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May 14 2013

Just 3 Spots Left at Forte Femme in NYC!

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Want to learn the art of female dominance with an expert? Our dear friend Midori is conducting another ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Intensive from June 28th to June 30th in New York City. And there are just three spots left! If you’re curious about getting personalized, practical advice on female domination, this is a great opportunity. Here’s Midori’s description of what you can expect:

From Friday night to Sunday afternoon, you will be immersed in a safe, private and supportive environment exploring what it means to find and enjoy your power as a dominant femme. Midori’s uniquely-designed curriculum takes a “Head-Heart-Hands” approach that integrates the eroticism of your mind and body, as well as of your partner, instead of trying to teach you one-size-fits-all scripts or focusing on technique.

If you’d like a better idea of what to expect, you can read Huffington Post blogger Vanessa Pinto’s post about her experiences attending ForteFemme last year. For more information and to nab one of the remaining spots in New York, head on over to the Forte Femme site.

 

May 13 2013

The Redhead Bedhead Visits Our NY Store

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We don’t like to toot our own horn. So, thank heavens for The Redhead Bedhead, a Portland blogger who did it for us:

This is what I LOVE about Pleasure Chest! This industry is constantly growing, changing, evolving, redefining itself and striving to improve and when you’re in Pleasure Chest, you get the idea that they are too!

Ms. Bedhead is on a Superhero Sex Shop Tour, highlighting her favorite adult boutiques around the country. She’s written a great piece on our New York store, with a bit of history, and an interview with our fearless manager Brandon. Check it out!

May 10 2013

Mother’s Day Cards For Everybody

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As you probably know, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you’ve scanned the “Mother’s Day” card selection at your local store, you might have noticed a lack of diversity. Hallmark hasn’t caught up with the rest of us. That’s why the folks at Strong Families designed these beautifully-illustrated, colorful and inclusive “Mama’s Day” e-cards.

Strong Families calls itself “a home for the 4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work.” The organization supports families defining themselves “across generation, race, gender, immigration status, and sexuality.” Cool!

You can read more about their work and pick out a card for mom on their site.

May 09 2013

Porn Long Reads

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Yes, sometimes we do actually read the internet for the articles. As proof, we’d like to point you to a couple of great pieces we read recently. First, there’s this amazing profile of Stoya, the internet’s favorite porn star. Kudos to Amanda Hess for showing us another side to one of our heroes.

Also this week, we read “What Do You Desire,” Emily Witt’s marvelous essay about San Francisco, modern love, porn and utopia. Witt uses  her visits to the sets of Kink.com porn shoots to ruminate on her own search for romantic fulfillment. It’s a long read, but worth your time.

If you like reading heady, thoughtful pieces on porn, you’re in luck. Routledge has just announced a call for papers for Porn Studies. It’s described as “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic and their cultural, economic, historical, institutional, legal and social contexts.” It’s about time.

 

May 08 2013

Dildology

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laboratoryEver wonder if that “phthalate-free dildo” you purchased is really phthalate-free? Or if that silicone vibrator you’ve got your eye on is 100% silicone?  Meet Dildology, a new nonprofit organization founded by 3 folks with a passion for sex toys and a healthy skepticism about manufacturers’ claims. As sex toy reviewer and Dildology co-founder Dangerous Lilly explains:

I’m not the first person in this industry who has wished for access to a lab to test for material purity, phthalates, etc. I’m just the first sex toy reviewer who actually said “I’m doing this, NOW”.

Dildology is collecting adult toys from a variety of manufacturers and sending them to an accredited lab to verify what materials they’re made from. They’ve already kicked things off with a test of Jimmyjane’s Hello Touchand found that it’s 100% silicone as advertised.

To read their mission statement and donate money or toys to Dildology, check out their website.

May 07 2013

Doc Johnson: Made in America

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It is here, in this cavernous warehouse vibrating with the hums and murmurs of a bustling 500-person workforce, that one of the last bastions of old-fashioned American manufacturing labors on, using 2.5 million pounds of rubber per year to churn out a staggering 15,000 sex toys per eight-hour day, which amounts to 5 million a year. Dongs, cock rings, dick pumps, pocket pussies, strokers, suckers, strap-ons, ticklers, teasers, vibrators, ropes, whips, ball gags, anal invaders, pussy trainers, and “love spit ” lubricant pour out of here at a rate that would wow Henry Ford.

Buzzfeed offers a fascinating peek inside the factory (and history) of legendary adult toymaker Doc Johnson.

May 07 2013

Share Your Masturbation Story& Win a We-Vibe Touch (Updated- 5/10)

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Jack Dark, who submitted a sweet and sexy story about partner communication and masturbation. Jack wins a We-Vibe Touch for the hottest submission. Also, we’d like to congratulate Angel who shared a hilarious anecdote about being caught in the act. Angel wins a We-Vibe Touch for the funniest submission. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories of self-love with us. They were all a delight to read. Stay tuned next week for more giveaways for National Masturbation Month! 

May is National Masturbation Month and we’re celebrating with special giveaways of our favorite toys from We-Vibe. The company is famous for revolutionizing couples play with the eponymous We-Vibe, but they also make wonderful, luxury toys that are ideal for solo play.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to the discreet, but powerful We-Vibe Touch. Made of soft, flexible silicone, Touch has a curvy wavelike design and a rounded tip optimized for external stimulation. Under the hood is a strong, nearly silent motor with 8 different pulse settings. Touch is completely waterproof and totally rechargeable. A 90 minute charge supplies up to 2 hours of play.

How to Win a Touch

Want to win a Touch? Tell us your best masturbation story! Whether it happened to you or a friend, we want to hear it. Whether it’s sexy, silly, embarrassing or erotic, we want you to confess it in the comments.

Feeling shy? You can comment anonymously! Just make sure you supply an email address so we can contact you.

Post your story in the comment thread by Friday, May 10th.  On that afternoon, we’ll award a Touch to the person with the hottest story and another Touch to the person with the funniest. That’s two ways to get your hands on a Touch! Good luck.

 

May 06 2013

Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani & MorePerformance Anxiety- May 14th

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Join us on Tuesday, May 14th 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 Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Moshe Kasher, Ali Wong, Erik Charles Nielsen, Arden Myrin, Andrew Santino and Brandon Vestal.

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

Please enjoy Hannibal Buress on white strip clubs.