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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. 

Nov 27 2013

Winter Workshops in L.A.

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The weather outside is frightful – okay, it’s a little chilly – but expanding your sexual repertoire is delightful. Our savvy sex educators will show you tricks and techniques that will keep you (and your sweetie) warm all winter long. As always, attendees get a 15% discount on all purchases.

blowjobsSuck it, Lick it, Love it with Larkin & Shay
Wednesday, Dec ember 4th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Our sex specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

 

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, December 10th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

 

Down and Dirty Sex for the Holidays with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Add some spice to this holiday season with our best sex tips, tricks and games! Kristen and Sarah will discuss ways to take your play to the next level by owning your fantasies, learning the art of the tease, and reclaiming the “dirty” side of sex. They’ll also share their secrets for G-Spotting, squirting, blow jobs, and anal play.

 

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheekylady cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

 

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

 

Fundamentals of Flogging with Koko & Shay
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Nov 25 2013

The Future of Condoms

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It’s an exciting time to be a condom user.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded eleven $100,000 grants to scientists who designed condoms that people might be more likely to want to wear. The grants will fund research into the condoms’ safety, efficacy, and manufacturability. After eighteen months, the winners can apply for a million dollar grant to go toward production and clinical trials.

The winners sound amazing and/or bewildering. One team made a more skin-like condom out of collagen from beef tendons and fish scraps. Another designed a condom out of a material that clings to the skin, so that the condom doesn’t have to fit so tightly in order to stay on. Others are creating new, more effective applicators. You can read the full list here.

h/t NPR

Nov 22 2013

Detecting Toxic Toys

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Dildo sex toys are pictured during the 14th "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin

Yesterday, Bitch Media ran a piece about the lack of government regulation in the sex toy industry and how this leads to the sale of sex toys made with potentially toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, this is a real problem – one that’s old news for us. Sex toys are not regulated by the FDA, and many of them are made with phthalates: plastic-softening chemicals that have been linked to all kinds of icky health problems.

Luckily, there are ways to avoid toys with phthalates. The article mentions using a flame test – lighting a match and holding it against your toy – to determine whether a toy is 100% silicone or not. Silicone toys are non-porous, hypoallergenic, and phthalate free, which makes them totally awesome, and most silicones won’t melt when you hold a match up to them. Still, this isn’t the best solution, since a) not all phthalate free toys are silicone and b) you’d probably rather find out whether your toy is safe *before* you buy it, take it home, and set it on fire.

Instead, here are a few of our tips for buying a body-safe toy.

1) Read up on materials before you buy. This is a good place to start, but it isn’t foolproof, since manufacturers aren’t required to list exactly what’s in each toy. (So, you could buy a toy that’s labeled “silicone” and which is, in fact, only 10% silicone and 90% pure evil.)

2) Do a smell test. The best way to tell if a toy has harmful chemicals is to sniff it. Toys with phthalates will smell kind of cough syrupy, like your plastic toys used to when you were a kid. (Phthalates are now illegal to use in children’s toys, which tells you something.) Even a faint, baby powdery smell tells you that there’s something to be wary of. The most body-friendly toys won’t smell like anything.

3) Ask one of us! The Pleasure Chest staff are a bunch of toy safety nerds, and we can point you toward several brands who make durable, totally safe, high quality products.

Nov 22 2013

The Saddest Dildo in the World

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You guys, this is the magic of cinema. The addition of a soundtrack turns this video of a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel into a heart-rending meditation on alienation, ennui, and fear of mediocrity.

Or, hey, it’s a dildo riding a baggage claim carousel. Still good!

h/t Elite Daily

Nov 20 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we memorialize those who have been murdered over the last year because of anti-trans* hatred. The event is held this month every year in honor of Rita Hester, who was killed on November 28, 1998.

Vigils will take place all over the world, including New York, Chicago and West Hollywood. Find an event near you here.

We continue to celebrate our community, and we encourage you to read further and engage as much as you can in education and advocacy. Here are a few resources to start with:

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website

Transgender Law Center

A great primer on speaking to and about trans* people without being a jerk, from Buzzfeed.

“It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance: Let’s Celebrate Trans* Lives and Accomplishments,” from Autostraddle, celebrates trans* people’s triumphs during the last year and links to a lot of additional articles.