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In addition to providing education to customers in the shop, we offer monthly sexuality-related classes and workshops. Class topics include the G-spot, anal play, non-monogamy, communication, cunnilingus, BDSM, burlesque, rough sex, fellatio, rope bondage, and many more. In addition to in-house educators AJ, Sid Need, and Gretchen Leigh, we enlist local sexuality instructors such as M. Makael Newby, Annamarie Stockwell, Madison Moone, and Stella Harris.

We also bring in speakers from other parts of the country. These have included author and director Tristan Taormino, queer porn icon Jiz Lee, prostate aficionado Charlie Glickman, podcasting sexpert Sex Nerd Sandra, and author and sex educator Ducky Doolittle.


Oct
17

Drawn to Sex Book Signing with Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan

Thursday, November 15th — 7:00 – 9:00 pm — FREE — She Bop Division — RSVP on Facebook

Drawn to SexJoin us at our SE Division location (3213 SE Division) for the release of Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan’s new book, Drawn to Sex! Come get your book signed and shop around! This event is free.

Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn’t know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning, talking, and creating informative comics on their site Oh Joy Sex Toy covering all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they’re here to demystify the world of sex and answer your questions — including ones you might not even know you had!

In this first book of the Drawn to Sex series, they explore the practical side of sex, from the basics of what defines sex, to barriers and testing, masturbation, and the ins-and-outs of having sex with other people.

Pick up this fun book if you’re looking to learn something new, understand sexuality better, or know someone (maybe you!) who might benefit from some judgment-free education. Erika and Matthew are here to help you out!

This event is free — RSVP on Facebook.

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Sep
29

The Joys of Toys!

Thursday, December 13th — 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, in case your loved one didn’t leave a detailed wish list for Santa, Gretchen will give pointers on how to select a toy or gift for someone else — just in time for your holiday 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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Sep
29

Bottoms Up: Mind Melting Erotic Spanking

Thursday, December 6th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Jessie FreshSince the dawn of time, spanking has brought pleasure and pain to all kinds of booties. What’s your favorite kind of spanking? Firm yet gentle? Over the knee? Have you ever tried rhythmic spanking or been spanked into a trance-like state? This workshop will help you explore all of that — and more!

In this class, Sexual Empowerment Coach Jessie Fresh will go into the biology behind why spankings can feel so delicious, how to use your hands and tools for the yummiest delivery, warm up (a key ingredient), placement of spanks so they become orgasmic, how to “read” your partner, negotiation and consent, ergonomics, and aftercare. We’ll also get into how you can customize the experience for the bottom’s Erotic Blueprint, whether they’re energetic, sensual, sexual, kinky, or a shapeshifter. 

This class will include a hot live demo.

Note: These techniques can be utilized at home and will not be practiced in the shop by participants. The demo will be the only spanking done in class.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Sep
28

Halloween Happy Hour with Clone-a-Willy!

Wednesday, October 24th — 7:30 pm — FREE — She Bop DivisionRSVP on Facebook

Empire Labs is a sex-positive, locally based company that makes the world famous Clone-A-Willy Kit right here in Portland, Oregon! The Clone-A-Willy Kit comes with everything you need to create a vibrating, silicone replica of any penis in the comfort of your own home. Clone-A-Willy is 100% body safe, with Platinum Cure Silicone and Algae-based molding powder.

Join Empire Labs at our SE Division street location for a fun night of libations and spooky finger molding. Get a glimpse of how Clone-A-Willy works by making a silicone replica of your finger! It’s more than a sex toy, it’s an experience. We will be serving tasty spirits and spooky snacks. There will also be a raffle for free Clone-A-Willy Kits being given away that night!

RSVP on Facebook or in the shop. You don’t wanna miss out on this spooky & sexy happy hour experience.

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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!

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!

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