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Oct 21 2015

It’s International Fisting Day!

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by Chelsea

It’s International Fisting Day!

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Fisting can be a profoundly intimate experience. Our very own Sarah Sloane describes it below:

There is absolutely nothing in the world that is as shockingly intimate as having your hand enclosed in someone’s body. The time it takes to work it in – finger by finger, slowly stretching, cajoling their body into opening up for you – it moves in an almost alternate reality. Hours become minutes, become hours. Your focus tightens in on just your hand – the tissue tight around your knuckles, the impossible heat of their body like a small sun around your fist. Your world is their breath, their heartbeat pounding against the tip of your fingers. They breathe at that one ripe, right moment, and your hand finds its way a millimeter further into them. And the tiny movements of your hand feel like earthquakes to your lover; the flex of your thumb rocks against their spots and tremors shake through their body. Their hand reaches towards you, trying to close the circuit, wrapping around your wrist. And then you’re there – your hand trapped by every shudder and convulsion, your ears ringing with their screams and moans, your heart racing with theirs, and what started out as a slow exploration becomes a watershed moment between two people who are open and intimate and bound together by nothing more than a single hand.

For tips and tricks on the art of fisting, click HERE.

And don’t forget our fisting must-haves!

1. Latex or Nitrile Gloves

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Gloves can be great for all kinds of sex, but they’re especially good for fisting. A latex or nitrile glove protects the fistee from the scratchier parts of your hand (nails, callouses), cuts way, way down on the risk of infection (both STIs and pesky common problems like urinary tract infections) and won’t absorb lube the way your skin will. It’s best if your glove fits your hand pretty snugly. If you’d rather not use a glove, make sure that your hands are freshly washed.

2. LUBE LUBE LUBE

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Different lubes work better for different kinds of fisting. For anal fisting with a male-bodied partner, many people prefer an oil-based lube, like Shaft. (Oil-based lubes will degrade latex gloves, so make sure to use nitrile.) Others prefer the perennially popular J Lube for their anal play, a powder that mixes with water to make a super slippery lubricant. Water, silicone, and hybrid lubes are all safe for either vaginal or anal play.

Play safe, take your time, and enjoy the magic of fisting!

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Oct 19 2015

The Art of Pleasure Show Opens This Saturday, 10/24!

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by Chelsea

Get inspired and let your imagination run wild! The Art of Pleasure show turns our Upper East Side boutique into an erotic gallery featuring captivating works from local artists. We’ll provide fetish models for you to sketch, and even a human canvas to try out your body painting skills. Wine and refreshments will be served. This show is guaranteed to ignite your creative spark!

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The exhibit runs October 24th-November 7th and will highlight the work of three local artists whose completely different visual approaches engage the topics of bodies, identity, sex, sexuality, and desire:

Cristy C. Road is a Brooklyn-based Cuban-American artist and writer. Through her unconventional way of seeing the world, Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her work explores the themes of feminism, Queer culture, and social justice. Road has released a number of works including her illustrated works INDESTRUCTIBLE and BAD HABITS, and SPIT AND PASSION, a coming-out memoir, among others.

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Emily North, also known as em16, is a multi-media artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She works in drawing, painting, performance, and video. Emily’s work has been exhibited internationally in film festivals and galleries, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Fountain Art Fair, Artists Space, Longwood Gallery, San Franciso Arts Commission, Queens Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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Jesse Harold is a visual artist who works with ink and paper to create partial interior views of queer bodies, letting those images be exploratory spaces for radical transformations, such as rupture, mutation, death, metamorphosis, and ecstasy. Jesse lives in Queens, and has worked as a painter, videographer, and comic book artist, in addition to collaborations with other performers.

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The opening reception will be held at the Pleasure Chest on the Upper East Side (1150 2nd Ave, NYC, 10065) from 6-9pm on Saturday, October 24th and is free and open to the public.

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Oct 16 2015

Guess the Porn Parody and win a We-Vibe 4 Plus!

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by Chelsea

It’s Halloweentime and ’tis the season to curl up and watch a good ‘ol horror flick! Can you tell what the title is of this horror porn parody of a classic movie from the picture below? Let us know in the comments and you can win a We-Vibe 4 Plus!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Nicole!

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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. Fully and speedily rechargeable. One year warranty.

Guess in the comments to win this awesome toy!

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Oct 12 2015

Part-Time Customer Assistant Needed in our NYC West Village Location!

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by Chelsea

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 – including availability on nights and weekends – 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.

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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 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 if 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 Department Supervisors and/or 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 $9.00/hr plus commission. Customer Assistants will also receive a cut of the daily split commission and are eligible for sales bonuses when monthly sales goals are reached. Customer Assistants will be eligible for incremental, performance-based raises only at the time of their yearly review. Customer Assistants’ raises will “max out” once a Customer Assistant has reached $11/hr (not including commission).

Cover letter and resume emailed to Brandon@pleasurechest.com

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Oct 09 2015

Guess the Porn Parody and Win a Tantus Pro Touch!

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by Chelsea

It’s Halloweentime and ’tis the season to curl up and watch a good ‘ol horror flick! Can you tell what the title is of this horror porn parody of a classic movie from the picture below? Let us know in the comments and you can win a Tantus Pro Touch!

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The Tantus ProTouch is optimal for g-spot and prostate stimulation. It comes with a powerful mini-vibe and is made out of 100% ultra-premium silicone.

Best of luck!

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Oct 07 2015

Performance Anxiety Returns Tuesday 10/13 in LA!

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by Chelsea

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.

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Demetri Martin
Bret Ernst
Michael Kosta
Ali Wong
Ali Waller
Jake Weisman
Ian Abramson
Ken Garr
Brent Gill

Hosted by Eli Olsberg

AGAIN: FREE BEER, FREE PARKING, AND 15% OFF IN-STORE PURCHASES!

*Parking in the lot is limited, but metered parking is free in WeHo after 6pm

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Oct 05 2015

We Talk to the Huffington Post about Sex Toys for Menopausal Women

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by Chelsea

We talked to the Huffington Post about the best sex toys for menopausal women, and we had a lot to say!

Check out the article by Ann Brenoff HERE and read about our fav picks below!

1. Magic Wand Rechargeable

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H/T to our friends at the Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles for flagging this update to the classic Magic Wand. This baby packs just as much punch as the original but eliminates the need to be tethered to a plug. The Magic Wand Rechargeable actually can be used both cordless and plugged in (a kind of “plug-and-play,” if you will.) For the uninitiated, the original Magic Wand, around since 1968, is the gold standard of vibrators and the ability to use it in locations with no handy electrical socket has already won over many loyalists. We join the chorus though of wishing it was waterproof. As an aside, we love this wink-wink on the Magic Wand’s website: “Whether you are looking to soothe an aching shoulder or want a more ‘personal’ massage experience, the Magic Wand massager is the proven answer that has earned Americans’ trust and rave reviews for years.” Amen to that. $135 for the rechargable.

2. Palm Power Massager

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Competition can always be found chomping at the heels of genius, and vibrators are no exception to this rule. The Palm Power is a small, powerful cordless massager that rivals the power of the Magic Wand. We play no favorites. Check both out.

3. Lelo Smart Wand

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If it’s really waterproof you want, check this out. We’d hate losing readers to electrocution. A word of caution though about thrashing about in slippery showers and tubs: Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among seniors, says the National Council on Aging. Be safe out there.

4. Ami Kegel Ball Set

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We all know that we shouldn’t stop exercising as we get older, right? Well, that’s also true when it comes to your vaginal muscles. Building up muscle strength with kegel balls helps maintain the elasticity of the vaginal wall which, in turn, helps strengthen orgasms. $60.

5. Eroscillator

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OK, so vibrators aren’t your thing. Consider an Eroscillator which, rather than vibrating, moves back and forth ever so slightly while still providing a powerful sensation. A distinction without a difference? Perhaps. $200.

6. Oasis Vibrating Dilators

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Dilators, not dildos, you sillyhead. These are slim-sized and especially for women who are going through menopause — a time when they are likely experiencing some tightening of the hooha. Sex is no fun if it hurts, you feel me?

And while perhaps not sex toys per se, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the vaginal lubes out there designed to do the trick when your body doesn’t cooperate.

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Sliquid Satin is designed as a daily vaginal moisturizer and our Pleasure Chest pals say it is one of the best water-based lubes out there. And there is Uberlube, a silicone lubricant enriched with vitamin E. As a bonus, it comes in a classy glass bottle with a convenient pump top.

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Oct 02 2015

Win a Free Tantus Uncut #2!

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by Chelsea

We’re kicking off Cocktober by giving away the fabulous Uncut #2 by Tantus!

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Alex!

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Slightly smaller than the Tantus Uncut #1, the #2 features the same ultra-realistic look and feel. Made with 100% silicone, this dildo is perfect for strap-on play. A must for fans of foreskin!

Want to win the Uncut #2? Tell us which you would rather and why in the comments below!

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Sep 30 2015

New Product Review: The Womanizer

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by Chelsea

Everyone is talking about the Womanizer, the revolutionary new clitoral stimulator.

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Our very own sex educator/employee extraordinaire Larkin took the Womanizer for a test drive. Check out her review below:

Ok, so here’s the thing… when I first saw the Womanizer, I died. It’s pretty hilarious looking and the name is gross and offensive.

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I was fairly certain its gentle vibration wouldn’t do much for me, because I’m used to super high-powered vibration (Magic Wand user here). I also really didn’t want to like it, because I’m so put off by the aesthetics of the thing (a friend described it as looking like Peg Bundy got drunk and designed a breast pump) that I didn’t really want it floating around in my toy box.

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Out of morbid curiosity, I was actually quite eager to use the toy. I put on a porn vid and got the Womanizer ready for use, shaking my head at the ridiculousness of the design as I pulled it out of its case. Annnnnd I came in like, 5 minutes…

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Something about the combination of the gentle suction paired with the light vibration is EXTREMELY effective. There is no other toy that can do what this toy does. It’s like receiving a really light, tickly kind of oral sex where it feels so amazing you want to grind your snatch into their face, but you can’t because then they can’t maintain the gentle suction. But with this toy, you can grind as hard as you’d like, and the suction remains steady. Yeah. I used that thing like, 3 times that first night.

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The Womanizer is like a douchy guy at the bar at last call that you take home because you just really need to get it in, and you figure you don’t have to tell your friends about him, but then he ends up ROCKING YOUR FUCKING WORLD with his sex skills!!!

It’s now one of my go-to toys, and I feel mildly ashamed of that. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It would absolutely be 5 if I was just rating on performance, but I have to take a star off for the awful name and the ridiculous appearance.

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Follow Larkin on InstaGram @Queerella_DeVille

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Sep 28 2015

Free NYC Workshops in October!

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by Chelsea

Get ready for a sexy and spooktacular October with these upcoming workshops and events!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Denise
Wednesday, October 7th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another. Many toys are fun for more than one, and can be used to level up your bedroom game! Our sex specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety and tips.

Blowjobs and Beyond with Charlie
Wednesday, October 14th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more. All BJ enthusiasts welcome!

Multiple Partners Without the Tears: Polyamory with Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Wednesday, October 21st 8-10 PM FREE!

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Before you play or before you stray, learn the basics of adding multiple partners without damaging a loving relationship. Nationally known intimacy experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years.

Their new book, DESIGNER RELATIONSHIPS: A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships offers practical advice for managing threesomes and beyond.

Art of Pleasure: An Interactive Art Opening
Saturday, October 24th 6-9 PM FREE!

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Get inspired and let your imagination run wild! The Art of Pleasure show turns our Upper East Side boutique into an erotic gallery featuring captivating works from local artists. We’ll provide fetish models for you to sketch, and even a human canvas to try out your body painting skills. This show is guaranteed to ignite your creative spark!

O Wow! Discover Your Ultimate Orgasm with Jenny Block
Tuesday, October 27th 8-10 PM FREE!

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Your ultimate orgasm is just a workshop away! Let renowned author and sexpert Jenny Block teach you the clit-convulsing methods, techniques and toys you can use to achieve your own personal best. Her new book will be available as well.

Queering Your Sex with Victor
Wednesday, October 28th 8-10 PM FREE!

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There is no wrong way to have Queer sex, but there’s a myriad of ways to make it feel oh-so-right! This workshop focuses on creating common language around bodies/sex/gender, exploring your desire alone or with a partner, and finding toys that are just right for your hot Queer sex. This workshop is Queer-focused and open to people of all genders.

We do not offer advance registration or reserved seating for free workshops or events. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended to secure your spot!

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