• Events

    Advanced Anal Pleasure with Tristan Taormino

    Monday, April 22nd — 7:30 p.m. — $25 —This class will be held at the Q Center, 3 blocks north of the North Portland She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi. So, you’ve got the basics of the butt down. Are you ready to take the next step in anal pleasure? Tristan Taormino will discuss many advanced topics, including: the ins and outs of anal penetration; pros and cons of different positions; orgasms through anal penetration; extended butt plug wearing; strap-on anal sex and pegging; advanced anal toys; and anal fisting; plus, an extensive Q&A. Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, college lecturer, feminist pornographer, and the host of Sex Out Loud,…

  • Guides

    How to pick out porn

    Finding the porn DVD or video that can turn you on, give you new ideas, or help get you off is not always an easy task. After all, the world is full of many different types of porn — and it’s not all created equal. In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, author Violet Blue suggests “creating a picture of what you hope to find in your porn, just as you’d order a meal in a restaurant.” So, start by asking yourself (and your partner, if you’re watching together) what sounds appetizing, and go from there. Want to see women in charge? A real life amateur couple who remind you of you and…

  • Events

    The Expert Guide to the G-Spot & Ejaculation with Tristan Taormino

    Monday, April 25th — 7:30 p.m. — $25 — Q Center (3 blocks north of She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi) The G-spot is an important erogenous zone and here’s your chance to find out all about it, whether you don’t know how to find your G-spot or you’re an experienced G-spotter looking for some new techniques. In this class, award-winning sex educator Tristan Taormino will cover G-spot anatomy, how to find your own or your partner’s G-spot, great G-spot positions and toys, and tips for orgasmic G-spot stimulation. Then she’ll delve into the world of ejaculation for people with vulvas, discussing myths and truths about this phenomenon. Learn what it’s all about, why some folks dribble and…

  • Events

    Open Relationships 101 with Tristan Taormino

    Sunday, April 24th — 7:30 p.m. — $25 — Q Center (3 blocks north of She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi) Are you considering an open relationship? Does your current open relationship need some tweaking? There are few established scripts or visible role models for open relationships, so people in them can struggle without support and guidance. In this interactive workshop, Tristan Taormino (relationship expert and author of Opening Up) will give practical advice on how to craft responsible, fulfilling non-monogamous relationships. Tristan will explore common myths, real-life benefits and challenges, and how to decide if an open relationship is right for you. She will share some of the most common styles of open…

  • New products,  News

    New product round-up for April

    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 Studies 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…

  • Musings

    A nuanced look at rimming

    It’s probably too much to call an article about analingus hard-hitting journalism, but Amanda Hess did a great job in her piece for Playboy called “Tongue in Cheek: The Men Who Want This Sex Act Aren’t Kidding.” While other sex acts (such as anal sex) have become more commonly accepted as the years have gone by, male anal play still lags behind. Yet when Esquire asked 500 men what they wanted more of during foreplay, 12% named rim jobs — two times the number who desired “a little rough play.” Charlie Glickman, author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, explains that the taboo surrounding male anal play has a lot to…

  • Industry spotlight

    Industry Spotlight: Carlos Batts

    Carlos Batts (photo by Coagula Art Journal)

    Is 20-odd years enough to make a lasting impact with art? In the case of Carlos Batts, the answer is absolutely yes. Since he was 16, he had the name of his company all mapped out: C. Batts FLY. At Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland, he ran with the goth kids, devoured horror movies, sported death metal band T-shirts, and cultivated an early love for photography. Working a part-time job on the weekends, it took Batts weeks to save enough money to buy his first camera, a Pentax K1000, which he lugged to punk shows to take pictures from the pit. Soon he was shooting album covers. Batts had…

  • Musings

    AVN salutes female entrepreneurs in adult industry

    A recent article from AVN caught our eye: “Game Changers: 30 Women Power Players in the Adult Industry.” Long overdue? Probably! With so many highly accomplished women in the adult industry, it’s no wonder they found it difficult to narrow the list down to just 30: The whittling-down process turned out to be tougher than we thought — but also very inspiring. At virtually every major adult studio, there are female directors making movies informed by aesthetics that may not always be feminist, but are certainly feminine. And there are the superstars who are such natural entrepreneurs that they’ve made themselves into brand names, creating their own lucrative deals. Add to…

  • Musings

    August is Anal Pleasure Month!

    Good Vibrations has declared August Anal Pleasure Month, and who are we to argue?! Together with Tristan Taormino, the staff at Good Vibes put together an anal pleasure timeline that recounts milestones and depictions of anal pleasure in pop culture, media, and society, with nods to many groundbreaking books, DVDs, and toys we carry: Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Pegging, The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Strap-On Sex, Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Anal Pleasure for Men, The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men, and the Aneros line of prostate toys. This milestone is also great, from 1977: On an episode of the popular game show The Newlywed…

  • Musings

    Tune in to Sex Out Loud radio!

    Have you listened to Tristan Taormino’s new radio show, Sex Out Loud, yet? If not, you’re missing out! The show, which debuted in June, has become the most popular show on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network Variety Channel, and has surpassed one million downloads. And for good reason! This is the kind of show that never gets boring — each week there is a new and interesting guest with a specific area of expertise and knowledge to be explored on air. Plus, if you’ve ever seen Tristan speak, you’ll understand just how whip-smart and fun of a host she can be. So far, Tristan’s guests have included Shine Louise Houston, Mollena…