Sep
23

10% Tuesdays in October for Bradley Angle

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we will be donating 10% of all in-store sales on Tuesdays this month to Bradley Angle, an organization whose mission is to offer survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope, while collaborating with local communities to create social change.

In 1975, Bradley Angle became the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast (and only the 4th in the United States). Over the years, their services have expanded to include financial education, housing assistance, support groups, youth programs, and culturally responsive advocacy for LGBTQ, Black, and African American survivors of domestic violence.

Hear the powerful stories of survivors who have been helped by Bradley Angle in the video below.

Visit us on any Tuesday in October to help out this vital organization. Bradley Angle can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Aug
26

Beyond Monogamy

Thursday, November 29th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

A growing number of people are exploring alternatives to monogamy, through swinging, polyamory, and other types of open relationships. If you or someone you know are one of those people, this might be the workshop for you!

Whether you are curious about opening up, already enjoying polyamory and wanting to do it even better, or facing obstacles in your non-monogamous relationship, AJ will help walk you through the challenges and benefits of ethical non-monogamy. She will discuss different styles of open relationships, talk about how to deal with common issues such as jealousy, resentment, time management, miscommunication, and New Relationship Energy (NRE), and will offer tips on dating/meeting new people, navigating different relationship structures and hierarchies, and coming out poly.

In this interactive workshop, AJ will guide participants through exercises that help them negotiate agreements/boundaries, design their own ideal open relationships, and practice nonviolent communication for deeper, more fulfilling connections. There will also be the option to hear about real-life triumphs and tribulations of other non-mono people in addition to learning how to find and build community. This is a 2-hour class.

AJ (aka Amory Jane) is one of She Bop’s in-house sex educators. She graduated with a master’s degree from Lewis & Clark College, where she studied Sex Therapy and Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. She has facilitated multiple discussion groups and taught dozens of sex education workshops around Portland and the Midwest. She also moonlights as a relationship coach, working with polyamorous individuals and couples in open relationships. AJ is an active member of the Portland poly community.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Aug
26

Introduction to Rope Bondage

Wednesday, November 14th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

stella-harris-ropeDoes the idea of restraint turn you on? Do you want to learn the building blocks of rope bondage? In this class, Stella Harris will teach you basic safety along with the single column tie, double column tie, and a simple chest harness. With these fundamentals you will be able to improvise and create many different bondage positions and hot scenarios. You’ll also learn ways to use rope to build intimacy and connection while you’re tying, and tricks to help you build confidence as a beginner.

It’s ideal if you attend this class with a practice partner (please note that the $20 registration is per person), but folks who come alone may be able to pair off with other students, and most of these ties can also be practiced solo. Please bring rope if you have it, but some practice rope will be available. Absolute beginners are encouraged to attend!

Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. As a certified Intimacy Educator, she uses a variety of tools to guide and empower her clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations including the Portland Leather Alliance, the Portland Academy of Sex Ed, Sex Positive Portland, and more, and has spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, and Pacific University. Stella is widely published in print and online, from erotic fiction to educational and lifestyle pieces on sex and kink.

Stella hopes to build a world where everyone has the tools and confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Aug
26

Strap it to Me! Strap-on Sex for Everybody

Thursday, November 1st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Gretchen LeighBuckles and straps and dildos, oh my! Strapping it on can feel a little overwhelming at first. Luckily, strap-on sex is one of Gretchen’s favorite teaching topics!

Are you new to the world of strap-ons? Curious about pegging but not sure where to start? Looking to gain some extra cock-confidence while wearing a harness? In the market for a new strap-on but not sure which dildo would be the best choice? Join She Bop’s very own Gretchen Leigh as she walks you through the ins and outs of strap-on sex! This fun and informative class will cover pegging, how to choose a harness and dildo, packing/playing, penetration, positions for all body types and abilities, how to get more comfortable using your strap-on, and tips for adding a little extra fun for the wearer. Participants of all genders, orientations, size, abilities and experience are welcome.

Gretchen Leigh is a sex educator and strength coach, often found representing She Bop around town as a resident in-house and off-site educator. With her academic background in psychology and gender, and her passion for inclusive, comprehensive sex education, Gretchen uses playfulness, humor, experience, and compassion to tackle the topic of strap-on sex for everybody.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Aug
8

Wanted: Sex Toy Maven

We are seeking a highly energetic and professional individual to fill a full-time position as a sales associate and educator. She Bop is a female friendly sex toy boutique for every body specializing in body safe products and education. We offer a fun, safe, comfortable and sex-positive environment for people of all genders, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting and educating customers on the floor, ringing up customers, daily light cleaning, unpacking shipments and entering products into the POS system and website, answering the phone, assisting with after hours parties and classes, filling website orders, and twice yearly inventory.

We are hiring for 30-35 hours/week. Applicants must be available to work weekend hours and at both locations (North Portland and SE Portland). At least 2 years retail/customer service experience required. Previous sex toy sales experience or knowledge preferred. Sexuality education background/knowledge preferred. You must be 18 years or older to apply.

This position starts at $13/hour (after a training period of 3 months at $12/hour) or depending on experience. Some of the benefits She Bop offers staff include a Group Health Plan, a Simple IRA savings account with a 3% match and accrued paid time off.

If you are interested in joining our team please call 503-450-9901 and leave a message telling us why you think you would be a good fit for this position. You will only have 60 seconds so keep it brief and to the point. In addition, please email your resume to info@sheboptheshop.com – be sure to put your name and the word “RESUME” as the first thing in the subject line. Please try to keep resumes to one page. Thanks!

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Jul
31

Burlesque Basics for the Bedroom & Beyond with Eva D’Luscious

Sunday, October 21st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Eva D'LusciousLife sucking your sexy? Leave your inhibitions and self-doubt at the door and let your inner showgirl shine in this body positive burlesque class guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a wiggle in your walk!

Join high priestess of tease and ShowGirl Temple creatrix Eva D’Luscious to learn a sassy routine combining old time burlesque moves like bumps, grinds, shimmies and sassy struts with boa work and a glove peel. Through dance we’ll co-create a safe, welcoming space where we can release our inner showgirls to perform and cheer for each other. Class will end with a delicious stretch and sharing session.

Wear a sassy outfit you can easily move in and if you have them, bring long satin gloves, a boa, and dance heels/heels with ankle straps. Eva’s rule about heels is high enough to feel sexy, low enough to be safe, and bare feet are also sexy. A water bottle and a playful attitude are a must! Eva utilizes her lifelong dance and fitness training to connect you with your body and provide a solid foundation to move safely with confidence so you can dance through life, and get a surprisingly fun workout.

Eva D’Luscious is a Portland-based MC, burlesque performer, producer and instructor known for putting her students at ease and instigating a love of all things sparkly. A self-avowed dance, holistic living and fitness nerd on a mission to unite and uplift through joyful movement, she has supported many people in revealing their sparkly selves and welcomes beginners and experienced dancers to her classes.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Jul
31

Wet & Wild: G-spot and Squirting Orgasms

Stella HarrisWednesday, October 17th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Ancient societies called it Amrita, the nectar of the gods. Pop culture regularly debates whether it’s urine. Whichever camp you fall in, squirting is a hot topic.

In this class, Stella Harris will cover internal and external anatomy with special emphasis on what is commonly known as the G-spot — but is becoming better understood as the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex. She’ll talk about everything from sex toys to touch techniques you can try alone or with a partner to experience an internal orgasm, and ways you can increase your chances of squirting.

Just as essential as sexual skills, Stella will discuss how to become comfortable with your body and with your partner, and ways to talk about touch and exploration that will put everyone at ease.

Stella Harris is building a world where everyone has the confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame. As a certified Intimacy Educator, she uses a variety of tools to guide and empower her clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. Stella has presented at venues and conferences nationally including Catalyst Con, KinkFest Portland, COPE Ohio, and Seattle’s Center for Sex Positive Culture. She has also spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University.

Stella has been widely quoted in the media and she’s made guest appearances on numerous podcasts including Sex on the Brain and Playboy Radio. Her articles have appeared on Thought Catalog, Kinkly.com, and Fetish.com, and her fiction is included in more than a dozen anthologies.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Jul
31

Fellatio 2.0: An Oral Sex Upgrade!

Gretchen LeighSunday, October 7th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

You know the basics: your hand-mouth coordination is on point, you’ve timed your breathing to a T, and you have an A+ in anatomy. Now’s your chance to take things up a notch!

Join She Bop educator Gretchen Leigh as she takes you through the ins and outs and ups and downs of advanced fellatio. We’ll dive deep into deep throating, play with power dynamics (bondage, dirty talk, and CBT, anyone?), explore hot blow job techniques for non-traditional recipients including strap-ons, soft cocks, and enlarged clits, brush up on butt stuff, build ball-handling know-how, get creative with oral sex positions, and more!

Come one come all, fellatio aficionados and enthusiasts — this class is open to blow job givers and receivers of all genders and orientations. This class will include a live demo on a dildo; please feel free to bring a pen and paper if you’d like to take notes, or a toy from home if you’d like to practice as you learn!

Limited space available — sign up online!

Jul
26

10% Tuesdays in August for Bitch Media

Bitch: the Blue Issue10% Tuesdays for Bitch are back! Throughout the month of August, 10% of our sales on Tuesdays will go to the non-profit organization Bitch Media. Bitch’s mission is to encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

We are big fans of Bitch. They’re an invaluable voice in the feminist discourse. We constantly find ourselves wanting to signal boost the stuff they publish — like their account of dildo innovation, their history of American sex ed films, their interview with the author of Big Big Love, their sex worker series “The H-Word,” their interview with sex diary purveyor Arianne Cohen, and their BDSM series “Thinking Kink.”

But it’s not just their blog that’s amazing; their print magazine, which has been in circulation since 1996, is still going strong. Bitch also hosts awesome events, fosters a community lending library at their headquarters in NE Portland, and publishes an array of fun podcasts for your listening pleasure. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute tidbits!

Whether you are a long-time devotee or a newbie to this awesome magazine and non-profit organization, you can now be a supporter and get some fabulous sex toys to boot. Drop by She Bop or shop online on any Tuesday in August to support Bitch!

Jun
28

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Thursday, September 27th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Ev'Yan WhitneyExplore and celebrate your sexuality through the fun and sensual art of sexy self-portraiture. In this class, Ev’Yan Whitney — sexuality doula and sex writer on her blog sexloveliberation.com — will teach you all the tricks and tools you’ll need to take bomb sensual selfies — not just for your lover’s pleasure, but for your pleasure, for your gaze, as a way of acknowledging and expressing the erotic in you.

You can’t be what you can’t see, and sexy selfies can show you your sexual radiance through your own eyes.

In Sexting Myself, there will be a short, interactive lesson about sexy self-portraiture, then you’ll get to try your hand at a sexy selfie in a private, secluded area which Ev’Yan has prepped with props, lights, and a playlist to get you in the mood. Perfect for the seasoned the selfie-taker and selfie novices. All you’ll need is a smartphone that takes pictures.

Note: This class is for women- and femme-identifying folks only.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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