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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.


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!

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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Jun
28

Tongue Tied Book Launch, Reading, and Q&A with Stella Harris

Thursday, September 13th — 7:30 p.m. — FREE (with option to pre-order Tongue-Tied at 10% off)

Stella HarrisCome celebrate the publication of Stella Harris’s first book, Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships, an incredible guide full of exercises, tools, and personal experiences. There will be a reading and book signing as well as a chance to share some champagne and cupcakes to celebrate, and don’t forget to bring your questions for the Q&A!

Choose from two RSVP options:

  • RSVP only (free)
  • RSVP and purchase Tongue Tied at a discount ($15.30), to be picked up in-store the night of the event*

Whether addressing sexual frustration with your partner, trying out new fantasies, or negotiating the terms of a BDSM scene, Stella Harris believes that communication skills are vital to sexual fulfillment. Tongue Tied gives readers straightforward advice on how to conquer their fears, identify their needs, and feel positively empowered. Harris charmingly takes readers through all aspects of communication, from basic interpersonal skills to negotiation advice for expert-level kink play. Learn how to have fun, embrace silly moments, support your loved ones, and take personal responsibility for your desires. Tongue Tied is a must-read for people of every experience level and relationship status.

Books will also be available at a special discounted price the night of the event.

* If you purchase the book option but do not attend the event, you will be responsible for picking up your book at our Mississippi location.

Limited space available — RSVP online!

What people are saying about Tongue Tied:

“Stella Harris tackles common and complex sex and relational issues with honesty and ease. Tongue Tied provides the reader with easy and straightforward language that is needed to build a more complete sexual self, no matter who you are.” —Elle Stanger, podcast host of StrangeBedfellows

“No matter your relationship style or kink level, Harris’ practical wisdom will completely transform how you relate to others. This book is required reading for healthy relationships!” —Sunny Megatron, Sexuality & Kink Educator, host of American Sex Podcast

“We’ve all heard that communication is vital to relationships, but it’s often easier unsaid than done. In Tongue Tied, Stella Harris breaks down exactly how to talk to your partner(s) or dates about often tricky subjects like BDSM, threesomes, jealousy and even money. Communication is complicated, but Harris gives us an essential roadmap to make it easier to have the kinds of relationships we truly want.” —Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor, Best Women’s Erotica of the Year series

Jun
28

Sex and Survivorship: Navigating Sex After Cancer

Sunday, September 9th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Cancer affects every aspect of a person’s life, including their sex life. If you have cancer, if someone you love has cancer, or if you are a cancer survivor, this class is for you.

Join mother-daughter duo, Leslie Heron (ARNP, FNP-BC) of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and our very own in-house educator Gretchen, for this informative and fun workshop on cancer and sexuality. They will discuss common side effects of cancer and cancer treatments (relationship issues, hiccups in communication, and physical symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, etc.), and products that can help (books, lubricants, toys, safer sex supplies, and more)!

This class will be a light-hearted way for healthcare professionals and those affected by cancer to connect and learn together. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share stories, and handle products.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Jun
16

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Amory JaneWednesday, September 19th — 7:30 pm — $20

HEADS UP! Are you a giver who wants to blow your lover’s mind with your incredible oral sex skills? Are you a receiver who wants to learn how to communicate your fantasies and help your partner have fun and be comfortable while going down? Then come one, come all! This is a blowjob class for everyone!

Amory Jane will talk about anatomy, blowjob positions, teasing, mouth and tongue techniques, what to do with your hands, and how to ask for what you want. She will cover sloppy BJs, deep throating, gagging, and playing with power dynamics. She will also share ideas on making oral sex more stimulating and pleasurable for the giver and dealing with issues such as TMJ or neck pain.

This workshop includes a live demo on a strap-on dildo. Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes, and a dildo from home if you like to practice as you learn!

Limited space available — sign up online!

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May
31

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Thursday, August 30th — 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)  graduated with a master’s degree from Lewis & Clark College, where she studied Sex Therapy and Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. AJ is the host of the podcast Sex on the Brain with Amory Jane, has spoken on various panels about sex and sexuality, frequently emcees sex-positive events (such as Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show) and regularly presents workshops at She Bop and around the country.

Limited space available — sign up online!

May
31

Hot, Healthy Humiliation

Sunday, August 26th — 7:30 pm — $15

Liz PowellAre you worried that there’s something wrong with you because you want someone to call you stupid, dirty, or a slut? Find out how to have hotter, deeper scenes and feel better about it afterward! So many people struggle to make sense of how they can be so woke and yet still want such dirty things. Whether degradation for you is about being a filthy bitch, a dumb sissy, or a worthless piece of fuck meat, you can still be a feminist, anti-racist, queer activist, or other Social Justice Warrior at the same time.

Join Dr. Liz Powell to explore the way to feel great about desires that seem troubling on the surface. At the end of this two-hour class, you will:

  • Understand that what gets you going in a scene doesn’t have to change how you think about yourself.
  • Learn how to provide good aftercare for both roles so that you can emerge from your play happy and enriched.
  • Understand that it’s totally normal (and even best) to be into social justice if you’re into degradation play, so that your play will be founded in healthy beliefs and practices, not in damaging ones.

People who don’t find a way to feel good about their desires can spend years feeling guilty and ashamed. Don’t let that be you. Let go of your fears and shame now and start having the scenes you want!

Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. She’s a sex educator, coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871) specializing in queer, kinky, and non-monogamous relationships. Dr. Liz has helped couples and singles become more confident in who they are and communicate more effectively with their partners. You can learn more about Dr. Liz and her work at sexpositivepsych.com.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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