Apr
19

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

AnnamarieWednesday, July 11th — 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!

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Apr
19

Eating Out: Your Recipe for Outstanding Oral Sex

Thursday, June 28th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Gretchen LeighCunnilingus-curious? Vulva vocationalist? Muff-diving master? Whether you’re well-versed in the art of going down or a newbie in need of a 101, we could all use a little brush-up every once in awhile. In this class, Gretchen Leigh will cover vulva anatomy, tongue techniques, safer sex tools, getting your hands (and toys!) into the action, creative positioning for various body types, and most importantly — how to request, give, and receive constructive feedback on your technique! Come get your clit questions answered and your cunt concerns addressed in this comfortable, gender-affirming, body-positive class.

Gretchen Leigh is an educator, personal trainer, athlete, model, advocate, and performer, dedicated to helping people find the confluence of physical, mental, and sexual health. Though she has made a name for herself in the sex ed world with classes such as “Strap it to me: Strap-on sex for Everybody” and “Fellatio 2.0: An Oral Sex Upgrade,” she maintains a passion for health education, and is currently the go-to resource for many on sex after cancer, pelvic floor health, and more. You can regularly find Gretchen slinging sex toys at She Bop, lifting heavy things in a singlet, or talking about feminism to strangers (with permission, of course).

Limited space available — sign up online!

Mar
27

Build-a-Vibe with Crave!

Saturday, April 14th (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday, April 15th (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) — FREE or $95

Build-a-Vibe with CraveHave you ever wanted to build your own vibrator? Now’s your chance! Sex toy manufacturer Crave is zooming across the country on their Pleasure Tour, and they’re making a stop in Portland!

Visit our Mississippi location Saturday, April 14th or Sunday, April 15th and climb inside the Crave Design Factory — a 1961 Airstream that’s been transformed into a showroom, design studio, and mini factory. Drop in any time between noon and 8 pm on Saturday and noon and 7 pm on Sunday. Peruse Crave’s product line (Crave toys are 20% off in the Airstream or in-store during the event!) and meet Ti Chang, co-founder and head of design at Crave, to learn a bit about what goes into vibrator design and how the company’s products are manufactured.

Interested in building your very own vibrator? Choose a time slot and purchase it here on our site to secure your spot. The fun and informative Build-a-Vibe workshop includes step-by-step guidance as you assemble your very own pre-release Duet Pro rechargeable vibe to take home! The Duet Pro combines the two-tipped form factor of the Crave Duet with a web app that lets you develop custom vibration patterns and reload them on the vibrator as often as you like. The Duet Pro will retail for $200, so this is a great deal!

Sound fun? Pop into Crave’s Airstream outside our Mississippi location April 14th through 15th or sign up for a Build-a-Vibe spot now. After all, when is another vibrator factory going to roll into town?

Accessibility: while the Airstream itself is not fully accessible, we have an alternative plan for wheelchair users. Just let us know in advance via email (info@sheboptheshop.com) — we’ll be happy to accommodate you!

Sign up now for a build-a-vibe spot!

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Mar
25

10% Tuesdays in April for Call to Safety

Each Tuesday this April, 10% of our sales at She Bop will go to Call to Safety (formerly Portland Women’s Crisis Line). Call to Safety is a hugely important organization that offers 24/7 support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. They offer services such as a crisis linesafety planning, peer support, and referrals to community resources. Call to Safety is an invaluable asset to our community, and we are honored to be able to give back to them for the tireless work that they do.

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to RAINN, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. This unfortunate statistic is a reality for 1 out of every 6 American women. Here are a few resources for thinking about and combating sexual assault.

We also carry the books Healing Sex and The Sexual Healing Journey, which aim to help survivors of sexual trauma reclaim their sex lives.

Mar
10

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Sunday, June 10th — 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. You’ll also receive a zine in the class that will help you with poses, playing with certain props, and even photo editing recommendations that you can use after the class is over.

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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Mar
10

Pleasure, Power, and Pain: An Introduction to BDSM

Wednesday, June 6th — 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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Mar
10

Swinging & Threesomes & Orgies, Oh My!

Amory JaneThursday, May 31st — 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!

Feb
4

How to Be a Sex-Positive Medical Provider

Wednesday, April 25th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Hunter RileyDo you work in healthcare and wish you had more resources for patients who have sex and relationship questions? Do you sometimes feel embarrassed talking to patients about their sex lives? Sex is a quality of life issue for most people, and knowing how to discuss the subject with patients is key — whether it’s someone needing a dilator set, a lubricant that doesn’t cause irritation, information on kink, etc.

In this informative class, Hunter Riley will go over how healthcare providers can help their patients feel more comfortable talking about sex, sexuality, relationships, gender and more. Small independent sex shops like She Bop can offer the support and guidance that so many people crave, but due to time constraints, aren’t always able to offer training programs for providers themselves. This workshop is geared specifically toward those in healthcare and helping professions.

We will talk about:

  • How prepared and comfortable do you feel right now to address client issues surrounding sexuality?
  • What biases or beliefs do you hold regarding sexuality, and how can you address them?
  • How do sex shops play a role in supporting people with their relationship and sex questions and challenges?

Hunter Riley is a sex educator, speaker and social media maven and manages the medical outreach program at Self Serve Toys in Albuquerque. She has presented and trained with different organizations including university hospitals, med schools, mental health provider conferences, nursing conferences, sexual assault nurse examiners, and more.

If you are a health care practitioner, let us know in the notes when you sign up for this class so we can make sure we can supply you with a bag of discount coupons and lube samples to share with your patients!

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Feb
1

She Bop’s Picks: Valentine’s Day

Have you been struck by one of Cupid’s arrows and are looking for the perfect present for your beloved? Perhaps you want to impress a new partner, treat yourself to something sexy, or give the gift of pleasure to a favorite friend? Any time of year is great for sex toys, but with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought we would put together a special guide with some of our top picks for this February.

Check out last year’s list, and our picks from 201620152014, and 2013 for even more ideas!

Stronic G

Stronic G

She Bop’s staff, Team Bop, has been excitedly waiting for the arrival of the Stronic G for quite some time. After experiencing the original Stronic Eins, it is safe to say that many of us began to “Trust the Thrust,” as was encouraged by Fun Factory on the promo material for their Stronic line. The Stronic pulsators don’t vibrate like traditional toys — they thrust back and forth — and can often be used for hands-free stimulation. Their patented technology means there literally is nothing else like them on the planet. So, if you are looking for a unique toy and something that offers the kind of movement and pressure that could previously only be provided by capable fingers, look no further!

Just like with every new Smartphone on the market, Stronic G has taken a thoroughly modern step in that it is lighter and slimmer than its predecessors. This sleeker design makes it more accessible and easier to hold, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in any power. It still has 10 movement settings that range from a slow trot to a quick rhythmic thrust that is enthusiastic yet completely consistent. Based on many positive reviews, you may even find that the Stronic G becomes your go-to toy for squirting adventures!

PeacemakerPeacemaker

Vixen Creations has done it again — designing another innovative toy based on customer requests and feedback! People asked for a real-feel double-ended dildo, and Vixen delivered with the Peacemaker! This beauty was modeled after their original Nexus dildo, but handcrafted into something more by adding circumference and their legendary dual-density VixSkin. The realistic side of the toy has 6.5 inches of insertable length and is 1.9 inches in girth. It comes in three different skin colors and includes lifelike details that help it feel like an extension of the body (especially since VixSkin is known for warming and retaining body heat). The curved purple part of the toy is smoother in texture, good for fans of G-Spot stimulation, and measures at 5.25 inches insertable length by 1.5 girth.

The Peacemaker is a wonderful toy for couples, and works best when paired with a harness. Any harness with a double-ended dildo compatible design should do, but our recommendations are for the ultra comfortable and adjustable Joque, the sleek and minimalist Switch Leather Camryn, or the sturdy and lightweight Vegan Jaguar harness by Aslan.

Make Me Melt Wax Play CandlesMake Me Melt candles

If you want to do something extra HOT with your partner this Valentine’s Day, why not try wax play? The paraffin Make Me Melt Wax Play Candles are classic and inexpensive tools to add to any BDSM toy bag.  They are created to drip sensually on the body and provide just a touch of heat and sting upon contact. Once on the skin, the wax quickly cools and hardens, turning your lover’s body into an original Jackson Pollock-esque work of art.

If this kind of sensation play is new to you, pair the candles with The Toybag Guide to Hot Wax and Temperature Play for an adventurous and thoughtful gift all for under $25.

Element MSElement MS

The palm-sized Sir Richard’s Element MS may look like a stingray, but its supple silicone wings are smooth, comfortable, and accommodating. This toy enthusiastically proves that vibrators are not just for vulvas. It is made to stimulate the frenulum, a sensitive erogenous zone along the underside of the penis (or can be flipped around for extra base and shaft stimulation). Its flexibility and versatility also means it can be used with or without an erection.

The Element MS has five intensity levels and four vibration modes, and may be used solo or with a lover. Lube it up with a slick water-based gel for an incredible vibrating hand job. Enhancement ribs add extra stimulation with each stroke! It may also be worn around the penis during partner play, providing a curved and thrumming surface to ride on or rub against for waves of vibrating pleasure. The Element MS is waterproof and washable for easy cleanup, made from platinum medical-grade silicone, and is powered by a USB rechargeable high performance lithium battery.

XConfessions Volume 10

XConfessions Vol. 10

If you think the days of watching adult movies on DVD are over, you are truly missing out on some gorgeous and revolutionary porn! Famous erotic film director Erika Lust continues her award-winning XConfessions series, and XConfessions Vol. 10 is one of the most artistic and diverse volumes yet. While XConfessions originally started as a project on Erika Lust’s website, it has now grown into a global feminist porn movement, featuring guest directors and stars from all over the world.

Like Lust’s other volumes, XConfessions Vol. 10 includes ten explicit, beautiful, and imaginative short films. There is a dystopian science-fiction porn, a film featuring a bisexual foursome, scenes of stripping and voyeurism, and even a Wes Anderson style fantasy that was filmed in Barcelona and Berlin. If it wasn’t for all of the nudity and hot sex, you might forget you aren’t watching a highly nominated indie film. These are not your grainy online amateur videos (not that there is anything wrong with those). However, you can watch without the distraction of ads and poor lighting, and while knowing this porn was ethically made, directed by women, and inspired by fans.

Migliori Lubricant

Migliori lubricant

Still searching for a lube that feels amazing, moisturizes, is long-lasting, and can help increase pleasure and decrease discomfort? How about one of She Bop’s newest additions to our selection of lubricants? Migliori!

Migliori is a unique lubricant unlike anything else on the market. It looks mostly like a water-based gel, but is in fact a premium silicone-based formula with vitamins A, B6, D3, and E. Whereas most silicone lubes have a thin and slippery dry oil feel, Migliori is a thick and more full-bodied silicone lubricant that provides extraordinary glide and longevity. That means less drying and less reapplying. As an added bonus, it comes in a pretty teardrop-shaped glass bottle (with included velour travel bag). Note: Since this product is silicone-based, it is not compatible with silicone toys.

We-Vibe DittoWe-Vibe Ditto

Most of us have heard about the fantasy/scenario where a couple uses a remote-operated vibrator in public for a memorable Valentine’s date night. Well, now this kinky option is available for everyone, and is able to be more discreet than ever!

We-Vibe is known for luxury app-compatible toys that are geared toward couples, and the Ditto is their first remote-controlled vibrating butt plug! It is rechargeable, 100% waterproof, and comes with a 2-years manufacturer’s warranty. A lovely size for beginner to intermediate bottoms, the Ditto is made from smooth silicone and has a flexible neck for comfort. Its deep and rumbly vibrations mix with gentle pressure for amazing hands-free stimulation. Ideal for wearing out, wearing during sex, or for masturbation.

Choose from 10 preset vibration settings or create your own with the free We-Connect app. That means you or your partner can use either the slim pocket-sized remote or a smartphone to send sensations to one of your most sensitive spots — whether you’re sitting across the table from each other or you’re across the country!

Charged Remote Control Panty Vibe

Charged Remote Control Panty Vibe

Excited by the idea of a remote-operated vibrator but not into anal stimulation? We still have you covered — with the Charged Remote Control Panty Vibe! This vibrating bullet + underwear set goes above and beyond the panty vibes of yesteryear. For starters, the waterproof, 10-function Vooom bullet is USB rechargeable. It is also operated by a remote control that is disguised as a silicone finger ring. Tuck the bullet into the hidden pocket of the included side-tie lace panties (fits up to 60-inch waists) or use your own favorite pair of pocket undies to put vibrations exactly where you want them.

Do you like versatility and having options for your toys? The small standard size and shape of the Vooom vibrating bullet means that it can also fit in harnesses and into the bases of compatible dildos and finger vibe sleeves. It may be operated without the ring for simplicity, or with the ring up to 50 feet away. Connect more with your lover or with your own pleasure with the Charged Remote Control Panty Vibe!

Shibari Pleasure Cherry Kegel Balls

Pleasure Cherry Kegel Balls

This sweet and playful set of pink and purple kegel balls looks like it was made for Valentine’s Day! The five weighted cherries are all the same convenient size at 5.9 inches long (with 4.7 inch “stems”) and 1.38 inches in diameter, but have variable weights from 1.06 to 3.88 ounces. That sets these Cherry Kegel Balls apart from other kegel ball collections, because the user can progress through the weights without a change in size. Another feature that makes them special? These cleverly shaped vaginal weights are made from silky premium silicone with a stainless steel center, meaning they are non-porous and very easy to clean —  including the retrieval string.

Kegel weights can be a practical and fun way to tone and exercise pelvic floor muscles, increase erotic awareness and heighten sexual sensitivity, prevent incontinence, help the PC muscles prepare for and heal from childbirth, and they can contribute to stronger orgasms and a more responsive G-Spot. For more info on kegel exercises and vaginal weights, check out this helpful post on our blog!

Sutil RichSutil Rich

Just when we thought Hathor Aphrodisia had outdone themselves with their Sutil Luxe Body Glide, they came out with the incredible Sutil Rich! This brand new formulation is just as luxurious and long-lasting as the original light formulation, but with enhanced viscosity and an addition of aphrodisiac herbs. Horny Goat Weed, Ginseng Root, and Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract are Chinese herbal aphrodisiac tonics traditionally used to increase stamina and vitality and boost immune functions. When used topically, they can have a mild vasodilating effect, which enhances blood flow for increased arousal and healing. Therefore, Sutil Rich could be a lovely lubricant to help ease anal and vaginal penetration and to soothe dryness and discomfort.

Sutil Rich is a thicker gel that stays put on toys and body without becoming sticky or drying. It performs much like a silicone lube, but is conveniently water-based and compatible with silicone toys. Like all of our lubricants, it is paraben-free and glycerin-free, but it is also Eco-Certified. That means it is free of synthetic perfumes or dyes, contains no GMO or animal-derived ingredients, and is manufactured by environmentally friendly processes.

Je Joue Rabbit and G-Spot Bullets

These two adorable silicone bullet vibes from Je Joue are new to the shop and have pretty much everything you could ask for in a mini vibrator. Body-safe materials that feel smooth and sensuous? Check! USB rechargeable and easy to operate? Check! Waterproof, versatile with multiple settings, and under $75? Check! Both the Rabbit and G-Spot bullets take Je Joue’s well-known pleasantly rumbly motors and pack them into compact vibes that are small but mighty.

The G-Spot Bullet, with its curved and slightly bulbous head, works well for internal or external stimulation. At a height of just over 4 inches, it may be used for shallow penetration that targets the G-Spot or as a slim and wieldy clitoral vibrator. The cute and seamless 5 inch Rabbit Bullet is a clit-hugging dream! With its two soft and semi-flexible ears that can surround a clitoris or massage the labia, it offers deep rumbling sensations that satisfy. These are not zippy little high-pitched toys you only keep around for their convenient travel size – they are luxury vibrators that prove that size doesn’t always matter.

Jan
28

Love’s Not Color Blind: Race & Representation in Polyamorous Communities

Thursday, May 10th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Kevin PattersonPolyamorous people and communities can appear, at first glance, to be very open and welcoming. However, in many cases, they don’t take the time to get introspective about why they may come across as unfriendly or inaccessible to people of color. Join Kevin Patterson, author of Love’s Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities, for this combined book signing, workshop, and discussion about what we can do to change that landscape.

This book-signing event comes bundled with a workshop on intersectional polyamory + a personally-driven discussion/Q&A on how race can impact polyamory on both individual and community levels. The book Love’s Not Color Blind will be 10% off the night of the class.

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He’s been practicing ethical non-monogamy since 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is currently the most diverse and inclusive platform for polyamory available.

To continue the discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog’s work into nationwide speaking engagements about how race and polyamory intersect. This has led to the writing of the book Love’s Not Color Blind.

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