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Apr
30

10% Tuesdays in May for TransActive’s In A Bind program

Throughout the month of May, 10% of all purchases made at She Bop on Tuesdays will go to TransActive’s In A Bind program! TransActive is a Portland-based non-profit that provides a wide range of services to transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth, and their families. Their In A Bind program provides chest binders to trans-masculine youth in need. It is the first national chest binder donation/distribution program, with over 1,300 people on the waiting list for a binder.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase binders from our distributor and donate them to TransActive. You are also welcome to visit the shop to donate binders.

So come on down to the shop on any Tuesday in May to support this amazing program. Be sure to follow TransActive on Facebook and Twitter.

Apr
18

Behind the curtain at Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show

If you’re a follower of She Bop, you’ve probably noticed we have some very creative and talented folks on our staff. One of those people is our Education Coordinator, Amory Jane, and she has a popular new sex-themed stage show. It’s called Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Showand the next one is coming up this Friday, April 21st. We spoke with her about the origins of Whoopee!, what audience members can expect, and why the community needs a show like this one.

What exactly is Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show? 

Photo by Amanda Contois – beautifulaberration.com

Whoopee! is a once-a-month live stage show that I started in December of 2016. The theme is that all acts are sex-positive, body-positive, or about human sexuality. From the comedy to the stories to the dancing, every show allows performers to express their sexuality, talk about sex in open and entertaining ways, and/or share their vulnerability and power with the audience. It’s also a great place for people to come learn new things, explore their own desires, and win a bunch of free sex products (which are provided by our amazing sponsors She Bop, Clone-A-Willy, and Überlube)!

I was originally thinking of organizing just one big Valentine’s Day show, but after the election results in November, performers and colleagues encouraged me to introduce Whoopee! to Portland as soon as possible. People wanted an unapologetic, sex-loving, queer-celebrating show to keep spirits high. So, we had our first show at Crush on December 4th. I didn’t know what kind of turn-out we would get, but it was a huge success! We had the room packed to capacity and, although it felt like complete chaos backstage with fifteen performers and all of the sexual energy zipping through the air, it also felt like we were making magic.

Where did you get the idea?

I grew up watching variety shows on television — I would watch reruns of The Ed Sullivan Show with my grandma, The Muppet Show, The Mickey Mouse Club, comedy shows like Saturday Night Live and In Living Color — and thought they were the best. I loved seeing all of the different talents and enjoyed the mix of live music, improv performances, and recorded/rehearsed bits. These shows were entertaining to watch and looked like a whole lot of fun for the performers and hosts.

After telling stories with The Mystery Box Show and singing with the Portland Cello Project, and after a few years of teaching workshops and emceeing numerous sex-positive events, I realized I had the boldness that it took to be on a stage in front of an audience. I also realized that I had met many talented people over the years of performing in and watching local shows, so it just sort of came naturally to me. I thought that I could host “a thing” and people more talented than me could perform in that thing… and of course whatever that thing was should probably be about sex, since sex education, smashing shame, and helping people feel empowered are my biggest passions. Lucky for me, there are many talented people in the Pacific Northwest who are also sex-positive and who loved my idea, and so Whoopee! was born.

The name of the show, “whoopee,” has a few meanings (that all seemed appropriate): 1. An expression of excitement or joy 2. Wild revelry 3. Sexual play.

What can audience members expect when they go to Whoopee!?

Photo by Amanda Contois – beautifulaberration.com – Jasmine Rain

I encourage audience members to leave their expectations at the door and enter the show with an open mind. However, there are some things we always have at Whoopee! that folks can look forward to:

  • 10-12 acts per show. These have included burlesque, stand-up, fetish performance, musical theater, drag, poetry, erotic short films, sex ed lessons and demos, sex-themed storytelling, and more! 
  • A raffle with at least four big sex toy prize baskets and many smaller prizes for the audience.
  • Free Überlube!
  • Nudity/partial nudity and lots of body love!
  • My easygoing and slightly sassy emcee style + sexual innuendos!

I like surprising the audience instead of announcing all of the acts in advance, but some of the performers we’ll have in April’s show are: boundary-pushing dancers from The House of Flora, an inspiring role-playing demo from sex educator and intimacy coach Stella Harris, a performance from Portland’s Glitterbeast Nikki Lev, and finalist for “Best Comedian in Portland,” Becky Braunstein. It’s going to be a great show!

What else should people know about Whoopee!?

Our next show is this Friday, April 21st at the Secret Society Ballroom. I encourage people to RSVP on Facebook and purchase tickets online in advance since we’ve been selling out. Tickets can be found here, and we offer both a general admission option and reserved seating VIP tickets.

There will also be a Kinky Karaoke Afterparty hosted by KJ Luke and yours truly. It’ll be one part karaoke, one part kink demo, and 100% entertaining. Tickets to Whoopee! get you free admission to the after party, but if you have to work late that night, you’re always welcome to just join us for karaoke around 11 p.m. (and it only costs $3).   

If you’re in Portland and a fan of sexual expression, burlesque, body-positivity, sex jokes, kink, sex ed, or free toys, go check out Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show

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Mar
26

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 book Healing Sex, which aims to help survivors of sexual trauma reclaim their sex lives.

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.

Oct
21

Win tickets to HUMP! 2016

HUMP! film festival

HUMP!, the Pacific Northwest’s lovable amateur porn film festival, is right on the horizon! Showings are taking place this November at Revolution Hall in Portland, and some showtimes have already sold out!

We want to help you experience the hot, laugh-out-loud fun of HUMP!, so as in years past, we have some tickets to give away. Three pairs, to be precise! (So each winner can bring a friend.) The tickets are for the following showtime:

  • Friday, November 11th at 11:30 p.m. at Revolution Hall (21+)

In case you aren’t already pumped, the line-up of films have names such as “Cock-a-Pult,” “The Little Merman,” and “Toys, Trans, and Training,” and the trailer below is full of sexy, strange, and intriguing moments!

Enter now!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. The first entry technique is mandatory, and the rest are optional.

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This giveaway ends on Thursday, November 3rd at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winners will be chosen randomly and tickets will be emailed to them.

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Sep
30

Halloween Happy Hour with Clone-a-Willy!

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Thursday, October 27th — 7:30 pm — FREE — She Bop DivisionRSVP on Facebook

Empire Labs is a sex-positive, locally based company that makes the world famous Clone-A-Willy Kit right here in Portland, Oregon! The Clone-A-Willy Kit comes with everything you need to create a vibrating, silicone replica of any penis in the comfort of your own home. Clone-A-Willy is 100% body safe, with Platinum Cure Silicone and Algae-based molding powder.

Join Empire Labs at our SE Division street location on October 27th for a fun night of libations and spooky finger molding. Get a glimpse of how Clone-A-Willy works by making a silicone replica of your finger! It’s more than a sex toy, it’s an experience. We will be serving tasty spirits and spooky snacks. There will also be a raffle for free Clone-A-Willy Kits being given away that night!

RSVP on Facebook or in the shop. You don’t wanna miss out on this spooky & sexy happy hour experience.

This event has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Sep
28

10% Tuesdays in October for Bradley Angle

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we will be donating 10% of all in-store sales on Tuesdays this month to Bradley Angle, an organization whose mission is to offer survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope, while collaborating with local communities to create social change.

In 1975, Bradley Angle became the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast (and only the 4th in the United States). Over the years, their services have expanded to include a 24-hour crisis line, transitional housing, support groups, community-based advocacy, and three programs unique to Oregon: culturally specific programming for African and African-American survivors, an economic empowerment program called Making Cent$, and support for LGBTQ survivors.

Hear the powerful stories of survivors who have been helped by Bradley Angle in the video below.

Visit us on any Tuesday in October to help out this vital organization. Bradley Angle can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Jul
28

10% Tuesdays in August for Bitch Media

Bitch: the Blue Issue10% Tuesdays for Bitch are back! Throughout the month of August, 10% of our sales on Tuesdays will go to the non-profit organization Bitch Media. Bitch’s mission is to encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

Check out Bitch’s toy, lube, and book recommendations for some ideas on what to snag!

We are big fans of Bitch. They’re an invaluable voice in the feminist discourse. We constantly find ourselves wanting to signal boost the stuff they publish — like their account of dildo innovation, their history of American sex ed films, their interview with the author of Big Big Love, their sex worker series “The H-Word,” their interview with sex diary purveyor Arianne Cohen, and their BDSM series “Thinking Kink.”

But it’s not just their blog that’s amazing; their print magazine, which has been in circulation since 1996, is still going strong. Bitch also hosts awesome events, fosters a community lending library at their headquarters in NE Portland, and publishes an array of fun podcasts for your listening pleasure. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute tidbits!

Whether you are a long-time devotee or a newbie to this awesome magazine and non-profit organization, you can now be a supporter and get some fabulous sex toys to boot. Drop by She Bop or shop online on any Tuesday in August to support Bitch!

Apr
27

10% Tuesdays in May for TransActive’s In A Bind program

Throughout the month of May, 10% of all purchases made at She Bop on Tuesdays will go to TransActive’s In A Bind program! TransActive is a Portland-based non-profit that provides a wide range of services to transgender and gender nonconforming children, youth, and their families. Their In A Bind program provides chest binders to trans-masculine youth in need. It is the first national chest binder donation/distribution program, with over 1,300 people on the waiting list for a binder.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to purchase binders from our distributor and donate them to TransActive. You are also welcome to visit the shop to donate binders.

So come on down to the shop on any Tuesday in May to support this amazing program. Be sure to follow TransActive on Facebook and Twitter, and check out this interview with the Program Coordinator for In A Bind, conducted by our very own sales associate and educator, Wyatt Riot!

Mar
29

10% Tuesdays in April for Portland Women’s Crisis Line

Each Tuesday this April, 10% of our sales at She Bop will go to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL). PWCL is a hugely important organization that offers 24/7 support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. They offer services such as safety planning, peer support, crisis intervention, needs assessments, and referrals to community resources. They have specialized programs for sexual assault and sex workers. PWCL 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 book Healing Sex and its DVD counterpart, which are aim to help survivors of sexual trauma reclaim their sex lives.

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