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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.


May
17

Portland Queer Girl City Guide

Have you seen Autostraddle’s Queer Girl City Guide to Portland? This in-depth guide lists all kinds of queer-friendly restaurants, bars, coffee shops, strip clubs, hair salons, and tattoo shops in PDX, as well as events — such as queer dance nights, Portland Pride, and a plethora of other rad LGBTQ functions.

There’s a lot of love for our home, North Portland, in this guide! Under “Neighborhoods of Interest,” NoPo is listed as a “Gayborhood” (amazing!). Many businesses in our area are listed, including Bishop’s (which just moved in down the street from us), Mississippi Studios / Bar Bar, The Florida Room, Sloan’s TavernCup and Saucer, and Icon Tattoo. We were excited to see She Bop listed under “Etc.” as Portland’s local, female-owned sex toy shop. Here’s what they have to say about us:

[She Bop offers] a positive environment, helpful staff and a range of high quality sex toys. The shop also offers classes and workshops such as The Joys of Toys! & Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon.

The guide also gives a run-down of queer-friendly Portland colleges, sports teams, performing arts groups, outdoor adventure spots, and several non-profits we support, such as Bitch Media, In Other Words, and the Q Center.

Near the end of the guide, there’s an analysis of the diversity, safety, cost of living, and overall queer-friendliness of Portland, concluding that Portland is “very queer-friendly” and “very body positive, sex positive and accepting of gender variant identities.”

Within the city limits, queers are seen everywhere and go relatively unnoticed by the general population. Walking around town, you’ll see many different business with the HRC equality sticker hanging on a window, or a rainbow flag. Portland makes us queers feel very welcomed.

The overall atmosphere of the city is SUPER friendly. When walking around on a sunny day, expect smiles and nods from strangers and friendly waves. People in Portland are very chill, accepting, and friendly overall.

Autostraddle has published many other Queer Girl City Guides, including one for Seattle and one for Spokane. Really cool resources — check them out!

May
1

10% Tuesdays in May for TransActive’s In A Bind program

Throughout the month of May, 10% of all purchases made at She Bop on Tuesdays will go to TransActive’s In A Bind program! TransActive is a Portland-based non-profit that provides a wide range of services to transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth, and their families. Their In A Bind program, which just launched in March, provides chest binders to trans-masculine youth in need. It is the first national chest binder donation/distribution program, and the requests for binders are already rolling in.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase binders from our distributor and donate them to TransActive. We will also have a drop-off box in the shop where you can donate binders!

So come on down to the shop on any Tuesday in May to support this amazing program. Be sure to follow TransActive on Facebook and Twitter, and check out this interview with the Program Coordinator for In A Bind, conducted by our very own sales associate and educator, Wyatt Riot!

And don’t miss the launch party for the In A Bind program, hosted by Basic Rights Oregon at Hamburger Mary’s on June 7th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mar
30

Heading to Momentum!

This weekend just may be the most exciting of the year, as we’ll be attending Momentum in Washington D.C., an amazing conference focused on sexuality and feminism.

There’s a whole host of incredible presenters and sessions jam-packed into the weekend, like a session on senior sex by Joan Price, and a panel specifically about the sex toy biz, featuring Metis Black of Tantus, Greg DeLong of njoy, Rachel Venning of Babeland, and Carol Queen. Pretty sure we’ll be too busy to breathe this weekend — in a good way!

We also can’t wait to meet up with the other members of the Progressive Pleasure Club, an indie sex shop collective that we’re proud to be a part of.

If you can’t be there this weekend, be sure to follow the hashtag #mcon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute reports from the conference!

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Mar
30

10% Tuesdays in April for Portland Women’s Crisis Line

Each Tuesday this April, 10% of our sales at She Bop will go to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL). PWCL is a hugely important organization that offers 24/7 support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. They offer services such as safety planning, peer support, crisis intervention, needs assessments, and referrals to community resources. They have specialized programs for sexual assault and sex workers. PWCL is an invaluable asset to our community, and we are honored to be able to give back to them for the tireless work that they do.

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to RAINN, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. This unfortunate statistic is a reality for 1 out of every 6 American women. Here are a few resources for thinking about and combating sexual assault.

We also carry the book Healing Sex and its DVD counterpart, which are meant to help survivors of sexual trauma reclaim their sex lives.

Mar
8

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival starts tonight

Tonight marks the beginning of the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest), which runs through Sunday. POWFest is a fantastic showcase for the work of female directors. This year’s festival includes an array of documentaries, animated and experimental shorts, international shorts, shorts with mature themes, classic films, and even a special screening of short films made by female youth.

One film we’re particularly excited about is called Austin Unbound. Here’s the synopsis and trailer:

The first of its kind, Austin Unbound offers an intimate glimpse into the story of a deaf transsexual man. Austin always knew that his female anatomy did not match his sense of mind, heart, or spirit. The film documents his personal reflections at a pivotal time in his gender transition: preparing for a double mastectomy and the recovery afterward. Austin’s journey is an inspiration to many, his self awareness, humor, and personality long recognized and honored throughout his community. Austin Unbound is different because it is a happy movie, whereas other films portray people who are trans or deaf as somehow pathological or in need of repair. The directors use specific cinematography, subtitles, and sound design which reflect Austin’s experience in full cinematic effect.

As a part of POWFest, a double-screening of Austin Unbound and Married in Spandex is happening on Sunday, March 11th at The Hollywood Theatre. Tickets are $10 and include a reception before the screening and a Q&A with Austin, the filmmakers, and community leaders afterward. Married In Spandex and the panel will be interpreted in sign language.  This screening is a benefit for Basic Rights Oregon.

Check out the rest of the POWFest schedule for more amazing films. Festival passes are available for $60.

Feb
15

We’ve been nominated for the Q Means Business Award!

For the past several months, our friends at the Q Center have been receiving nominations for their 2012 Winter Gala Awards. There are three awards categories, and we’ve been nominated for the Q Means Business Award, along with some other great organizations! The criteria for all nominees is as follows:

  • They lead by example
  • They promote healthy individuals, families and community
  • Their actions are motivated out of altruism and respect
  • They believe diversity is a strength
  • They encourage and support the vision and dreams of others
  • They encourage others to expand their vision

Winners will be announced at the Q Center’s 2012 Winter Gala this Saturday, February 18th, at the YU Contemporary Art Center. The Gala promises fabulous food and drink, live auctions, and music by DJ Bob Mould. There are less than 100 tickets left for the Winter Gala, so get yours now!

Jan
2

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
3

Would you like to see a workshop taught by Joan Price?

Attention, She Bop fans! We need your input! Would you be interested in a workshop taught by Joan Price on the topic of sex and aging? Joan is the author of several books on senior sex. We would love to host her, but we need to know if there is enough interest.

Please comment on this post or email us at info@sheboptheshop.com if this workshop would be valuable to you!

Oct
10

Ms. GK ladies’ night at Ground Kontrol

Do you have plans on Sunday, October 16th? We hope not, because you should attend ladies’ night at retro arcade and bar Ground Kontrol!

From 7 p.m. to close, Ground Kontrol will be hosting a night of free play and lady-centric gaming, complete with DJs, food and drinks, tournaments, a raffle, and a geek craft swap!

We have donated a few sexy things — tickets to our sex toy class and a goodie bag — to the raffle, so that’s even more incentive!

Ground Kontrol is located at 511 NW Couch St. Admission is $3 for ladies, $8 for gents.

 

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Oct
4

HUMP! 2011 submission deadline this Friday

It’s my favorite time of year: the time of apple cider, pumpkin pie, and amazing amateur porn! The Pacific Northwest’s only locally-produced adult film festival, HUMP!, is back for its seventh year, and we’re sponsoring again. With a cute tagline of “The film festival that allows you to be a porn star for a weekend — not for life,” HUMP! promises the usual hotness and hilarity of years past.

This is the final week to submit films for consideration at HUMP! 2011. The deadline is this Friday.

The Mercury and the HUMP! 2011 jury invite local filmmakers, actors, kinksters, exhibitionists, and notorious sex-havers to get to work on their films for HUMP! 2011. The HUMP! jury is composed of local sex experts (ahem), sex-positive film critics, and sex-obsessed porn fans. The HUMP! jury looks for hotness, humor, and originality. Films do not have to be slick or professionally produced. They do have to be hot or funny or hot and funny.

Films selected for HUMP! are screened over two weekends in Seattle and Portland. The Mercury returns or destroys all copies of the films after the festival. Films are not released on the internet, and all screenings are monitored to prevent bootleg copies of HUMP! films from being made.

. . . Entries can be erotica, hardcore, softcore, live-action, BDSM, animation, gay, straight, bi — whatever turns your crank!

To sweeten the deal, the prize packages have been bumped up from last year! The runners-up in the Humor, Kink, and Sex categories will get $500 this year, and the “Best in Show” grand prize is now $4,000! Winners, as always, will be determined by audience vote.

To submit to HUMP!, drop off your entry at the Mercury offices by 5:00 p.m. this Friday, October 7th.

HUMP! will be taking place at Cinema 21, November 17-19. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

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