Dec
31

What We Bop: Stainless Steel

Pure Wand, Vesper, Pure Plugs, Crave Bullet, Chrome Ring Set

While most of the toys we carry at She Bop are made from silicone and ABS plastic, there are a number of other body-safe materials we have in the shop that pique the interest of our customers. One of those eye-catching materials is stainless steel — an ultra shiny, non-porous, and beautiful metal that has many benefits. In fact, stainless steel has a bit of a cult following among sex toy connoisseurs, in large part because of these advantages.

We previously highlighted silicone and glass and why each one excels as a sex toy material, and now it’s time to discuss steel. Here are our top reasons for loving stainless steel sex toys!

They’re artistic. Stainless steel sex toys are carefully crafted instruments of pleasure that also look like they could be valuable pieces of art. They are striking, creatively designed, and can be polished to a mirror shine that dazzles in the light. They also make impressive gifts — like these ultra-cool looking Stainless Steel Claws or the njoy toys, which come in their own satin-lined black boxes.

They’re compatible with all lubricants. Silicone-based, water-based, oil-based, hybrid — every type of lube is compatible with stainless steel! Stainless steel is non-porous and will not absorb lubricant, which makes for an effortless glide and means a just a few drops of lube will go a long way.

Temperature play! Much like glass, stainless steel holds temperatures very well, so there is the option of heating up and cooling down your favorite toys. To change the temperature of a steel toy, submerge it in a bowl of warm or cool water for about five minutes prior to use. You may also wrap your stainless steel toys in a hot towel to warm them to your liking. Just remember these safety tips: always test the toy’s temperature on your wrist before inserting, do not freeze, and never put your steel toys in the microwave or oven.

Perfect for G-spot and prostate stimulation. There is really nothing else quite like the weight and incredibly smooth glide of stainless steel. Steel toys offer frictionless penetration and movement, especially when lube is added, which means they are great for applying firm and consistent pressure to the G-spot and prostate. This feature explains why toys like the njoy Pure Wand have a reputation for body-melting orgasms, and even enabling people to squirt.

They’re heavy — and for some people that’s great! Stainless steel tends to be one of the heaviest sex toy materials around, which means it might not be the best fit for someone with wrist pain, arthritis, or weakness in their hands. But for those who prefer heavier toys, the heft of stainless steel can provide extra stimulation, and many fans of the material say that they like the feeling of fullness it provides.

For example, stainless steel butt plugs may stay in place better than butt plugs of other materials, even if someone is wearing one while walking around or during orgasm (and the feeling of muscles contracting around a warm, weighted steel plug may take orgasms to new heights).

Additionally, stainless steel dildos can work well for vaginal massage and for kegel exercises. Toys like the njoy Fun Wand may be inserted vaginally to help tone the PC muscles. Kegel exercises may be done by squeezing and releasing around each bulb of the Fun Wand, starting with the larger end of the toy and working up to the more challenging smaller end.  

They’re hygienic and easy to clean. There’s a reason stainless steel is used so often in hospitals and kitchens — it’s completely non-porous and can resist corrosion and rust with minimal care. This means that it is a breeze to clean! Simply wash steel toys with hand soap and warm water and dry with a clean cloth or towel. Do not use anything abrasive on steel and do not wash in the dishwasher (detergent and excessive humidity may corrode the metal). When drying and/or polishing, wipe in the directions of the polish lines for extra shine. Microfiber cloth tends to work especially well for drying and polishing.

They’ll be yours for life. If you love your stainless steel toys and follow the simple rules to clean and care for them, they will last a very long time. They are phthalate-free (like all the toys we carry) and will not fade or break down. Just store your steel toy in a padded bag (such as our locally-made Appetite bags) to protect it from bumps and scratches, and take care while washing, as it can get very slippery. Losing your grip may not harm the toy much itself, but the weight of the steel could put cracks in your sink or floor tiles if dropped!

While some may find the weight and polished look of stainless steel a bit surgical or intimidating, others love it exactly for those reasons, and all of the reasons above. While no sex toy material in the world is perfect for everyone, stainless steel can be an excellent investment if you are looking for a beautiful toy that is smooth, heavy, and lasts a lifetime.

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Dec
27

10% Tuesdays in January for In Other Words

In Other Words

Throughout the month of January, 10% of our proceeds made on Tuesdays will be donated to In Other Words, a non-profit, volunteer-run, feminist community center in NE Portland. Their mission is to support, enrich, and empower the feminist community through literature, art, and educational and cultural events.

In Other Words’ bookstore includes books on feminism, queer and transgender studies, sexuality, and activism/politics, as well as alternative children’s books that are not easily found at other bookstores. Their resource center offers information on topics such as health and wellness, therapy and counseling, sexual and reproductive help, transgender issues, LGBTQ support and advocacy, birth and parenting, education, housing, activism and social change, and places to contact in crisis situations.

In Other Words also supports local artists, craftspeople, musicians, performers, and writers by providing a venue for events and a space for selling art. They are one of the few spaces in Portland where artists and musicians can hold events for free and where people can attend all-ages events for low, sliding scale costs.

Most recently, In Other Words has created a free lending library, which enables everyone to find radical books in a space that is accessible to all economic demographics. Go sign up for a library card today, and come visit us on any Tuesday in January to support In Other Words!

In Other Words can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Dec
23

Show Your Period Some Love, featuring GladRags’ new XO Flo menstrual cup!

Sunday, February 19th, 2016 — 7:15 p.m. — FREE — She Bop Division

Join us at She Bop Division to learn all about GladRags’ new XO Flo menstrual cup as well as how to use reusable menstrual products for a more comfortable period. You’ll learn the ins and outs of menstrual cup insertion, why natural fabrics are the best choice for cloth pads, how to change your XO Flo in a public restroom, and much more! Bring your questions to be answered by the reusable experts.

XO Flo is a thoughtfully designed menstrual cup, crafted in response to the GladRags team’s years of experience helping others make the switch to menstrual cups. In other words, we’re super excited it’s finally here! Come help us celebrate with champagne, treats, discounts, and prizes.

This is an inclusive event. All menstruators and non-menstruators are invited.

This event is free — please RSVP on Facebook!

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Nov
30

She Bop’s Picks: Holiday Gifts

If you’re pondering what to get your significant other this holiday season, we have you covered! Here are our top picks this year for sexy holiday gift-giving and stocking-stuffing. Visit us in person or peruse our online store to snatch these up.

Don’t forget to check out our picks from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for even more ideas!

Mini Marvels

Mini Marvels

Searching for a rechargeable vibrator that doesn’t break the bank? The entire Mini Marvels collection offers brightly-colored silicone toys that are USB rechargeable, inexpensive, and oh so fun!

Each Marvel offers something a little different, like the adorable blue Eggciter and the tongue-shaped Flicker that give pinpoint stimulation, or the Bunny, which has two flexible ears that can surround the clitoris for maximum sensation. There is also the Marvelous Massager, which is a staff favorite for its brilliant shape and eye-catching color. The Massager is designed to fit snugly between fingers, making it easy to hold onto for solo play or to use with a partner. The Mini Marvels are also waterproof, which means they’re perfect for the bath or shower!

Sliquid Soul

Sliquid Soul

Love using coconut oil for massage and sensual use but not so into trying to scrape solid oil out of a big jar? Fortunately, Sliquid has created a product that is much more convenient for the bedroom! Sliquid Soul is a luxurious and long-lasting oil-based lubricant and moisturizer made with organic coconut oil and other natural seed oils (sunflower, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, almond, and apricot kernel oil). While it is not compatible with latex (like condoms or gloves), Sliquid Soul is great with most non-porous toys and works especially well for hand jobs and full body massage.

In Her Tube Tread Mark Slapper

In Her Tube Tread Mark Slapper

Looking for a locally-made holiday gift and/or a present for that special kinky someone? Well, the Tread Mark Slapper from In Her Tube is both locally-made and deliciously mean! Made with 100% recycled rubber, it is easy to clean and leaves quite an impact despite its compact size (9” long handle and a 6 ½” double slapper). A perfect addition to any toy bag or dungeon!

The BJ

The BJ

If you’re looking for a toy that has people talking, or just a unique pleasure experience, The BJ is that and more! Designed specifically for blow jobs, this silicone dildo allows the wearer to feel suction whenever a giver sucks on the head. Fun! Handmade by #1 Laboratory, this hollow yet sturdy dildo is great for harness wearers and anyone else who loves BJs. Comes in three realistic skin tones plus teal!

She Bop Sampler Gift Pack

She Bop Sampler Gift Pack

Everyone loves sampler packs! We create these She Bop sampler packs each holiday, and this year our pack includes a three-speed Power Bullet vibe, back-up batteries, a She Bop button and sticker, three lube samples (Uberlube, Sliquid H2O, and Sutil), and one condom (Trustex Non-Lubricated). At $19, it’s an inexpensive way to try some new things and see what you like (and it’s the perfect stocking stuffer size).

The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo

The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo

The Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo is an award-winning toy created for both solo and partner use. Unlike other couples’ toys that are usually designed to be inserted vaginally (such as We-Vibe Sync), The Pulse II Duo is designed for penises – and can be used flaccid or erect! Its innovative conch-like shape and included remote allows the Pulse II Duo to be used hands-free. A partner can also straddle atop the toy and enjoy the deep and rumbly vibrations that come from the toy’s patented PulsePlate™ technology.

Oh Joy, Sex Toy: Volume Three

Oh Joy, Sex Toy: Volume Three

After another successful Kickstarter, Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan have come out with Oh Joy, Sex Toy: Volume Three just in time for the holidays! This 312-page book is a must-have for fans of Oh Joy Sex Toy, but also makes a great gift for cartoon and comic lovers as well as sex geeks. Educational and funny — and with comics about everything from queer porn, to HPV, to foreskin — this volume may very well be the best one yet!

Switch Leather Ramona Harness

Switch Leather Ramona Harness

Another locally-made product that receives high praise from Team Bop is the Ramona Harness by Switch Leather. All of Switch’s harnesses are gorgeous, and handmade with very high-quality leather and shiny hardware that looks (and feels) fantastic. But Ramona’s smooth back panel, which offers extra support and acts as a driver pad, make this harness the pick of the year. Available in three sizes and two colors (black with stainless nickel-plated hardware or brown with brass hardware), Ramona is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to fall in love with their harness or give a gift that will be loved for years to come.

The Joys of Toys! Class at She Bop on December 14th

The Joys of Toys! Class at She Bop on December 14th

Looking back over the past six years of holiday picks, we realized that we had never suggested a class as one of our gift ideas. However, we think knowledge is one of the best gifts you can give, so this year we recommend embarking on an evening of entertaining sex education! The Joys of Toys! on Wednesday, December 14th is taught by She Bop in-house educator Gretchen, and would make for a super fun outing that goes beyond dinner and cocktails. Come learn about where sex toys originated, how they have evolved, and what’s new on the scene, as well as learning all about lubricant, vibrators, anal toys, BDSM toys, and more! BONUS: class attendees get 10% off their purchases in She Bop the night of the Joys of Toys class!

Nov
30

Rope Bondage 201

Sunday, January 29th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

stella-harris-ropeYou’ve taken the Introduction to Rope Bondage class and/or you’ve already learned the single column tie, double column tie, and basic chest harness. So, now what? It’s time to level up! In this 201 rope class Stella will show you how to put those ties together to create positions such as the hogtie and shrimp tie, and other positions that can be used for kink and sex. We’ll also dive deeper into rope handling, building intimacy and connection, and how to create a full scene with rope. We’ll demo these positions and techniques and give you time to practice them yourself.

Since these ties are more complex and intimate, you’ll get the most out of this class if you attend 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. Please bring rope if you have it, but some practice rope will be available. Also, please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket because we’ll be on the floor for this class.

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!

Nov
27

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Wednesday, February 22nd — 7:30 p.m. — $20

AJ (aka Amory Jane)Are you interested in anal pleasure but not sure where to get started? Already tried anal play but wanting to learn some fun tricks and techniques? Whether you’re brand new to the wonderful world of anal or already have some backdoor experience, this class is sure to teach you something new!

In this educational and humorous workshop, AJ will confront taboos, go over anal anatomy, prostate, and the G-spot, discuss anal penetration for beginners, and show great positions for anal sex. She’ll also cover safety and hygiene and give you the inside scoop on all the best lubes and anal toys! This class is open to all genders and sexual appetites.

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 sex-positive relationship coach.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Nov
27

The Joys of Toys!

Thursday, February 9th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Join She Bop’s very own Gretchen for an evening of education and fun. Ever wandered around a sex toy shop and wondered “what the heck is that?” Never fear, Gretchen will answer those burning (in a good way) questions and then some!

In this class you will learn how sex toys originated and have advanced throughout history. Gretchen will explain the different types of toys, what they are used for and what they are made from, including vibrators, dildos, kegel exercisers, anal toys, toys for BDSM and more. Of course, don’t forget one of the most important things of all… yes, that would be lube! Gretchen will go over the different types of lube, as well as the ingredients to be aware of when selecting the best product for you. She will also address how to clean and store your toys so that you can enjoy them for as long as possible.

Additionally, Gretchen will give pointers on how to select a toy or gift for someone else — just in time for your Valentine’s Day shopping!

As a special bonus, class attendees get 10% off their purchases in She Bop the night of the Joys of Toys class!

This workshop is open to all genders and sexual appetites!

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Nov
27

Modern Dating: A Safe, Practical, and Fun Approach

Sunday, February 5th — 7:30 pm — $15

Stella HarrisMaybe you’re getting back into the dating game after a long break, or maybe dating has always seemed tricky — either way, this class will give you the knowledge and tools to dive in!

These days, everyone has heard of online dating, even if they’ve never tried it. For a variety of reasons, online dating sites are increasingly the way people meet each other. With everyone working more and more, meeting people the old fashioned way, through friends or social gatherings, isn’t always practical.

So what are the considerations when meeting someone online? We’ll talk about how to write a compelling profile and present yourself in a flattering (and honest!) way, as well as ways to stay safe when meeting someone for the first (or second, or third) time. You’ll also learn current information about STIs, ways to protect yourself, and communication skills for bringing up the conversation with potential partners.

This class will also include a brief overview of different relationship styles, such as open relationships, polyamory, and swinging, so that you can have the information you need to decide what you’re looking for, and you’ll know what other people mean if they say that’s what they’re into. By the end of this class there will be nothing stopping you from creating an awesome profile and going out to meet new people!

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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Nov
15

Swinging & Threesomes & Orgies, Oh My!

Amory JaneThursday, January 26th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Join sex educator and HUMP! 2015 Film Festival winner, Amory Jane, for a class on partner swapping, sex parties, threesomes, foursomes, and moresomes!

Are you excited about making your group sex fantasies come true but don’t know where to start? Do you and your partner want to try swinging or having a threesome together but are worried about how it may affect your relationship? Well, start learning how to make your fantasies a smart and safe reality with this workshop!

Amory Jane will talk about the differences between swinging, orgies, and threeways (and their unique benefits and considerations), give pointers on how to pick play partners wisely, and will cover important group sex etiquette. She will lead participants through exercises in communication and negotiating boundaries and ground rules, and she’ll also discuss jealousy and other emotions that may arise.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Nov
15

Mapping the Vulva: Anatomy, Communication, Touch, & Pleasure

Sunday, January 15th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Stella HarrisThere is so much confusion surrounding vulvas that it’s become a pop-culture joke, from Orange is the New Black to Gay Men Draw Vaginas — where even the title is inaccurate. Unfortunately, the joke is on us. With vulvas being a place of mystery (and worse, a source of shame), our ability to receive pleasure from this area of the body can be extremely diminished. This class will dispel misinformation and teach you all about the vulva — from anatomy to styles of touch. In addition to the external genitalia, we’ll also discuss the vagina, the G-spot, and the underlying anatomical structures.

With a focus on intimacy and connection, this class will cover styles of communication that will set both the giver and the receiver of touch at ease and give you tools to communicate your desires. There is a whole world of pleasure available if giver and receiver are willing to learn how to relax, open up, to touch and receive touch.

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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