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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Jun
27

Masturbation myths to blame for sex toy double standard

Female masturbation and sex toy use have become more mainstream in the past few years, yet there is still a pretty pervasive stigma when it comes to a man using a sex toy for masturbation. This thoughtful article by feminist blogger and gender studies professor Hugo Schwyzer examines this sex toy double standard — and why it continues to prevail.

It all traces back to myths about male and female masturbation. One such myth is that “real men have sex with real vaginas.” According to this myth,

. . . male masturbation — and especially a “penis sleeve” . . . signals a “lack of sexual success.” Male masturbation, in other words, is about relieving frustration — and for too many people, frustration is a consequence of failure. A sexually successful man should have enough sex (with women, of course, as our myths tend to exclude gay and bi men) that he only rarely gets “frustrated.”

But that’s not the only myth at play. Schwyzer spoke with sex educator Charlie Glickman to get his thoughts on the subject. Glickman believes that male sexuality is traditionally viewed as simple, whereas female sexuality is seen as complex, and this leads to a skewed perception of both.

Female sexuality is seen as complicated and mysterious, he told me, while male sexuality is seen as simple. Men learn to masturbate early, and usually quickly, worried that they’ll get caught. As a result, Charlie said, many of the men he works with still masturbate the same way at 40 that they did at 14. The focus is on “getting off” fast, not on drawing out ecstasy. Though many women do masturbate for quick relief . . . a focus on prolonged pleasure rather than simple release is still viewed as female.

Charlie pointed out that he’s never heard a gay man complain about a male lover who masturbates. But some women are threatened by their boyfriends or husbands masturbating, frequently because they’ve been raised to believe that it’s their job to be the pleasure provider in the relationship. As long as we believe that men masturbate out of a simple lack of opportunity for “real sex,” then women will believe that masturbation is a kind of rejection . . . On the other hand, plenty of folks believe that women’s sexuality is so intense and mysterious that men can rarely hope to satisfy it. So a woman masturbating with a wonderful toy she bought online is doing for herself something no man can — but a guy rubbing one out by himself is “depriving” his female partner of what is rightfully “hers.”

Read the whole post — it’s wonderful. There is not enough conversation surrounding this issue, so it’s good to see someone tackling it so eloquently.

It’s important for us to view these myths as what they are — to realize when they are influencing us, and to actively reject them. Sex toys for men are awesome, and they serve the exact same purpose as sex toys for women: to make sex with ourselves and with others more interesting and fun.

Jun
25

Rough Sex 2: Immediate Gratification

Sunday, July 17th — 7:30pm — $20

Face slapping, spanking, bondage, pounding penetration, role playing, talking smut? Sound like you? If you are already doing some of these things, here’s your chance to dive deeper into the sea of rough sex. In this hot, fun, new class sex and BDSM educator and coach Felice Shays works with individuals and couples addressing your specific questions answered through live demonstrations. A fast paced, interactive (optional) evening, this class assumes you are already delving into some (or a lot) of rough play during sex and are ready for the next level – whatever that is for you.

Possible topics include:

  • Fine tuning techniques for talking about what you want (and don’t want), hair pulling, face slapping, biting, choking, and more.
  • Ways to take hold of your sex and run the show.
  • Learning how to surrender into ecstatic submissive bliss.
  • Coming to peace with internal conflict or judgment.
  • (Consensual) ‘rape’ and other taboo sex games

Bring your questions, perverted thoughts, and concerns. All genders, sexual proclivities, singles, couples, and other relationship configurations welcome.

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Jun
22

Exploring Burlesque: Striptease Salon

Wednesday, July 13th — 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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Jun
21

Help fund a documentary about Buck Angel

We’re huge fans of transgender activist, educator, and porn performer Buck Angel. We welcomed Buck into our community in March of last year for a DVD signing, and we had a blast! We also proudly carry quite a few of his revolutionary movies: V for Vagina, Buckback Mountain, The Buck Stops Here, and Even More Bang for Your Buck.

For the past 6 years, a documentary film crew has followed Buck and documented his extraordinary life and work. The footage is wrapped up, but the crew needs to hire a talented editor in order to hopefully submit the film to festivals in the fall — so they created a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of gathering donations. They have already reached their original goal of $6,000 in donations, but would ideally love to have $9,000.

This exciting documentary, entitled Mr. Angel, explores important issues of gender identity, body image, sexuality, health, and survival. Here’s a portion of the description of the project, and you can view a trailer and more info on the campaign page (trailer begins at about 1:50).

‘Mr. Angel’ chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. His in-your-face style of activism has audiences challenged and outraged by his insistence that he is simply “a man who happens to have a vagina.” Buck has spent a lifetime facing relentless opposition and yet lives his truth with no apology. This feature-length documentary explores the source of his unwavering message of self acceptance and his drive to publicly confront the male/female binary head on. This is a story of amazing perseverance, empowerment, and an unlikely hero.

For the past 6 years, we’ve followed Buck struggling to create a new genre in the adult industry and working as an advocate and educator who is passionate about health, body image, and basic human rights. We’ve also documented his relationship with his wife, Elayne, and their life together with their seven dogs in the Yucatan. From home, the film follows the couple on trips to Berlin’s Porn Festival, to Philly to conduct body image workshops, to Yale University for a safe sex presentation, and to the Porn Oscars in Las Vegas.

There are all kinds of goodies available as rewards for different donation levels; pledge $30 or more and you’ll receive a digital download of the film when it’s finished! The final day for donations is July 10.

Jun
15

We’ve been nominated for an ‘O’ Award and StorErotica Award! Vote for us!

Awesome news! We’ve been nominated for two different industry awards. For the ‘O’ Awards, we’ve been nominated under the category “Outstanding Boutique.” In the StorErotica Awards, we’ve been nominated for “Retailer of the Year (Independent).” We are truly honored to have been recognized by both of these nominations.

The winners of the ‘O’ Awards will be chosen by a special panel of voters, then announced in the awards show ceremony at the AVN Novelty Expo on July 8.

Winners of the StorErotica Awards will be announced during a cocktail party at the ANME Founders Show on July 11. These winners will be determined by public voting on StorErotica’s website. Registration is free and requires a name and a valid email address. Voting is open until June 24th.

And a big thank you to our amazing customers, who have supported us so much and helped us thrive!

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