination of expertise in sexual health *and* pleasure… [Be] sure to check out Ask Dr. Myrtle and Ask the Sex Counselor for the answers you’ve always sought.”
“Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning opened the first Babeland store in 1993 in response to the lack of women-friendly sex shops in Seattle. The store offered top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all information and encouragement to women who wanted to explore their sexuality…”
“[The owners of Early to Bed] felt that by creating a sex-positive, women-oriented shop, more women would feel comfortable taking control of their sexual selves and finding new ways to experience pleasure with their partners and on their own. [Their] shop is staffed by people who take their sex toys seriously and are able to honestly answer questions about toys and sex in general. [They] help people from all walks of life find toys, books, accessories and information to help them have happier, healthier erotic lives.”
“Eve’s Garden [was] created to empower women to celebrate their sexuality as a positive, nourishing and creative force in their lives… Eve’s Garden seeks to erase the sense of shame and guilt experienced by countless women as a result of a society that historically condemns the sexual nature of women as sinful…”
“Good Vibrations is a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing access to sex-positive products and accurate sex information through [their] clean and comfortable stores, catalog and web site in order to enhance [their] customers’ sex lives and promote healthy attitudes about sex.”
“The Smitten Kitten’s incredibly diverse clients have learned to count on The Smitten Kitten to deliver hard-to-find, hand-crafted toys as well as the most cutting-edge information and resources… Expert Sex Educators are available for consultations both in-store and over the phone to make your purchasing decisions easier… The Smitten Kitten formed The Coalition Against Toxic toys to help combat the lack of accurate, honest information in the sex toy industry. The mission is to demystify the adult sex toy industry and positively transform socially irresponsible, environmentally and personally hazardous sex toy manufacturing and sex toy sales practices.”
HEALTH and EDUCATION
“The Transsexual Women’s Resources (TWR) web site was created in 1996. Its purpose is to empower transsexual women by providing factual information, informed opinion, and personal narratives.”
“Why focus on women with disabilities? Because: Experiences of exclusion, being devalued, of assumptions about incapacity, and the need for (often unwanted) help all intersect in a particularly powerful way for women with disabilities — all the more for women of color and/or lesbians who have disabilities. Looking at disability through the lens of a feminist, and at feminism from a disability perspective enriches both feminism and disability studies with fresh insights.”
Their vision: “We have a vision of a world where all women freely make their own decisions regarding their bodies, reproduction, and sexuality — a world where all women can fulfill their own unique potential and live healthy whole lives.” Their mission: “To achieve reproductive freedom, we provide abortion and reproductive health services and information, so women may determine their own destinies.”
“At Scarleteen, [they] discuss sexuality and sexual partnership from a vantage-point of sexual activity being optional, not required, and as something which is always best when anyone involved feels it is wanted and which they are well-prepared for emotionally, intellectually, interpersonally and in terms of their health. We want all of our users to have the information they need no matter what choices they make, and whether they use that information now or later… [They] don’t only educate for those having sex now, but for a lifetime of sexuality.”
A non-profit organization started by students in 1995 which evolved into a full fledged web site that contains a wealth of information on the following topics: A new look at sex, safer sex, books, events, sex toys, erotica, educational videos and matchmaking.
A great resource for teens who want to enter into sex positive discussions. They advocate the right for teenagers to ask for a complete and honest sex education from their parents and from their school. CPS “is about having a positive attitude towards sexuality — gay, straight,bisexual or whatever. It’s about saying “yes” to sex you do want, and “no” to sex you don’t.”
MENSTRUAL INFO and PRODUCTS
“Concerned about the environment and wanting to work from home to be with her young daughter, Brenda started GladRags in 1992. Inspired by her daughter’s soft cotton diapers, Brenda decided to design and market GladRags Cloth Menstrual Pads.”
“Lunapads International is a women-owned small business based in Vancouver, Canada. [Their] mission is to help women have healthier and more positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall. [Their] team is made up of a passionate group of gals who believe that using natural menstrual products is a creative and empowering way to honor and care for [themselves] and the planet.
“The Keeper is a natural gum rubber cup and The Keeper Mooncup is a medical grade silicone cup – both similar to the material that is used in baby bottle nipples – that is worn internally, holding (instead of absorbing) monthly menstrual flow and does not contain animal byproducts… Either cup can be worn safely through the night… It will not absorb or disrupt your natural vaginal moisture. It is environmentally friendly to the earth and to yourself…”
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