Sexless in the City

Sometimes reading romance novels doesn’t quite prepare you for a love life...

For this 30-year-old urbanite, love is always a misadventure: The Harvard Lickwit, Hippie the Groper, the 5% Man, and the Ad Weasel. These and many other men wander in and out of her life — but never her bed.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


A gem from today’s job search:
Marketing Assistant, Good Vibrations
Enterprises/Good Vibrations is a worker-owned, women-owned cooperative providing access to accurate sex information and sex toys, books and videos through its retail, call center and website, to promote healthy attitudes about sex.

Good Vibrations/Open Enterprises is seeking a regular full-time Marketing Assistant to assist the Marketing department with any and all marketing department tasks. This position reports directly to the Marketing Manager with a wage range of $13.00 - $15.00 per hour.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned as required):
  • Develop & Manage list database(s) for party invitations, holiday cards, and marketing vendors
  • Maintain department files including sales promotion fact sheets, collateral samples, and photo library, as needed.
  • Copy & distribute promotional materials to stores, including discount coupons promotional flyers/postcards, signage, shopping guides, sales promotion fact sheets, etc., as directed by marketing coordinator and/or Marketing Manager
  • Monitor GV Marketing web content (press, events, sales promotions) for accuracy and timeliness.
  • Copy and distribute press materials, including press kits, press releases, quarterly editorial coverage clip books, B-Roll, etc., as directed by Marketing Manager and/or publicists.
  • Provide departmental administrative support, such as envelope stuffing/mailings, arrangement of courier services, making photocopies, securing printing services and product shipping, etc.
Job Requirements:

  • Comfort with sexuality essential
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Passion to learn marketing [Anna says, yes, that’s p-p-p-p-passion!]
  • “Can do” attitude
Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have excellent office skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • College educated; or one (1) year related work experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Computer Skills:
Proficient in spreadsheet, word processing, and database office software, use of e-mail, Internet browsing and search, and data entry.

Deadline: January 7, 2005
...OK, maybe not. But man would it be a hoot to apply! On some level it is soooo tempting just to see what on earth the interview would be like. I’m almost having happy Harlequin flashbacks ... Can I chalk it up to blog research? Would it be good job-search practice? Ah, the dilemma, the dilemma ... this is almost worse than anguishing over Tom Jones!

Just imagine the conversation with the grandparentals: “Grandma, I’m moving to San Francisco. Why? Because I got work at a sex shop!!” Then again, I wouldn’t want the blame for premature heart-attack. On the other hand, my pot-smoking, surfer uncle (who just made me a very nice pre-dinner coke-n-whiskey) says, “Hey, it’s a job.”

Ethics patrol, where are you? Surely someone in my readership can provide a note of gravity here ... or is that one issue GV strives to address? ;)