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Nov 24 2009

Talking About Sex Is The New Handshake

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by thepleasurechest

Hello there! Welcome to the new Pleasure Chest blog. We’re going to use this platform to write about sex, sex toys, sexual health, sexual politics, porn, making love, fucking, BDSM, fetish, cute underwear, reviews, tips, and just about everything involving our work and sex work in general.

Here at The Pleasure Chest, we love our jobs. We get to talk about sex, play with toys, and talk to interesting people all day. We’d like to think those things, combined with our unique personal experiences, make us pretty interesting as well.

We are funny, sexy, intelligent, excited, knowledgeable, honest, passionate, inappropriate, appropriate (really!), and a lot of other things that keep people coming back into our stores and to our website. We hope this blog will help you get to know us and interact with us as well as learn about new toys and get great sex advice.

xoandmorexxx,

The Pleasure Chest

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Nov 10 2009

Tomorrow night in LA… ORGASMS!

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This Wednesday, FREE! 8-10 pm

Uncovering the O: Female Orgasms and More! More! More!

Join sex educator and author Jamye Waxman, M.Ed. as she leads this workshop, open to all genders, designed to teach the ins and outs of pleasing the female body. Learn how to turn on female-bodied partners or, if you’re the proud owner of one, how to turn yourself on and how to bring yourself to a whole new level of satisfaction and comfort with masturbation techniques and frank talk about sex and anatomy.

Nov 02 2009

BDSM for Beginners

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by thepleasurechest

As I mentioned before, we have some exciting web changes coming soon. Until then, we’ve all been seriously busy (sex) bees curating, creating, and coming up with new ways to connect with our lovely clientele (that’s you).

Here is little taste of what’s to come in our expanded information and education sections of our website.

BDSM for Beginners

You’ve probably seen some form of BDSM depicted on television, in movies, or even snuck into an otherwise “vanilla” porno. Maybe it made you curious, maybe it turned you on, or maybe it turned your partner on and now you sleep with one eye open, afraid that some night you’ll wake up to get a glass of water and find yourself tied to the bed. Well fear not, adventurous friend, for BDSM is all about mutual consent and negotiated boundaries. There’s a whole lot to learn, and we carry several books and DVDs to help you along on your journey, but this is quick guide to get you started.

We hear a lot of questions from people about BDSM. Here are some common ones:

“Wait, what is BDSM again?”

BDSM is the commonly used catchall term for bondage, discipline, submission, dominance, sadism, and masochism. It can include role-playing with dominant and submissive roles, restraints, sensation play (exploring with ice cubes or hot wax, or deprivation with gags or blindfolds), impact play (such as spanking or flogging), and much more.

“Doesn’t all this hurt? Why would anyone like pain?”

The idea that BDSM is all about pain is incorrect, although most agree that certain things that would be painful in a street fight, like someone scraping their nails across your skin, can feel great and be totally hot in the right context. For many BDSM players, the pleasure is not only in the sensation, but the connection and intimacy between partners in a situation where communication and trust is of the utmost importance. The power dynamics involved in BDSM, whether you are playing master and submissive or calculus teacher and failing football star eager to get the grade, can be extremely erotic.

“Okay, so maybe I like it when my partner blindfolds me and tickles my feet no matter how much I try to wiggle away, but what if I REALLY want them to stop?”

In the BDSM world, players make up a “safe word” to let their play partner know when they need to stop or slow down. Words like “stop” or “ouch” don’t work well as safe words because, especially in the midst of intense power play or discipline, they can seem like part of the action. It’s important, for that reason, to pick a very specific safe word that you and your partner will remember easily. It can be as simple as “yellow” for slow down and “red” for stop, or you can get more creative, as long as it stands out.

“I’m really liking the sound of this. Uh oh, does that mean I’m a freaky sexual deviant?”

No way! The thing to remember is that the motto for the BDSM community is “Safe, Sane, and Consensual.” Sometimes, especially as depicted in the mainstream media, scenes of BDSM can seem intimidating at best and downright abusive at worst. This is not the case at all because, in real life, people involved in BDSM acts have discussed their boundaries, desires, and safe words ahead of time. They discourage or ban use of drugs or alcohol during play or playing with an unclear mind.

Keep in mind that enjoying BDSM doesn’t mean you have to give up your job at Pottery Barn and move into a dungeon. Some people are “lifestyle players” within their relationships or daily lives, but many choose to only bust out the ball gag late at night or bring out the suspension hooks on the weekends or simply add a little spice to their regular sex lives with a blindfold and ice cubes. You can incorporate as much or as little BDSM into your life as you want. It’s all about what turns you and your partner on.

“Wow, thanks! I totally feel so much better! Should I go out and get a leather face mask, bullwhip, and spreader bar right now???”

Enthusiasm noted and appreciated, but no. When beginning to explore BDSM, it’s best to start out slowly, not only for safety’s sake, but for your wallet as well, until you know a little more about what you like and how to use more advanced implements. Since communication is so important in the practice of BDSM, the first place to start, of course, is by talking with your partner. If you need some guidance, use the Yes/No/Maybe List, one of our favorite tools to get people talking about sex, desires, and boundaries. Depending on your comfort level you can try role-playing and begin to play with power dynamics.

Reading books like The New Bottoming Book and The New Topping Book, SM 101, or Fetish and watching instructional or erotic BDSM DVDs like the classic fetish extravaganza Fashionistas can help you learn new tricks and figure out what kinds of things tickle (or slap) your fancy the most. Speaking of a sexy slap session, spanking is a great place to start exploring. Use your hand at first so you have optimal control of the impact and stroke. Focus on fleshy parts like the ass and thighs, and eventually you can try something like a crop or slapper.

“Is there any other gear you’d recommend for beginners?”

As far as restraints go, we highly recommend using cuffs made of neoprene or leather that buckle at the wrist or ankle. You can attach them together using a piece of chain, rope, or an Under the Bed Restraints kit. Traditional handcuffs or silk scarves can tighten suddenly and cause pain and loss of circulation. We also love guiding absolute beginners to the PC Bondage Tape because it is safe and versatile. The vinyl tape sticks to itself but not your skin, so it’s sturdy but easy to remove. You can practice using it to bind hands, feet, as a gag or blindfold, even for total mummification without the fear of cutting off circulation or ripping off anything important when it’s removed. A light flogger, pinwheel, or adjustable nipple clamps are a great for exploring sensation play.

The most important thing to remember (aside from your safe word) is that communication and trust are key elements to enjoyable BDSM play, and any sex, really. It’s okay to experiment and have fun, just as it’s okay to have a deep spiritual experience. Our bodies and their varied responses to stimuli are what make sexual encounters so exciting and pleasurable.

Oct 16 2009

Big Bang in the Big Apple

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by thepleasurechest

The east coast leg of our Big Bang Sale kicks off tonight in our New York store with a FREE happy hour from 6-9 pm!

Life in the big city can be fast and hard, and maybe you like it that way, but there’s always time to catch a great deal. At the Big Bang Sale, you’ll get at least 25% off every single item in the store and save even more on last chance items. Not to mention paying a visit to a major site of New York cultural history; The Rabbit episode of Sex and the City was filmed here!

FREE happy hour cocktails Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 6-9 pm. See you there!

Sep 30 2009

FREE Workshop Tonight at the Los Angeles Store!

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by thepleasurechest

Queering Your Sex Wednesday, September 30th 8-10 pm, FREE!

Geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or non-traditional power play into their sex. The class covers communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, blowjobs on non-bio cocks, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

This is a complimentary workshop with seats on a first come basis. Registration not necessary.

Queering Your Sex is for everyone, and all gender and sexual identities are welcome. I’ll be there representing queer high femmes who sometimes think it’s okay to wear chanclas (flip flops), especially the day after a pedicure. That’s a real identity, by the way.

See you there!

Sep 28 2009

And the Bang goes on…

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by thepleasurechest

With barely a chance to catch our breath following the orgasmic success of the Big Bang Sale in LA, we’re ready to bring the Bang to our Chicago store!

We could totally make a joke right now about the windy city blowing even better this weekend, but we won’t. Because we’re classy.

Join us on Friday 10/2 at 7 p.m. for a preview party with cocktails, DJ, and deals like 25% off the entire store, including products that have already been marked down, then get ready for Saturday 10/3 – Sunday 10/4 when the Pleasure Chest annual Big Bang Sale officially hits Chicago!

And, as if October in Chicago could possibly get awesome enough, we’re also bringing you a FREE workshop, The Ultimate O, on Tuesday, Oct. 6th from 8-10 p.m. Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re a total orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this workshop, there will be an A+ for everyone ready to learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help expand your orgasm, g-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, tips and toys that will boost your GPA (General Pleasure Average). Come early, because this first-come first-served workshop will fill up fast.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Jun 20 2008

Pleasure Chest Personal Shoppers

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Los Angeles Magazine write-up.
Buzz Cut:

The Pleasure Chest Launches Personal Shopper Program.

“Novel Idea: Can’t tell your Pocket Rocket form your Rabbit Habbit? The people at the Pleasure chest want to help. West Hollywood’s one-stop sex shop recently launched a free personal shopper program, which pairs customers with in-store experts to navigate the lingerie. The store likens the service to having a personal trainer who helps acquaint you with a gym’s fitness equipment. Here the program’s aim is to help clients “meet their sexual goals.” And we thought there was only one goal when it comes to sex: Score!”

 

Pleasure Chest Personal Shoppers

 

Jun 18 2008

Sexpert Shopping

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by thepleasurechest

Frontiers Magazine exposé.
Issue: May 6th 2008
Author: Michael Anthony

It might be easy for Salt-N-Pepa to “talk about sex baby”- but not so much for the everyday gay. Now don’t get me wrong we love our bawdy and brash talk: little “No she didn’t!” conversations around the morning cooler, 2 A.M. text messages about what Bobbi “stuck” in his “basket” last weekend, and clandestine copulation-related coffee talk over lattes. Yes – gossiping girls, city sexperts, and lipstick mafia members – we love dishing on other’s behind-closed-doors comings and goings (and cummings). That is, however, until the topic-of-conversation tables are turned and we, ourselves, find our own love life the subject of analysis, both by self and via others.

Sexpert Shopping

What turns you on? What gets you hard? What makes your wet? What gets you off? What makes you shoot your wad? (Uncomfortable yet? Cuz lord knows I am!)

Now let me be the first to say, I wouldn’t consider myself, by any means, a “conservative.” Granted, I’m a by-birth Midwestern boy and raised Roman Catholic, but I’m also that uncle that drinks way too much at family events and talks about his rendezvous-ridden life in LaLa Land. Tried and true, whether it be Christmas, Thanksgiving or just another Sunday afternoon dinner, I can sure silence my familial dining room with a single “So, last weekend, I’m on Gay.com and…”

But ask me a serious and personal question about the yearning of my inner-loins, and I am all girlish giggles and witty deflection. That’s why, when my editor offered me to be one of the first to experience the personal shopping program at West Hollywood’s famed Pleasure Chest, I jumped (or, rather, tentatively stumbled) at the chance. Maybe a little Q&A with a sexual pro-in-the-know would enlighten my reserved sexuality; or perhaps, I would just collapse into a fetal ball and cry my PG-13 sensibilities to sleep.

A Monday evening appointment was set at the Pleasure Chest with a personal shopping instructor named “Ginger.” (Ginger? Fine for a Spice Girl or a Gilligan’s Island stowaway, but the liaison to my sexual awakening? Please tell me that there’s no pole dancing involved.)

Meeting Ginger face to face, though quickly quelled my fears. A nose ring? Yes. Multiple tattoos? Affirmative. But the kindest eyes and sweetest spirit; exactly what I needed to begin my slow but sure journey towards man-on-man self discovery. We jumped right in and Ginger so matter-of-factly asked: “Have you ever been to The Pleasure Chest?”

“Uh…No, Ginger. As chance would have it, I have not.” (Duh!) “Well, then let me take you on a tour.”

Our trek around PC began innocently enough; the bachelorette gag gifts, the 6-inch dildos, and the leather harnesses. Been there, done that; nothing jaw-dropping and squirm-inducing for ill’ ole me. But then, as we ventured deeper into the Chest, my eyes widened with questioning curiosity, both intrigued and afraid in equal measure: pony play, urethra sonar, and medical supplies. “You do what with that?” I clumsily asked.

But the explanations came quick and calmly from Ginger. Effortlessly, she described each of The Pleasure Chest’s products with an open and free tone; within minutes, I was cool and collected, my intrigue rid of its former fears. Eventually, we retreated to a small seating area near the front of the store and began what feels like free-flowing “girl talk.” “First off,” Ginger said, “I’m not a sexual therapist. I’m here to help you get comfortable with our toys but not to deal with a trauma. That’s better left to a professional.”

But once I assured here that I am truly trauma-free and a willing sexual explorer, we talked. What turns me on. What gets me hard. What gets me off. What makes me shoot my wad. (Here is where I digress, as every time my boyfriend picks up a paper, I have, in black and white, printed our deepest and darkest secrets. He’s happy to talk with me in private, but not in public. So, as I’ve promised, I’ll shut my yap when it comes to the details.)

Ginger suggested that I come back next week, with my man in tow. She half-jokingly—but actually seriously—gave me “homework”: a three-page sheet detailing any and every possible sexual act on the face of the planet. My BF and I spent an evening drinking wine and rating our “Have Done,” “Have Not Done,” “Would Like to Try,” and “Would Never Like to Try” options.

“You’ve done that?! Ewww!” “You wanna try that?! Hotness!” “You’re never doing that to me!” “Let’s do that…right now!”

The following week, Ginger met with my mate and me together. We reviewed our homework. The three of us laughed hysterically and yet, we really learned a thing or two. A sex toy was purchased-which shall, again remain nameless-and a fun night was had by all…well, not with Ginger (of course!), but with my fine piece of man- candy.

Jun 18 2008

Toys for Adult Boys

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by thepleasurechest

Frontiers Magazine toy reviews.
Issue: July 2007
Author: Jeff Matthews

“Scorch the Sheets with Some Pleasure Chest Recommended Paraphernalia”

You may have missed national masturbation month in May but we’re confident you’ll agree that a special month, while delightful, isn’t essential. Here are some products you can use to make any day of the year feel like May Day.

The Flex-a-Pleasure is unique among flex toys in that it has a vibrating plug at one end and an egg-shaped controller at the other, with a long, thin, flexible stick in the middle. “You can bend it into all kinds of shapes.” says the Pleasure Chest’s Olivia Hayes. “You can use it for almost anything: men, women, anally, vaginally, externally-there’s lots of flexibility.”

Toys for Adult Boys

Stroke 29 masturbation lube goes on creamy, but melts after a little use. “Their whole shtick is that after about 29 strokes it starts to replicate the feel of actual erect tissue, and have that skin sensation to it,” says Hayes. “Everyone who’s ever tried it, they loved it-all the men who work in the store.” Keep in mind that it’s made expressly for masturbation, not for use with condoms.

“Pjur is one of our most trusted brands,” says Hayes. “They’re very scrupulous, very careful about what goes into their products.” Pjur Original lube, one of The Pleasure Chest’s top-selling lubricants, is silicone-based—which means it lasts a long time and is latex-safe. The contents of Pjur’s Analyse Me! Anal desensitizing spray gives Hayes confidence: “There isn’t any lidocaine or benzocaine in it… Instead, it has ingredients people have likely had contact with–menthol, etc.—so it’s not so likely to cause (an allergic) reaction they wouldn’t expect.”

Doc Johnson’s Rump Shakers are vibrating butt plugs with one particular feature Hayes says people are “really explicit” about asking for; They’re powerful and quiet. “They don’t want something that’s going to wake up their roommate.”

Jun 18 2008

Playing With Fire

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Product review by Men’s Fitness Magazine.
Issue: August 2007
Author: K. Kunert

The new Red Light candle from The Pleasure Chest starts out like an ordinary candle but melts into aromatic massage oil. Drizzle it all over her and let your fingers finish the work. Choose from tropical, vanilla, and more.

Playing With Fire


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