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Mar 06 2013

We-Vibe Goes Mainstream

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by thepleasurechest

Makers of the We-Vibe have announced that you’ll soon be able to buy the innovative couples’ toy in drugstores.

“I don’t see why it wouldn’t be looked at in the same wholesome category” as other upscale drugstore consumer electronics, said Danny Osadca, CEO of Standard Innovation, the Ottawa-based company that makes the We-Vibe.

This is yet another sign that adult toys are going mainstream, as Americans embrace products like the We-Vibe as part of a healthy and fulfilling sex life. The article also mentions that We-Vibe is expanding into previously untapped markets in Russia and South America. Will we see more adult toys on drug store shelves soon?

Mar 05 2013

Carry a Condom & Go To JailNYPD’s War On Sex Workers

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by thepleasurechest

Did you know that you can be arrested for carrying condoms in New York City? This outrageous fact comes courtesy of a Vice article about the NYPD’s criteria for identifying potential sex workers. In practice, not just anyone is targeted by the police for such arrests.

But say you’re a sex worker or a queer kid kicked out of your home. Say you’re a  trans woman out for dinner with your boyfriend. Maybe you’ve been arrested as a sex worker before. Maybe some quota-filling cop thinks you look like a whore.

Then you’re not safe at all.

The article points out that New York City distributes free condoms to promote safe sex, but also uses them as evidence for arrests. How can the same city punish people for trying to protect their own health? A proposed law to ban the use of condoms as evidence by police and prosecutors was introduced in 1999, but hasn’t gotten enough support. Advocates for the rights of sex workers are hoping to change that. You can find out more here.

 

Mar 05 2013

Which Vibratex Toy Do You Want?Tell Us for a Chance to Win!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to the following folks who were randomly selected to win prizes from Vibratex:

Keep an eye on this blog and on Twitter for more Vibratex giveaways this month! 

This month, we’ve partnered with legendary toymaker Vibratex to highlight some of their best products. You probably know Vibratex as the creators of the original Rabbit Pearl vibrator, featured on Sex & the City. This is the episode that helped put vibrators (and us) on the pop culture map.

But did you know they’re also the distributors of the powerful and ever-popular Hitachi Magic Wand? For people who crave strong vibration, the Hitachi is widely considered the gold standard in adult toys. Vibratex also makes male masturbation sleeves like the Maven and the Sidekick and a thrilling variety of dual stimulation vibes including the Sugar Pop and the Budding Bliss. They’ve even created rechargeable versions of the magic wand for folks who don’t like to be tethered to a wall socket while they play.

Win a Vibratex Toy

Which Vibratex toy would you like to call your own? Take a look at your choices and post a comment telling us which toy you want and why. On Thursday, March 7th, we’ll pick three folks at random to win the toy they want.

It’s that simple. Good luck!

 

 

Mar 04 2013

Hot Links

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by thepleasurechest

Behold Gene Courtney, the Zion Meat Company’s “Sausage Queen” of 1955. World of Wonder informs us that this fabulous weiner couture was designed for something called National Hot Dog Week.


We wonder what Ms. Courtney would make of Hershey Wood. This modern day Sausage King has a unique talent for swallowing hot dogs.

Mar 04 2013

Is 3D Printing the Future of Sex Toys

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by thepleasurechest

If you’ve been following technology news, you’ve probably heard about 3D printing, a process that turns digital models into solid, three-dimensional objects. In recent months, the media has reported on everything from 3D printed tools and guns to livers, ears and entire houses.

Adult industry site Xbiz recently polled members about the future of 3D printing and the adult toy industry. They asked  “Will 3D printing revolutionize sex toys similar to VHS’ impact on adult movies?” As of last week, the responses were pretty divided with 37% saying “Yes,” 29 percent answering “No,” and 34% responding that they are unaware of 3D printing technology.

Nobody asked us, but we’re confident that 3D printing is an exciting new development that holds promise for adult toys. Last November, the company 3DEA opened a pop-up shop in New York allowing customers to make a personalized silicone replica of their own penises. The price was $250, more expensive than the trusty DIY “Clone a Willy” kits we sell, but the whole process sounds fascinating and the results are pretty cool. Unfortunately the 3DEA pop-up shop has closed and we don’t know when they’ll pop-up next.

The 3D printed Velv’Or J’Naja

In the meantime, if you’re curious about this technology, the Velv’Or J’Naja is a nifty cock ring, made of nylon-fiber and produced on a 3D printer. Is this the shape of things to come?

Mar 01 2013

Learn Something NewFree Workshops in Our NY Store

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by thepleasurechest

Are you curious about strap-ons? Want to brush up on your oral skills? Would you like to discover the joys of butt sex? Let our seasoned Sex Specialists show you the ropes at one of our free workshops. Here’s what we’ve got planned for March in our New York store.

Strap On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Ignacio
Wednesday, March 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura
Wednesday, March 13th @ 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.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Laura
Wednesday, March 20th @ 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.

Butt Sex Basics with Brandon B.

Wednesday, March 27th @ 8pm 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.

Mar 01 2013

BDSM in the New York Times

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by thepleasurechest

As readers of our blog know, kink is coming out of the closet. With the Fifty Shades series sparking a revolution in American bedrooms,  BDSM is going mainstream. There’s no better evidence of this than a lengthy trend piece in the New York Times this week that claims kinky sex is a “Hush-Hush Topic No More.”

Do you agree? Are you kinky? Are you open about your sexuality? Or do you keep it a secret from your friends, family and co-workers? Tell us anonymously (or not) in the comments below!