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Mar 11 2013

Porn Stars Without Makeup

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by thepleasurechest

We all know (or should) that porn is a fantasy. Today’s reminder comes courtesy of Melissa Makeup, an award-winning makeup artist in the adult industry. Ms. Makeup uses her Instagram account to post before and after photos of porn performers who she helps to transform from regular folks to fantasy figures. You can see a big gallery of 33 of her best portraits on Buzzfeed.

Mar 11 2013

Salon on the Sex Toy Revolution

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by thepleasurechest

This past weekend, Salon ran an interesting piece on the explosive popularity of sex toys. The article links this development to the phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades book series, but also to a number of high profile media appearances for The Pleasure Chest.

Salon mentions Kathy Griffin’s recent segment filmed at our West Hollywood store and her subsequent interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Griffin’s segments followed Pleasure Chest appearances on Our America with Lisa Ling and Starter Wives.

Salon suggests that America is in the midst of a fourth sexual revolution, following past cultural upheavals in the 1840s, the 1920s and the 1960.

“Sex 4.0 is grounded in a legal and cultural belief that consenting adults have a right to privacy … and to pleasure. This is adult – consensual and noncommercial — sex after Roe v. Wade in ’73, after AIDS and safe sex, and after Lawrence v. Texas in 2003. Equally critical, it is sex after the wide-scale adoption of the Internet and smartphones that revolutionized communications, including pornography.”

Read the entire story on Salon.

 

 

Mar 08 2013

Tonight! I Have a Headache!

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by thepleasurechest

Researchers in Germany have discovered that sex may actually cure a headache.

“Our data suggest…that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients,” wrote the authors of the study, published Feb. 19 in Cephalagia.

The scientists studied 800 patients who suffered from migraines and 200 who reported chronic cluster headaches. One third of respondents admitted to having sex during their episodes. 67% of those with migraines reported a partial or total alleviation of symptoms, while  37% of cluster headache patients said sex helped lessen the pain. Sex didn’t work for everyone and seemed to help men more than women. But the results are promising.

Do you suffer from headaches? Does sex make you feel better or worse?

h/t CBS News

 

Mar 07 2013

Tailly

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by thepleasurechest

We think our furry friends are gonna love this. Tailly is a wearable tail that responds to your heart rate. When you’re happy and excited, it wags faster. When you’re relaxed, it moves slowly. From Tailly’s fundraising page:

“Tailly is fun to wear to parties, while out with friends or playing with kids. You could even wear Tailly on a date and express your true feelings through the wagging tail. Even better, your partner could also wear one for the both of you to add a level of subconscious communication between the two of you.”

Cool! Unfortunately Tailly is only a prototype, until they can raise the money to go into production. In the meantime, can we interest you in a faux foxtail buttplug?

Tailly also reminds us of these brainwave controlled cat ears. Do high tech products like Tailly bring out the animal in you?

h/t Boing Boing

 

Mar 06 2013

Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy & MorePerformance Anxiety- March 12th

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by thepleasurechest

Join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at 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 Kurt Braunohler, TJ Miller, Dan Levy, Tommy Johnagin, Aparna Nancherla, Jared Logan, Kara Klenk and Rob O’ Reilly.

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

Please enjoy Kurt Braunohler on having quiet orgasms.

Mar 06 2013

Does Size Matter to the TSA?

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by thepleasurechest

When travelling with sex toys in your carry-on bag, does size matter? After reading this piece in NY Mag, we’re still not sure. They quote a New York Post article which says:

“The TSA acknowledges that there’s nothing illegal about traveling with the devices. Vibrators and dildos are OK in carry-ons, as long as they’re under 7 inches long, TSA rules say.”

But when NY Mag contacted the TSA for clarification, the spokesperson said there was no 7″ rule. So which is it? We’ve had our own frustrations trying to get answers from the TSA (We’re still waiting). The author suggests packing toys that feature a travel lock, so they don’t activate in your bag and trigger a bomb scare. And we know for a fact that the Njoy Eleven is considered a no-no.

Until we get straight answers, we’re going to assume that there’s always a risk of public embarrassment when traveling with sex toys. Luckily, some folks are into that sort of thing.