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Nov 20 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance Writings: Memorializing, Listening, Taking Action

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by Kate M.

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It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to memorialize the people who have been killed over the last year because of anti-trans hatred and prejudice. If you’re interested in participating in a vigil, you can find one here.

In the meantime, we wanted to point you in the direction of a few of the best things we’ve read recently about Transgender Day of Remembrance, about people’s personal experiences, and/or about action you can take.

“TDOR 2014 Musings” from TransGriot
“…It is an opportunity for the trans community to raise awareness that we exist and these murders are happening. It gives an opportunity to partner with our allies, community build, grieve for our dead, and steel ourselves for the ongoing task to ensure that we do the necessary work to make the TDOR’s unnecessary.”

“Invisibility: Craving for Representation as a Trans Person of Color” from Black Girl Dangerous
“[My aunt] doesn’t know much about trans people – what she knows, she has learned from the media. First, she remembered that genital reconstruction surgery is expensive, and a privilege reserved for the upper classes. And second, she remembered that poor trans women of color are often assaulted and murdered, and that nobody seems to care. She was worried about me.”

 “Remembering Us When We’re Gone, Ignoring Us While We’re Here: Trans Women Deserve More” from Autostraddle
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to honor those women who came before us, those women murdered by colonial patriarchy. But it seems like more often than not, the queer community at large is content with just remembering. We only hear about trans women after their deaths.”  

The author of this piece also provides a great list of places to give your money if you want it to benefit trans women, as opposed to queer/LGBT causes at large.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance: Critique is Resistance; Resistance is Revolution” from Autostraddle
“I implore you to sit back and ask yourself how you contribute to the violence and injustice against trans women of color. How do you reinforce the marginalization and ostracism of myself and my sisters? It’s all fine that we become aware of our lives but we need more than for you to finally see that we are walking this Earth. We need you to hear us. We need you to sit quietly, take notes, and begin to conceptualize what a restructured system that is void of misogynist, racist, ableist, etc oppression would look like.”

Nov 07 2014

Want to Win a Form 2?
Tell Us What Recharges You!

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Latoya Castillo, who won the Form 2!

We’re giving away a Jimmyjane Form 2, the absurdly powerful mini vibrator! Aren’t you lucky?

This little vibe has perky, flexible “ears” each with its own powerful motor for surround-sound style sensation in an ultra-quiet package. With 5 speeds and 4 vibration modes, Form 2 charges magnetically in its included base, so it is fully submersible in water and easy to clean. 

Want to Win? Here’s how.

To win this rechargeable vibe, tell us what recharges you! Is your brand of self care spending time curled up with a book, going out with friends, frolicking merrily through a field? We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, November 17th at noon PST.

U.S. residents only. 
Entering this contest will add you to our email list, so that you can receive periodic updates about promotions from our web store. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

Nov 06 2014

Kindler, Miller, Kinane & More!
Performance Anxiety Nov. 11th

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer Nov11th

Join us on Tuesday, November 11th 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 Kyle Kinane on living alone and sad masturbation.

Nov 05 2014

The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles
Seeks a Full-Time Supervisor

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by Kate M.

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The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a floor supervisor to join our family! 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 fast-paced and diverse environment. This position is full-time and we do offer insurance benefits after a probationary period.  Night and weekend availability is a must.

The Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and actively participating in floor operations and implementing company policies. An ideal candidate will be customer-oriented with an interest in sales and educating our customers in a manner that is sex positive, have strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and have experience managing a team of people. Special Event experience is desired, but not required.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Implement and model The Pleasure Chest’s customer service and sex education standards on the sales floor
  • Uphold company policies in a manner that is fair and consistent
  • Maintain the appearance of the store and merchandising
  • Work with a diverse team in a collaborative manner
  • Balance registers

Pay: $11/hour + commission

Benefits: Vacation + sick time and health insurance

The Pleasure Chest is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@pleasurechest.com with the email subject “Supervisor Position”. Any applications without all of these items will not be considered. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 14th.

Nov 05 2014

Semenette Q&A: How to Use our Favorite Squirting Dildo

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by Kate M.

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Looking for a squirting dildo? We’re smitten with the Semenette, the only silicone toy of its kind. Lucky for us, Stephenie R. Berman, who designed and now sells this unique toy, agreed to chat with one of our staff and share some pro tips for getting the most out of your Semenette experience.

stephanie bermanI hear that the company has a great origin story. Would you share it?

I own a women’s reproductive health company with my family. I’ve been helping couples get pregnant since 2003. When I married my wife in 2011 and we started thinking more seriously about a family, we realized that the only options available for at-home insemination were a turkey baster or a syringe – even though I had access to all of this medical equipment.

When we started trying, I found that I just didn’t have enough hands for all of the equipment: syringe, lube, flashlight, speculum.  I started wearing a head lamp!

Wait, why did you need a flashlight?

To get the semen as close to the cervix as possible. There was nothing intimate or romantic about it. After a lot of awkward, uncomfortable, failed attempts, I started thinking about how to make the experience better overall, because anything would be better than what we were doing. I thought that if [penis-in-vagina sex] works for heterosexual couples, why wouldn’t it work for a same sex couple to mimic the experience? A year and a half later, I was knee deep in the world of sex toys. I had prototypes and a business.

How long before you could start selling them?

I started the company in 2012. The Semenette has only been on the market since February.

My wife and I did conceive using the Semenette, by the way. We have a seven month old. The most rewarding part of this job is the success stories, and I’ve heard several. I love to help people start a family with love, privacy and intimacy. I like to joke that I’m not just the president, I’m also a client.

It’s not just about pregnancy, though: it’s about intimacy and romance. I don’t want to pigeonhole this toy as a tool for home insemination.

Have you heard from customers who are using it as a toy, not primarily for insemination? Were you ever surprised by who was buying it?

I actually didn’t think of the obvious: trans men. The Semenette isn’t flexible enough to be used as a packer, but it still lets you mimic an ejaculation. I’ve heard from gay men, folks in the fetish community, and men who have erectile dysfunction or are sterile. It’s also great for straight couples who are far apart, maybe having phone sex, who want a better way to simulate being together.

semenette largeWhat sets this toy apart from other squirting dildos on the market?

The Semenette is made 100% in the U.S.A.  It’s made of medical grade silicone, which is phthalate free, non-porous, and hypoallergenic. The tubing that threads through the middle is removable and replaceable, which keeps everything clean. You can keep using the same bulb, though, since the liquid should never come in contact with the bulb.

I’m looking at the Semenette and trying to figure out how exactly I’d strap it on and what I would do with the bulb once I’m ready to go. Any tips?

It’s a standard size and the base is also a fairly standard size. I tried to make it as universal as possible, so that it could fit into almost any harness. There’s a groove on the bottom of the toy for the tubing, so that when you put it in the harness it lays flat and doesn’t kink. The tube isn’t too long, and the idea is that you can just tuck it into the harness. That’s why we made the bulb smaller – we didn’t want you to be saddled with this hulking thing.

Do you have a favorite harness to use with the Semenette?

I love any Spareparts harness!

Got any other insider tips?

When you’re drawing the liquid into the bulb, you want to be careful. That small bulb is surprisingly strong! Do a couple of trial runs with water. Make sure that you can pull the liquid in without trapping air bubbles and then test the squirtablility.

Also – and I’m not a doctor – some lubricants can be extremely toxic to sperm. If you’re trying to conceive, make sure that you’re using one that’s going to work for you.

Pleasure Chest tip: if you’re using the Semenette to mimic ejaculation, try using a hybrid lube like Liquid Silk, Sliquid Silk or Spunk for a realistic touch!

Nov 01 2014

Disappointingly Realistic Erotica:
Role Play Rendezvous

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by Kate M.

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Twirling his mustache – but not too hard, in case the spirit gum holding it in place gave out – Alan whirled on his boyfriend. He knew that he made an intimidating picture: the jacket he’d bought at the army surplus store was freshly pressed and fit him like a glove, showing off his broad, muscled chest.

“Tell me,” he rumbled, “Where you have hidden the microfilm.”

He glanced down at Isaac. He had tied the smaller man to a kitchen chair, deftly restraining each of his lanky limbs.

“Okay!” Isaac chirped.

Alan hesitated for a moment and then recovered.

“You seem to think that this will go easy for you,” he continued. “but unless you tell me where to find the microfilm, I will torture you, starting with this terrifying device!”

He brandished his Violet Wand menacingly, flicking it on so that Isaac could see the electricity running through it in the dim light. Sweet, submissive-to-the-core Isaac smiled up at him.

“I’ll tell you anything you want to know,” he insisted, beaming. “I just want to make you happy.”

***

“You said you were from Italy.”

“But I am, my beauteeful laydee!”

“You sound French.”

“Non. I am Eetalian!”

“You sound like Pepe le Pew.”

***

Yes, her gorgeous, creative partner had screen printed a t-shirt with the logo of a local pizzeria, had rung the doorbell, had stammered as though dumbstruck by Kim’s beauty when she had opened the door. Rhonda had been paying attention all those weeks ago, when Kim confided in her that she still fantasized about the goofy pizza-boy-meets-lonely-housewife scenarios from the VHS tapes she used to steal from under her brother’s bed. Rhonda had even made an effort to replicate the hokey dialogue: “You’re hungry? I have something you’ll want to eat,” she had declared, lifting her skirt to reveal a lacy pair of crotchless panties. Still, as they lay together, spent from an evening of passionate and athletic fantasy fulfillment, Kim had to admit something to herself: she kind of resented Rhonda for showing up with an empty pizza box.

***

Alice had worked all afternoon on her Damsel in Distress costume. She couldn’t believe how readily Lamar had agreed to role play with her. He’d  nodded along eagerly as she detailed her fantasy: a princess in a tower, a handsome prince who rescues her, kisses her sweetly, and then fucks her ass until she screams with delight. When she heard the door to Lamar’s studio open, she practically skipped into the living room to meet him, unable to wait to see her husband transformed into a fairy tale prince.

Lamar wore a long, elegant gown, opera gloves, and a dainty tiara.

After they’d laughed, gasped for breath, laughed harder, gotten themselves under control, lost control again when Lamar turned to Alice and murmured, “Milady,” howled with laughter until Alice had a coughing fit and had to get a glass of water, and settled finally into a comfortable silence punctuated only by the occasional giggle, Alice turned to her husband.

“Rock paper scissors for who gets to go first?”

***

“What I really want is to role play that I’m going to a sex store and you’re my hot salesperson.”

“I have a friend who works at The Pleasure Chest! I’ll talk to her and get some ideas.”

Later that day:

“I’m interested in that vibrator… but I’m hoping that you’ll show me how to use it.”

“Sure! Here’s a schedule for our free workshop series!”

***

This harrowingly unsexy Halloween edition of Disappointingly Realistic Erotica was co-written with Sarah Sloane. You can read previous installments here

Oct 28 2014

6 Tips for Hot Sex
During & After Menopause

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by Kate M.

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You can keep having hot, joyful, down-and-dirty sex during and after menopause. Here’s where you might want to start:

1. LEARN TO LOVE LUBE
- With your body producing less lubrication and your vaginal and vulvar tissues thinning and growing less elastic, you may find that sex isn’t as comfortable as it used to be.
- Luckily, a little lube will keep sex safe and amazing.
- Try glycerin-free lube, since glycerin can irritate your sensitive skin.
- Many drugstore lubes are filled with irritating ingredients. Try something from a company like Sliquid, which specializes in hypoallergenic lubes.

sliquid satinSliquid Satin - Designed as a daily vaginal moisturizer, Satin is also one of the best lubes out there. Made with natural moisturizing ingredients including vitamin E, carageenan, and highly concentrated aloe for extra slickness, this lube feels similar to the lubrication your body is used to and lasts longer than almost any other water based lube.uberlube

 

Uberlube - Also enriched with vitamin E, this silicone lube is silky and super long lasting. As a bonus, it comes in a classy glass bottle with a convenient pump top. Doctor recommended.

2. DO YOUR KEGELS
Try this:
ami kegel balls- Contract your pelvic floor muscles (the ones you’d use to stop peeing).
- Hold for three seconds.
- Relax the muscles, slowly, for three seconds.
- Repeat ten times, three times a day.
Kegel exercises are great because they can give you stronger orgasms, prevent incontinence, and increase blood flow to your genitals, which is important for vaginal health.

Ami Vaginal Exerciser SetGet serious about strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with this set of three balls of increasing weight. Kegel balls give your muscles some resistance, helping them get stronger, faster. These are made of silicone and medical grade plastic, so they’re safe to keep wearing around while you focus on other things.

3. FEEL THE VIBRATIONpalmpower
Vibrators:
- Feel fantastic.
- Stimulate the vulva and vagina, bringing blood to the area. In other words, they help you get physically aroused!
- Can affect you differently around and after menopause. Many folks find that they need stronger vibration than they used to.

PalmPower MassagerThis lightweight massager boasts several speeds, a non-porous, hypoallergenic silicone head, and all the strength of the famed Magic Wand.

4. MAKE TIME FOR FUN
Want to have better sex?
- Schedule time for solo or partner play at a time when you’ll have energy and focus for it.
- Vary your routine. If you normally have sex or masturbate in the evening, try the morning.
- Try new kinds of foreplay, even when you’re alone, such as incorporating a vibrator.
- Don’t become too goal-oriented.
- Savor the good sensations as they happen.
- If arousal and orgasm aren’t happening as quickly as they used to, don’t panic. Slowly building up desire can be far more delicious than sprinting to the finish line, and a little patience is sometimes needed as our bodies change.

menopause blog - pro tip5. SHOP SMART
Want to try some toys?
- Check out a friendly, upscale adult store (yup, like The Pleasure Chest). Many of them have display toys out, so that you can feel the material, weight, and vibration strength – with your hands, of course!
- Choose a place that’s education-focused. Our staff skews young, but they’ve all been educated within an inch of their lives by our in-depth training program, which includes regular in-service trainings on topics such as sex and aging.
- If you don’t want to visit a physical store, many retailers’ websites include how-to articles and extensive product information to help you find what you need.

6. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

- If you’re in pain or discomfort, ask your doctor about your options.
- We’re not doctors, but we know that there are medical interventions that can help, from topical estrogen creams to dilators.
- If your doctor dismisses your sex-related questions, drop ‘em like a hot potato. There are lots of others out there with sexuality training and who view sexual health as integral to overall health.

OTHER RESOURCES
Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex by Joan Price
Joan Price’s website & blog
Women, Sex, Power and Pleasure: Getting the Life and Sex You Want by Evelyn Resh
Sex is Back, our sex-positive storytelling campaign:

alyssa and lanae on sex in 20 years

 Alyssa & Lanae on Sex in 20 Years

Alyssa and Lanae both feel that their sex lives have only gotten better over the last 20 years, and they hope that the trend continues for another 20.

SEX IS BACK is a sex-positive storytelling campaign gathering video testimonials from people of all genders, orientations and walks of life. With this project, we want to demonstrate the sheer diversity of human sexuality. We hope you’ll be as inspired, aroused, moved and entertained as we have been. See more at SEXISBACK.COM.

Oct 27 2014

Want to Win a Fun Factory Amor?
Invent a Halloween-Themed Porn!

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by Kate M.

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Update: The staff has voted, and Kim and Gustavo M will each be receiving a Fun Factory Amor! Thanks to all of you who cracked us up with your smutty puns this Halloween! 

Happy Halloween week! We’re giving away one Fun Factory Stubs Amor dildo in black and one in orange! 

Amor’s modest 5.5″ size and versatility make it a great choice for beginners, and it’s unusual and awesome texture makes it perfect for the dildo connoisseur. A slight curve in its shaft is sure to hit the spot, and its wide base is compatible with most harnesses. Of course, it’s made of high-quality silicone. 

Want to win? Here’s how.

In the comments below, make up a title for a Halloween- or horror-themed porno. Spook My Dick, for example, or Coven Lovin’. We’ll pick our two favorites on Friday, October 31st at noon, and each winner will get an Amor dildo! 

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 23 2014

Want to Win a We-Vibe Touch Plus?
Tell Us Your Superpower!

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Lisa, who won the Touch Plus! Thanks to all of you who shared your superpowers with us. Keep an eye out for an awesome Halloween-themed giveaway soon! 

We’re giving away a We-Vibe Touch Plus!

Flexible and soft, The We-Vibe Touch Plus features a rounded tip for ultra-thrilling direct contact, and a unique pleasure wave shape that gently caresses. It’s made of silky, waterproof silicone and houses a powerful, whisper-quiet motor. Enjoy up to two hours of intimate play on a single charge. Plus, this update of one of our favorite toys is USB rechargeable, with an improved charging cap and a low-power alert, so that you know when you need to charge it again.

Want to win a We-Vibe Touch Plus? Here’s how.

The Touch Plus is super powerful, and you can be too! In the comments below, tell us what your superpower would be: the one that best suits you, not necessarily the one you’d most want. Feel free to get creative! We’ll pick a winner on Monday, October 27th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 23 2014

The Sklar Brothers & More!
Performance Anxiety October 28th

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer Oct28th

Join us on Tuesday, October 28th 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.