I’m a Sex Worker Who Is Sick of Female Misogyny (Huffington Post)

So you’re a feminist, ey? You tell your kids that girls and boys are equal? That little ladies can grow up to be firefighters and astronauts, that boys can play with dolls and paint their nails? That’s a good start, but the bare minimum a decent adult can do in the year 2017... (read more)

What It’s Like To Be A Mom & A Sex Worker (Romper)

I’ve been a sex worker for eight years, and a parent for five. I chose both of these jobs. I’m constantly tired, sore, and dehydrated, and that’s before I head to the night shift... (read more)

How To Give A Blowjob

I’ve been reading blowjob tips in ladies’ and men’s magazines for a decade, and I’m sick of the same ol’ "poke ’em in the perineum" recommendation. I’ve culled my own tips and tricks, and gathered the knowledge of a porn star and two sex educators who actually enjoy S-ing the D. I also polled my male readers and found a few common affinities... (read more)

Why I Call My Partner "Daddy" (Romper)

Calling my partner "daddy" in bed is new to me—I used to find the kinky term of endearment to be stomach-churning, but now I call my partner "daddy" in bed because I think it’s pretty hot. I’m 30 years old, and I’ve had sex with people of all genders, but mostly cisgender men, for half of my life... (read more)

I Gave Oral Sex To Induce Labor (Romper)

If you Google "how to naturally induce labor," you’ll find a host of articles. Acupressure massage. Bananas. Pineapple. Nipple stimulation. Raspberry leaf tea. Visualization. Yoga. Wine, even. I tried each of those things, and a few more (like giving my partner oral sex to induce labor, but more on that later)... (read more)

Elle Answers Your Your Sex & Dating Questions

Monogamy for bi-sexuals. Serene vaginas. Trauma and libido. In this edition, we opened our inbox to a few of your questions. Have a pressing question you’d like to ask? Hit up the comments section or contct Unzipped PDX podcast team via email... (read more)

Childbirth Absolutely Changed The Way I Orgasm (Romper)

Before I had my first baby. I’d always been an orgasmic gal. My mom caught me humping my giant stuffed elephant before I was old enough to ride a bike, and in kindergarten, I learned that if I sat "criss-cross-applesauce," I could rub my right heel against my pubic mound to stimulate my tiny self to orgasm, with hardly anyone the wiser... (read more)

Sidewalk Messiah William Perk Saves Portland From Hell

Even if you’ve heard of the "Save Portland From Hell" guy, you perhaps have never met William, the man behind the pit-stained t-shirts and scrawled-signs. "Jake" first appeared in front of strip clubs and on street corners in 2014 as a mouth-breathing, mid-thirties virgin, and sidewalk evangelist. Like so many, I wasn’t convinced this was satire because it was so damn good... (read more)

Honestly, My C-Section Scar Makes Me Feel Self-Conscious During Sex (Romper)

The first time my mother had a c-section was when she gave birth to me. The doctors couldn’t find my heartbeat in that Kansas hospital in September 1986, so I was pulled from her womb. At the time, there was little conversation about vaginal births after cesareans, so my younger sister was born in the same manner three years later... (read more)

Pussies Grab(bed) Back! January 20, 2017 - Kit Kat Club (Portland, OR)

My UnzippedPDX podcast co-host Orchid Souris Rouge will be dancing on this evening; 10% of door money will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Thanks for the motivation, Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan...UPDATE - Jan 27, 2017 Kit Kat Club and various entertainers raised $2,458 for Planned Parenthood. Thank you Portland, for supporting sexual health and reproductive freedom.

I Was Street Harassed While I Was Pregnant... (Romper)

On a cold January morning, I went for a walk with my two large dogs. I was seven months pregnant and the exercise was welcome, but I didn’t love venturing out in public with my protruding belly... (read more)

Signs He’s Undateable, According to a Stripper... (Thrillist)

As a stripper for the last eight years, I’ve seen it all. Here are some signs that person you’ve been seeing is definitely NOT relationship material... (read more)

A Stripper’s Guide to Body Hair Removal... (Thrillist)

For many of us, body hair removal is an integral part of our pre-sex preening process. Do you prefer men with trimmed pubes and hairy pits? Do you like your ladies with Brazilians, or bushes? (read more)

My Plastic Surgery Is Feminist As Fuck (Slutist)

I shouldn’t have to defend my boob job, but here we go... (read more)

ThanksStripping for Mike Pence and Planned Parenthood

I have carpal tunnel. Well, I don’t, but the forty minutes that it took to un-crumple, straighten and count $1,022 was spent watching the newest South Park episode... (read more)

How Sex Workers Are Fighting Back Against Trump (Rolling Stone)

Recently, the Rolling Stone covered the topic of sex workers responding to Trump's presidential win. Of course, Elle Stanger was quoted in the article... (read more)

2nd Annual Thanks-Stripping - Friday, 11/25 (Portland, OR)

I will be donating every single dollar that I receive on stage, the night of Friday, November 25th, at Lucky Devil Lounge, to Planned Parenthood. I call it "ThanksStripping", and it’s how I show my appreciation... (read more)

#YesAStripper Art Show in Portland, Oregon

If you live in Portland, you know that strip clubs are an integral part of the city’s culture, industry, and community. If you’re a stripper in Portland, you know that your local community is less discriminating of you... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: How to Work as a Stripper (Thrillist)

It takes more than pole-dance classes and locker-room selfies to become a stripper. Stripping—and the hustle of selling your time and company—is a competitive sales job in a highly stigmatized atmosphere... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: 7 Variations On The Missionary Position (Thrillist)

In spite of it being one of the most common, intimate sexual positions, missionary still gets pushed aside as being too basic. Why is that, when it lets you kiss, embrace, and allows at least one of you to indulge... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: Car Sex Is Underrated. Here's How to Pull It Off (Thrillist)

The first car I had sex in was a Ford Thunderbird. Since then, I’ve maneuvered my way toward climax in a Jeep Patriot, Chevy S-10, two Subarus (Outback and Forester), and two VWs (Passat and GTI)... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: It’s Time to Put an End to Small Penis Jokes (Thrillist)

I get it&mdashsmall dick jokes are grade-school easy, and the screenshots look super snazzy on your Tumblr feed. But when you fling a micro-penis joke at some douchebag, you’re actually doing more harm than good... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: Your Guide to Understanding Trans Terminology (Thrillist)

For this edition of Elle Oh Elle, I’ve enlisted the voice of Monika MHz, a Portland DJ and columnist. Monika is a trans woman, and she’s here to explain how you can make the world a better place by... (read more)

Slutwalk 2016 - Sunday, 9/18 (Portland, OR)

It's that time of year again, and Elle will be participating, as usual, with the Portland Slutwalk! Taking place September 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the South Park Blocks in Portland, OR... (read more)

Yes, Watching Porn Can Make Your Life Better (Thrillist)

I recently read a New York Times piece blaming pornography for the rise in labiaplasty in teenagers, and I read an Elle magazine article that pointed the finger at BDSM pornography as a cause of... (read more)

Your Sex Questions on Double Penetration and More, Answered (Thrillist)

Welcome to Elle Oh Elle, where Portland-based writer and adult entertainer Elle Stanger takes your sex life from subpar to subversive... (read more)

Elle Interviews Innosanto Nagara (Tits & Sass)

As a mom in Portland, Oregon, I’m constantly astounded at how many clever ways that children’s food, clothing and events can be marketed to hipster parents. There are baby boutiques like Treehouse or BeanSprout... (read more)

What is Bike Smut?: An Interview With Poppy Cox (Tits & Sass)

I was first introduced to Poppy Cox when fellow T&S writer Kat and I attended an amateur porn film festival. Poppy’s cleverly crafted skit made an impression on us because it was one of the more explicit, yet still charming mini-films... (read more)

Unzipped PDX Podcast w/ Elle, Buster & Orchid

Columnist, blogger, feminist, mother and now, podcast host! Elle Stanger has linked up with two other brilliant minds to launch the Unzipped PDX Podcast... (read more)

Slutwalking in Portland (Slutist)

I was having trouble with this phone conversation, as I have every year for the past three years. "S as in Sam... S, L, U, T, W, A, L, K... No ma’am this is not a prank. Yes, I’m an organizer for this event"... (read more)

Is Today’s Misogyny a ’Different, Darker Animal,’? (Portland Tribune)

Recently, the Portland Tribune ran an in-depth story on misogyny in the current political and social climate. Elle Stanger was quoted throughout the article... (read more)

Confessions of a Former Sex Shop Clerk (Thrillist)

Working as a porn clerk for four years was a brilliant, outlandish adventure better than any Chuck Palahniuk novel. I watched sweet grannies try on sexy maid outfits in the dressing room... (read more)

Bonnie Rotten Interview (Exotic Magazine)

At just twenty-one, porn actress Bonnie Rotten has stacked up an incredible litany of industry accomplishments. Winning multiple awards, such as Starlet of the Year, Scene of the Year, she also has dipped her toes into the... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: Physically Challenging Sex Positions to Try at Your Own Risk (Thrillist)

Missionary, doggy style, woman on top: those are basically the primary colors of humping. I was challenged by Thrillist to try a more extreme approach to penetration, with these five physically challenging sexual positions... (read more)

Four Presidential Candidates Walk Into a Strip Club...

Presidential races should be relegated to a strict discussion of policy, not hypothetical character studies. But since Hillary charges $2,700 for a selfie, Trump is a walking subreddit comment section... (read more)

How to Save the Planet While You’re Having Sex (Thrillist)

Earth Day is April 22nd. It’s a too-often-forgotten planetary holiday that we ought to be celebrating each and every time we hit the sheets — or the shower... (read more)

Portland Detective Speaks on "Black Lives Matter" and More

He’s white, he’s middle aged, and he’s a cop. Some of you hate him already. I was fortunate to meet the affable Detective Brendan McGuire in a NE Portland coffee shop, on a sunny summer morning... (read more)

What the Stripper Is Thinking While She Gives You a Lap Dance (Thrillist)

I’ve given approximately 20,000 lap dances. Some have been pleasurable, some were repulsive, some have been downright perplexing. And, of course, I can’t possibly recall the vast majority of them... (read more)

I’m a Sex Worker, and This is What I’ll Tell my Child (Elephant Journal)

You will be four years old on Wednesday. You asked to see my new shoes today. They were a gift from a customer. "Are those for dancing?" you asked. I smiled, "Yes." "Are they for your work?" I paused. And smiled again. "Yes."... (read more)

No, My Child Does Not Have to Hug You... (Elephant Journal)

We cook and drink and laugh and argue and drive to gather in the warm homes of folks that we call "Friends and Family." Kids play and fight over toys and video-games. Adults cook and drink... (read more)

Event: Tits & Sass 5 Year Anniversary Party! (Sunday, 3/13/15)

Join Tits and Sass co-founders Catherine Plato, Charlotte Shane, and Susan Elizabeth Shepard—with special guest, prolific and beloved regular contributor Elle Lynn Stanger, and noted bad girl... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: What Stripping Has Taught Me About Dating Men (Thrillist)

For most humans, having a conversation with a stranger is a daunting endeavor. That’s why blind dates, Tinder dates — any dates, really — are stressful: we’re looking to gather information... (read more)

Strippers Talk Back to the Hashtag #NotAStripper (Daily Dot)

As the art of pole dance has moved from the strip club stage to exercise studios and international competitions, "polers" have flooded social media with photos and videos of impressive, sometimes death-defying... (read more)

Interview: Sophia St. James (Tits & Sass)

Sophia St James is all smiles. The former stripper and current queer pornographer, activist, and sex educator, had taken a seat on the soft couch of the quiet, NE Portland feminist bookstore... (read more)

Elle Oh Elle: Eat Your Way to Better Sex (Thrillist)

Happy Holidays. Have you finally thrown out those congealed Thanksgiving leftovers? Did you pack yourself full of meats and breads and sauces, and are you ready to do it again? Good news... (read more)

Elle Interviews Justin King at Rooks Traditional Barbershop (HouseInk)

Owner, and Master Barber Justin King stands tall, his slender, heavily tattooed frame a quietly confident presence in the shop. The forty-year-old former combat veteran knows the history... (read more)

One of Portland’s Premier Strippers Presents... (HenryLatouretteMiller)

Elle's efforts to turn stripping into charity money (which were quite successful) did not go unnoticed, check out this cool write-up from Portland author Henry Latourette Miller's website... (read more)

(Updated) Thanks-Stripping at Lucky Devil with Elle Raises $324.00!

A huge thank you goes out to the generous customers who showed up to Lucky Devil and helped Elle raise over three hundred dollars for Central City Concern... (read more)

Expert Advice on Libidos, Clearing Your Mind, and Banging... (Thrillist)

Low libido. Sexual ADHD. Unrequited love. In this edition, we opened our inbox to a few of your questions. Have a pressing question you’d like to ask? Hit up the... (read more)

You've Never Been to Portland Until... (Matador Network)

Online lifestyle magazine The Matador Network just wrote up a piece about how unique the Portland strip club experience is. Here's a quote from the article... (read more)

Erotic Muse Interview: Jacq the Stripper

Like so many beautiful, strange, unattainable women, I found her on Instagram. Unlike so many women, "Jacq the Stripper" is a pole dancing, customer-hustling, writer, comedian, artist and all-around smart ass... (read more)

Elle's Slutwalk Portland Review

Oh, the things I saw at Slutwalk. It is September 20th, 2015. It is noon on Sunday, and I've loaded up the vehicles of friends with the PA system that my daughter's father has donated for the event.... (read more)

The Fact and Fiction of Open Relationships (Thrillist)

Welcome to "Elle-Oh-Elle," thrillist's new column in which infamous Portland-based writer and entertainer Elle Stanger will help your sex life go from subpar to subversive... (read more)

The Erotic Muse: September 2015 (Exotic Magazine)

"Well, here girlie, I won’t buy a dance, but I’ll get you a drink and help you scout out some real money." The young man was former military, quite handsome, and passively insulting me. I was still standing at... (read more)

Event: Portland Slutwalk (Sunday, 9/20)

The annual Portland Slutwalk is a sex-positive event, and Elle will be joining the march this Sunday, September 20th. The march starts at SW Salmon & Park (842 SW Salmon Portland, OR)... (read more)

The Erotic Muse: In Bed With Our Next President (Exotic Magazine)

The great American pastime; no, it’s not really baseball. It’s the cutthroat antics of the media circus known as the Presidential Election cycle. It’s hard to imagine a better collection of caricatures, and yet... (read more)

The Erotic Muse: August 2015 (Exotic Magazine)

If, according to that old adage, the definition of "insanity" is doing the same thing multiple times and expecting a different result, I still haven’t figured out what the definition of "weird" is... (read more)

Political Pole: A Campaign For Stripper Workplace Rights (Willamette Week)

Portland's most upstanding alternative weekly newspaper, The Willamette Week, recently featured a write-up on the saga of dancers visiting Salem, OR to lobby for the "stripper legislation," aka a hotline... (read more)

The Erotic Muse: May 2015 (Exotic Magazine)

"You got any Dragon Lady films?" It was 2005, in a southern California porn shop, and the octogenarian at the counter was asking me a question that that was so far indiscernible at the least, and vaguely racist... (read more)

Interview: Elle Stanger (About Face)

Portland's interview magazine, About Face, recently spoke with Elle regarding how she got became involved with lobbying for Oregon's recent stripper legislation, the stigma associated with... (read more)

Elle Stanger Takes on Gamergate (Burro)

It was Christmas afternoon in 1996. The adults were cooking and drinking upstairs, and the kids, myself included, were still in love with the plastic goodies we’d just earlier unwrapped. My prize for the holiday... (read more)

A Stripper's Crusade to Improve Dancers' Working Conditions (Salon)

The good folks at Salon just caught up with Elle regarding her adventures with legislation, the state capitol and all sorts of things regarding the Erotic Muses' crusade to improve entertainer's... (read more)

Photo Gallery: How This Dancer from Portland is Trying to Help (Everyjoe)

Elle's conquest to make sure that legislation protecting Oregon's nude entertainers is being covered by all sorts of outlets, ranging from news sites to blogs. The latest entry comes complete with a photo spread... (read more)

Oregon Strippers to Lobby Legislature for Better Working Conditions (Jezebel)

Everyone's favorite feminist news site has just joined the ranks of the dozens of media outlets who have been consulting with the Erotic Muse herself, Elle Stanger, in regards to the proposed Oregon... (read more)

Oregon Strippers Lobby for Better Work Conditions (Yahoo)

The latest publication to pick up the story regarding rights for strip club industry workers (and the steps being taken by Elle, and others, to draft legislation) is none other than Yahoo News... (read more)

The 10 Strip Club Commandments (Thrillist)

Strip clubs are like temples, except instead of religious iconography, they happen to be full of beautiful women and booze. And like a temple, there are certain guiding principles that one... (read more)

As Real as it Gets (Burro)

Seated, my hands rested on my bare thighs and crossed legs as the young man looked earnestly in at my face. He was searching my expression to the question he had just asked, "When... (read more)

Legislators Ask Exotic Dancers for Help With Strip Club Bill (Dailybeast)

Elle was just quoted in an article regarding, you guessed it, Portland strippers. This time, it’s addressing the drafting of legislation that would regulate the Portland strip club industry... (read more)

Photoshoot: Casper Suicide a.k.a. Elle (Inked Magazine)

Casper Suicide (Elle) is a featured model in Inked Magazine, a publication that celebrates the tattooed and the talented. Check out her photoshoot by photographer Sarah Pardini... (read more)

The Bare Necessities (Burro)

We were naked, the four of us, except for the boots on our feet and the bundles of heavy, mismatched clothing that we held to our torsos.. The stiff wind blew up my backside and the other... (read more)

A Burlesquer’s Guide to Rose City Strip Clubs (Burlesque Seattle)

When writer Crystal Tassels visited Portland, she reported on her favorite clubs, including Elle’s own stomping grounds, Lucky Devil... (read more)

Elle Stanger in Oh Joy, Sex Toy Comic (OJST)

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... (read more)

The Erotic Muse: June 2014 (Exotic Magazine)

I remember it like it was last night; yet it was summer of 2009, when the slender, dark skinned, sparkling stripper took the stage. Her name was Choco-latte, or something similarly outlandish... (read more)

18 Ways to Seriously Anger a Stripper (Thrillist)

There are plenty of ways to get on a stripper’s bad side. Recently, Andy Kryza from consulted with Elle to help readers understand what they can do to piss off (or rather, not piss off) a topless dancer... (read more)

Elle and Others Taste Test Romantic Aids (Thrillist)

Andy Kryza from thrillist has assembled a team of top-notch scientists (or at least folks from the sex industry) for a focus group on flavored/edible sex products, and Elle is one of the... (read more)

A Judge’s Notes: The Fourth Annual Vagina Beauty Pageant (Tits & Sass)

I was dressed modestly in a knee-length black dress, white Converse, and a denim jacket, and felt as comfortable as any stripper can when behaving as a civilian at a strip club event... (read more)

Let’s All Laugh About Abuse Via Twitter (Burro)

I have no idea who Kelly Oxford is, but she ruined my Imgur experience last night. The mindless right clicking that gives me so much joy was quickly interrupted when I realized that... (read more)