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Nov 11 2010

Condoms & porn: What you said

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by thepleasurechest

While the latest HIV scare in the porn industry seems to be over, the debate about condoms in porn rages on. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation continues to take a hard line, arguing that mandatory condoms are needed to protect workers’ safety. Still, there are many people in the industry who argue that condoms carry their own health risks for porn actors. We’ve been running a poll for over two months, asking what you think. The results are in. We admit that 47 votes isn’t a very big pool of respondents. But unless you’re a sample size queen (science joke, sorry), you might find the numbers interesting.

Nearly a third of voters support mandatory condom usage, while slightly more than that don’t want to see condoms in their porn at all. The remaining votes (a little over 25%) support voluntary condom usage. Verdict: our readers are just as divided as the industry itself. (Either that, or we suck at conducting polls.)

This debate will likely continue as long as there is an AIDS crisis, and as long as our sex negative society pushes porn to the fringes as a legitimate career choice. In the meantime, we think indie porn star/director Madison Young had the most thoughtful comment on the great condom debate.

There needs to be an element of choice, and the choice shouldn’t be that if you want work you don’t use condoms and if you want to use condoms then you don’t work.

We couldn’t agree more.

Nov 10 2010

Sex drive

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by thepleasurechest

Folks in Huntsville, Alabama this weekend will be able to check out the nation’s (world’s?) first drive through sex shop! The drive thru is the brainchild of Sherri Williams, the proprietress of sex toy boutique Pleasures, who’s been fighting Alabama’s ridiculous ban on the sale of sex toys for over a decade. In an interview with 20/20′s John Stossel, she once defiantly channeled Charlton Heston, promising “”I’ll stop selling vibrators when they pry them from my cold, dead hand.” Wow! This is our kinda woman.


Williams has given her customers plenty of reasons to get out of their cars too. Pleasures has an outdoor lounge for wine and beer tasting and for smoking a variety of legal “mind altering” herbs. And if all of this sounds like a threat to Alabama family values, you can always partake in their free marital counseling!

Nov 08 2010

Free workshops in LA & Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

You just gained an hour. Use it! Our Los Angeles and Chicago stores are hosting free workshops from now through the holidays!

Los Angeles

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, November 10 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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 blow-jobs. 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.
Beginner’s BDSM
Tuesday, November 16 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.
Butt Sex Basics
Wednesday, November 17 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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.
  • Chicago

    Tuesday, November 16 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. Our Sex Specialists will cover anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, of course, our favorite toys, lubes, and erotic accessories. The more you know about your own response patterns, the better your sex life will be, whether partnered or solo! Please note: This workshop will be a safe space for women only.
    Tuesday, December 7 · 9:00pm – 11:00pm
    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 blow-jobs. 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.
    Tuesday, December 14 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!
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