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Want to Work at The Pleasure Chest Chicago?

January 7th, 2014

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The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a part-time sex-positive customer service assistant to join our family! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, a flexible schedule, a passion for sexual health and an interest in sex education.

About us:

Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. Our mission is to support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience.

Customer Assistant Job Description

Customer Service:

A Customer Assistant is primarily responsible for point of sale. This includes communicating information about the materials of the toys to the customer and any manufacturer’s warranties, battery-testing all toys, and making any relevant point of sale purchase recommendations (such as batteries, toy accessories, etc). Customer Assistants will need to be comfortable using a computer and possess a general knowledge of Eagle POS software.

Customer Assistant’s are also expected to greet customers as they enter the store, be aware of all promotions, discounts, coupons and cross-promotions that The Pleasure Chest is running, and to have participated in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of products in the store by also attending periodic, mandatory in-service trainings.

Store Upkeep:

Customer Assistants are expected to assist with special cleaning, merchandising, purchasing and events projects as assigned by Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and “fluffing” duties. Customer Assistants must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and handle minor store maintenance.

Pay:

Customer Assistants’ starting wage is $8.25/hr plus commission. Please note: this position will require weekend night shift(s).

Please send cover letter and resume via email to sloane@pleasurechest.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans folks are encouraged to apply. Please no calls.

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A Crash Course in Communication

January 7th, 2014

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If you’re in a romantic relationship, have a sex partner (or several), or have friends, you know how vital good communication is. It’s how we get what we want! It’s how we understand what other people want! Important stuff! Luckily, this has been a great week for smart articles about communicating.

Emily Brooks’s excellent article on Autostraddle, “Body as a Second Language: Navigating Queer Girl Culture on the Autism Spectrum,” is a must-read both for its points about different kinds of accessibility (making queer spaces comfortable for people with sensory processing issues) and for the way that the author identifies different “languages” that people use with each other, often unconsciously.

Even in close relationships, we can struggle to read situations correctly. “My now ex-girlfriend used to drop hints about things she wanted me to do, such as saying, ‘I’m going to take a shower,’ when she wanted us to take a shower together,” related Fern. “Of course, those flew right over my head. She also expected me to respond to non-verbal cues regarding whether or not she wanted sex, and again, I had no clue.” Fern may have looked disrespectful or apathetic; really, she and her girlfriend just weren’t speaking each other’s languages.

Along the same lines, an older blog post about “Ask Culture and Guess Culture” has been making the rounds this week. Basically, in Ask Culture, you can ask for anything that you want, as long as you’re equally prepared to get a yes or a no. Guess Culture depends on using social cues to try to be reasonably certain that you’ll get a yes before you’ll ask for something.

All kinds of problems spring up around the edges. If you’re a Guess Culture person… then unwelcome requests from Ask Culture people seem presumptuous and out of line, and you’re likely to feel angry, uncomfortable, and manipulated.

If you’re an Ask Culture person, Guess Culture behavior can seem incomprehensible, inconsistent, and rife with passive aggression.

This is such a useful way of looking at things, and particularly relevant when it comes to talking about sex. One person’s innocent expression of interest can be another person’s pressure.

On a lighter note, we loved Kate McCombs’s advice for using “Panda Memes as Relationship Communication Tools”:

After a bit of frustrating back and forth (I knew there was something going on), he shared that he was having feelings but didn’t know how to describe them – he just felt “off.” I said, “So, do you feel a little bit like the panda who fell of the slide and landed on its head?”

Go forth, read things, feel smarter, communicate better.

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Dildo Misadventures

January 6th, 2014

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We’ve already raved about Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen’s sex toy review comic, and we particularly enjoyed the latest installment: Amanda Lafrenais’s lessons in dealing with dildos. Lafrenais shares her own mortifying sex toy stories, each with a moral. We learned, for example, one reason why it’s important to take the batteries out of a toy before you throw it away.

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The Man with Two Penises

January 3rd, 2014

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A man with a condition called Diphallia – which, yes, means that he was born with two penises – took to Reddit (using the name DoubleDickDude) for a no-holds-barred Q&A session about his unusual condition. Here’s our takeaway:

His attitude is awesome:

Worst [part of having two penises]? Briefs/underwear. I wear a small/medium in the waist (28-30″waist) so briefs that can hold it all together are too big, and briefs that fit everywhere else, i fall out of both sides.

Best? having two cocks.

His relationship is awesome.

I’ve been in a serious relationship with a girl and a guy for a while now. I call it monogamous because we are exclusive.

They were a couple before they mutually started dating me. She is straight, and he is bisexual and discovered he was when after four months of them both knowing me, they found out about my cocks. It clicked and we’ve been together since.

His mom is awesome. In reply to a question about memorable reactions from doctors:

Yeah, one grabbed like five others in the building. That was the last time my mom let anyone examine me for any reason besides personal check-ups. She said “my son is not a freak show” and slapped one of them.

His one medical problem could be a lot worse:

My prostate gets inflamed if I dont ejaculate enough. I’m probably the only guy with a legit reason to orgasm at least once every day or two days. My prostate gets stimulation from both cocks and creates a lot of seminal fluid.

It looks like some the more sexually explicit questions and answers have been deleted, but you can still read about them on Nerve. You can even check out a picture (NSFW).

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Free Workshops on the Upper East Side!

January 2nd, 2014

Start the new year right by attending a free workshop at our Upper East Side store!

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Get Wet: A G-spotting & Female Ejaculation Intensive with Ducky DooLittle
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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 female body, G spotting and female ejaculation. It’s an orgasm intensive!

Sleazy Saturday with Erin Houdini
Saturday, January 11th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Let us give your weekend a lascivious twist. Come mingle in our new store, talk sex with the staff, and stock up for Saturday night. We’ll provide the booze and a variety of exciting entertainment. This Saturday, get ready to get tied up! Erin Houdini will be decorating our lucky guests with her bondage rope body art.

BDSM for Couples with Victor
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn skills of communication and negotiation around BDSM with your partner and how it can be an intensely romantic journey between two (or more) people. Bondage, role play, sensation play – all of these things and more can be enjoyed within a loving relationship, whether monogamous or open. Our Sex Specialists will cover safety, tips, tricks, and how to choose quality implements. For beginners and seasoned players alike.

Sleazy Saturday with Crimson Kitty
Saturday, January 18th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Want to be a burlesque star? Crimson Kitty will be joining us this Saturday, supplies in hand, to teach you how to make pasties of your very own. Stay for a drink and browse the gorgeous new store.

blowjobsBlowjobs & Beyond with Phillip
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Sleazy Saturday: Dirty Bingo with Ducky Doolittle
Saturday, January 25th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Throw your preconceived notions out the door because this is not like any bingo game you’ve ever played before! It’s picture BINGO! All while Ducky DooLittle tells dirty/funny stories, drops fascinating sex ed facts, awards sexy prizes and plays sex trivia with you!  Bring friends or make some there.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Victor and Alicia
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

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How Safe Are Condoms, Really?

December 31st, 2013

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We know that condoms will protect us from most STIs, but can we really feel secure knowing that they won’t protect us from dinosaurs? The video below covers ten things from which condoms cannot protect you, like wild animals and alien invasion. Educate yourself.

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What You Shouldn’t Put Up Your Butt, 2013

December 30th, 2013

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If there’s no part of you that enjoys feeling visceral horror, just stop reading now. Deadspin compiled a list of things people got stuck in their various orifices over the last year, courtesy of a searchable database of emergency room visits. We have to say, it’s pretty eclectic. Enjoy!

Penis:
PENIS PLUG
20-30 MAGNETIC BUCKY BALLS
DICE
FISHTANK AIRHOSE
ANTENNA
SEWING NEEDLE
BB PELLET
“WIDE WOODEN DOWEL”
NAIL
PLASTIC PIPE, DENTAL FLOSS WITH BEADS
WIRE
MARBLE
EMBEDDED DOMINO IN PENIS “TO PLEASE THE LADIES”

Vagina:
GLUE STICK
BARRETTE
SMALL FINGER VIBRATOR–”IT’S STILL ON”
TOILET PAPER
“LONG BLACK OBJECT”
PENIS RING
RIVET
“WORMS COMING OUT OF PEE-PEE”—PINWORMS
SPOON
PENCIL ERASER
PLASTIC BOTTLE OF CREAM (LID STILL ON)
NAPKINS IN VAGINA TO HAVE SEX DURING PERIOD

Rectum:
PENCIL
PENCILS
SHAMPOO BOTTLE
COLOGNE BOTTLE
LOTION JAR
SODA CAN
SODA BOTTLE
FLASHLIGHT
BATHTUB STOPPER
SHOT GLASS (BROKEN)
SOCK
ICE PACK
END OF CURTAIN ROD
“PATIENT STATES HE WAS EXPERIENCING AN ITCHY RECTUM AND INSERTED A REMOTE CONTROL TO SCRATCH”
VIBRATOR
VIBRATOR BATTERY
COVER OF VIBRATOR
TIP OF VIBRATOR
“BIG PURPLE DILDO”
“PATIENT STATES HE GOT DRUNK AND PASSED OUT AT GIRLFRIENDS HOUSE, AWOKE WITH SPOONS AND DILDOS IN RECTUM”
LIGHTER
TOY SUBMARINE
TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER
2 HALVES OF BAR OF SOAP
POOL BALL
LIT BOTTLE ROCKET; “IT DIDN’T GO WELL”

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Can You Tell Porn From Fashion?

December 30th, 2013

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If you’re not at work (or if you, y’know, work at a sex store), we recommend playing Fashion or Porn, the game where you try to tell fashion photography from pornography. It’s not easy!

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Free Workshops in Los Angeles!

December 26th, 2013

Resolved to amp up your sex life in 2014? We’ve made it easy, with free workshops every week with our sex specialists and guest experts!

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Fundamentals of Flogging with Shay & Koko
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Butt Sex Basics with Kate
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandrasandra (2)
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

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Free Workshops in Chicago this January!

December 26th, 2013

Start off the new year right by picking up some sexy new skills! All of our workshops are free, and you’ll get 15% off your purchases that night.

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Butt Sex Basics with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Twisted Knitters, co-hosted by Sex Positive Chicago and Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 7-9 PM – FREE!

With a 2014 reboot of our popular knitting night, Sex Positive Chicago hops on board to co-host the sexiest night of knitting in Chicago! Come out and play with yarn and enjoy yummy snacks and great conversation with the folks from both The Pleasure Chest and Sex Positive Chicago.

Strap On, Get Off with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10 PM – FREE! 

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

Performance Anxiety Comedy Night
Monday, January 20th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Goodrich Gevaart and Kristin Clifford and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show.

The Ultimate O with Ash
ashWednesday, January 22th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash & Louie
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!  

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

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