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Carol Queen is a sociologist, cultural sexologist and co- founder of the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco.

Carol Queen, PhD is a sociologist, cultural sexologist and co- founder of the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco. She is a noted erotic writer and essayist whose work has appeared in dozens of anthologies. She's written four books: the essay collection Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture; erotic novel The Leather Daddy and the Femme; Exhibitionism for the Shy, which explores issues of erotic self-esteem and enhancement; and most recently (with Shar Rednour) The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. She's also edited several volumes of erotica and essays and has appeared in a number of explicit educational videos, notably Bend Over Boyfriend: An Adventurous Couple's Guide to Male Anal Pleasure.

Carol works as staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex shop, where she has worked since 1990. She has been speaking publicly about diverse sexualities for over 40 years. Her perspective incorporates accurate sex information as well as informed cultural commentary. She has addressed many conferences, including the International Condom Conference, the International Conference on Prostitution, and the International Conference on Pornography; she frequently addresses college as well as general and specialized audiences. In February 2009 she debated the question of promiscuity ("Virtue or vice?") for the Oxford Union at Oxford University, England.

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