Jan
7

Communication in the Bedroom: Asking For What You Want

Stella HarrisWednesday, April 11th — 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!

Jan
7

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Amory JaneThursday, March 29th — 7:30 pm — $20

HEADS UP! Are you a giver who wants to blow your lover’s mind with your incredible oral sex skills? Are you a receiver who wants to learn how to communicate your fantasies and help your partner have fun and be comfortable while going down? Then come one, come all! This is a blowjob class for everyone!

Amory Jane will talk about anatomy, blowjob positions, teasing, mouth and tongue techniques, what to do with your hands, and how to ask for what you want. She will cover sloppy BJs, deep throating, gagging, and playing with power dynamics. She will also share ideas on making oral sex more stimulating and pleasurable for the giver and dealing with issues such as TMJ or neck pain.

This workshop includes a live demo on a strap-on dildo. Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes, and a dildo from home if you like to practice as you learn!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Dec
31

Reclaiming the Pelvic Floor: Tools for Total-Body Health

Wednesday, March 14th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

When you’re sick you take cold meds, when you tweak your back you rest and stretch — but what do you do when it’s your pelvic floor that needs a little TLC? If you’ve ever wondered if you’re kegeling correctly, if you’ve noticed a little leakage while jumping (or sneezing, or running, or laughing…), if you’re struggling with regular low back pain, or if you just want to know what’s really going on inside your body when you squat, bend over, or pick something up, this class is for you!

Join Holistic Chiropractor Dr. Maria McNash and Sex Educator and Personal Trainer Gretchen Leigh for a fun, informative workshop on anatomy, tips for detecting dysfunction, and tools for creating a stronger, healthier, happier pelvis.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Dec
31

The Joys of Toys!

Sunday, February 11th — 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.

Additionally, Gretchen will give pointers on how to select a toy or gift for someone else — just in time for your Valentine’s Day shopping!

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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Dec
27

Introduction to Rope Bondage

Wednesday, May 16th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

stella-harris-ropeDoes the idea of restraint turn you on? Do you want to learn the building blocks of rope bondage? In this class, Stella Harris will teach you basic safety along with the single column tie, double column tie, and a simple chest harness. With these fundamentals you will be able to improvise and create many different bondage positions and hot scenarios. You’ll also learn ways to use rope to build intimacy and connection while you’re tying, and tricks to help you build confidence as a beginner.

It’s ideal if you attend this class with a practice partner (please note that the $20 registration is per person), but folks who come alone may be able to pair off with other students, and most of these ties can also be practiced solo. Please bring rope if you have it, but some practice rope will be available. Absolute beginners are encouraged to attend!

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!

Dec
27

10% Tuesdays in January for In Other Words

In Other Words

Throughout the month of January, 10% of our proceeds made on Tuesdays will be donated to In Other Words, a non-profit, volunteer-run, feminist community center in NE Portland. Their mission is to support, enrich, and empower the feminist community through literature, art, and educational and cultural events.

In Other Words’ bookstore includes books on feminism, queer and transgender studies, sexuality, and activism/politics, as well as alternative children’s books that are not easily found at other bookstores. Their resource center offers information on topics such as health and wellness, therapy and counseling, sexual and reproductive help, transgender issues, LGBTQ support and advocacy, birth and parenting, education, housing, activism and social change, and places to contact in crisis situations.

In Other Words also supports local artists, craftspeople, musicians, performers, and writers by providing a venue for events and a space for selling art. They are one of the few spaces in Portland where artists and musicians can hold events for free and where people can attend all-ages events for low, sliding scale costs.

Most recently, In Other Words has created a free lending library, which enables everyone to find radical books in a space that is accessible to all economic demographics. Go sign up for a library card today, and come visit us on any Tuesday in January to support In Other Words!

In Other Words can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Dec
17

Wet & Wild: G-spot and Squirting Orgasms

Stella HarrisWednesday, March 21st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Ancient societies called it Amrita, the nectar of the gods. Pop culture regularly debates whether it’s urine. Whichever camp you fall in, squirting is a hot topic.

In this class, Stella Harris will cover internal and external anatomy with special emphasis on what is commonly known as the G-spot — but is becoming better understood as the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex. She’ll talk about everything from sex toys to touch techniques you can try alone or with a partner to experience an internal orgasm, and ways you can increase your chances of squirting.

Just as essential as sexual skills, Stella will discuss how to become comfortable with your body and with your partner, and ways to talk about touch and exploration that will put everyone at ease.

Stella Harris is building a world where everyone has the confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame. 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. Stella has presented at venues and conferences nationally including Catalyst Con, KinkFest Portland, COPE Ohio, and Seattle’s Center for Sex Positive Culture. She has also spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University.

Stella has been widely quoted in the media and she’s made guest appearances on numerous podcasts including Sex on the Brain and Playboy Radio. Her articles have appeared on Thought Catalog, Kinkly.com, and Fetish.com, and her fiction is included in more than a dozen anthologies.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Dec
17

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Thursday, February 8th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Ev'Yan WhitneyUncover, explore, and celebrate your sexuality through the fun and sensual art of sexy self-portraiture. In this class for women and femmes, Ev’Yan Whitney — sexuality doula and erotic selfie-taker — will teach you all the tricks and tools you’ll need to take bomb sensual selfies — not just for the pleasure and lustful gaze of your lover, 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, you’ll learn how to do the infamous “Mirror Selfie” and will be given a private, enclosed space in the shop for you to play with it. You’ll also receive a digital guide packed with tips to help you with poses, playing with certain props, journal prompts, and even photo editing recommendations that you can use after the class is over. This class is open to women and femmes, both seasoned selfie-takers and total selfie novices. All you’ll need is a smartphone that takes pictures. If you have a prop that you’d like to use for the class — a robe, a flower crown, sexy lingerie — feel free to bring it with you.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Dec
6

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Thursday, March 1st — 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)  graduated with a master’s degree from Lewis & Clark College, where she studied Sex Therapy and Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. AJ is the host of the podcast Sex on the Brain with Amory Jane, has spoken on various panels about sex and sexuality, frequently emcees sex-positive events (such as Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show) and regularly presents workshops at She Bop and around the country.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Nov
30

She Bop’s Picks: Holiday Gifts

A gift from She Bop is great any time of the year, but there sure is something special about unwrapping a holiday present or opening a stocking and discovering a brand new sex toy! Here are our top picks for 2017. Visit us in person or shop our online store to get your hands on one of these fun products!

Don’t forget to check out our picks from 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 for even more ideas.

Crave Wink+

Crave Wink+ Crave Wink+

Looking for an affordable rechargeable vibrator that’s great for travel? Look no further than the Wink+ by Crave! Its slim, chic design is perfect for tucking into a purse for date night or discreetly displaying on a vanity or nightstand. This stainless steel vibrator comes in either shiny Rose Gold or sleek Gun Metal and has many sought-after features. It is fully waterproof, USB rechargeable, and has five different vibration modes — but it’s still an ideal size for a stocking stuffer! Wink+ also comes with a smooth silicone topper that offers a softer sensation and can be easily removed for cleaning.

Spanking Set

Spanking Set

What do you get for someone who has been naughty this year (or maybe you’re the naughty one and want to send a clear message)? How about Seagrape’s Spanking Set! This convenient kit is both locally-made and deliciously playful. Start off by lighting the Deep Light massage candle, then use the delicate, kissable honey dust and feather to continue setting a sensual mood. Next, wield the handmade leather slapper with the silky spanking powder to create a heavenly cloud upon impact (or use it later to soothe a bottom’s sensitive bottom). End the evening with some aftercare by blowing out the candle and massaging the warm oil onto your lover’s back.

Pretty Plug

Pretty PlugMany anal toys are simply utilitarian in their design — they have a tapered head, flared base, and are made from non-porous and easy to clean materials. That’s an excellent place to start, but what if you want something extra special for your favorite booty? We suggest the Pretty Plug. Wearing this gorgeous butt toy, they’ll feel like royalty! Made with surgical grade stainless steel, the Pretty Plug provides a nice weight and smooth insertion (and can be used with any kind of lube). However, the real eye-catching part of this plug is the genuine Swarovski crystal base in sparkling aurora borealis! Choose from three different sizes, or skip the gift of jewelry this year and buy these stunning plugs as a set.

SUTIL Fine Botanical LubricantSUTIL Fine Botanical Lubricant

While there is no such thing as the “perfect” lube for everyone (we all like different things!), there is a lubricant that keeps getting rave reviews from customers and staff. SUTIL (which means “subtle” in Spanish) has a long-lasting glide and luxurious feel that performs a lot like a silicone lube… but it is actually water-based! That means it is compatible with condoms and toys and won’t stain sheets. What’s more, it’s made with Eco-Certified ingredients, is paraben-free and glycerin-free, and it comes in a biodegradable tube. Good for you and the environment, and you can even get it in a 2 oz airplane-friendly size.

We-Vibe Wish

We-Vibe WishDoes your partner love their wand-style vibrator for its strong motor but desires something more portable or easier to use together? We suggest the We-Vibe Wish. Like most of the other beloved toys from We-Vibe, the Wish is rechargeable, great for couples or solo use, and is smartphone compatible with the free We-Connect app. That means even more features, custom-created vibration patterns, and the ability to connect and play together even if you’re miles apart! The shape and cushiony texture of the Wish allows users to experiment with broad rumbly stimulation, or use the tip for focused clitoral vibration. It also offers We-Vibe’s exclusive PowerPulse vibration technology, which means deep and powerful sensations without having to be plugged in to the wall.

Nitrile Ring Set

Nitrile Ring Set

Want something classic but inexpensive to put in your sweetie’s stocking? How about this $10 Nitrile C-Ring Set? It comes with three rings of various sizes (1.25″, 1.5″, and 2″) that are ultra constrictive but stretch ever so slightly for comfort. Cock rings work by gently restricting blood flow out of the penis, which may prolong an erection or make it feel extra hard. Some lovers of c-rings even find that wearing them can intensify their orgasms! Familiarize yourself with our guide to cock rings, throw in a bottle of your favorite lube or one of our lube sampler sets, and have fun!

Strap It To Me! Strap-On Sex for Everybody class on Jan 28th

 

Creating memories, offering new experiences, and sharing the gift of knowledge — this is what we’re all about! Why not plan an evening of sexy and inspiring education for you and your sweetie or a group of your favorite friends? Any of She Bop’s classes and events make great gifts that keep on giving, but if you’re looking for a unique date night idea, this class could be just the thing! Join our in-house educators, Gretchen and Sid, for a strap-on class that covers 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. As always, participants of all genders, orientations, size, abilities and experience are welcome.

Switch Collars & Cuffs

Switch Collars & Cuffs

Speaking of strap-ons, last year we recommended one of our favorite locally-made products, the Ramona Harness by Switch Leather. If you or a special someone was lucky enough to receive that harness, complete the look this year with the matching Ramona Collar and Switch Leather Wrist Cuffs! Even if you don’t own a Switch harness, these beautiful and functional handmade leather cuffs and collars make a perfect set, and they both look and feel incredibly sexy. Switch Leather Co. uses Horween Chromexcel, the best leather available in the US! Plus, if you love hinting at your kinky inclinations, the designs are also sophisticated enough to be worn as everyday accessories.

Dame Fin

Dame FinA stylish finger vibe that works without the use of batteries or cords is finally here! Fin was created by Dame, a company founded by two women with a mission of designing well-engineered sex toys to heighten intimacy. This cute, versatile vibrator feels like an extension of your hand, which means you can easily add vibration to every touch you give. Fin’s medical grade silicone bulb has two sides — flat and squishy or firm and pointed — for two different type of stimulation. Use it at the base of your palm or on your fingertips for solo fun, slide on the optional tether and give incredible hand jobs by flipping Fin around and letting the vibration travel through the band, or add to oral sex to make orgasms extra powerful! Fin is great for vulvas and penises, charges by USB, and comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

She Bop eGift Cards

She Bop eGift Cards

Still can’t decide on what to get, or looking for something to send a long-distance friend or lover? Well, now you can send an electronic She Bop gift card (eGift) to any recipient via e-mail or text message! You choose the value and the recipient can use that value to make online purchases at She Bop.

A She Bop eGift, powered by Yiftee, is great because:

  • You can track when the egift is received and redeemed.
  • No money is left unspent. For any eGift Card that expires, if the recipient doesn’t access or completely use the available balance on the eGift, the remaining funds will be returned to your account.
  • It is perfect for last-minute gifts: it’s fast, personalized and instantaneous.
  • You empower the eGift recipient to choose the exact products they want!
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