• Perimenopause, Menopause, and Pleasure with Tristan Taormino

    Tristan Taormino

    If you've got ovaries, you will experience perimenopause and menopause, two phases of life that come with physical and emotional changes that many people experience without much knowledge or support. Let's talk about how these 'pauses' affect our self-image, sex drive, desires, intimacy, and relationships. Tristan Taormino will discuss coping strategies, Western and…

  • Making Open Relationships Work

    Tristan Taormino

    How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving and satisfying? In this class, Tristan Taormino will share some of the key principles that can help your open relationship(s) succeed. She'll discuss common issues and problems — from "new relationship energy" and time management to jealousy, power dynamics, and agreement violations — and…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…