Episode 3

Published on:

13th Jun 2024

Eve’s Garden & Good Vibrations

For as long as feminist sex toy stores have existed, they’ve carried the Magic Wand. This episode honors two trailblazers who founded feminist sex shops in the 1970s, Dell Williams (Eve’s Garden in New York City) and Joani Blank (Good Vibrations in San Francisco), and discusses the Magic Wand’s pride of place in feminist sex shops to this day.

Guests this episode:

  • Author & professor of gender & sexuality studies Lynn Comella (she/her)
  • Sex toy historian & author Hallie Lieberman (she/her)
  • Good Vibrations staff sexologist & Antique Vibrator Museum curator Dr. Carol Queen (she/they)
  • Come As You Are worker-owner Jack Lamon (he/him)
  • Blogger & pleasure educator Carly S (she/they)
  • Education director for Good Vibrations & Babeland Andy Duran (he/him)

Making Magic is hosted and created by Kate Sloan, edited and co-produced by Jamie Pityinger, and made possible by the generous support of Vibratex. Our podcast art is by Addison Finch.

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About the Podcast

Making Magic
How the Magic Wand Became the World's Most Famous Vibrator
Arguably the most famous vibrator, Magic Wand has improved the sex lives of millions of people over the past 56 years. More importantly, it has shaped how we think about, talk about, and depict sex more broadly in society. Making Magic, a limited audio series, examines the legacy of Magic Wand and its significant impact on society's acceptance of pleasure. The series connects listeners to the stories of people whose lives have been changed by this vibrator. Magic Wand's illustrious history is told by sex writer and podcaster Kate Sloan and features over 30 sex and relationship experts such as Dr. Carol Queen, Stoya, Zoe Ligon, Hallie Lieberman, Dr. Laurie Mintz, Alice Lovegood, Tristan Taormino, Elle Chase, Tina Horn, Lorrae Bradbury, Danarama, Sexsmith Sinclair, and more.

About your host

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Kate Sloan

Kate Sloan is a writer and podcaster specializing in sex and kink. She is the author of 101 Kinky Things Even You Can Do, which Men’s Health named the “best BDSM book," and 200 Words to Help You Talk About Sexuality & Gender. In addition to creating and hosting Making Magic, she also cohosts the AVN Award-nominated sex podcast The Dildorks, and the game show podcast Question Box. Her writing has appeared in GQ, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Glamour, The Cut, MEL Magazine, and more.