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Nov 19 2013

Sex FAQ is here!

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by thepleasurechest

Here at The Pleasure Chest, we spend a lot of time talking to people about their sex lives. Consequently, we also spend a lot of time answering a pretty short list of questions. While we’re always happy to answer them in person, we thought that you might appreciate some quick and dirty answers to our most frequently asked questions. Read them all here.

Nov 18 2013

Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

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tristan taormino porn

We were honestly surprised to see that Cosmopolitan recently featured an interview with wildly prolific educator, author and pornographer Tristan Taormino, in which she answered questions about feminist porn. Normally, Cosmo’s sex writing is more “Ten Tricks to Please Your Man” and less “What role do you think mainstream porn plays in the sexualization of men?” but this interview really impressed us.

Says Taormino,

Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued.

We recommend that you check it out, both as a primer on feminist porn and for Taormino’s recommendations for the feminist porn novice, including The Crash Pad series and her own Rough Sex films.

Then, if you want to hear more from Tristan Taormino, watch her interviews on Sex is Back, our new storytelling campaign.

Nov 15 2013

Let’s Talk About Sex With Robots

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by thepleasurechest

vr tenga

Adult toy designer Tenga has teamed up with the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to create the VR Tenga, which synchronizes the movement of a robot arm holding a Tenga masturbation device with visual stimulation from the headset. Essentially, you’re watching porn while a robot gives you a hand job, but the possibilities are exciting. If they continue to develop this technology, people with unrealizable fetishes could finally act on them. Enjoy sex with dragons, lamia, or the mythical creature of your choice!

If it’s having sex with a robot that appeals to you, we’re sorry to say that the VR Tenga is not yet widely available. On the bright side, you can always spray paint some boxes silver, dress your partner as a robot, get your own Tenga cup, and go to it!


Watch this video to see the VR Tenga in action.

h/t The Huffington Post

Nov 15 2013

Can You Get Herpes From Library Books? (No, but we’re glad you asked.)

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by thepleasurechest

Copies of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey

Here’s the story: two university professors in Belgium ran toxicology and bacteriology screenings on the ten most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Fifty Shades of Grey contained traces of herpes. (They didn’t say whether it was HSV 1 or 2.)

Don’t panic. The traces of the virus weren’t enough to infect anyone. You’re not going to catch an STI from your library book.

Still, this seems like a good time for an etiquette lesson: if you are going to masturbate while reading a book, please buy your own copy. Do not make out with your library book. Do your best not to get your bodily fluids on your library book. It’s common courtesy. 

You might also take this as a lesson in common sense: consider buying your own erotica and using the library for less bodice-ripping books.

On the other hand, you might want to be more careful about library books in general. The Belgian professors found traces of cocaine in every single one of the books they tested – not enough to get you high, but enough that you could fail a drug test after handling one of the books. If you have a drug test coming up, consider using latex gloves with your library books.

h/t Time

Nov 15 2013

Tonight: Remembering Carlos A Fundraiser for April Flores

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by thepleasurechest

carlos batts memorial

On October 22nd, photographer and filmmaker Carlos Batts passed away unexpectedly. Tonight, you can join the Los Angeles arts community in a fundraiser to help his wife, April Flores, with the financial costs associated with his death.

Antebellum Gallery is hosting a silent auction featuring donated works from major contemporary artists  like Coop, Matthew Bone and Shepard Fairey, photographers including Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Hoelck, Eric Kroll and Estevan Oriol, and adult film icons Buck Angel and Nina Hartley. April Flores has also donated works by Batts himself.

Antebellum Gallery
1643 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday, November 15, 2013
6 – 9 PM

If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the Carlos Batts Memorial Fund.

Nov 12 2013

Why Is Your Penis So Sensitive?

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by thepleasurechest

meissner corpuscule

Have you ever wondered why the foreskin and frenulum are so sensitive compared to the rest of the penis? As it turns out, you can thank your Meissner’s corpuscles: nerve endings that are especially sensitive to light touch and vibration. Meissner’s corpuscles are also present in your palms and fingertips. Try running your fingers along the back of your hand and then along your palm, if you want to feel the difference.

Thanks for the good sex, Meissner’s corpuscles!

h/t The Whole Network

Nov 11 2013

Getting Sexy With A Latex Allergy

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by thepleasurechest

condoms on a line

Latex allergies are growing more and more common as latex appears in greater numbers of consumer products. Unfortunately, this means that more people have to avoid most condoms, many toys, and a lot of fetish wear. Luckily, there are alternatives! Educator, fetish model, and healthcare professional Maggie Mayhem has facts about different kinds of latex allergies, lists of products to avoid, and work-arounds for folks who are both kinky and latex allergic. Educate yourself here.

Nov 08 2013

Meet Mr. Balls

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by thepleasurechest

mr balls

Testicular cancer has a new mascot, and his name is Senhor Testiculo, or Mr. Balls. The Associação de Assistência às Pessoas, a cancer organization in Brazil, brings the mascot out to events to raise awareness about testicular cancer.

Mr. Balls is going to haunt our nightmares forever.

h/t The Huffington Post

Nov 08 2013

Pepitone, Miller & More! Performance Anxiety Nov. 12th

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by thepleasurechest

performance anxiety flyer Nov12th

Join us on Tuesday, November 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

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

Enjoy Hasan Minhaj on his parents’ marriage.