Jul
31

New product round-up for July

Here are the products we added to our catalog in the month of July! First up: the Slimline G, an inexpensive plastic vibe designed for superb G-spot stimulation. This toy would make a great introduction to G-spot exploration.

That snazzy box you see is a pack of Sir Richard’s condoms. Aside from having really hip packaging, Sir Richard’s believes that safe sex is a human right. So, for every Sir Richard’s condom you buy, they will donate one condom to a country in need. Pretty neat, eh?

Then there’s Furverts, an amusing (and interactive: it has a fuzzy peek-a-boo cover!) photographic look at the furry subculture. We also added three other books: The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women, Woman Cancer Sex, and Man Cancer Sex.

Last but not least: porn! We now stock these hot lesbian movies: Take Her Down! Lesbian Erotic Oil Wrestling Party and a two-pack of Afterschool Special and Turn Me Up Over and On. And finally, to bulk up our Classic/Vintage DVD category, we’ve added one DVD of softcore burlesque nudes from the ’40s and ’50s, and one DVD of softcore nudes from the ’50s and ’60s.

Jul
30

The Joys of Toys!

Thursday, September 1st — 7:30 p.m. — $10

Join She Bop’s very own AJ (aka Amory Jane) for an evening of education and fun. Ever wandered around a sex toy shop and wondered “what the heck is that for?” Never fear, AJ will answer those burning (in a good way) questions and then some.

In this class you will learn about how sex toys originated and have advanced throughout history. AJ 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! AJ 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.

This workshop is open to all genders and sexual appetites!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Jul
28

AVN selects She Bop as one of top 50 adult retailers

Well, hey! AVN (Adult Video News) has compiled their first ever list of the adult industry’s top 50 retailers, and we’re on it!

According to AVN, the chosen retailers all express a “willingness to be active partners in their customers’ quest for sexual satisfaction.” But of course!

We’re listed under “single-store brick-and-mortars,” and our blurb goes like this:

Evy Cowan and Jeneen Doumitt opened She Bop in 2009, allied to create a boutique specializing in non-toxic toys, female-friendly DVDs and gifts focused on sexuality. Recent events have included classes on “Full-Bodied Fellatio” and “Rough Sex for Beginners: Consent and Desire,” and blog posts cover local events, new products in the shop, and general musings on pleasure and sexuality.

We were honored to have been listed at all, but to be listed alongside some amazing shops such as Early to Bed, Good for Her, Come As You Are, and The Tool Shed is even sweeter. Thanks, AVN!

Jul
25

Sex toy cleaning guide

Cleaning may not be the most glamorous thing a person can do with a sex toy, but the cleaning process is vital to keeping a toy in tip-top condition! If your toys are not cleaned properly, you run the risk of developing a bacterial infection. But don’t worry — it takes mere minutes to clean a sex toy, and the techniques are about as simple as washing your hands.

Nearly all sex toys can be washed with good old antibacterial soap and warm water. There are also some products made specifically for sex toy cleaning, such as Pjur Med Clean Spray and Afterglow Toy Tissues. These products are gentle, can be used in lieu of soap, and rinse/wipe off easily.

If you have ultrasensitive skin or are unable to use antibacterial soap for any reason, we highly recommend that you only use sex toys made of non-porous materials. Non-porous toys are completely body-safe and will not trap bacteria on their surfaces, so they can be cleaned much more thoroughly than porous toys, and in a wider variety of ways. The majority of the toys we carry are non-porous.

This guide will tackle the different sex toy materials and how each should be cleaned. There are four basic cleaning techniques. Not every technique can be applied to every toy — be sure to read about specific materials below. Here are the basic instructions for each technique.

  • Soap and water: Lather the toy with antibacterial soap and warm water. Let the soap sit on the surface of the toy for 2-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Dry.
  • Boiling: After a preliminary soap and water scrubbing, submerge the toy slowly in a pot of boiling water and allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Ensure that it stays submerged as it boils. Carefully remove the toy and dry.
  • Bleaching: Mix together a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water. Wash the toy with soap and water first, then submerge the toy in the bleach solution, or spray/wipe the toy with the solution. Let it sit momentarily, then rinse and dry.
  • Dishwasher: Place the toy in the top rack of your dishwasher and run the dishwasher on a gentle cycle without any soap. Dry.

In each case, toys can be air-dried or dried with a paper towel or lint-free cloth. Let your toys dry completely before storing them; otherwise the leftover moisture could encourage mold and mildew.

When should sex toys be cleaned? Well, toys should definitely be washed when you first take them out of their package. They should also be cleaned as soon as possible after use, and sometimes even before use (if they have been stored away for a while).

Here are a few more general rules to keep in mind.

  • Unplug and remove batteries from toys prior to washing them.
  • If an electronic toy is not fully waterproof, take special care to avoid getting water in the charger socket, on the interface, or inside the casing.
  • Remember that for any toy with mechanical parts, boiling and dishwasher cleaning are out of the question.
  • Use condoms on toys that will be shared, and toys that are made of porous materials. After removing the condom, wash the toy as usual.

Now, onto the materials!

Pure silicone

Such as Ella, Form 4, Naughty Boy, Silicone Cock Ring.

100% silicone is a very hygienic material, as it is completely non-porous. You have quite a few options for how to wash a silicone toy, especially if it does not have electronic parts. You can wash it with warm, soapy water. Or you can boil it, put it in the dishwasher, or clean it with a bleach solution. Remember, never boil a toy or put it in the dishwasher if it has any mechanical parts.

Plastic

Such as Mia, Freestyle WAneros Helix, Energie.

Plastic is rigid and non-porous. Wash it with warm, soapy water, or wipe down with sex toy cleaner. Bleaching is also acceptable. Do not boil.

Glass, metal, wood, ceramic

All of these hard materials are non-porous.

Glass toys, such as Athena, can be washed with soap and water. Do not use an abrasive cleaner — it may scratch or dull the surface of the glass. Glass toys may also be boiled, bleached, or placed in the dishwasher. However, depending on the type of glass, the toy may be sensitive to extreme temperatures, so only boil it or place it in the dishwasher if you are certain it is made of sturdy borosilicate glass.

Metal toys, such as the Pure Wand, can be treated with a bleach solution, boiled, or washed with soap and water. The dishwasher is not recommended for these toys, as some rinse agents are bad for some metals. Do not use jewelry cleaners on metal toys.

Wooden toys, such as Romp, are non-porous and sealed with a special, body-safe coating. They can be washed with warm water and non-abrasive soap, or wiped down with toy cleaner. They should not be boiled or placed in the dishwasher.

Ceramic toys should be cleaned with soap and water, or they can be bleached.

Elastomer

Such as Rabbit HabitSilky, Maven, Neo Ring.

Elastomer is a soft material that comes in different degrees of porousity. Because of this, we suggest it be cleaned with warm, soapy water, then rinsed. Toy cleaning spray may also bhttp://www.sheboptheshop.com/search/results?q=Fleshlight”>Fleshlights.

These materials mimic skin and are very porous, so they can harbor bacteria and are one of the most difficult materials to keep clean. Real-feel materials are also quite delicate and can tear easily, so be gentle when cleaning them. Fleshlights specifically should be cleaned with water only — no soap. Other real-feel materials may be able to withstand mild soap, but be sure to fully rinse it away.

Toys made of real-feel materials should be left out to air dry completely before being stored. Because of the porousness of the material, it is very important that residual water is not left on the toy. You may speed up the drying process with Fleshlights by threading a soft cloth through them.

If, over time, you find your toy becoming sticky to the touch, you can dust it with some cornstarch (not talcum powder, as it has been linked to cervical cancer) prior to storage. This will give it a softer feel. Wash off the cornstarch before using the toy again.

Jelly

Jelly is a porous material that is often accompanied by a synthetic, new-shower-curtain type of smell. We do not stock any jelly toys because we are concerned about the potential health risks of the chemicals in many of them. If you own a jelly toy, cover it with a condom before use. Clean it with warm, soapy water, and rinse very thoroughly. Keep an eye out for deterioration in the surface of the material. If the material begins to degrade, throw out the toy immediately.

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Jul
20

TSA a-okay with sex toys

Two emotions I felt while reading this article: relief and amusement. Finally, acknowledgement from the Transportation Safety Administation (TSA) that, for them, sex toys are no big deal! Even BDSM toys — whips, floggers, chains, leashes, cuffs, and restraints — are fine to pack in a carry-on bag.

Sex toys are not only legal to travel with; they’re expected. Inspectors know a vibrator when they see one, and they will not confiscate it. However, travelers should remember that inspectors are trained to keep an eye out for electronic devices.

The best solution? Just don’t be nervous. If you need a little pep talk, remind yourself that vibrators are common — roughly half the women in the U.S. own one, and vibrators have been around longer than airplanes. If asked about your toy, stay calm and give a straightforward answer; “that’s my dildo” is perfect. Don’t lie about what the toy is.

There is one ominous category of items that is acceptable only for checked luggage, but not carry-on luggage: “billy clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, nunchakus and martial arts weapons.” This category includes “anatomically correct cylinders of roughly a foot or so in length,” or any sex toy that could be defined as “club-like.”

A prime example of such a thing would be the njoy Eleven, a massive, 2-pound stainless steel dildo. Hilariously, the TSA spokesman was asked specifically about this toy, and he said (presumably in a very official tone of voice), “We would call that a baton-like item. It could be considered a weapon.”

Generally, anything under 7 inches in length does not fall into this category, and thus is fine to bring in carry-ons. Just be sure to remove the batteries from your vibrator and follow the 3-1-1 rule with lube.

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Jul
16

Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon

Wednesday, August 10th — 7:15 p.m. — $15

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 Portland’s Queen of the Tease, 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 beings while developing a greater appreciation of our feminine power!

Students should dress in comfortable clothes such a yoga or dance wear. Please bring your favorite heels, your prettiest bra and a zip up or button down blouse for layering. 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 7:15pm – class will begin promptly at 7:30pm, no late entrance after 7:45pm. Also no photographs are permitted. There will be time for shopping after the class!

Grab your best girlfriends and join Miss Moone for and 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
11

Finally! A bra guide for queer folks!

Yes! Lesbian social commentary website Autostraddle put together something that was sorely needed: a guide to bra shopping for those who identify as queer. The Bra Issue: Queer Fashion Guide For Various Shapes, Sizes and Gender Expressions is a guide to navigating the wide world of bras, whether your gender expression leans feminine, masculine, neutral or somewhere in between.

The in-depth guide features tips for finding a style of bra that fits correctly and makes you feel fantastic. The staff present their top picks for small boobs, large boobs, femme/girly shoppers, gender-neutral shoppers, and butch shoppers.

There’s also a section on binding that mentions binder/compression shirts like the ones we carry (Tri-Top Chest Binder and Double Panel Compression Shirt Binder).

But this isn’t just a bra guide. Interspersed between the bra recommendations are a few personal essays: “What’s A Butch To Do” and “What To Do With Boobs from a Queer Fat Femme Perspective.” Both are great reads. A quote from “What’s a Butch To Do”:

I want to seduce MYSELF and feel confident and sexual and powerful with a Special Lady. I want to hypnotize her with my boobs. I cannot do this in a flowery lace Balis Minimizer that my mother forced me to wear my entire life ’cause I carry 38Ds . . . we just need a designer to understand for the masculeeene lady – our femininity is IN our masculinity and someday I hope there is a bra that supports that.

See what I did. Supports that. Our boobs.

Har, har. Autostraddle also has a queer swimsuit guide and underwear guide. Totally awesome.

Jun
30

20% off Jimmyjane Form 2 and Form 3 this weekend

This fourth of July, we invite you to light some fireworks in your bedroom! July 1 – 4, two of our high-end Jimmyjane toys (in both our shop and our web store) will be 20% off. The Form 2 is shaped like a pair of rabbit ears, while the Form 3 mimics a tongue. Both are rechargeable, body-safe, and completely waterproof!

We will also be open regular hours (11 am – 7 pm) on July 4th. Yay!

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Jun
30

New product round-up for June

Perhaps the most exciting new products are the ones from Fun Factory: the Tiger, Elegance, Calla, and Big Boss are part of Fun Factory’s new G4 line. Each vibe is rechargeable and fully waterproof, with a silky 100% silicone shaft and ergonomic looped handle. Bonus: they look a bit like popsicles. Oh yeah, each has a “booster” button for when you need a quick burst of power!

We also have some amazing new packing underwear from Spareparts Hardwear! The Pete Briefs and Pete Freestyle are two styles of packing undies that give you the option of having the packer rest directly against your skin, or to cover it. They also have an open-fly front design — perfect for STP packer use. These undies come in four sizes and are made of lightweight, breathable Nylon Spandex fabric.

One new book this month: Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women, which is full of hot stories inspired by classic fairy tales.

And finally — we thought you guys might like some Lube Tubes. These are fun little disposable plastic shooters that can aid in applying lube to the spots that need it most. Especially good for anal!

Jun
29

A Guide to Better Orgasms with Mikaya Heart

Wednesday, August 24th — 7:30pm — $25

Price of admission includes copy of The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women

Every woman has within her the energy, sensitivity and power to achieve fulfilling orgasms. Mikaya Heart, author of the new book The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women, teaches how to let go and be carried away by our own sexual energy without trying to control it. In this instructive, encouraging, and empowering workshop, Heart will cover the G-spot and other “bliss points,” the joy of sex toys, sex and spirit, and how to overcome trouble achieving orgasm. Mikaya Heart is an author, speaker, life coach and explorer.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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