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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.


Jan
29

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Amory JaneThursday, March 9th — 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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Jan
24

Fisting & Manual Sex with Andre Shakti

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

Andre ShaktiDiscover why one hand is better than none, and two hands are better than one! Manual sex aficionado Andre Shakti is ready to knuckle up and show you how to experiment safely with the best sex toys we come equipped with: our fingers! In this class we’ll cover internal and external anatomy, negotiation and communication, as well as a multitude of variations and techniques. You’ll never look at hands the same way again!

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Rewire, Thrillist, MEL, Vice, and more. She can frequently be found marathoning Law & Order: SVU under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Visit her on Twitter @andreshakti, on FB as Andre Shakti, and at AndreShaktiXXX.com (NSFW).

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Jan
24

Dropping the Hint, Not the Ball: Flirting 101 with Andre Shakti

Sunday, March 19th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Andre ShaktiIn today’s “how-­to” age, there are more contradictory and harmful myths about flirting than there is practical advice. “Don’t fuck on the first date!” “Play hard to get!” “Don’t talk about past relationships!” “Wear something flattering, but not too conservative or revealing!” Hardly ever do these instructions account for diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship style, let alone personal preference! Join performer, educator, and professional flirt Andre Shakti as she discusses the self-­imposed “roadblocks” that make flirting difficult and helps you leverage your individual personality style to maximize your flirting success without losing sight of who you are and what you REALLY want!

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Rewire, Thrillist, MEL, Vice, and more. She can frequently be found marathoning Law & Order: SVU under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Visit her on Twitter @andreshakti, on FB as Andre Shakti, and at AndreShaktiXXX.com (NSFW).

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Jan
24

Pleasure, Power, and Pain: An Introduction to BDSM

Wednesday, March 1st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

BDSM — whips, chains, and lots of black leather, right? Well… sometimes! But the world of kink and BDSM covers so much more, from a little rough sex to the opportunity to explore your personal boundaries, both emotional and physical.

If you’ve been curious about something you’ve read, or turned on by a scene in a movie that’s a little rougher than the usual fare, this class is for you! You’ll learn how to use those amazing toys and have the chance to see what they feel like. We’ll also be discussing role play, power dynamics, and resources for finding the local BDSM community.

Bring your fantasies, your questions, and your curiosity and get ready for a hot evening!

Annamarie is a passionate sex educator with a knowledge fetish. Sexuality has been a life-long interest, with a focus on embracing our entire sexual selves, growing as erotic beings, and creating community. She has been presenting and teaching workshops on sexuality, polyamory, and BDSM in the Portland area and around the west coast since 2006.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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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

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!

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