Browsing posts tagged with Erika Moen
Feb
26

Foolin’ Around with Emily Nagoski & Erika Moen (Scarleteen Fundraiser)

Erika Moen & Emily Nagoski

Wednesday, April 1st — 7:30 pm — FREE

4/1 might be April Fools Day, but we’re not joking around — educator Emily Nagoski and cartoonist Erika Moen really will be joining forces at She Bop for a fun and special evening of education, laughs, and sex geekery! Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. will be reading from her brand new book Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, which was illustrated by Erika Moen of Oh Joy Sex Toy. Both Emily and Erika will be answering your questions about sex, science, relationships, and sex toys.

This event is free, but you can purchase raffle tickets online or in the shop for $5 each to help raise funds for Scarleteen, an inclusive, smart sexuality education website for young people. The night will conclude with a raffle for some sweet prizes, including a signed copy of Emily’s book, She Bop gift certificates, and even a custom cartoon portrait drawn by Erika Moen!

Raffle winners will be drawn at the event and must be present to win. If you wish to simply donate, make a note at checkout that you won’t be present at the event. Proceeds from the raffle will go directly to Scarleteen!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Nov
6

Oh Joy, Sex Toy THE BOOK signing with Erika Moen!

Sunday, December 7th — 7:00 – 9:00 pm — She Bop Division

Oh Joy, Sex Toy THE BOOK signing!Join us and the amazing Erika Moen at our new location (3213 SE Division) for the release of Oh Joy Sex Toy THE BOOK! Come get your book signed by the artist herself and shop around! Erika’s favorite toys will be 10% off, and a limited edition print will also be available. This event is free.

Oh Joy, Sex Toy: Volume One collects the first year’s worth of content from the weekly comic Oh Joy Sex Toy. Combining helpful facts with terrible puns and the occasional Star Trek joke, Volume One is an indispensable resource for fans of sex, fans of comics, and nerds of all stripes. In addition to Erika’s work, Volume One also features the comics of nearly a dozen other cartoonists. Plus there’s a bunch of bonus stuff too: Erika shares some brand new comics made exclusively for Volume One, as well as shares some behind-the-scenes information on OJST.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Jul
26

We’re on Oh Joy Sex Toy — and voted the #1 sex toy shop in Portland!

When we invited Portland cartoonist and Oh Joy Sex Toy creator Erika Moen to attended two of our most popular classes, Full-Bodied Fellatio and Beyond Monogamy, we knew the resulting comic would be awesome. But nothing could have prepared us for just how awesome.

She Bop on Oh Joy Sex Toy!

Not only did Erika draw an excellent depiction of our class instructors AJ and M. Makael Newby, she meticulously illustrated the shop itself… and had so many nice things to say about her experience at each class!

AJ was fun and engaging, packing a TON of information into two hours. My favorite bit was the Jealousy Jellyfish she used to breakdown the different components of the ol’ Green Eyed Monster.

The diversity of the attendees surprised me! I guess I was expecting middle-aged, heterosexual, cisgender, married couples who’ve been together a couple decades and are now interested in swinging. But the ages and genders and sexual orientations of the people who showed up was quite a mix — and so were their reasons for attending!

. . . Despite the vast difference in subject matter and presentation format between these two classes, they both managed to be very high energy. She Bop felt very welcoming, friendly, and like a safe place to get feedback on super intimate questions.

We are so glad Erika enjoyed the classes and took the time to immortalize them in digital comic form! We run these two classes on a pretty regular schedule, so be sure to keep an eye on our events page or sign up for our monthly email newsletter to snag a spot in the next one.

She Bop in the Mercury's PDX Approved guide 2014In other news, we were voted the #1 sex toy shop in Portland in the Mercury‘s PDX Approved guide! This is our fourth year being included. We remember back in 2011 when the category was called simply “porn shop.” In 2012, it became “porn / sex toy shop” and the Mercury published a really cool write-up about us. Each year, we are honored!

A resounding THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us in the Mercury‘s ballot. We appreciate your support! And congratulations to our fellow shops Fantasy and Spartacus — it’s great to have so many fun places to shop in Portland!

May
19

How Oh Joy Sex Toy came to be (awesome)

Oh Joy Sex Toy featuring the LELO Ina 2

It’s been just over a year since Portland artist Erika Moen launched Oh Joy Sex Toy, and to say it has been a roaring success would be putting it lightly. This playful, hilarious, and informative sex-themed comic has become very popular, and the work that it has done as a sex education resource is probably immeasurable.

Bite-sized sex education is exactly what Moen hoped to achieve with the comic, she explains in this great article at The Daily Beast. Her own sex education was minimal at best, and the scare tactics it utilized left her “super, super terrified of sex and naked bodies.” For a long time, Moen dreamed of addressing the huge holes in American sex education. After 15 years of making webcomics, and after participating in a comic strip reality show called Strip Search, she decided to take the plunge and turn that idea into a reality.

Moen explains to The Daily Beast:

While I don’t think every artist everywhere has a responsibility to educate their audience, it’s a role that works for me. People online spend so much time criticizing the things they don’t like about the world, about the media, about our society. That’s valuable. Now I want to see people creating the media they want to exist. My sex education was horrific and scarring, so now I’m trying to make a resource that I personally needed back then and it just so happens that it’s still needed today.

The comic format is appealing, Moen says, because pictures make readers more receptive to new information. Especially when it comes to sex, visual material is easier to understand. Drawings have always been used as sex education — to warn against venereal disease during war, in pamphlets at Planned Parenthood — but Moen’s take is much more progressive.

Moen spends a week developing each strip, and she is the cog in each step of the process — a single person acting as writer, penciler, inker, colorist, and letterist. Guest illustrators step in from time to time, to provide variety and discuss topics outside Moen’s areas of expertise. For example, Emi Gennis contributed a strip about the history of the vibrator, while Amanda Lafrenais recounted “Dildo Misadventures” and Lucy Knisley shared her experience with the birth control implant.

Since the inception of the site, Moen has published tons of comics, from reviews of some of our favorite things (like the Ina 2, Bandit, Pure Plugs, Moon Cup, Sliquid H2O, and Delight) to guides on anal sex, cock ringscunnilingus, and introducing sex toys into relationships, and even illustrated interviews with porn stars Jiz Lee and Stoya.

No matter the topic, Oh Joy Sex Toy is always a treat. New strips are published each Tuesday, and the comic is serialized at Bitch. You can follow Erika Moen on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and her main site.

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Apr
30

New product round-up for April

New books for April 2014

April showers bring May… books? 50 Shades of Kink, Tristan Taormino’s latest guidebook, is here and it’s everything you’d expect from her: snappy, smart, and accessible. We also added Smut Peddler, a collection of 24 dirty comics featuring Portland’s own Erika Moen (of Oh Joy Sex Toy fame), and The Jealousy Workbook: Exercises and Insights for Managing Open Relationships.

For our Gender / Politics section, we picked up the classic Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, and a book with the most adorable child we’ve ever seen on the cover, Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children.

We added two more of whirlwind porn performer Madison Young‘s creations to our shelves: Tail of a Bondage Model and Bondage Boob Tube. Both feature an array of hot bondage activities, such as rope suspensions, medical play, cupping, face smacking, female domination, spankings, and much more.

Vixen Creations GemstonesBecause your butt deserves the best, take a look at Vixen Creations’ Gemstones, 100% silicone anal beads in a variety of sizes for any experience level. They’re perfect for fans of traditional anal beads, with enough space between each bulb to produce a glorious popping sensation as you pull them out. And because they’re made of medical grade silicone, they can be boiled or tossed in the dishwasher for cleaning.

Tenga 3DWe also have two new items for penises that we’re pretty excited about. The Tenga 3D sleeve is a sleek, less expensive alternative to Tenga’s popular Flip Hole series. It’s soft and flexible, with a couple internal texture options, and a display case that also serves as a drying rack. The CB-6000 is a well-loved, sturdy polycarbonate chastity device that comes with a brass padlock and five different rings and spacers for optimum fit.

Last but not least, sometimes it’s good when things suck. Case in point: our new See-Thru Nipple Boosters, Max Twist Nipple Suckers, and Max Twist Clit & Nipple Triple Sucker Set. Each set offers pleasurable suction in a compact package. So get to sucking!

May
28

Oh Joy Sex Toy webcomic wins our hearts

Oh Joy, Sex Toy

Okay, we seriously can’t get enough of Oh Joy Sex Toy, a new webcomic from cartoonist Erika Moen! True, it’s all about sex toys, so we were bound to love it. But Moen is both excessively talented and a Portlander!

Tackling sexuality in her comics is not new to Moen, as evidenced by her past works “Silver Bullet”  (the tale of her first vibrator), “GirlFuck” (an illustrated guide to “girl-on-girl lovin'”), and her “patron saint of the Hitachi” illustration which graces the walls of Chicago’s Early to Bed. But Oh Joy Sex Toy as a comic will be uniquely focused on sexuality issues:

Oh Joy Sex Toy (OJST) is a weekly comic that debuted April 2013 and updates every Tuesday to bring you reviews of everything that relates to sex, sexuality and the sex industry. From toys to workshops to birth control and much more, no stone will be left unturned, no vibrator left unused, no nipple left unpinched. With the aid of guest reviewers, this comic will cover products for ALL the different anatomies people posses, from vulvas to penises and beyond. OJST strives to be relevant to all different genders, body types, and sexualities.

Thus far, Moen has written about her love for the Hitachi Magic Wand (err, just the Magic Wand now), her experience at a Disney-themed edition of Queens of the Pole, her affinity for Pink silicone lube, and her husband’s experience with a Fleshlight. Every week, it’s been a delight to see which topic/toy is covered, and the comics are always adorable, amusing, and informative. Plus, those Anal Safety Snails may just be the best cartoon characters ever.

Keep your eyes peeled for new editions of Oh Joy Sex Toy each Tuesday. The comic is being serialized over at Bitch as well. You can follow Erika Moen on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and her main site.

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