Jan
12

Innovative condom prototypes given funding

A condom with pull tabsThe future of condoms is looking bright. Back in March, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dangled a $1 million carrot in front of anyone who could invent a condom that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure.” Now, after over 800 entries were submitted, the Foundation has chosen 11 to receive grants — and unveiled their prototypes.

Many of the condoms are crafted of new materials, such as thermoplastic elastomer (durable and stretchy polymers that don’t tear or deform as easily as latex), graphene (a carbon material currently used in cell phone screens that is one atom thick and virtually indestructible), polyethylene (a material that “wraps and clings rather than squeezes,” making it less restrictive), and even collagen fibrils from cow tendons (which feels like skin and enhances heat transfer).

Other innovators aim to make application more intuitive, as in the case of a condom with pull tabs, and the “Rapidom,” which is applied in a single motion, without the user ever touching the condom itself.

One of the inventors to be awarded a grant is a chemistry research professor and scientist at the University of Oregon. In his grant application, Richard Chartoff explained how he will use polymers to construct polyurethane condoms that are not just stronger and thinner than current condoms, but also one-size-fits-all — body heat will cause the molecules in the condom to contract, conforming it to the wearer. Additionally, Chartoff’s condoms will be embedded with nanoparticles that contain STI-fighting drugs.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has dispersed $1 million among the 11 grant recipients, with the promise of an additional $1 million more for those who show the most promise after further development. Inventors now have 18 months to show that their condoms are safe, effective, and can be easily manufactured. Then they can apply for a second grant to scale up production and launch clinical trials.

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Jan
10

Hips, Lips & Fingertips: Inspiring Ways to Take Your Guy Over the Edge with Ducky DooLittle

Ducky DooLittleThursday, March 6th — 7:30 p.m. — $25 – Q Center (3 blocks north of She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi)

You’re loaded with assets. Join sex icon Ducky DooLittle and explore ways to make the most of what you got, from your hips — to your lips — to your fingertips! We are talking blowjobs, handjobs, sex positions and so much more!

Expect to learn things guys don’t even know about their own bodies, the truth about his pleasure anatomy, including his hottest spots and how to stimulate them, tips and techniques that will have him melting in your mouth and in your hands, sex secrets and desires guys are too shy to tell you, how to define what makes you sexy in his eyes, how to amp up your sex appeal, and fresh communication techniques that will have him eagerly asking how he can please you in return.

Ducky DooLittle is a sex educator and author from New York City. She is the author of Sex With the Lights On. She has appeared in the New York Times, HBO’s Real Sex, The Morning Show, MTV, NPR, The Howard Stern Show, and Playboy TV, to name a few.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Jan
10

Get Wet: A G-spotting & Ejaculation Intensive with Ducky DooLittle

Ducky DoolittleWednesday, March 5th — 7:30 p.m. — $25 — Q Center (3 blocks north of She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi)

Where is your G-spot? How do you stimulate it? How can you have orgasms from penetration alone? How can you squirt like a porn star? Ducky DooLittle will answer these questions and a whole lot more as she explains the beauty of (and busts the myths about) the vagina, G-spotting and ejaculation. It’s an orgasm intensive!

Ducky DooLittle is a sex educator and author from New York City. She is the author of Sex With the Lights On. She has appeared in the New York Times, HBO’s Real Sex, The Morning Show, MTV, NPR, The Howard Stern Show, and Playboy TV, to name a few.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Dec
26

A nuanced look at rimming

Six donuts with icing in two rowsIt’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 do with shame — and a perceived loss of masculinity. Rimming is much more prevalent among gay men, which probably explains the (untrue) myth that male anal play is solely a gay activity.

Michael reasons that rim jobs might be more common among gays because they are “a logical precursor to anal sex.” But they also just feel good. Psychological roadblocks to butt play mean that men who opt out are missing out, pure and simple. The anus has “got all of this exquisite sensitivity—it’s similar to the nerves in your lips,” Glickman says. When licked, “It kind of tickles,” Michael adds. “But it also stimulates other erogenous zones, like my penis and my nipples. It’s the whole body package.”

There is also a choice quote from Tristan Taormino: “The asshole is the most democratic of all orifices — we all have one!” It’s true: aside from the physical pleasure it brings, rimming can also empower partners and open up the lines of communication.

Read the whole article on Playboy.

Interested in learning more and perhaps trying out analingus? We suggest Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Anal Pleasure for Men, Charlie Glickman’s The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, and dental dams always come in handy too!

Dec
26

After Christmas sale — 15% off select items!

Did Santa forget to put a sexy gift in your stocking? Perhaps you received a She Bop gift certificate that’s burning a hole in your pocket? The holidays have gone by in a flash, but we still have some presents under the She Bop tree. From today through Tuesday, December 31st, we’re putting some amazing toys, books, and other fun stuff on sale at 15% off.

After Christmas sale!

Now’s a good time to get a great deal on a luxury rechargeable vibrator such as the LELO Mona 2 (in red), LELO Tara, We-Vibe IIIOhMiBod Freestyle W, and Fun Factory SpringFlash, Bubbles, and Cobra Libre.

On the battery-operated side, the Turbo Glider and Easy Glider are both a steal right now, at $17 each, and don’t forget lube!

Expand your PC muscle strength with the Ami balls. Expand your mind with The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, The Collection, or Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to the G-Spot! Or get fierce with the Tiger dildo or cherry red Aslan Minx harness.

Hurry in to the shop or visit our online sale section; this sale runs through the 31st or while supplies last!

Dec
26

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
15

2014 AVN Award nomination for “Best Boutique”!

avn-awards-2014We were honored to see ourselves on the 2014 list of AVN Award nominees! For the fourth year in a row, we were nominated for “Best Boutique.”

Almost every shop in the Progressive Pleasure Club was nominated again this year, including the incredible shops Early to Bed, Smitten KittenSelf Serve ToysFeelmore 510, Good For Her, Sugar, and The Tool Shed. Congrats to everyone!

The 2014 AVN Award Show will take place on January 18th, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Dec
13

How to Drive a Vulva

Sunday, February 16th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of anatomy in a class designed especially for vulvas and the people who love them! In this playful, informative workshop lead by sapphic-savant, Allison Moon, you will learn all the basics, including: anatomy, communication, fingers and hands, cunnilingus, strap-ons and other toys, safer sex, plus a few super secret, pussy-ninja techniques! You’ll come away with new confidence to please a pussy no matter what your hands-on experience. This class is open to all genders, experience levels, and identities.

Allison Moon is a writer and sex educator based in Northern California. Her writing has been published in Not For Tourists, Nerve, McSweeney’s, and Psychopedia. She was recently named a fellow for the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging LGBT Writer’s Program. As a sex educator, Allison has presented at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, Dark Odyssey, and Sexy Spirits in New York City.

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

Dec
13

The Joys of Toys!

Thursday, February 6th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

AJ (aka Amory Jane) as a sex toy superhero!Join She Bop’s very own AJ (aka Amory Jane, pictured here as a sex toy superhero!) for an evening of education and fun. Ever wandered around a sex toy shop and wondered “what the heck is that?” Never fear, AJ 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. AJ 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! AJ 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, in case your loved one didn’t leave a detailed wish list for Valentine’s Day, AJ will give pointers on how to select a toy or gift for someone else!

This workshop is open to all genders and sexual appetites!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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Nov
26

She Bop’s Picks: Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

If you’re currently pondering what to get your significant other this holiday season, we have you covered! Here are our top picks for sexy holiday gift-giving and stocking-stuffing this year. Visit us in person or peruse our online store to snatch these up.

Plus, don’t forget to check out our picks from 20122011, and 2010 for even more ideas!

LELO Tara

LELO Tara

The rechargeable LELO Tara is one of the most innovative sex toys to come out all year, and as such, would make a fantastic (and impressive) gift! The slender, rotating shaft is meant to be worn vaginally during penetrative play with a partner, while the external disc vibrates against the clitoris. And you know what that means — stimulation for two!

 Seasonal Massage Candle Trio

Seasonal Massage Candle Trio

We’re big fans of Earthly Body’s regular Suntouched Massage Candles, so these seasonal scents could not be any more appealing! Each hand-poured soy-oil candle melts into a warm — but not too hot! — massage oil. This trio pack includes a 2-ounce candle in each seasonal scent: Candy Cane Lane, Sugar Cookie, and Harvest Moon. Pop the whole gift bag into a stocking, or separate the candles to spread the joy.

Toyfriend Ticklers

Toyfriend Ticklers

The whimsical designs of the Toyfriend Ticklers are sure to put a smile on your gift recipient’s face. These petite, single-speed vibes come in several shapes –  Bunny TicklerRebel Tickler, and Mystic Tickler – to suit many needs. Pick one depending on the type of stimulation your partner might like: the Bunny’s pinpoint ears, the Rebel’s solid tip, or the Mystic’s fluttery antennae?

Colt Grips Vibrating Nipple Clamps

Colt Nipple Clamps

If your significant other is into a little kink, nipple clamps could really rock their world. The Colt Grips Vibrating Nipple Clamps are great because they’re highly adjustable and, of course, they vibrate (which many people find enhances the pleasure of using clamps). Plus, nipple clamps can be attached to a stocking in a variety of amusing ways…

The Cookie Sutra

The Cookie Sutra

When we think of the holidays, we definitely think of food — especially freshly-baked pies and cookies. And so, The Cookie Sutra is perfect. This cute, amusing book is full of photographs of gingerbread cookies going at it in an array of positions — what else do you need to know?

Tenga Eggs

Tenga Eggs

These adorable little self-contained masturbation sleeves would look awesome tumbling out of an overturned stocking. Each plastic egg contains a super-stretchy masturbation sleeve and a packet of lube. Tenga Eggs, with a sense of playfulness and spontaneity, are perfect for solo or partner play. There are many styles of inner texture to choose from — is your partner a Twister or a Silky?

RFSU Condoms

RFSU condoms

Try something new with RFSU condoms — the official condom brand of Sweden! Made of the highest quality latex available, RFSU condoms are both durable and comfortable. Choose from Mamba (snugger fit), Birds ‘n Bees (textured), Profil (fitted tip), and Okeido (longer and fuller), or try several different packs and see which you like best. Each package contains three individually-wrapped condoms.

She Bop Massage Oil and Bath Salts


We work with the lovely Herb Shoppe right here in Portland to craft these 100% organic, delicious-smelling products. Now the question is, which would your lover enjoy the most? A long, sensual massage, or a relaxing, nice-smelling bath? Okay, maybe both… that would make for a pretty epic night!

Silicone Ball Gag

Silicone Ball Gag

If you like to get rough, don’t worry — we haven’t forgotten you! This impeccably-constructed, brightly-colored ball gag from Aslan Leather may look sweet and innocent, but it can also be a heavy-duty bondage implement. The leather strap features a snap-out safety design with a sturdy buckle closure, and the ball is 100% silicone, ensuring that it is entirely flavorless.

Red Faux Fur Handcuffs

Red Faux Fur Handcuffs

On the softer side of things, perhaps you’d like to try some light bondage with these Red Faux Fur Handcuffs? The faux fur lining is gentle on the wrists, while the velcro is hardy enough to keep the cuffs secure — and your playmate adequately restrained.

ON Arousal Balm

Need to jump-start the sexy times, or give yourself or your partner something to squirm about during dinner? With its lipstick-like presentation, ON Clitoral Arousal Balm is easy to apply, and the effects can be felt immediately. This balm creates a warming and tingling sensation that is hard to ignore. ON is glycerin-, paraben-, and menthol-free, with ingredients such as cinnamon bark extract and white beeswax.

Fuck My Socks Off

Fuck My Socks Off

Tuck this pair of charming yet vulgar socks into a stocking and it’ll be pretty clear what you want from your recipient!

The Big Book of Orgasms

The Big Book of Orgasms

While it’s hard to choose just one book of erotica to cap off the year, The Big Book of Orgasms is definitely up there. Esteemed erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel brought together 69 authors for this one, which features a heaping helping of the good stuff — intense, earth-shaking orgasms. As it should be.

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