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She Bop is dedicated to promoting and supporting organizations focusing on healthy and safe sexuality, women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, as well as other organizations and non-profits. This support comes through coordinating fundraisers and events to benefit a variety of worthy causes. Throughout the year, She Bop runs 10% Tuesdays fundraisers to support local non-profits.

Our staff regularly teach off-site sex education workshops to college students, LGBTQ youth, and local support groups. Additionally, She Bop sponsors sexy storytelling event Mystery Box Show, roller derby league Rose City Rollers, indie porn film festival HUMP!, and the always stunning shows of Rue Royale Burlesque.

She Bop has also donated countless gift certificates and sex toys to a variety of organizations for special events and fundraisers.


Feb
25

Dispatches from Catalyst coming right up!

CatalystCon 2013

In less than 20 days, two of us will be on a plane headed to Washington D.C. to attend CatalystCon! To say that we’re excited would be an understatement. But what is Catalyst, you ask? Well:

CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity.

This is a conference meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate . . . The fundamental principle of CatalystCon is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting changing conversations.

Basically, our dream come true. We went to a similar conference last year and had an amazing time. It’s always fun to meet up with industry friends and attend thought-provoking workshops. It gives us great new ideas and helps us remember why we do what we do!

So, from March 14th through 17th, with smartphones grasped firmly in hand, we’ll be tweeting and posting on Facebook to give you a taste of the conference. With two of us there, we’ll be able to cover more ground, effectively attending 2x the workshops (although we’ll probably both go to the “Toxic Toys” session!). One of us will also be attending Tristan Taormino‘s Sex Educator Boot Camp.

The conference’s official hashtag is #ccon, which you can follow for tweets from all attendees.

We can’t wait to share our trip with you, and to bring back more knowledge to serve our customers even better!

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Feb
6

Valentine’s Day combo: sex toys and flowers!

She Bop loves to support our fellow Mississippi businesses, and we’ve always loved the stunning bouquets made by Emerald Petals. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought, what better combo than sex toys and flowers!?

Now through Valentine’s Day, if you spend $25 or more at She Bop, you can get 15% off your purchase at Emerald Petals! Or, if you spend $25 or more at Emerald Petals, you can get 15% off your purchase at She Bop. It’s a win-win!

All you’ll need is your receipt showing your purchase at She Bop/Emerald Petals between February 7th and February 14th.

Need some help deciding what to get? Emerald Petals’ website, Facebook, and blog are full of gorgeous bouquets to inspire you, and check out our top toy recommendations for Valentine’s Day.

Jan
10

She Bop and staff in the news!

Our corner sign, photo by the Redhead Bedhead!We have some fun snippets of news to share with everyone! We’ve been mentioned on a couple websites recently, and our staff has been busy publishing some awesome (and informative!) articles that we think you should check out.

At the end of December, a blogger named the Redhead Bedhead visited us and wrote a little something about her experience. We don’t allow photos to be taken inside the shop to protect customer privacy, but the Redhead Bedhead let us know she was coming and we arranged to have her visit one morning before we opened to snap a few shots and chat with us. Great fun!

Read her post to see some photos of the shop and find out which sex toys Evy would bring to a deserted island (and which toy our whole staff agrees is amazing), plus what music we like to play in the shop. The Redhead Bedhead even mentioned us in two other recent posts: People That Made My 2012 and Why Good Sex Shops Matter (we agree!).

what-a-riotMeanwhile, our sales associate and educator Wyatt Riot writes a column for PQ Monthly called “What a Riot!” that is always a good read. His latest column is about the Portland kink scene. He discusses common kink terminology and PDX kink resources such as meetings, panel discussions, and play parties (like the one he co-organizes, Dirty Playground).

Broadsheet360 (the same site where a contributor wrote about her experience at one of our burlesque classes) published an article about holiday gift-giving in December that mentions us and our community work during our 10% Tuesday promotions. Broadsheet360 writes:

She Bop is about stuffing stockings all year round and they have six non-profits that they support throughout the year with their 10% Tuesday fundraisers. Those non-profits are: Bitch Media, providing a feminist response to pop culture; Bradley Angle, assisting survivors of domestic violence; In Other Words, a feminist community center; Portland Women’s Crisis Line, for survivors of domestic and sexual violence; TransActive, serving the diverse needs of transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth, their families and allies; and the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ Community Center.

As it happens, we’re in the midst of our January fundraiser for In Other Words right now! Get in on that if you want to support the efforts of Portland’s premiere feminist bookstore and community center.

And to top things off, our former sales associate and educator, Yana, who moved back east last February, is rocking it out with her sex-positive writing lately! In a recent article for Curve magazine about toys for trans* folks, she graciously mentioned us as a trans-friendly shop in Portland.

The article also includes a nod to many products we carry, such as Silky (A.K.A Mr. Bendy), Goodfella (and other VixSkin dildos), Tomboi, Vibrating Pleasure Pump, 3 Cylinder Pump System, Sliquid Stimulating O Gel, and trans* literature and media such as Take Me There, Couch Surfers, Roulette, and Original Plumbing.

Yana also reviews several different lubes, including Sliquid Organics Natural, Blossom Organics Natural, Good Clean Love Almost Naked, and Yes (Almost Naked and Yes are her faves).

Thanks again to the Redhead Bedhead and Broadsheet360 for featuring us on your sites! And Yana and Wyatt, you guys are awesome and we always love reading what you have to say.

Dec
30

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.

Oct
2

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 a 24-hour crisis line, transitional housing, support groups, community-based advocacy, and three programs unique to Oregon: culturally specific programming for African and African-American survivors, an economic empowerment program called Making Cent$, and support for LGBTQ survivors.

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.

Sep
14

3 weeks left to submit to HUMP! porn film fest

It’s that time of year again, folks: the Pacific Northwest’s much-loved HUMP! amateur porn film festival is on the horizon. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 5th, which, believe it or not, is coming up fast! It’s just 3 weeks away, so if you want to submit a film, you’ll want to get crackin’!

HUMP!’s aim is to let you be a porn star for a weekend, not for life. All genders, sexual orientations, and most fetishes are welcome, as are all styles of film, such as hardcore, softcore, live action, and even animated. Films are screened for three weekends in November at theaters in Portland, Seattle, and Olympia, then destroyed in front of the audience at the final screening.

Best of all, there are cash prizes! There is a $1,000 first prize and $250 runner-up for the categories Best Humor, Best Kink, and Best Sex, and a whopping $5,000 grand prize for Best in Show. Winners are determined by audience ballot, which is always fun.

The extra credit props this year are sweater vests, lesbian sex, and packing peanuts. Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes long and can be dropped off or mailed to the Stranger or Mercury offices. Awesomely, there are no entry fees whatsoever, and anyone who submits a film (no matter if their film is chosen or not) gets two free tickets!

Want to make something for HUMP! but need more people to participate? Check out the new HUMP! classifieds, where you can connect with potential cast, crew, and filmmakers.

For inspiration, behold the winner of Best Humor at last year’s HUMP!, a film about a centaur fetish that the filmmakers decided to put online for all to enjoy. We were dying laughing at this one last year.

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Aug
3

10% Tuesdays in August for Bitch Media

10% Tuesdays 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 provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

We are big fans of Bitch, and we believe they are an invaluable voice in the feminist discourse. In fact, we constantly find ourselves wanting to signal boost the stuff they publish — like 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 most recently, 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!

Jul
30

She Bop voted #1 sex toy shop in the Mercury

We were so ecstatic to learn that we were voted the #1 sex toy shop in Portland in the Portland Mercury‘s PDX Approved guide! The Mercury even published a really awesome write-up about us. Check it out:

Among our other attributes, Portland people are overwhelmingly sex positive. So we expect a bit more when shopping for toys and paraphernalia designed to get our rocks off. Surely that’s why you voted She Bop as “Your Favorite Sex Toy Shop” — because not only do they carry all manner of erotic vibrating toys for the “she,” they also have plenty of fun in store for the “he” or the “in between”! She Bop’s founders and owners, Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt, started their venture in 2009 and quickly stumbled onto the secret for keeping their customers happy (sexually and otherwise). “Our customers really appreciate the experience they get when they come into our shop,” says Cowan. “We talk about sex toys and lube the way any specialty boutique talks about their products. We don’t get all sexy-sexy with people. We just give them the information and help them make educated decisions. However, you can’t come into She Bop and not have fun. It just isn’t possible!” The result is a very different type of sex shop that… well… doesn’t feel dirty at all. She Bop’s products are carefully curated by their staff, thereby providing the most scientifically advanced, non-toxic, and body-safe toys on the market — plus tons of advice and experience to back them up. Pair this with rows of slippery-slidey lubricants, DVDs, fun instructional books, and monthly events to spice up even the dreariest love life, and it’s little surprise that She Bop was voted the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and sex-positive shop in town.

Huge huge huge THANK YOU to everyone who wrote our name on the Mercury‘s ballot. We appreciate you so much and we are truly honored!

Jul
27

Finding empowerment at Madison Moone’s burlesque class

When Madison Moone approached us in 2010 about teaching burlesque classes at the shop, we loved her immediately. Madison is a very busy lady; when she’s not strutting her stuff on stage, she runs a private music lesson studio and volunteer teaches for the nonprofit organization Street Yoga. She is also the co-producer of Orchestre L’Pow! burlesque shows: Dames and Games and Big Time! Burlesque.

Thankfully, she found time to develop several different classes that she teaches for us on a regular basis. We think her classes are fantastic, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of someone who took a class themselves. So we were excited when we saw that Anne Glisan, a suburban mom, took one of Madison’s classes and wrote about how much she enjoyed it.

Glisan signed up for the class in hopes of exploring a previously dormant fascination with burlesque — and learning how to put “a little extra sass” in her relationship. She was not disappointed!

. . . Ms. Moon handed me a riding crop as a prop as the music started and I could feel the internal shift as I found my character. I swept around the room, stopping to show off a leg, a little bump and a playful swat of the crop. I felt powerful and sexy and amazing — not at all like I just rolled in from the ‘burbs. I even forgot I was wearing rolled up yoga pants. Man, I thought, all those carpool moms should try this out at least once. I was going home a changed woman.

My favorite part of the class was how a rather motley assortment of women, all strangers, came together and supported each other in getting their groove on. I didn’t feel awkward or self-conscious . . . I left feeling empowered and with a big smile on my face. There’s nothing wrong with a little character development and I can now be found practicing the basic components while cleaning, washing dishes, carrying items up and down the stairs; you can find me floating my arms or strutting across a room, briefly stopping to take a pose. It makes me feel more graceful and I carry myself differently. Sexy and classy.

Be sure to read the rest of the piece, as it’s a great run-down of how Madison’s classes go and what they can bring out in folks. In fact, a sense of empowerment is exactly what Madison hopes to bestow on participants in her classes. We asked her about her philosophy and why she loves performing and teaching burlesque. She explained:

For many years I worked as a pin up model and during that time I grew tired of being molded and shaped in someone else’s image. I came to burlesque in search of a way to have ownership over my body, my sexuality and my creative voice. Every step and every move I make on stage is intentional, it’s because I wanted the audience to see it and not because it is what I thought they wanted to see. This perspective is at the heart of every single class I teach. Being sexy and feeling sexy happens at the core of our being, it’s not something to be grasped at from outside of ourselves.

Madison’s confidence and conviction shine through in everything that she does. Here she is performing “Utter Delight” at the Big Time Burlesque: Exotic Summer Adventure show in June, making even cows and buckets sexy!

If you’re interested in learning burlesque from Madison, you’re in luck! Her next class for us, Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon, is happening in September.

In the mean time, you can also pick up The Burlesque Handbook and peruse our selection of pasties for ideas and inspiration.

Jun
5

10% Tuesdays in June for the Q Center

On each Tuesday in June, 10% of our sales will go to the Q Center, the wonderful LGBTQ community center just around the corner from us in North Portland. The Q Center is an absolute gem of an organization; here’s their description of what they do:

Q Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to increase the visibility of and foster connection within metropolitan Portland’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) community. The center builds public awareness and support, and celebrates LGBTQ diversity through art, culture, and collaborative community programming.

There are dozens of events and groups that meet here, some focused on specific topics (like coming out or gender identity) and others aimed at fun social interactions (like sing-along piano cabarets or craft nights). Entry to most of these is sliding-scale and run by dedicated volunteers, keeping Q Center truly community-driven and accessible.

In addition to our programmatic offerings, our 5,000 sq/ft facility is also a safe and friendly place to spend an afternoon. With our monthly art exhibits, extensive library collection, Resource Wall, and free WiFi access, there’s always something to see and learn here at Q Center.

Come visit us and find a new toy on any Tuesday in June, and 10% of your purchase will go to the Q Center!

Bonus: give the Q Center some social media love by following them on Facebook and Twitter! Also check out some video interviews with the people who make the Q Center tick on YouTube.

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