Joani Blank: Founded Down There Press

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Sex, Love and Intimacy episode 53: Joani Blank: A Girl and Her Toys

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Joani Blank is an entrepreneur, editor, writer, videographer, educator, and inventor in the field of sexuality.

She founded Down There Press, a publisher of sex-related books, in 1975. Later she opened Good Vibrations, the second woman-oriented sex toy business in the United States, in 1977. She was one of the first volunteers at San Francisco Sex Information and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Blank is also know for her inventions of the Butterfly Vibrator and Titattoos (now Intimate Art Tattoos).

Blank has one daughter, Amika, and three grandchildren. She currently lives in Oakland, California.