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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.


Sep
20

Bon Appetit!: The Fine Art of Cunnilingus

Sunday, November 6th — 7:30 pm — $20

You asked and we answered—She Bop presents a cunnilingus class for anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to give (or receive!) phenomenal oral pleasure.

She Bop educators, Amory Jane and Sid Need, will teach you everything you want to know about anatomy, arousal, hand tricks, and tongue techniques. They will discuss foreplay, communication, and finding your own cunnilingus style, as well as give pointers on how to incorporate toys, temperature, and g-spot stimulation. Additionally, our educators will talk about fun ways to kick it up a notch if you’re stuck in a muff diving rut (face sitting, anyone?)!

This class is open to all genders, experience levels, and identities.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Sep
1

Redefining Success When Polyamorous Relationships End

Sunday October 23rd — 7:30 pm — $15

Dr. Elisabeth SheffAlthough most families have divorced members in their kinship networks, conventional wisdom still defines a marriage or long-term relationship that ends in any other outcome besides death as a failure. These cultural norms define “successful” relationships as monogamous and permanent in that the two people involved remain together at all costs. Polyamorists, in contrast, define the ends of their relationships in a number of ways in addition to success or failure.

In this workshop, using data from a 20 year study of polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff will touch briefly on her research methods, explain the three primary ways in which poly people think about the ends of their relationships, look at some of the social implications of redefining the ends of or transitions in relationships, and take questions from the audience.

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff is one of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families. She authored the books When Someone You Love is Polyamorous and The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families. Sheff has given scores of radio, podcast, print, and television interviews and has also published over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters in books pertaining to gender, families, and sexual minorities. Blogging for Psychology Today and How Do I Date, Sheff makes academic research easily accessible to everyone.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jul
31

Communication in the Bedroom: Asking For What You Want

Stella HarrisSunday, October 9th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Knowing what you want isn’t as easy as it sounds, and asking for it can be even trickier. Honesty puts us in a vulnerable place, opening us up to rejection or shame. People of all genders and sexualities have a lot of cultural baggage to work through, from messages implying that wanting sex or pleasure is slutty (and that that’s a bad thing) to ubiquitous sex tips that make it sound like we’re supposed to read our partners’ minds.

All of this sets us up for failure, and many people never take the chance to open a dialogue with their partner(s). But being able to talk about your wants and needs is the only way to get them met.

In this class we’ll talk about styles of communication, ways to put yourself and your partner at ease, and specific examples of tools and phrases to try. We’ll discuss how to start the conversation and how to incorporate communication into dirty talk. Not sure what to ask for? We’ll talk about some common fantasies you might want to try.

As always, there will be time for Q&A, and all genders and orientations are welcome.

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.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jul
31

Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon

Wednesday, October 5th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Have you ever wanted to rock your boa? Peel your stocking? Shimmy your hips? Get your glamour puss on because this class is for you! Join Orchestre L’Pow producer Madison Moone for Striptease Salon, a flirty evening of classic bump and grind perfect for beginners or just the curious.

Students will be guided through a sexy burlesque movement study including bumps, grinds and struts, followed by a tantalizing round of peeling techniques and prop dancing. We will also explore classic burlesque characters before constructing a series of short teases as a group. Together, we will discover a deeper sense of our personal erotic being while developing a greater appreciation for our feminine power!

Students should dress in comfortable clothes such a yoga or dance wear. Music and demo props will be provided by Miss Moone. All levels of fitness welcome, no dance experience or nudity required. Please avoid alcohol consumption before attending and arrive by 7:20 p.m. — class will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m., no late entrance after 7:45 p.m. No photographs are permitted. There will be time for shopping after the class!

Grab your best girlfriends and join Miss Moone for an evening of fun, laughs and celebration of the female spirit. See you in class!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Jul
31

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Thursday, September 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.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jul
31

Strap it to Me! Strap-on Sex for Everybody

Sunday, September 11th — 7:30 pm — $15

Gretchen and SidBuckles and straps and dildos, oh my! Strapping it on can feel a little overwhelming at first. Luckily, strap-on sex is one of Gretchen and Sid’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 and Sid Need as they walk 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.

Sid Need is a certified sex coach, educator, and one of She Bop’s long-time staff members. 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 their shared academic background in psychology and gender, and their mutual passion for inclusive, comprehensive sex education, Gretchen and Sid use playfulness, humor, experience, and compassion to tackle the topic of strap-on sex for everybody.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jul
24

The Joys of Toys!

Wednesday, September 7th — 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.

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!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Jul
17

Full-Bodied Fellatio

Thursday, September 1st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

What do you do when your partner lacks blowjob skills? Where do you go for training when you wish to improve your own? Here!

M. Makael Newby is a relationship coach and dance instructor with a particular skill for breaking physical action into components and teaching them with enthusiasm… and blowjobs are one of her favorite things. This class will educate both the givers and receivers. Come learn about creating anticipation, communication, preparing for success, hand skills, tongue tricks, prostate massage, deep throating, sloppy BJs, choking and forced gagging for both bio and strap-on penises. Live demo (on dildo) included.

Many of these techniques are included in My Erotic Adventure, her choose-your-own styled erotic novel. Get empowered to give and receive extraordinary head!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jun
19

Rough Sex for Nice Folks

Reid MihakoTuesday, August 16th — 7:30 pm — $20

If you’re a lover, not a fighter, but you or your lover like it a little rough, let America’s favorite sex geek Reid Mihalko show you how you can safely be a badass in bed. From wrestling to rough sex to advanced ergonomic techniques, join us for this humorous and informative workshop (with live demos!) on how to unleash your rougher side in the bedroom.

In this class for all genders and orientations we’ll cover:

  • The best sex positions, proper body positioning, and ergonomics for harder, stronger, and longer sex
  • Why and how wrestling can be a turn-on
  • Wrestling techniques that are safe, easy and fun
  • Hair-pulling 101
  • How to move your partner’s body around the bed with more ease
  • And much more!

No matter your experience level, orientation, or relationship status, this class is going to be educational, fun, and give you tons of ideas for how to incorporate rougher elements into your play. We’ll even have plenty of room for your questions!

Reid Mihalko helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information. He frequently speaks at colleges and universities, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Jun
19

Navigating Non-Monogamy

Monday, August 8th — 7:30 pm — $20

Reid Mihalko and Allison MoonCurious about this new “lovestyle” you’re hearing a lot about called polyamory? Maybe you’ve read all the books but want to talk to folks actually living and loving the poly lifestyle. Whatever your reason or level of experience, join Reid Mihalko and Girl Sex 101 author Allison Moon for 2 hours of tips and tricks and Q&A!

In this fun, informative, and easy-to-understand primer on polyamory and open relationships, Reid and Allison will cover:

  • Definitions, vocabulary, and different ways to construct non-monogamous relationships
  • The elements that make polyamory workable (and those that create frustration and regrets)
  • Open relationships’ most common pitfalls and how YOU can avoid them
  • How to create safety by figuring out and negotiating your boundaries and agreements
  • How to find your Perfect Poly Fit and merge different poly styles to decrease upset and increase your odds that everyone is happier and MORE fulfilled
  • 3 tips and tools that will help you survive any poly exploration
  • The secret reframe that turns jealousy from a death knell into a beacon of hope and healthy relating
  • Resources, books, and tools to proceed into the world of responsible non-monogamy, at whatever your preferred pace or interest level… tools that help in monogamy, too!

Opening up relationships can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Show up with your questions and leave with new-found confidence and self-esteem for your relationships and sex life!

Allison Moon is author of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed sex ed book Girl Sex 101, the Tales of the Pack series of novels about lesbian werewolves, and the sexual memoir, Bad Dyke. As a sex educator, Allison has presented her workshops to thousands of people around the US and Canada.

Reid Mihalko helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information. He frequently speaks at colleges and universities, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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