Jun
20

Burlesque Basics for the Bedroom & Beyond with Eva D’Luscious

Sunday, September 8th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Eva D'Luscious

Life 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 her “3Ps of Tease” and 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. 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.

Wear a sassy outfit you can easily move in and, if you have them, bring long satin gloves, a boa, a long robe and dance heels/heels with ankle straps. Eva’s rule about heels is high enough to feel sexy, low enough to be safe, and feels bare feet are also sexy. A water bottle and a playful attitude are a must!

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!

We’re offering 1 free class spot to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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May
30

10% Tuesdays in June for the Q Center

Q CenterOn each Tuesday in June, 10% of our sales will go to the Q Center, the wonderful LGBTQ community center just around the corner from us in North Portland. The Q Center is an absolute gem of an organization; here’s their description of what they do:

Q Center serves as Portland’s LGBTQ2SIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit, Intersex, Asexual) dedicated community center. Our mission is to provide safe spaces, community building and empowerment for the positive transformation of LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and allies in the Pacific Northwest.

Q Center serves as a hub for LGBTQ2SIA+ resilience and empowerment, with 20,000 visits annually for resources such as: a daily drop-in space, over 40 peer support groups, monthly rotating art exhibits, LGBTQ2SIA+ markets, programs for elders, leader development programming, and a LGBTQ2SIA+ specific information and referral system.

Come visit us and find a new toy on any Tuesday in June, and 10% of your purchase will go to the Q Center!

Bonus: give the Q Center some social media love by following them on Facebook and Twitter! Also check out some video interviews with the people who make the Q Center tick on YouTube.

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May
26

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Thursday, August 29th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

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 Portland’s leading sex educators and sex-positive entertainers. She is the host of the podcast Sex on the Brain with Amory Jane, creator and emcee of the award-nominated Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Showand co-hosts the new sex ed talkshow Talkin’ Dirty. Amory Jane has taught hundreds of sexuality workshops at She Bop and around the country. 

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

May
26

Authentic Kink with Princess Kali

Wednesday, August 21st — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Kinksters often have to depend on erotica and porn to learn what kink looks and feels like, but unfortunately that can create a lot of myths, misunderstandings and accidental mistakes. BDSM is so focused on activity, but just because you’re going through the motions doesn’t mean you’ll have a happy, healthy experience. It can take years (and plenty of bad scenes) to help you learn exactly what you enjoy and why. But it doesn’t have to if you spend time reflecting on your needs and limits ahead of time.

In this class Princess Kali will use storytelling and engaging discussion to teach you how to have the most authentic and fulfilling kink experience possible. Over the last 17 years in the kink scene, Kali has developed a straightforward method for discovering your most authentic kinky self.

You’ll learn:

  • How to dig deeper into your own desires to help you understand articulate them more clearly
  • The difference between style and role and how to use both to your advantage
  • A brand new approach to negotiation that’s proven to create more successful scenes
  • How to break free from any unconscious stereotypes or myths holding you back from fully exploring kink
  • And more!

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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May
26

Mapping the Vulva: Licking, Touching, Teasing, & Talking

Wednesday, August 14th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Stella HarrisThere is so much confusion surrounding vulvas that it’s become a pop-culture joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on us. With vulvas being a place of mystery (and worse, a source of shame), our ability to receive pleasure from this area of the body can be extremely diminished. This class will dispel misinformation and teach you all about the vulva — from anatomy to styles of touch. In addition to the external genitalia, we’ll also discuss the vagina, the G-spot, and the underlying anatomical structures.

With a focus on intimacy and connection, this class will cover styles of communication that will set both the giver and the receiver of touch at ease and give you tools to communicate your desires. There is a whole world of pleasure available if giver and receiver are willing to learn how to relax, open up, to touch and receive touch.

Using visual aids, sex toys, and vulva models, we’ll discuss everything from hand sex to oral sex as well as the use of toys — and ways to combine all three.

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!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

May
26

F*#% My Filthy Mouth: Your Guide to Sexting & Dirty Talk

Sunday, August 4th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Grace Malloy & Amory Jane

You asked for more sexual communication classes from She Bop’s educators, and we listened. Amory Jane and Grace Malloy present a brand new workshop all about talking dirty! Are you craving the sounds of your sexiest fantasies? Are the words on the tip of your tongue? Do you want to charm your lover with your dirty talk prowess or seduce with a sexy selfie? Well, get ready to explore the edges of desire, and learn how to spit out all the things you’ve been dying to say, hear, and share.

We’ll cover aural and verbal turn ons, avoids and turn offs, and how to actually get those words out when you’re in the heat of the moment — whether it’s over text or in the bedroom! Words are powerful: they can be kinky, romantic, sensual, naughty, playful and oh so arousing! Get ready for a little roleplaying, a little audience participation, and a whole lot of sweet nothings (aka live demos) from our mouths to your ears. We’ll show you how authentic, inspired dirty talk can lead you or your honey to eargasmic levels of pleasure and increase the playfulness and depth in your relationships.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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May
3

Even More Pleasure, Power, and Pain: Expanding Your BDSM Experiences

AnnamarieWednesday, July 31st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Do you have a basic understanding of BDSM play? Perhaps you’ve read some of the how-to manuals, own some kinky toys, took a class or two, or have explored some sexy role play in the bedroom. Where do you go from here?

In this class, you’ll learn skills to help you build hot, intense scenes no matter what you’re into. We’ll cover how to take some of the BDSM basics a bit farther, plus learn some edgier types of play such as CBT, nipple/breast torment, and orgasm control. Be ready to try things out (optional, but so much fun!), ask questions, and share your experiences!

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. You can learn more at her website Kinky, Sexy, Geeky.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Apr
28

How to Support a Survivor: From Ally to Accomplice

Sunday, June 9th — 7:30 pm — $10-25

Jimanekia EbornLearn to be a better ally and support sexual assault survivors! This class is for survivors and their friends, families, and partners. We will cover ally/accomplice definitions, learn correct ways and wrong ways to support a survivor, provide tools for navigating internal struggles when you are an ally, and discover different ways to give and find support in the community. You will receive insight into what survivors may be going through, and will get to do some interactive work to try out your skills, and more! *Please note this class is interactive and encourages participation to get the most from it!

Jimanekia is an assault survivor and sexuality educator devoted to supporting survivors, as well as supporting and building better allies within the community. With her help, by the end of this class, you’ll learn how to go from an ally to an accomplice. You will learn how to show up for the survivors in your life in a way you may not have known was possible.

Jimanekia Eborn has worked in mental health for the last 10 years, which is where she saw the need for sexual education and sexual trauma support. This has led to her passion for assisting and supporting those that are sexual assault survivors and those without access to comprehensive sex education. Her compassion and passion for these populations have pushed her to continue building safe spaces for clientele, sharing education, and supporting their mental spaces. You can find her work at Traumaqueen.love.

This is a sliding scale class with the following options:

$25 — standard class fee — please pay if you have the funds
$10 — low-income fee — for those experiencing economic hardship
$20 donation ONLY — this does not reserve a spot in class but is a donation to help more low-income folks attend

Limited space available — sign up online!

If you cannot afford the $10 class price and would like to apply for a free scholarship spot, please email us with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Scholarship recipients will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and will be contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Apr
28

Reconnecting with Your Sexuality After Trauma

Thursday, June 6th — 7:30 pm — $10-25

Jimanekia EbornA lot of people feel like survivors should not be sexual, but “Trauma Queen” podcast host, Jimanekia Eborn, thinks that is ridiculous.

Jimanekia is a sexual assault survivor and sex educator devoted to guiding other survivors in everyday life. In this workshop, she will cover the different types of sexual trauma and provide a starting place for healthy processing. There will be discussion about things that may come up for survivors and how to tackle them, as well as some tools to get you reconnected with your sexuality. Because trauma is something that has happened to you. It is not all of you.

By the end of this class, you’ll learn how to start the healing process and begin to handle the shame that may be connected with surviving a sexual trauma.

DISCLAIMER: This class is not therapy or a replacement for professional psychological care. It is a course run by a sex educator with knowledge of living and loving in the world as a survivor of sexual assault. We will not be delving into memories or interpreting yours.

Jimanekia Eborn has worked in mental health for the last 10 years, which is where she saw the need for sexual education and sexual trauma support. This has led to her passion for assisting and supporting those that are sexual assault survivors and those without access to comprehensive sex education. Her compassion and passion for these populations have pushed her to continue building safe spaces for clientele, sharing education, and supporting their mental spaces. You can find her work at Traumaqueen.love.

This is a sliding scale class with the following options:

$25 — standard class fee — please pay if you have the funds
$10 — low-income fee — for those experiencing economic hardship
$20 donation ONLY — this does not reserve a spot in class but is a donation to help more low-income folks attend

Limited space available — sign up online!

If you cannot afford the $10 class price and would like to apply for a free scholarship spot, please email us with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Scholarship recipients will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and will be contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Apr
28

10% Tuesdays in May for TransActive

Throughout the month of May, 10% of all purchases made at She Bop on Tuesdays will go to TransActive Gender Project! For more than 12 years, TransActive has been a leading provider and pioneer in delivering nationally recognized professional development training, support groups for gender expansive children and youth, social justice advocacy, resources and more.

Now housed at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, TransActive provides a holistic range of services and expertise to empower transgender and gender expansive children, youth, young adults and their families in living healthy lives, free of discrimination. So come on down to the shop on any Tuesday in May to support this amazing organization. Also be sure to follow TransActive on Facebook and Twitter!

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