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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.


Sinclair Sexsmith: Gender & Role Play – Wednesday, July 21st – 7:30p – $20

Are you interested in playing with gender in your sex life? Join Sinclair Sexsmith for an interactive workshop where we’ll discuss basic gender tenets & philosophies, how to play with gender in role play, how play can deepen understandings of our own personal gender presentations, expressions, & identities, and some details for playing with masculinity & femininity.

Sinclair Sexsmith’s online writing and photography projects, such as Queer Eye Candy and Top Hot Butches, explore queer sexuality, gender theory, butch/femme identity, and interpersonal relationships. She was named 2008’s #1 Top Sex Blogger for Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at, and received both the Best Lesbian Gender Bender Blog and the Best Lesbian Sex/Erotica Blog awards for the The Lesbian Lifestyle in 2009. Her writing can be found in various anthologies, including the Best Lesbian Erotica series and in Visible: A Femmethology Volume Two.Throughout the country, from grassroots organizations to community colleges to Ivy League universities, Mr. Sexsmith has done performances and workshops on gender and sexuality.  She holds degrees in both creative writing and gender studies.

Call She Bop to reserve your spot – (503) 473-8018


Exploring Burlesque: A Beginners Guide to the Art of the Tease – Thursday, July 15th – 7:30p – $10

Join Portland producer and burlesque superstar Madison Moone for a fun filled exploration in “the art of the tease”.  This introductory class will guide you through burlesque basics such as struts, shimmy shakes, and hip bumps. You will also discover the power of your creative voice through song selection and character development. Miss Moone will be your personal guide as you discover how to adapt these movements to fit your personal style, open your creative expression, and create your most beautiful self today!

Dress in comfortable clothes such as yoga or dance wear layered with a pull over or zip up hoodie.  Please bring your ipod/headphones filled with your favorite music, yoga mat, water, and a writing pad.  Burlesque props will be provided.   No dance experience required, all fitness levels welcome.

Limited space available – Call She Bop to reserve your spot – 503.473.8018

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Steamy Erotica Reading with Shanna Germain – Thursday, June 17th – 7:30p – FREE

Start summer off with something hot!  Join Shanna Germain at She Bop as she reads short stories from several of the erotica collections she has been featured in.  Some of these include the recently released ‘Please, Sir:  Erotic Stories of Female Submission’, as well as ‘Tasting Her:  Oral Sex Stories’ and ‘Caught Looking:  Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists’.   After the reading there will be a Q & A session with Shanna and a book signing.  We will also be giving away some She Bop gift certificates to a few lucky winners!

Shanna Germain wears the titles of writer, editor, instructor, leximaven, girl geek, wander-luster and more. Her erotic works have appeared in places like Alison’s Wonderland, Best American Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, Best Gay Romance, Best Lesbian Erotica, Girl Crush and more. Share pillow talk at

Please call She Bop to reserve your spot – 503.473.8018

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Upping the Ante: A Steamy Introduction to SM – Thursday, May 27th – 7:30p – $20

Whips and Chains? You’ve been curious for a long time…or maybe your partner has been. Well, come learn what all the fuss is about. A sexy tour of the dynamics, toys, and tools found in the world of BDSM. Your guide, long time sex and BDSM educator Felice Shays, will demonstrate and discuss the differences between abuse and SM, playing safely, wielding personal and physical power, mixing it all up with sex, and most importantly, how to find and grow the seeds of your own desires without shame but with intense pleasure. You get to be part of the action too: hands-on instruction and practice with floggers, canes, and other delicious, naughty toys. The perfect class for beginners. Come alone or with a partner.

Known for her straight talk infused with humor, Felice Shays provides personal sexual and BDSM education across the US and Canada. A recent transplant from Brooklyn, NY, Felice has presented at a plethora of events, group, and private functions, for almost a decade including Black Rose, Pacific Friction, Dark Odyssey, Babeland, LSM, TES, Wicked Womyn, KinkFest, Safer SM, Tribal Fire, MOB, Come As You Are, The Exiles, Desire, Thunder In The Mountains, and IMsL. Felice also produces sex and BDSM parties for women and trans people.

Please call She Bop to reserve your spot – 503.473.8018

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Cunnilingus From A Dyke’s Mouth – Sunday, April 25th – 7:30p – $20

What better teacher of cunnilingus than someone who loves to give and get it?  Who knows the equipment better than a woman who owns her own and loves up others’?  Join sex educator and pervert dyke Felice Shays as she gives you tips and tricks for muff diving.  A quick tour of anatomy and then on to the how tos:  from vanilla approaches to the “ohh yeah, that’s kinky”.

Known for her straight talk infused with humor, Felice Shays provides personal sexual and BDSM education across the US and Canada.  A recent transplant from Brooklyn, NY, Felice has presented at a plethora of events, group, and private functions, for almost a decade including Black Rose, Pacific Friction, Dark Odyssey, Babeland, LSM, TES, Wicked Womyn, KinkFest, Safer SM, Tribal Fire, MOB, Come As You Are, The Exiles, Desire, Thunder In The Mountains, and IMsL.  Felice also produces sex and BDSM parties for women and trans people. This workshop is open to all genders who loves them some vulva.

Please call She Bop to reserve your spot – 503.473.8018

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Sex After Menopause – Sunday, April 18th – 7p – FREE

Join Dr. JJ Pursell, ND, LAc and owner of The Herb Shoppe, for this informative lecture focusing on the different aspects of menopause and how they affect the sexual experience.   Discussion of sex drive, vaginal irritation, and orgasm difficulty will be the main themes as well as, treatments to these common complaints.   There is life after menopause (in the sexual context) and many women are able to have some of the best sexual experiences of their lives.   If you have questions, concerns or are interested in what you can do to improve your sexual encounters – this lecture is for you.

Dr. Pursell specializes in women’s health as well as, complementary cancer care, digestive disorders and skin health.   Dr. Pursell believes in the importance of a healthy sex life as a major contributor to a balanced lifestyle.

Please call She Bop to reserve your spot – 503.473.8018


Kick It Up a Notch: Taking Sex to the Next Level with Tristan Taormino – Sunday, March 21st 7:30p $25

From her popular columns and website to her videos and lecture series, Tristan has garnered raves for her unabashed straight talk about sex. Now, you can hear it from the sexpert herself! Whether you’ve been in a relationship for six months or six years, Tristan will discuss what happens when the honeymoon is over and real life begins to set in. She’ll cover a variety of topics, including how to: let go of the myths of what sex should be like, improve your erotic communication skills, add something new to the mix, explore dirty talk, fantasy, and erotic role playing, try anal pleasure and penetration, utilize sex toys,lubricants, and other erotic accessories. This unique and intimate class will be a supportive, non‐judgmental environment where you can ask questions and openly discuss your sexual issues and goals. Join Tristan as she takes you on a tour of all you need to know to have healthy, adventuresome, mind‐blowing sex.

Tristan Taormino is an award‐winning author, columnist, editor, and sex educator. She is the author of four books: Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, winner of a Firecracker Book Award and named’s #1 Bestseller in Women’s Sex Instruction in 1998. Tristan is series editor of sixteen volumes of the Lambda Literary Award‐winning anthology Best Lesbian Erotica, an annual anthology published by Cleis Press. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. She was a syndicated columnist for The Village Voice for nine years and is the former editor of On Our Backs, the nation’s oldest lesbian‐produced, lesbian sex magazine. Tristan has been featured in numerous magazines and has appeared on CNN, HBO’s Real Sex, NBC’s The Other Half, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, Ricki Lake, MTV, Oxygen, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over four dozen radio shows. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Yale, Brown, Columbia, Smith, Vassar, and NYU, where she speaks on gay and lesbian issues, sexuality and gender, and feminism. She teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world.

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Buck Angel DVD Signing – Saturday, March 13th from 7:15-8:30p – FREE

She Bop, in conjunction with Savory Pink Productions, presents gender outlaw hero Buck Angel for an in-store DVD signing.   Buck Angel made history when he received the prestigious award from Adult Video News (AVN) for Transsexual Performer of the Year in 2007 for his groundbreaking work in the adult entertainment industry.  As the pioneer of an entirely new genre:  female-to-male (FTM) porn, Buck has received international recognition and continues to be a huge box office hit in numerous markets.

As an icon of popular culture, Buck Angel’s message of empowerment through self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world. Buck is not only inspiring people to think outside the box, he is re-defining gender and educating an entire generation on the fluidity of sexuality and identity politics.

This is part of a three day series of events hosted by Savory Pink Productions.  Check out their website.


The “O” of Eros: Evolving Your Orgasms with Dr. Amy Cooper– Friday, March 12th – 7:30p – $15

Have you ever thought there could be more to your experience of orgasm? What if your orgasms could be more intense, longer lasting, or somehow more meaningful? This workshop, presented by Dr. Amy Cooper, is for men and women alike who are looking to evolve their orgasms and discover new territory in their erotic landscape. Come with an open mind to learn how to bring more erotic pleasure into your life.

Amy Cooper, PhD, is the author of ‘The Everything Orgasm Book:  The All-You-Need Guide To The Most Satisfying Sex You’ll Ever Have.’  Dr. Cooper earned her doctorate in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.  She has also trained in the Hakomi method of body-centered counseling at the Hakomi Institute of California.  The combination of Clinical Sexology and the Hakomi method enable Dr. Cooper to effectively and compassionately address a range of sexuality and relationship issues.


Pleasure Through the Back Door – Sunday, March 7th from 7:30-9p

Join local sex educator Venae at She Bop for this informative and fun class.  This class will allow you to explore anal penetration in a safe and comfortable environment.  We’ll talk about the taboos and dirty truth about anal sex.  We’ll learn how to comfortably work up to receiving on your terms in a way that is sexy and hot.  If you are ready to try and enjoy anal sex, come to this class and discuss ways to find your pleasure through the back door.

Venae is a sex positive, kinky, northwest native that travels the country teaching and learning about sex, kink and spirituality.  Venae is thrilled to turn you on and tune you in to new and exciting ways to pleasure yourself and others.  Venae will be teaching at Kinkfest in late March right here in Portland, Oregon.

$20 – please call or email She Bop at 503.473.8018/ to register for this class

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