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September 2013

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Sep 13 2013

A Less Awful Sex Ed

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Did you get sex ed in school? If so, you’re very lucky if was better than the usual scripts:

Fourth or fifth grade:

“Soon, you will start to grow hair in places. Your body will change in some ways. Do not be afraid. Here are some artfully-depicted naked grown-ups with no genitals. Also, here is some deodorant and/or enormous pads. Never, ever show them to anyone.”

Sixth or seventh grade:

“Here are some diagrams of fetal development.”

High School:

“This is a condom. You should use one if you have sex, except you should not be having sex. If you have sex, you will get lots of deadly infections. Here are some close-up photographs of all of the terrible, horrible, confusing things that will definitely happen to your genitals. Also, do you really think you’re ready to be a parent? Think of your future.

If you’re cringing with the memory of your own sex ed horror story, we suggest washing it down with The Frisky’s list of “10 Things Everyone Should Learn in Sex Ed.” We would love if schools implemented safer sex curricula that focused on empowering students to make informed choices about barriers, partners, and what they actually want to do. Still, even if your main source of sex ed was that one friend who told you that the hymen grows back every time, it’s never too late to learn.

How about you? What do you wish you’d learned? What would you add to a sex ed curriculum?

Sep 11 2013

The Pleasure Chest Upper East Side is Here!

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We’ve finally arrived!

The Pleasure Chest Upper East Side will be officially opening its doors on Saturday, September 14th. We’re located at 1150 2nd Ave, between 60th and 61st. Please join us for a wine and cheese gathering for our new neighbors from 4pm to 6pm. An opening gala is planned for mid-October.

If you want to get a sneak preview of the store, we’ll be unofficially open starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 12th. Please stop by and say hi!

Also, there’s still time to win a $75 gift card to the new store. Enter here!

Sep 11 2013

Porn Without Porn

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In response to British prime minister David Cameron’s crackdown on internet pornography, freelance ad writers Henrik Düfke and Felipe Montt created Cameron Porn, a collection of “free sex videos: fully adapted to the U.K. porn ban.” (“Porn ban” is not entirely accurate, but these videos are meant to be compatible with the proposed internet content filters.) What this actually entails is an assortment of clips from particularly silly XXX movies, with any sex or nudity ham-handedly edited out. As far as political protests go, it makes for some fun viewing.

Please enjoy “A Handy Electrician” at work, in your living room, at a coffee shop, in a library, or anywhere else where actual porn would be inappropriate.


h/t Digiday

 

Sep 10 2013

Do Smaller Balls Make For Better Parents?

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In a recent study, seventy men from Atlanta were asked to look at pictures of their children while having their brain activity measured by an MRI. They were then asked about their daily involvement in their children’s lives. They also had their balls measured. Apparently, the more involved parents’ brains showed more activity in the area related to nurturing, when confronted with pictures of their kids. They also had smaller balls.

According to the authors of the study, “these results suggest that the biology of human males reflects a trade-off between mating effort and parenting effort.” So, bigger balls equals more semen produced equals caring about sex more equals caring about kids less. Sure. This level of simplification is pretty much par for the course for evolutionary psychology.

Before you jump to any conclusions about testicle size being the be-all and end-all of good parenting, remember that this is a study with a survey size of seventy, which is nowhere near large enough to say anything definitive. (Which is probably all for the best, since larger studies are just a bunch of Lotharios who don’t care about their offspring.)

h/t Time

Sep 09 2013

Win Tickets to CineKink: Chicago! (Updated 9/16)

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Congratulations to Gump, who won the blog contest, and to @little_lab_rat, who claims the prize on twitter. Don’t forget to join us for Performance Anxiety tonight, for your chance to win another pair of tickets! 

We’re excited to be sponsoring  CineKink:Chicago, a night of sex-positive and kink-friendly films from the 2013 CineKink Festival, on Saturday, September 21. The evening will kick off at 7pm with a screening of the “Best of CineKink/2013,” followed by the full-length, audience-award-winning film Remedy, at 9pm.

Join us at Leather Archives and Museum for a night of works ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit. Tickets are available at the door for both screenings at $10 per screening. Advance tickets are available at a discount via Eventbrite. The screenings are limited to those 18 and older.

What’s more, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for each screening!

How to Win Tickets to the “Best of CineKink/2013″

You have two chances to win!

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited for CineKink. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we know how to contact you. A winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Join us for Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest on Monday, September 16th at 8pm. A winner will be announced at the show.

How to Win Tickets to Remedy

A psychological drama based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, Remedy follows a young woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission. Here’s how to win tickets:

1. Come into the store September 13-15 and drop your name in a jar. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Retweet our Twitter announcement!

Good luck!

Sep 09 2013

Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

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“Slither slither slither slither went the tongue…”

We love good erotica, but we won’t deny that there’s a unique pleasure in reading really, really bad smut. If you understand the joy of wondering, “Why would he use that metaphor? Why would anyone ever use that metaphor?” then you’ll get a kick out of The Telegraph’s compilation of the top ten worst sex scenes in modern literature.

Part of what makes this fun is that the authors whose work is being singled out are widely-published and even celebrated: the quote above is from Tom Wolfe. We feel okay poking fun at Tom Wolfe in a way that we wouldn’t feel if we were laughing at a stranger’s slash fan fiction.

Of course, bad sex – like all sex – is subjective. Still, “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” is, at the very least, memorable.

Sep 06 2013

We’re Expecting!

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Hey New York! The long-awaited Pleasure Chest Upper East Side is almost here! Soon, you’ll be able to visit 1150 2nd Ave (between 60th and 61st) for all of your naughty needs.

To celebrate, we’re having giveaways on both Facebook and Twitter! Just tagging yourself in a photo or retweeting a tweet will enter you to win a $75 gift card to the new location. Winners will be announced on 9/12 at 11:00AM PDT.

Sep 06 2013

Rope and Seduction with Midori September 29th, West Hollywood

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Do you want to seduce and arouse your partner using only your voice? Or are you more hands-on, and just want to tie them up skillfully? Either way, Midori can help. The sex ed celebrity and author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage will be in West Hollywood on Sunday, September 29th teaching two amazing workshops.

Hands-On Rope Bondage – 9/29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Everyone’s catching the rope fever! Learn simple, elegant, effective and sensual rope skills and thrill your partner. Midori will also teach you how to avoid clumsiness, minimize risks, including boring or harming your partner. Learn essential foundation techniques including four two-column restraints, safety, rope selection, and creative, sexy positions – fun sexy skills you can use that very evening!

No experience necessary!

Aural Sex: Irresistible Voice & Sexy Talk – 9/29, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Become an artist of seduction and pleasure, like the great courtesans and legendary lovers of the past. Their erotic voice and sensual storytelling were among their most potent skills.

- Learn how to use the hypnotic voice to seduce and arouse your lover long before you enter the bedroom.
- Gain effective and surprisingly simple voice techniques to arouse both your lover and yourself.
- Mesmerize your lover and transport both of you to an erotic landscape.
- Learn to build and enrich a powerful fantasy, practice effective voice techniques and spellbinding.
- You’ll learn techniques of finding out your and your lover’s fantasy.
- Practice sensual storytelling skills and improve them with Midori’s effective technique.
- Spicy demos, practical exercises, tips.

Both workshops are open to singles or couples of all genders and orientations. Attendees must be 18 or older.

Reserve your spot today!

Sep 06 2013

Special Set List Edition! Performance Anxiety – September 10th

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Join us on Tuesday, September 10th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night at our West Hollywood store.

For this special Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net show, the comedians will each be given four topics from which they must improvise new jokes on the spot.

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

Presented by Troy Conrad!

For more info about Set List, go to www.setlistshow.com.

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

Please enjoy Kira Soltanovich in a previous Set List show.