Carol Queen

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.

Carol Queen
Carol Queen at 2006 Counter Pulse "Perverts Put Out!" event in San Francisco, California
Born1957 (age 6162)
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
  • Author
  • editor
  • sociologist
  • sexologist
  • film producer
  • commentator
EmployerGood Vibrations
Home townSan Francisco, California

Good Vibrations

Queen serves as staff sexologist to Good Vibrations, the San Francisco sex toy retailer.[1] 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[2] and The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. She contributed the piece "The Queer in Me" to the anthology Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out.[3]


The neologism absexual has also been introduced by Queen, although it was coined by her partner.[4] 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.[5] Betty Dodson defined the term as describing "folks who get off complaining about sex and trying to censor porn."[6] As of 2010 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.[7] Queen proposed inclusion of the concept in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5.[8] 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."[9]

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."[2] In 2007, Queen expressed the intention to revive the SHARP training, now referred to as SARP or Sexual Attitude Reassessment Process.'

Personal life

Queen is a Wiccan (Pagan).[10] She identifies as bisexual.[11]



  • 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)]


  • Carol Queen's Great Vibrations: An Explicit Guide to Vibrators, Blank Tapes, ~1997.

See also


  1. "Greetings from Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D". Barnaby Ltd. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  2. RM Lawrence, C Queen, Bisexuals Help Create the Standards for Safer Sex: San Francisco, 1981–1987, Journal of Bisexuality, 2000.
  3. "b i · a n y · o t h e r · n a m e".
  4. Stark, Christine (2004), "Resisting the sexual new world order: Girls to boyz: sex radical women, promoting prostitution, pornography, and sadomasochism", in Whisnant, Rebecca; Stark, Christine (eds.), Not for sale: feminists resisting prostitution and pornography, North Melbourne, Victoria: Spinifex Press, p. 280, ISBN 9781876756499, 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..." Preview.
  5. 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 ...
  6. An interview with the Mother of Masturbation, Betty Dodson by Diane Walsh of Xtra! in Vancouver. Monday, April 30, 2007
  7. 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.
  8. Brian Alexander (May 22, 2008). "What's 'normal' sex? Shrinks seek definition. Controversy erupts over creation of psychiatric rule book's new edition". MSNBC. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. 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.
  9. Hamamoto, Darrell Y. (2000), "The Joy Fuck Club: Prolegomenon to an Asian American Porno Practice", in Hamamoto, Darrell Y.; Liu, Sandra (eds.), Countervisions: Asian American film criticism, Asian American history and culture AK-Sg Series, Temple University Press, pp. 59–89 [78], 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.
  10. Sulak, John and V. Vale. (2001). Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual. Re/Search. ISBN 1-889307-10-6
  11. Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions - Naomi Tucker - Google Books. 1995-09-19. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
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