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Oct 15 2014

Want to Win a We-Vibe Tango?
Prove yourself.

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by Kate M.

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We’re giving away a We-Vibe Tango, maybe the best bullet vibe ever.

It takes one to Tango when you’ve got the right toy. This elegantly-sculpted, lipstick-shaped vibe conceals a surprisingly strong motor. Tango packs a lot of power for a pocket vibe, delivering four pulsation patterns at four levels of intensity, and can run for up to two hours on a single charge. It’s also body-safe, waterproof, ideal for travel, and can replace the weaker bullets that come with some dildos and harnesses. 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 Tango? Here’s how.

Here’s the thing about the Tango: it’s so unassuming when you look at it that most people are surprised by how incredibly powerful it is. So, in the comments below, tell us about a time that you got to prove yourself – at your job, on a project, to yourself, by beating the record for time spent hula hooping, whatever.

We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, October 21st at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 14 2014

Learning to Love My Naked Body –
A Guest Post by Ashley Manta

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by Kate M.

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In celebration of Love Your Body Day, we wanted to share a story from someone who learned to love her own body. This article was reprinted with permission from sex educator Ashley Manta‘s blog. 

I have struggled with body confidence my entire life. I’ve been 132lbs and I’ve been over 250lbs. One thing I found that was incredibly empowering for me was learning to be comfortable naked. I did that by working as a figure model for artists for a year, which culminated in me posing for a series of artistic nudes on camera. Since I believe in modeling vulnerability, I’m going to share those photos with you.

Figure Modeling

Being a figure model is hard work. You might think, “you just stand there naked, how hard could that be?” It’s very hard. Keep in mind, people are replicating your body onto the medium of their choice–charcoal, paint, clay, etc. It takes time to do that, which means you need to stay in the same position. In a typical three hour class, I would do twenty minutes of one-minute poses (in various contorted positions to give them interesting things to sketch quickly) then a longer pose that I would hold for 20 minutes at a time for the remainder of the class. It was incredible. I would walk around during my break and see myself through the eyes of the artists who were capturing my body on paper, and it felt wonderful. There was no photoshopping, no shame. It wasn’t just my body. It was art.

Live Modeling

There was an art expo in Mechanicsburg, PA where artists were creating in real time so that attendees could watch them work. I was hired to be a body art model, which meant that the artist was going to create a painting on my body and then I’d walk around to showcase it. I sat for about 45 minutes while the artist created an incredible Japanese geisha on my back, with a dragon kimono and surrounded by cherry blossoms. I wish I still had a picture of that, but sadly it was lost when my last computer died.

Once the the artist finished, I sat for a few minutes in front of a fan, waiting for the paint to dry, then stood up and walked around a room full of strangers, topless. They needed to be able to see my back, since that’s where the art was. I was surprised that a place in South Central PA (know for its conservative values) was so permissive with nudity. It was glorious. I was complimented, many people took pictures of my back, and no one called me fat.

The Photo Shoot

About a year later, I met a photographer at an art gallery in West Chester, PA. I mentioned that I enjoyed nude modeling, and we exchanged contact information. A few weeks later, we scheduled a photo shoot at his studio. He was very kind. He gave me space to change (the first few shots were in clothes), he assured me that his wife was upstairs so that I felt more comfortable, and put on some powerful Madonna songs.

I was nervous at first. Doing the clothed shots helped me to get over the initial anxiety of doing a photoshoot (which felt a lot scarier than figure modeling for some reason!) Here is one of my favorite clothed shots:

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Once I felt pretty warmed up, we moved to some shots with a white sheet draped around my body. The photographer liked to do cool things with light and shadow, which was neat to see once the prints arrived.

Once I was topless, the last frontier was to take off that white sheet and be fully naked. I was honestly less concerned about exposing my genitals than I was about exposing my tummy. I was so focused on it that I started to get into my head and panic. The artist was patient and kind. He told me that art does not recognize size or shape. It’s all beautiful. Then I remembered my favorite painting, The Bathers by Renoir. The thing I love most about it was it is that it depicts a group of women who are playfully and unapologetically loving their bodies. I cast the sheet aside. “Let’s do this!”

To read the rest of the article and see more photos from the shoot, visit Ashley’s blog. (NSFW)

Oct 14 2014

The Pleasure Chest in 1993

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by Kate M.


We got SUCH a kick out of this video from 1993, in which The Mad Monks, a couple that used to travel around in an RV together, visited The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. We wish that they’d gone inside, but they do interview a very confused employee outside the store.

Oct 09 2014

Miller, Kirkman, Byer & More!
Performance Anxiety October 14th

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Tuesday, October 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.

Oct 06 2014

Want to Win a We-Vibe 4 Plus?
Tell Us Your Halloween Costume.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Sherri  and Kaden, who each won a We-Vibe 4 Plus! Thanks to everyone who entered. We wish that we could see all of your costumes, because they sound amazing! Keep an eye out for more prizes from We-Vibe coming soon. 

We’re giving away the new and extremely freaking cool We-Vibe 4 Plus to two lucky people. 

Give your partner amazing G-spot and clit stimulation from anywhere in the world! The wildly popular couples’ vibrator now has an app that lets you control your toy from far away, gives you access to five bonus modes, lets you program and save your own vibration patterns, and even lets you control each motor separately. As always, the We-Vibe can be worn during intercourse, in the tub, or under your clothing.

So yeah. It’s amazing. 

Want to trick-or-treat yourself (or your partner) to a We-Vibe 4 Plus? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us what you’re going to be for Halloween. Then, sit back and wait until Wednesday, October 15th at noon PDT, when we’ll be picking two winners at random. If you’re lucky, you could be spending Halloween wearing a whisper-quiet vibrator under your costume. 

U.S. residents only. 

Oct 03 2014

Disappointingly Realistic Erotica:
Blowjob Bringdown

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by Kate M.

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“On your knees.”

I sank gratefully to the floor, calmed and aroused at once by the cool tone of authority in Drew’s voice. I watched their well worn boots as they approached me, taking slow, deliberate steps. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those boots, to make them shine. To see the pride on Drew’s face when they saw what I could do with their boots.

The clink of a buckle. The quick tug of a zipper. The faint rustle of a silicone cock being released from a pair of briefs. It seemed that Drew was more interested in what I could do with my mouth.

“Suck it,” Drew murmured.

I obeyed and nearly gagged on a mouthful of lint.

***

“Do not stop, I prithee do not stop,” the pirate king panted.

Emmaline let a small smile play across her lips as she worked her captor’s rigid manhood with both of her smooth, petite hands. She might be the hostage, but she was the one in control. With a tongue that, mere days before, she had thought she would only ever use for prayers and polite conversation, she lapped at the pirate king’s nether head.

The pirate king howled as his climax shot from him. Emmaline howled too.

“Merciful God, it’s in my eye!”

***

Brutus held Chad’s hair as the boy slobbered on Brutus’s dick. Chad might be the worst kind of college bro, but his cocksucking skills weren’t up for debate.

“You like the taste of my cock, kid?” Brutus yanked Chad’s head back, grinning into the boy’s eager face. Chad opened his mouth to answer.

“Hhhhhhcccchhhhhhhhh.”

“What’s that?”

“Hgghh! Hhhhhgggccchhhh!”

“Do you have a pube in your throat?”

Chad nodded as he coughed.

***

Read more Disappointingly Realistic Erotica here

Oct 02 2014

The Art of Sex in Chicago

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by Kate M.

Art-Of-Sex-Update

Join us on Friday, October 10th, 7-10pm, for the opening night reception of The Art of Sex, our annual erotic art show. Browse the artwork, chat with the artists, and maybe even purchase a piece for yourself! We’ll provide the wine.

This show will feature artwork by Leslie Anderson, Antoinette Hancock, Bianca Jarvis, Leon VonMonkeyfetish, Patience Meeks, Pik Chick, Rachel Katzman, Rob River and more!

The Art of Sex will be up at The Pleasure Chest Chicago through October 12th.

Oct 02 2014

October L.A. Workshops & Events

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by Kate M.

The leaves may not be changing colors, and it’s certainly getting much cooler, but October is still a great time to fall in lust with a new free workshop lineup.

Spruce Up Your Hole
Saturday, October 4th @ 8-11pm –FREE

spruceIt’s no secret that flowers can be seductive. That’s why we’ll be at acclaimed Silverlake flower boutique Spruce for Spruce Up Your Hole, a night of festivities that includes:

  • Local celebrity host Lyla KaRug
  • DJ Michelle Johnson
  • Makeovers by Lyla at 9PM
  • Pleasure Chest gift bags for the first 100 guests
  • Psychic love + readings by Blue Jaguar is Love
  • A free Spruce drink special at AKBAR. Just tell the bartender, “Spruce up my hole!”

This evening of creative fun celebrates the launch of Spruce’s naughty new botanical skin care line, which features cheeky names like The Night Before the Morning After, Bust a Nut, and She Was Up All Night (And it Shows). Come get spruced up with us. Nothing is sexier than local, like-minded community coming together. Spruce is at 4313 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029.

lady cheekyBlow ‘em Away: Fearless Fellatio with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, October 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Do you marvel at people who love giving head? Are you checking your watch as you suck and blow? In this fun and informal class, we’ll spend some time talking about your biggest penile pet peeves and how to solve them. You’ll learn some basic pleasure-focused anatomy, easy tips to make fellatio fun for you, and tricks to render your partner speechless. Lady Cheeky will show you how to actually enjoy giving a blow job and even look forward to it.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, October 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.

Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, October 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

reid-mihalkoPerhaps you’ve heard of Tantra and remember reading somewhere (last month’s Cosmo?) about “expanded orgasms,” but you think that kind of stuff is only for people like Sting, yoga instructors or porn stars. What if we told you that mind blowing, ecstatic sex was not only possible, but learnable and didn’t have to set off your “new age” alarms? Join sex and relationship educator Reid Mihalko for a fun, light-hearted romp into the world of sacred sexuality. Explore enhanced lovemaking techniques, communication skills helpful for deepening intimacy, and breathing techniques to increase your arousal and sexual stamina in this workshop designed for anyone curious about Tantra, bettering their relationships, and having fun in the bedroom.

Role Play with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, October 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Think that costumes are just for Halloween? Au contraire! In this class, Mistress Mary will teach you to dress for sexual success and bring your wildest fantasies to life in the privacy of your bedroom. Whether you want to be tied to the railroad tracks by a mustachioed villain, grab an international spy’s ass, have a wild orgy (with you and your partner playing every role), or even if you don’t yet know what you want, you’ll pick up the skills you need to get started.

cyndi darnellWomen, Lust and Desire: Understanding Women and Libido with Cyndi Darnell
Monday, October 27th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

In an era where an estimated 55% of all women report some kind of relationship with low libido, leading Sex Therapist Cyndi Darnell shines light on what both science and conventional psychological and medical approaches are missing when dealing with women’s eroticism. This is an empowering and thought provoking seminar aimed at helping women understand their own eroticism and how to access it.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, October 28th @ 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.

Sep 30 2014

History’s Ickiest Contraceptives

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by Kate M.

In case you were harboring romantic notions of wanting to live in another era, nonprofit organization EngenderHealth has released a PSA that emphasizes the importance of available contraception by taking you through a colorful history of , um, interesting contraceptives throughout the ages. (Weasel testicles??? We’ll stick with condoms, thanks.) Enjoy!

Sep 29 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Twilla on Her Husband

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by Kate M.

We have another installment of Sex is Back, our video series where people speak honestly and openly about their sex lives. In this video, Twilla recounts how her wonderful relationship with her husband has allowed her, as an incest survivor, to make peace with her sexual self. (This video includes discussion of incest and underage sex.)

Twilla on Her Husband