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Apr 22 2014

Performance Anxiety
3rd Anniversary Show!

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm for the special 3rd anniversary edition 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. Plus, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary with special guests and giveaways!

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 Sarah Tiana on decoding texts!

Apr 21 2014

Want to Win a Girls Vibe?
Rename Your Favorite!

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by Kate M.

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Once again, we’re giving away one each of the new Vibratex Girls line: BestiePrincessa, and Amie.

Sometimes you just need a night in with your best girl. The Amie has a versatile shape – perfect for broad or super-focused vibration. The Bestie is designed to hug the clit, surrounding it with sensation. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Princessa delivers everything from a light tickle to a powerful pulse. Plus, they’re all splashproof, silicone, and rechargeable!

Want to win? Here’s how. 

Choose one vibe that you’d like to win, then give it a new name and tell us why you chose the name. For example:

“I think that the Bestie should be called the Tune, because it looks like a tuning fork.”

“Princessa = Wonderland. It reminds me of the talking flowers in Through the Looking Glass.”

You get the idea. We’ll pick a favorite for each toy on Friday, May 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Apr 21 2014

Toy Cleaning & HPV: a PSA

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by Kate M.

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A new study from the Indiana University School of Medicine examined the possibility of spreading HPV through shared sex toys. The results are mostly unsurprising, but very worth reading. They had twelve women each provide vaginal samples and samples from two different vibrators – one made of thermoplastic elastomer and the second made of silicone – just after use, just after cleaning with soap, and after 24 hours. Here, we’ll break the results down for you. The percentages refer to the number of samples in which HPV was detected.

Vaginal samples: 75%

Vibrator 1 (thermoplastic elastomer)
After use: 89%
After cleaning: 56%
After 24 hours: 40%

Vibrator 2 (silicone)
After use: 67%
After cleaning: 44%
After 24 hours: None

Okay, let’s review what we’ve learned!

1) Elastomer toys (and, we can assume, other porous toys) should not be shared with a partner with whom you’re not fluid bonded (unless you’re using a barrier).

2) It looks like silicone toys are safe to share 24 hours after cleaning, but there’s still a risk of HPV transmission immediately after cleaning.

The second one surprised us, but we’re glad to know it. Now we just have more questions! Were they using hand soap or toy cleaner? Which brand? What would the numbers look like using different kinds of cleaners? Or with several more groups of women?

Isn’t science exciting? Find out more here.

Apr 18 2014

Free Workshops in L.A.

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by Kate M.

Join us for another batch of spring workshops! Attendees get 15% off all of their purchases.

buckangelSexing the Transman with Buck Angel
Tuesday, April 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of trans male sexuality, including video interviews with a variety of trans men and the people who love them. Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. We’ll explore how to affirm and acknowledge individual gender and sexuality, the effects of testosterone on trans men and how to let go of social constructs in order to become more comfortable and self accepting.

Performance Anxiety  Anniversary Show
Tuesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the 3rd anniversary 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.

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Mistress Mary and Sarah
Wednesday, April 30th @ 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.

dirtytalkTalk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Kate
Wednesday, May 7th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialist will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 13th @ 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.

lady cheekyBig Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, May 14th @ 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.

Apr 17 2014

Fish Will Eat Your Sex Toys

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by Kate M.

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Bjørn Frilund, a Norwegian fisherman, caught a fish. Inside that fish was a vibrator.

“Fish eat all kinds of different things,” he told The Local. “And the dildo looks like what the fish eat. We have a kind of multi-coloured octopus in Norway, maybe the cod thought this was one of these and ate it.” 

What was the vibrator doing in the water in the first place? More importantly, what have we done to deserve this amazing story? If we do more of it, will we hear about a lion who adopts a blow-up doll and raises it as his own?

h/t The Local

Apr 16 2014

Fill Your Easter Basket at PCLA!

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Saturday, April 19th, for Easter festivities at The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles!

- Dildos & Donuts: from 11AM-1PM, we’ll be serving donuts and sparkling wine.
- All day long, we’ll be hosting a Naughty Egg Hunt throughout the store, with eggs hiding discounts and freebies!
- Come in dressed like a bunny (or anything else Easter-themed) and we’ll give you a free toy!

We’ll see you there!

Apr 16 2014

Want to Win a Vibratex Girls Vibe?
Pick a Favorite!

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Ron, Keri Ann, and Jessica, who won a Bestie, a Princessa, and an Amie, respectively! Thanks to everyone who entered. We still have more exciting Vibratex prizes to give away this month, so keep an eye out! 

We’re giving away one each of the new Vibratex Girls line: BestiePrincessa, and Amie.

Sometimes you just need a night in with your best girl. The Amie has a versatile shape – perfect for broad or super-focused vibration. The Bestie is designed to hug the clit, surrounding it with sensation. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Princessa delivers everything from a light tickle to a powerful pulse. Plus, they’re all splashproof, silicone, and rechargeable!

Want to win? Here’s how. 

This contest is simple. In the comments below, just tell us which one you want to win. We’ll pick three winners at random on Monday, April 21st at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Apr 15 2014

Tom of Finland Stamps!

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by Kate M.

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After finding out that the Finnish postal service is releasing stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland, we only have one question: who lives in Finland and wants to send us mail?

Please? We’ll love you forever.

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h/t The Advocate

Apr 15 2014

Win Tickets to Lysistrata in Chicago!

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by Kate M.

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Hey Chicago! We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to (re)discover theatre‘s hot new adaptation of Aristophanes’ anti-war sex farce Lysistrata - one pair for Saturday the 19th and two for Saturday the 26th.

“This production penetrates the absurdity of gender expectations by inserting a new and different mix of male and female actors on both sides of this ‘blue balling’ conflict. To spice things up, a male and female actor will alternate the roles of Lysistrata and the Magistrate every other night, giving a unique dual perspective on gender. Want to get in on the action? To ensure your satisfaction, we are allowing you to pick your gender for the night as well. We have surprises in store for both. Choose wisely.”

Each performance will be followed by brief mini-workshop with one of our sex specialists: Gendertalia – Why Everything You Learned in the Locker Room was Wrong with Antoinette on the 19th, and Gender Odyssey, or Binaries are for Computers with Ash on the 26th.

Want to win? Enter the Twitter contest.

Just tweet “Rediscovering Sex! #rediscoverLYSISTRATA @PleasureChestCH @rediscovtheatre” to be entered to win two free tickets!

We’ll announce the winners at 6pm on Friday the 18th.

Apr 14 2014

The Race to the Penis Museum

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by Kate M.

File this under “… huh.” We just watched the trailer for The Final Member, a documentary about the proprietor of the world’s only penis museum and two potential donors, each of whom wants his penis to be the first human penis on display. We’re still a little confused, but in the way where we 100% want to see this movie now.

What do you think? Do you want to see this as much as we do?