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January 2010

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Jan 25 2010

Celebrity Skin

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by thepleasurechest

After reading this post on gothamist about a female New York Times columnist calling the devastatingly beautiful Christina Hendricks a “big girl” (THE HORROR!) and the paper allegedly manipulating the image of her on the Golden Globes red carpet to make her look bigger, I was totally outraged. First of all, she is far from fat. Secondly, despite popular belief, fat people are actually human beings who don’t eat kittens, are not the cause of global warming, and can be as sexy and stylish as anyone else. Lastly, I thought Christina’s ruffly, peach Christian Siriano dress was, well, fierce.

Left: the NY Times image; Right: the original image. Comparison via gothamist.com

Anyway, this got me thinking, not only about women and how we treat one another (I’m a feminist), but how much I’d really like to see Christina Hendricks naked (a horny feminist). I honestly cannot imagine a life in which I never get to see her breasts in their full, be-nippled glory. It seems that in today’s society, we are spoiled with nude pictures and sex tapes of celebrities to the extent that we have actually come to expect visual access to their naked bodies in addition to the juicy details of their personal lives.

For example: Britney Spears’ labia flash a few years ago? Shocking. Lindsay Lohan’s? Slightly less shocking, but still provocative. Britney’s and Lindsay’s second and third lip slips? Wow. I mean, if you had told me when I was younger that one day in my 20s I’d be able to draw my celebrity contemporaries’ vulvae from memory, I would have never believed you and probably thought you were a complete perv.

Now fast forward: Kim Kardashian’s sex tape? Whatever, nice ass. Cassie’s pierced nipples and labia ring? NBD (no big deal). Rihanna’s nude shots? Not too shabby, actually, and kind of artsy in a Guys with iPhones sort of way.

So, in the midst of all this, I realized that now I pretty much expect to see just about anyone I want to naked. I’ve seen most of my friends naked (I’m a girl, it happens), I’ve seen Madonna naked, I’ve seen Hermione Granger’s nipple, and so on and so forth. The possibilities seem endless!

In all seriousness, if Christina Hendricks never decides to take the plunge and concludes that her plunging necklines are revealing enough, it won’t ruin my life. The rest of the drooling masses and I will go on, and there is plenty of skin, celebrity and otherwise, to gawk at on the internet, as well as the celeb sex tapes and parodies we carry at The Pleasure Chest. I just think the sense of entitlement to certain people’s private lives is an interesting thing to think about, from a cultural standpoint and as a sex-positive, body-positive, feminist sex worker.

On that note, I will leave you with the French version of the trailer for Chloe, a movie starring another outrageously hot redhead, Julianne Moore, and the lovely Amanda Seyfried. This version of the trailer undoubtedly has more nudity in it than the American one will. That’s right folks, this trailer also stars a shot of Amanda Seyfried’s titty, though its true identity is suspect due to the lack of face action. In any event, enjoy!

Jan 19 2010

Lipservice

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by thepleasurechest

Last Monday night we had a mini blow-job workshop with Midori in the Los Angeles store. Not surprisingly, it was a full house of cocksuckers (in the good way), eagerly absorbing Midori’s tips and techniques on how to give great head. This particular subject matter is consistently one of our most popular topics at workshops, Sex Toy Socials, and in-store chats with customers.

Ah, the bj, or simply “beej” if you want to get casual. As a non-penis-owner, I suppose I may never know exactly what it is about one that makes them extra-special. Is it the tongue action? The suction? The opportunity to examine the top of one’s partner’s head in a way that is impossible except for the very tall? Well, we can’t help you with that last part (hint: step ladder, Home Depot), but there’s been several awesome advancements for guys wanting to experience better blow-jobs with a partner, or even solo, say, if you’re not as talented as this fellow:

An open-ended masturbation sleeve, like the Tantus Stroker can be used during a blow-job for extra sensation on your shaft while your partner goes to town on the the rest of your cock. Another trick is to cut a hole at the top of a soft, inexpensive sleeve like the Tenga Egg (sold in our stores and coming soon online), which is even shorter and more flexible, giving your partner even more room to show off their moves.

Discreet, portable packaging, included water-based lube, and innovative design have made Tenga sleeves wildly popular. Tenga Lipservice is one of our absolute favorites. The outer packaging looks like an innocent bottle of lotion or shaving cream, and although the cross section photo of the inside kind of looks like the gears of a terrifying clock you’re supposed to put your penis in, it feels velvety-soft in there, and the pre-lubricated opening is both pleasing to the senses and downright thoughtful. Lipservice is designed to feel like actual deep throat oral sex, including varying amounts of suction, tightness, and a “slurping” sound as you use it, making it not just a sleeve, but an experience. Well, a simulated experience. Or, rather, a simulation of an experience that is in itself an experience. Oh, you know what I mean.

P.s. The Pleasure Chest does not advocate any kind of walrus Peeping Tom-ery. It’s totally rude, but, to be fair, that walrus is kind of an exhibitionist.

Jan 15 2010

The Pleasure Chest will donate 15% of sales this Saturday to Haiti relief

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by thepleasurechest

In response to the devastation in Haiti, 15% of sales nationwide in our Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York stores on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 will be donated to the organization Partners in Health.

We chose Partners in Health because they provide community-based health programs, including AIDS treatment and prevention, in Haiti and throughout the world. Haiti was the location of their pilot program, and they have been doing work there since 1998, so Partners in Health workers are rooted in the communities and their work there is incredibly crucial at this time.

Since 1971 Pleasure Chest has been dedicated to serving our communities, and at this time we wish to join the global community in giving what we can to aid the people of Haiti.

To shop in Chicago, visit 3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am. To shop in Los Angeles, visit 7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-2am. To shop in New York, visit 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am.

Jan 13 2010

April Flores in the flesh!

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by thepleasurechest

Well, she was in our LA store last week getting some lube for her latex dress (you know, typical errand stuff), and while she was here she graciously signed the outer packaging of her fabulous cyberskin pussy (the first plus-size pussy toy on the market!).

This was, of course, really exciting news for the LA staff, who are all big fans of Ms. Flores.  I started following her blog a few years ago and had the pleasure of meeting her at a video release about a year ago. She is every bit as sweet and sexy as a person as she is on camera and on her Twitter. Looking forward to watching her star rise, and to watching her be nude, sassy, and hot, of course.

Jan 08 2010

Jersey Shore XXX

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by thepleasurechest

I was poking around Fleshbot when I came across this juicy meatball of news. I’ve gotta say, as the Jersey Shore phenomenon is sweeping the nation (and me off my feet), a Jersey Shore porn spoof is absolute genius. It’s kind of funny to see the spoof cast side-by-side with the real cast because the real cast pretty much look like porn stars as it is, but it looks like the casting so far has hit the mark.

Well, except for TJ Cummings as Pauly D. because, as anyone who watches the show knows, Pauly’s hair is a star in its own right. Hopefully by the time production begins, TJ will have had plenty of time to work on his blow dry and hair gel game, so that he too will have locks like a glorious man-tiara.

Hopefully they'll airbrush on Pauly's amazing tattoos!

Also, I don’t care if they have to draw it on with a Sharpie, the Cadillac tattoo is an absolute MUST.