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Jan 16 2014

Kink in the 1950s

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catherine robbe-grillet

Catherine Robbe-Grillet, France’s most famous dominatrix, had a seriously sexy marriage. In 1958, her husband, writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, wrote up a contract – to which Catherine consented – detailing the rules and expectations for their BDSM scenes, in which he assumed the dominant role. He called it the Contract of Prostitution, since it included an agreement that he pay his wife “twenty thousand French Francs per session.” Recently, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, now a widow, allowed Vanity Fair to publish the contract in English, as translated by her current submissive partner, Beverly Charpentier.

The contract covers how long each scene will be (about two hours), and how often they’ll happen.

The date and time of each session shall be determined by mutual agreement of both parties. The date, once established, may be revoked by the husband alone. Furthermore, the husband may demand a minimum of three sessions per month.

The rest of the contract is kinky as hell, if written in adorably stilted legalese.

Furthermore, when her mouth or hands are required to fondle him, it shall be expected of her that she apply the greatest possible diligence to this task, regardless of whether the position in which she finds herself, or the torments to which she must submit, make the performance of her carnal duties arduous.

It also clarifies the payment element:

Monies thus earned shall be the wife’s sole separate property: she shall not be expected to give any account of their use and may even use them for amusements in which her husband takes no part, such as extravagant travel, any manner of personal acquisitions, costly gifts for her friends, etc…

Fifty Shades, eat your heart out.

You can read the full contract here.

Jan 15 2014

Flash Mob Fakes Orgasms

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by thepleasurechest

when harry met sally flash mob

The flash mob extraordinaires of Improv Everywhere have done it again. This time, they called in a crowd to Katz’s Delicatessen, site of the infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm. First, two actors recreate the scene from the movie. Then, as the woman playing Sally starts faking an orgasm, lots of other diners join in. The result is… climactic.

h/t Time

Jan 13 2014

Bite Your Partner (In A Sexy Way)

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by thepleasurechest

dracula

Do you ever want to learn a new skill but feel like you can’t put in the time? Isn’t it especially frustrating when it comes to sex? Like: how great would it be if you could tie your partner up in elaborate rope bondage, but UGH, that takes so much practice, and you still need to go to the laundromat and then get that thing notarized, and isn’t that why you bought cuffs in the first place?

It’s okay. Now isn’t always the right time to start a massive project. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

Luckily, it will only take you a few minutes to read “How to Chomp: Erotic Biting for Pleasure & Pain,” the excellent and comprehensive guide from Sugarbutch Chronicles. Then, you can pat yourself on the back and go put your new skills to work.

Jan 10 2014

The Pleasure Chest L.A. Seeks Store Manager

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the pleasure chest los angeles

Acclaimed adult retailer The Pleasure Chest is seeking to hire a Store Manager for our Los Angeles location.

Since 1971, the Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. We support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience. We are currently seeking a Store Manager for our flagship store in Los Angeles to lead our team of Sex Specialists.  The ideal candidate will have a retail background, at least 2 years of supervisory experience, a strong understanding of sex-positivity and a desire to work in a diverse environment. The position is full-time with benefits.

The Store Manager is responsible for overseeing and actively participating in the floor operations, implementing company policies, overseeing weekly ordering and leading sales growth, merchandising and outreach initiatives.

Areas of responsibility include:

-  Implement Pleasure Chest’s customer service and sex education standards

-  Hire, Train, schedule and supervise a diverse staff

-  Build and maintain a strong customer service team

-  Uphold company policies in a manner that is fair and consistent

-  Implement sales development initiatives in the Los Angeles store

-  Preparing monthly sales reports

-  Prepare bi-weekly payroll/ manage benefits for location

-  Weekly orders/maintain appropriate stock levels in the store

-  Execute local marketing initiatives, promotions and coordinating donations

-  Maintain the appearance of the store and merchandising

An ideal candidate will possess:

-  Managerial experience (Retail preferred)

-  A passion for sex education and the Pleasure Chest mission

-  Ability to manage day-to-day operations as well as special projects and national initiatives

-  Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

-  A customer-oriented demeanor

The Pleasure Chest is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, gay and trans folks and those passionate about spreading sex education are highly encouraged to apply.

Please email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobs@pleasurechest.com NO LATER THAN FRIDAY JANUARY 24. Any applications without all of these items will not be considered.

PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

Jan 10 2014

What Makes A Good Dick Pic?

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carrot-penis

Wondering what to do this weekend? Why not get lost in a vortex of dick pics?

Critique My Dick Pic (NSFW) is a blog that fulfills an essential function: teaching dick pic takers what a good dick pic looks like. Its founder and resident dick pic critic, Madeleine Holden, remains body positive throughout, focusing on composition and thoughtfulness rather than the dicks themselves. In a recent article for The Hairpin, Holden answered the question on all of our minds: “what makes a good dick pic?” (All links NSFW.)

I’m often asked this, and I consistently repeat a few key tips: don’t send a log. Realize the power of your hands to transform a dick pic from ordinary to wettie-inducing. Pay attention to the background and setting of your picture, and understand how off-putting a visible pile of dirty laundry or extremely mundane collection of shower gels can be.

We recommend that you spend some time on her blog learning about the triumphs and failures of others, and then try creating a masterpiece of your own.

Jan 09 2014

Miller, Kasher & More! Performance Anxiety January 14th

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by thepleasurechest

performance anxiety flyer Jan 14th

Join us on Tuesday, January 14th 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 Nikki Glaser on her Brazilian wax.

Jan 09 2014

Big Beautiful Sex

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lady cheeky

We were delighted to have sex educator Lady Cheeky at our Los Angeles store last night, teaching her body positive workshop Big Beautiful Sex. She shared her insights about overcoming fat-shaming, building sexual confidence, and finding the toys and positions that work best for your body. The workshop was such a big hit that we want to share the highlights with all of you!

Tips for Learning to Feel Sexy

Remember this: “The person there with you in the room – they want to be there.”

“To feel better about having sex, you have to have sex.” Notice how confident you are while you’re afterglowing, and bask in that confidence.

Take time to touch the parts of your body that you normally want to hide in ways that feel pleasurable.

If you look in the mirror and think that you look ugly, replace that with a neutral observation: “I have red hair.”

Try going to a Korean spa. Everyone is walking around naked: you get to just be another body.

Notice how you judge other people’s looks. Try to be more compassionate in your thoughts. You’ll train yourself to be nicer to yourself.

hitachiFinding Your Favorite Toys

Try a longer toy that gives you some extra reach:

- The Magic Wand Original is an unbeatably powerful vibe.

- The Njoy Pure Wand may look like “a Star Trek torture device,” but it’s everyone’s favorite G-spot/prostate toy.

If you’d like to try strap-on play, the Tantus Bend Over Beginner Kit comes with a harness that adjusts up to 82″.

Silicone lube lasts forever, keeps your thighs from chafing in the summer, and loosens doors. Magic.

The We-Vibe 4 vibrator stays in place during intercourse, so that you don’t have to worry about holding it there.

Excellent Sexual Positions

Having a  firm pillow to lean on – like a sofa pillow or a Liberator Wedge - can help you find a position that’s more comfortable. For instance, you can have doggy style sex without the stress on your wrists and knees.

liberator wedge

Reverse cowgirl lets you control your leverage.

Try having sex on your side; it lets you relax and leaves your hands free for other things.

Liberator pillows are great for oral sex too!

 

Jan 07 2014

Want to Work at The Pleasure Chest Chicago?

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by thepleasurechest

chicago store

The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a part-time sex-positive customer service assistant to join our family! An ideal candidate will have strong customer service skills, a flexible schedule, a passion for sexual health and an interest in sex education.

About us:

Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. Our mission is to support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience.

Customer Assistant Job Description

Customer Service:

A Customer Assistant is primarily responsible for point of sale. This includes communicating information about the materials of the toys to the customer and any manufacturer’s warranties, battery-testing all toys, and making any relevant point of sale purchase recommendations (such as batteries, toy accessories, etc). Customer Assistants will need to be comfortable using a computer and possess a general knowledge of Eagle POS software.

Customer Assistant’s are also expected to greet customers as they enter the store, be aware of all promotions, discounts, coupons and cross-promotions that The Pleasure Chest is running, and to have participated in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of products in the store by also attending periodic, mandatory in-service trainings.

Store Upkeep:

Customer Assistants are expected to assist with special cleaning, merchandising, purchasing and events projects as assigned by Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and “fluffing” duties. Customer Assistants must be able to lift up to 20 lbs and handle minor store maintenance.

Pay:

Customer Assistants’ starting wage is $8.25/hr plus commission. Please note: this position will require weekend night shift(s).

Please send cover letter and resume via email to sloane@pleasurechest.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans folks are encouraged to apply. Please no calls.

Jan 07 2014

A Crash Course in Communication

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by thepleasurechest

panda-slide-fail-meme

If you’re in a romantic relationship, have a sex partner (or several), or have friends, you know how vital good communication is. It’s how we get what we want! It’s how we understand what other people want! Important stuff! Luckily, this has been a great week for smart articles about communicating.

Emily Brooks’s excellent article on Autostraddle, “Body as a Second Language: Navigating Queer Girl Culture on the Autism Spectrum,” is a must-read both for its points about different kinds of accessibility (making queer spaces comfortable for people with sensory processing issues) and for the way that the author identifies different “languages” that people use with each other, often unconsciously.

Even in close relationships, we can struggle to read situations correctly. “My now ex-girlfriend used to drop hints about things she wanted me to do, such as saying, ‘I’m going to take a shower,’ when she wanted us to take a shower together,” related Fern. “Of course, those flew right over my head. She also expected me to respond to non-verbal cues regarding whether or not she wanted sex, and again, I had no clue.” Fern may have looked disrespectful or apathetic; really, she and her girlfriend just weren’t speaking each other’s languages.

Along the same lines, an older blog post about “Ask Culture and Guess Culture” has been making the rounds this week. Basically, in Ask Culture, you can ask for anything that you want, as long as you’re equally prepared to get a yes or a no. Guess Culture depends on using social cues to try to be reasonably certain that you’ll get a yes before you’ll ask for something.

All kinds of problems spring up around the edges. If you’re a Guess Culture person… then unwelcome requests from Ask Culture people seem presumptuous and out of line, and you’re likely to feel angry, uncomfortable, and manipulated.

If you’re an Ask Culture person, Guess Culture behavior can seem incomprehensible, inconsistent, and rife with passive aggression.

This is such a useful way of looking at things, and particularly relevant when it comes to talking about sex. One person’s innocent expression of interest can be another person’s pressure.

On a lighter note, we loved Kate McCombs’s advice for using “Panda Memes as Relationship Communication Tools”:

After a bit of frustrating back and forth (I knew there was something going on), he shared that he was having feelings but didn’t know how to describe them – he just felt “off.” I said, “So, do you feel a little bit like the panda who fell of the slide and landed on its head?”

Go forth, read things, feel smarter, communicate better.

Jan 06 2014

Dildo Misadventures

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by thepleasurechest

dildo disasters

We’ve already raved about Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen’s sex toy review comic, and we particularly enjoyed the latest installment: Amanda Lafrenais’s lessons in dealing with dildos. Lafrenais shares her own mortifying sex toy stories, each with a moral. We learned, for example, one reason why it’s important to take the batteries out of a toy before you throw it away.