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Jul 31 2012

Get Cheeky With Us During Anal AugustFree Workshops & Comedy in Chicago

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Anal August is here! It’s an entire month devoted to celebrating butt play, from spanking and teasing, to pegging and pleasing. In addition to our lineup of free butt-focused workshops, we’re hosting the return of the Performance Anxiety comedy night. Read down below for a complete schedule of free events!

Butt Sex Basics with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, August 1st @ 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.

Bend Over Buddy with Antoinette
Wednesday, August 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Spank Someone Happy with Antoinette
Wednesday, August 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and role play. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Performance Anxiety-Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, August 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher 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.

Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, August 22nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Coming up…

9/5- Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette

9/12- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane

9/26- Suck it, Lick it, Love It with Antoinette

Jul 31 2012

Spanking, Pegging, & More Fun With ButtsAnal August in LA

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by thepleasurechest

It’s that time of the year again. Anal August is here! Whether you’re a butt beginner or an advanced anal explorer, we’ve got something to show you. Check out our complete schedule of free workshops down below.

Spank Someone Happy with Mary
Wednesday, August 1st @ 8-10pm FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and role play. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

The Ultimate O: Expanding your Orgasms through Anal Play with Sarah
Wednesday, August 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Are you a butt sex novice? Or maybe you’ve experimented, but you’re not quite sold?  This class will cover pleasure-based anatomy and the joys of anal play for both men and women. We’ll discuss safe and fun techniques for maximizing anal pleasure in both solo and partner sex and find ways to expand the play you already enjoy by incorporating the ass.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 14th@ 8-10 PM $7

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

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Sex Nerd Sandra & Kitty Cadillac
Wednesday, August 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 22nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.


 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 28th@ 8-10 PM $7

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

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him with Alicia and Mike
Wednesday, August 29th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Coming up…

9/5- Queering Tantra with Anya de Montigny

9/11- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

9/12- Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra

9/19- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah

9/25- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

9/26Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Mary

 

Jul 24 2012

Win a Fun Factory Curve (UPDATED- 7/26)

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by thepleasurechest

UPDATE: Congratulations to Sara from Murietta, CA for winning the Fun Factory Curve! Keep your eye on our blog for more giveaways and contests!

With its elegant shape and smooth contours, the Fun Factory Curve is designed for finding and enjoying your G-Spot.* It sports 6.75 insertable inches of body-safe premium silicone and has a pronounced ridge for targeted G-Spot stimulation.

Though designed to emulate the shape of female bodies, the Curve can also be used for prostate play and anal stimulation. The ergonomic handle also makes it a great choice for couples’ play, putting your pleasure into your partner’s hands.

Win a Curve!

We’re giving away a Curve to one lucky reader. Simply post in the comments below and tell us why you’d like to call the Curve your very own.

On Thursday, July 26th, we’ll pick a reader at random to win the Curve. Good luck!

*For more tips, read 5 Steps to Finding & Enjoying Your G-Spot

Jul 23 2012

YouTube Censored Our Nina Hartley Interview

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by thepleasurechest

 

Today we logged in to our YouTube account only to be greeted by the warning screen above. Our 2010 interview with adult film legend Nina Hartley had apparently been flagged for violating YouTube’s community guidelines. Upon review, someone at YouTube removed the video and issued us a warning that our account could be suspended or even terminated if we continued to violate this vague policy.

We’ve watched and re-watched our brief interview with Ms. Hartley and we don’t see how it violates the rules against “nudity, pornography or sexually provocative content.” We think it should be covered under YouTube’s exception for “documentary” content, since Ms. Hartley is discussing the popularity of “MILF porn” in a historical and sociological context, not describing sex acts or promoting any specific porn movie.

Readers of our blog may be aware of our past troubles with censorship, particularly on Facebook where a workshop on cunnilingus was flagged for removal and where the words “bondage” and “anal” have been  blocked in event titles. In October of 2010, we also learned that our company’s name was part of a distinguished group of words, phrases and names placed on the Google Instant blacklist, a mysterious list which, among other head-scratchers, continues to block suggestions for “bisexual.”

We know that Google owns YouTube and we appreciate they they want to prevent the popular video sharing site from becoming a porn free-for-all. But we must sincerely ask if our Nina Hartley video is really a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Judge for yourself. We’ve posted the banned clip on Vimeo. You can watch it above.

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Jul 18 2012

Adam Devine, Fortune Feimster & MorePerformance Anxiety- July 24th

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Join us on Tuesday, July 24th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Adam Devine, Fortune Feimster, Bret Ernst, Finesse Mitchell, Kate Berlant, Sandy Danto, Grant Pardee and Alice Wetterlund.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Adam Devine talking about “Dudes Night Out.”

Jul 12 2012

Our Staff’s Desert Island Porn Picks

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With tens of thousands of porn titles to choose from, it can be a challenge to choose a DVD for a hot evening at home. To make it easier, we’ve polled our staff and come up with a not-quite-definitive list of dirty movies we’d take to a desert island. Here are some of our favorites.

Star Wars XXX

If you’re a Star Wars fanatic, you might be annoyed with the inaccuracies in this film, but they’ve done a pretty good job with the look of the movie (except for Chewbacca– he’s a little disturbing). But the best part of this movie is that it’s genuinely funny at times. Tom Byron really steals the show. He’s hilarious. I found myself fast forwarding through the sex scenes to get back to the story. – Mary

 

Tristan Taormino’s Chemistry Series

I like this one for its personality, humor, good example of negotiation, and hot scenes that span a huge range of types of sex. It bridges education with fun, hot porn.- Victor

Chemistry 1 was the DVD that got me excited about porn! There’s an authenticity to the scenes that is super hot and fun. Tristan Taormino manages to capture real chemistry and it is fantastic. – Sarah T.

 

 

The Fashionistas

Most often, hardcore and/or kinky porn lacks context let alone storyline or plot. Fashionistas is a classic, not to mention epically filthy film that maintains a strong storyline. There’s just something in Belladonna’s eyes and smirk that makes me feel like she really loves her work. And that’s always a turn-on for someone less interested in the high-gloss, unconvincing moaning of other pornography.- Hana

 

Jock Itch

Forget the cheerleaders! These hot jocks get down and dirty with each other. High school fantasies fulfilled! - Karen

 

Incubus 

It’s very male. It’s very hot. The men are solid! - Still Ticking

 

 

 Pirates

Janine at her hottest! Dominating men and women left and right on a boat! This was the first porn film to have a red carpet premier at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. That’s old Hollywood class. –  Jess

 

 

Billy Castro Does the Mission

My fave porn ever! Billy is the sexiest! His scene with Dylan Ryan is the best in any porno I’ve watched. Rough and playful– my favorite combo! – Larkin

behind the green doorBehind the Green Door

The storyline involves abduction and forced sex, but it’s done in a caring and liberating way that is common in 70s porn. It also has the longest, most psychedelic cumshot of all time. It’s the kind of thing you could play on repeat at a party. – Mary

 

The Crash Pad Series

A great choice for those interested in authentic interactions and negotiations, a body and sex positive project, and a broad spectrum of scenes. I love that in any given DVD from this series, you find such a gamut of kinks, couplings, bodies, and aesthetics. – Hana

 

 

Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Pegging

One of the hottest collections of pegging action I’ve ever seen! Dylan Ryan and Wolf Hudson’s scene shows it all– including the communication that makes pegging successful. Also, Christian is taking it up the ass from Jada Fire? And Jiz Lee nails a scene with Mickey Mod? What’s not to love?- Sarah S.

 

Rough Sex

This  has one of my all-time favorite scenes: a stranded Satine Phoenix getting fucked by– and abandoned by– Derrick Pierce. I love that the director includes interviews with the stars whose fantasies are being realized in these scenes. – Sarah S.

 

The Look

Jeff Stryker! Jeff is a fucking genius when it comes to dirty talk. I love anything with him in it. It’s the type of porn you can watch with your pals and laugh at the ridiculous dialogue, but then after they leave, you can totally jerk off to it. Je t’aime Jeff Stryker! – Larkin

 

Alice in Wonderland: An Adult Musical Comedy

It’s got a musical number called “What’s a Nice Girl Doing On a Knight Like This?” Need I say more? This is a masterpiece of camp. – Kate

 

 

Damon and Hunter: Doing It Together

I love the story line in this video. The characters are very developed. It’s nice to gay see male porn with a more developed plot. – ACE

 

 

 

 

Jul 10 2012

Repin to Win a Fun Factory Layaspot

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Meet the Layaspot, a unique handheld vibe from the design wizards at Fun Factory. The Layaspot’s ergonomic design and contoured shape make it a versatile toy. It can be used for hands free masturbation and G-spot stimulation for female bodies and stimulating the perineum and enhancing blowjobs for male bodies.

This powerful portable runs on a pair of AA batteries, and its strong vibrations and three pulse patterns are controlled by an intuitive two button interface. It’s made of body safe Elastomed and is remarkably easy to clean. Best of all, the Layaspot doesn’t look like a vibrator, so it can be left on a nightstand without arousing suspicion. Did we mention that it also makes a great portable massager?

Repin to Win

Want to win a Layaspot of your very own? We’re giving one away– on Pinterest!

Simply follow us and go to this Layaspot pin. Then simply re-pin for a chance to win! We’ll pick one entry at random on Friday at 3pm PST.

Good luck!

Jul 06 2012

6 Great Products
for Gender Expression

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by thepleasurechest

As trans people have become more visible in society, we’ve seen an increased demand for products tailored for gender expression. In general, nearly everything we offer at The Pleasure Chest can be used by anyone regardless of their gender identity, but here are a few of our favorite products that meet the needs of trans men, trans women, genderqueers and people from across the gender spectrum.

Sailor Softskin Packer

Designed by sex educators, the Sailor Softskin Packer  is soft and lifelike to the touch, but firm on the inside. Whether tucked into a pair of jeans, or worn with packing underwear like the Rodeoh or the SpareParts Pete Trunks, this packer can be worn daily or whipped out for special occasions.

Transform Full Triangle Breast Forms

These soft, firm Transform Full Triangle Breast Forms  have a symmetrical design, making them ideal for most figure types. The triangle shape has a full front profile and a curved back to conform and fit snugly against the chest wall. These can be worn in most full figure bras or in special prosthetic bras with built-in pockets.

Go Girl

Go Girl was designed  to make public peeing more convenient, by freeing female-bodied people to urinate while standing up. This also makes it a popular choice for many trans men. The Go Girl is a reusable, fold-up silicone cup. It’s easy to clean and portable, so you can take it anywhere, from public restrooms to portapotties.

Transform Gaff

The thong-style  Transform Gaff is designed to help smooth and flatten the lower body, enhancing gender expression for many trans women. Made of 93% soft nylon and 7% stretchy spandex, this garment fits snugly and discreetly. It can be worn under most panties, pantyhose or other garments without showing through. Transform also makes binding tape helpful for trans men in flattening the chest.

Pumping products use suction to draw blood into body tissue, stretching and enlarging it, while enhancing sensitivity. Popular with sensation players and BDSM practitioners, pumping is also useful for many trans people. A simple kit consists of a pump, a hose and cylinders that can be used to enhance specific parts of the body. Trans women who want to develop their chests can use an accessory like this Breast Pump Cylinder , while trans men who want to enhance the size of the clitoral tissue can use a Clit Cylinder.

Snake Bite Kit

The Snake Bite Kit is a great, inexpensive alternative to pumping systems. It can be used to enhance the size and sensitivity of nipples or to enlarge the clitoris. As a bonus, it could save your life if you’re ever bitten by a rattlesnake.

 

 

 

 

Jul 04 2012

Erin Foley, Paul Scheer, Ian Edwards & MorePerformance Anxiety- July 10th

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Join us on Tuesday, June 26th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Erin Foley, Paul Scheer, Ian Edwards, Melissa Villasenor, Kyle Kinane, Robert Buscemi, Lynn Shawcroft and Whitmer Thomas.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Erin Foley on Conan.

Jul 04 2012

Fellatio, Cunnilingus & ComedyJuly in LA

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Once you’ve recovered from your July 4th revelry, grab your calendar (or launch your iCal or whatever folks do these days) and take a look at our schedule for the summer. This month, we’ve got guest educator Catherine Toyooka on fellatio, Alicia Cybulski on intermediate BDSM, Sex Nerd Sandra on cunnilingus and two more evenings of comedy presented by Performance Anxiety. And that’s just July. Take a gander at our complete summer schedule of free workshops and events below.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, July 10th@ 8-10 PM $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. The show will feature appearances by Erin Foley, Paul Scheer, Ian Edwards, Melissa Villasenor, Kyle Kinane, Robert Buscemi, Lynn Shawcroft and Whitmer Thomas.

Art of Oral Sex: Fellatio with Catherine Toyooka
Wednesday, July 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join us as we tackle the biggest myths surrounding oral sex, and discuss how to overcome all the hang ups that keep us from truly enjoying the experience. This workshop comes chock-full with tons of educational information covering male pleasure, anatomy and much, much more. You’ll also learn Ms. Toyooka’s 3 top techniques for making your partner moan with pleasure. This fun, interactive workshop is open to everyone. Bring your own cucumber to practice on if you like.

Safe, Sane & Consensual with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, July 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we delve even deeper into the world of BDSM. Learn about the physiological, psychological and emotional effects of a really good scene. Take your novice skills up a notch as we explore the intricacies of heavier beatings, electro-play and more!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, July 24th@ 8-10 PM $7

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

Pleasure Her Perfect with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, July 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Coming up…

8/1 Spank Someone Happy with Mary

8/8 The Ultimate O: Expanding your Orgasms through Anal Play with Sarah

8/14 Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

8/15 Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Sex Nerd Sandra & Kitty Cadillac

8/22 Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum

8/28 Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

8/29 Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him with Alicia and Mike

9/5 Queering Tantra with Anya de Montigny

9/11 Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

9/12 Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra

9/19 G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah

9/25 Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

9/26 Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Mary

 

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