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December 2013

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Dec 06 2013

Is This The Year’s Worst Sex?

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The winner (“winner”) of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced! Manil Suri takes it with his novel, The City of Devi, and this description:

“Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.”

Given that erotica is ineligible for the coveted (or not) award, have you read a worse sex scene this year?

h/t The Independent

Dec 05 2013

Incredibly Weird Sex Tips

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If you need a laugh this afternoon, we recommend reading Anna Pulley’s account of her game attempt to try the weirdest sex tips she’d ever read about in Cosmo. From eating a donut from around a dildo to snorting pepper at the point of orgasm, Pulley and her girlfriend took their sex life to the realms of the surreal and reported back.

via AlterNet 

Dec 04 2013

Nina Hartley® in Chicago!

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Author, educator and porn sensation Nina Hartley® will be teaching three workshops at our Chicago store next week! You don’t want to miss them.

Threesomes and Then Some with Nina Hartley®
Tuesday December 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn threesome decorum with sexpert and lifestyle non-monogamist Nina Hartley®. Nina and her partner enjoy true love, commitment, and an active swinging sex life. Using her personal experience and professional expertise, she will guide you through negotiations with your partner around flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

 

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50 with Nina Hartley®
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 

Finding your Dominance with Nina Hartley®
Thursday December 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

So, you want to take on a dominant role with your sweetie, but you’re not sure how to start? Don’t worry! Sex educator and adult film superstar Nina Hartley® will help you feel comfortable and excited as you experiment with life on the top side! She’ll also show you some amazing (and simple!) tips and tricks to help you take the lead – and the leash – both in the bedroom and in the dungeon.

Dec 04 2013

Visit Us on the Upper East Side!

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Our new flagship store is open on the Upper East Side! If you haven’t visited us there yet, we wanted to give you a peek into what Ducky DooLittle called “The Most Beautiful Sex Shop in NYC.” We hope that you’ll come say hi soon, for holiday shopping, date night, one of our free workshops, or all of the above!

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A view from the street.

Store 1

Our elegant boutique.

Store 2

Leather, lingerie, and BDSM tools.

Store 3

As always, we have all of the toys you could possibly want.

Workshop Room

Our shiny new workshop space: bring a date or bring a friend!

The Pleasure Chest Upper East Side is located at 1150 2nd Ave.

Dec 03 2013

Pepitone, Miller & More! Performance Anxiety Dec. 10th

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Join us on Tuesday, December 10th 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 Rob O’Reilly on getting sex advice from the Pussy Whisperer.

Dec 03 2013

Interview with Gasm.org

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Gasm.org interviewed our own Kristen Tribby (right) about our Sex is Back project!

An excerpt:

What does it mean sex is back? Where did it go?

Sex didn’t go anywhere, but it is coming out of the closet. We are seeing an openness in our society with sexuality: from marriage equality to 50 Shades of Grey, there’s a lot more being discussed in public forums than there used to be. We think that’s great, but still, a lot of what’s said about sex and sexuality is sensationalized, politicized, or generalized. With this project, we wanted to bring unembellished stories of people’s actual sex lives into the conversation.

Read the full interview here.

Dec 02 2013

Polycules, Breeders & Bonobos

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We’ve been loving a recent series of articles from Slate, called “A Lexicon of Alternative Sexualities.” Each defines a few terms that are fairly-to-very common in alternative sexuality communities and relatively unknown in mainstream culture. Although the author admits that these are subjective definitions, we think that the series could be a pretty good primer for your straight, monogamous, vanilla friends.

It certainly covers a lot of ground: consensual non-monogamy, styles of non-monogamy, poly terms, kink, gender and sexual identity, and insults used to describe more normative folks.

We have just one question: has anyone ever actually identified themselves as a member of Team Chimpanzee or Team Bonobo to indicate whether or not they were monogamous? We had never heard of this before, and we are intrigued. Please let us know if you have, or if there are any terms that you wish that the series had included.

Dec 01 2013

Our Holiday Advent Calendar: 24 Prizes in 24 Days

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Bookmark this blog post because you’re going to want to visit it every day. From December 1st through December 24th, we’re giving away a prize a day from our very own holiday advent calendar (above).

Each day shortly after noon PST, we’ll reveal a prize hidden behind the numbers above.

Around 3pm PST, we’ll give you the chance to win. Simply click on the little “i” in the right hand corner of the calendar to reveal the day’s trivia question. Be the first to answer the question correctly in the comments below and win that prize. So easy! We’ll be offering all kinds of goodies, including some of the coolest toys of the season.

Update: You can win a maximum of three times from the same IP address. 

Tips for Playing

Last year’s advent calendar was so popular that it became competitive very quickly. Here are a few tips to increase your chances of winning.

1) Do not play on a mobile phone. The advent calendar uses Flash, which may not work well with a mobile device.

2) Refresh your browser frequently. If you’re on our page before the prize is revealed, you’ll need to refresh it periodically, in order to see the updated page. Which brings us to…

3) Follow us on Twitter. When we reveal a prize, we immediately announce it on Twitter. Follow us on either our Los AngelesNew York or Chicago profiles. They’ll all announce at the same time!

4) Have Google handy! Most of our trivia questions can be answered by Googling or by looking for information on our website. (This one, right here!)

5) Don’t get discouraged. Seriously. You have 24 chances to win. Last year, there were a lot of winners.

Sorry, but we can only ship prizes within the United States. 

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