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Jun 08 2011

Performance Anxiety Returns on 6/14

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Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm

Join us for the return of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at our LA store, presented by Eli Olsberg and Tj Miller. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Performers for this show include Tig Notaro, Paul Scheer, James Adomian, Kyle Dunnigan, Giulia Rozzi, TJ Miller and Eli Olsberg.

Advance tickets are only available online, and space is limited. If there is space left, we will sell tickets at the door. Go here to purchase!

Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 02 2011

Join Us for SlutWalk LA this Saturday (updated below)

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Saturday!

Pleasure Chest is proud to announce that we’re co-sponsoring SlutWalk LA this Saturday in West Hollywood. If you are not familiar with SlutWalk, it’s a decentralized, global movement to speak out against sexual assault, and especially to combat victim blaming.

The first SlutWalk was in Toronto this past April. It came in response to comments by a police officer, who, while speaking about campus safety at York University, said that female students could avoid sexual assault by not dressing like “sluts.” As Time reports:

Immediately afterward, the law school’s students and staff demanded an apology from the Toronto Police. Though the officer who made the remarks apologized and was reprimanded (but stayed on duty), his comment sparked a protest movement that has since gone global. In April, thousands of women took part in the first “SlutWalk” in Toronto, demonstrating against the notion that rape victims should somehow be held responsible for their assault, and rallying to re-appropriate the term “slut.”

Coinciding with the rise of the SlutWalk movement have been a number of high profile cases of sexual assault. The problematic response from many in the media suggests that we still have far to go to combat rape culture.

SlutWalk has now made its way to our city. The Pleasure Chest has been an engaged  part of the  community in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for over 35 years. When we heard that the rally and march were going to happen in our own backyard, we knew that it was important to lend our support.

As workers in the sex industry, we certainly know what it’s like to be called “sluts” and to feel judged for our sexuality. We’re happy to join the California National Organization for Women, the Sex Worker’s Outreach Project and the nearly 4,000 people who have RSVPd on Facebook in support of the event. As we see it, SlutWalk LA is an inclusive, irreverent and sex-positive response to sexual assault and victim blaming. We’re looking forward to Saturday. Join us?

Update: Come to SlutWalk LA tomorrow & get a button. Wear it to our store this weekend and claim a free pocket vibe!

May 31 2011

The Winners of our Jimmyjane Giveaway

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Last week, we asked our readers to choose between two luxury vibes from the Jimmyjane “Pleasure to the People” line– the bestselling Form 2 or the just-released Form 4. The “tooth-shaped” Form 2 got 20 votes, while the “bowling pin shaped” Form 4 got 15 votes. It’s the Form 2, by a nose! Next, we randomly selected a winner from each of the two teams.

And, the Form 2 goes to…

Madison from Cambria, CA. (We should also mention that Ms. Wilson has a sexy NSFW website here.)

Congratulations Madison! We also awarded a $20 Pleasure Chest gift card for our favorite entries in the contest. Form 2 afficionados seemed to love its whimsical design and powerful motors. Our favorite cheerleader for the Form 2 was Yan from Brooklyn who wrote:

Going for Team Form 2 all the way. Why? It’s quite simple. Aesthetics! Simply looking at it gets the juices flowing, seeing as how it reminds me of the juicy curves of the female body. That along with the fantastic reviews I’ve read (The Pleasure Chest has never done me wrong!) seal the deal.

Sadly, my partner and I are currently separated due to a nasty bed bug infestation. As such, I need our first time back together (in a month!) to be extra special. The one thing sticking out in my mind right now is a brand new sex toy. Watching her squirm and writhe in pleasure with a Form 2 would make both our night’s after a long month of loneliness.

We also love aesthetics and hate bed bugs! (And we hate the aesthetics of bed bugs, most of all.) We hope the gift card will help you find something fun for breaking your dry spell.

And The Form 4 goes to…

Mable from Inglewood, CA

Congratulations! We hope you enjoy your new toy.

Cheerleaders for the Form 4 cited its versatility, noting that it has all of the benefits of the Form 2 but with a shape suited for penetration. Our favorite fan of the Form 4 was Gabby who wrote:

Ok, this is a really hard to question to answer especially since I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know either. My, ahem, younger girlfriend incessantly makes fun of my very vintage vibrator, but I love it and haven’t found a worthy replacement. So, there we go to window shop some options and to my humiliation they have a glass case of REALLY old vibrators and there was mine showcased as a relic (not exact model but close enough). Mine has only 2 settings, one of which would be a waste of time for anyone…unless you really are using it as a face massager, and has a really twisted curled cord that is never long enough. Confessing this to the salesgirl, she showed me the Jimmyjane Form 2. It was love at first sight! Modern, sexy, cordless, rechargeable and strong. What more could I ask for?

I didn’t buy it then, don’t ask me why, but I haven’t stopped thing about Jimmy Jane 2 until now. After reading your staffers great review, I have to say that I may have to go with Form 4 because not only does it have all that Form 2 has to offer but it can also be used as a dildo. Dreams do come true.

Congratulations, Gabby. You win a $20 gift card. We hope that you use it to upgrade your vintage vibe!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Keep an eye on this space, because we’ll have more giveaways soon.

 

 

 

 

 

May 30 2011

Full frontal “dudity,” unambiguous gayness, sexy cow costumes & more!

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OK, so we took Friday off and never got around to wrapping last week’s best sex links. Here they are…

This is your brain on orgasms.

  • A study in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion reported that women find brooding and proud men more sexually attractive than happy ones. Supposedly, it works the opposite for dudes, to whom happy and confident women are a turn off. Really? The good news for gender parity is that both men and women find shame sexy.

  • On SNL, two bros went ambiguously gay for Lady Gaga.

  • It’s not just Gaga. Any fan of hip hop has heard the expression, “No homo.” Sketch comics Retar Crew went viral with this video on the gay panic in music.

  • People.com editor Janet Mock came out as a transgender woman, and told trans teens that it gets better for them too.

  • A fan of the indie band Bad Lamps made this music video entirely from non-XXX scenes from porn movies. We think it’s kinda sweet.

  • It’s still perfectly legal, however, to do this on a subway in New York City.
  • Hot, right? Rachel Rabbit White wonders why some women still find male bodies gross. And Jezebel asks why women’s bodies are sexualized in Hollywood movies, while full frontal “dudity” is usually a punchline.
  • Giving us fond memories of fetish subcultures before the advent of the interwebz (yes, we are that old), Dangerous Minds dug up some flyers from the Mary Tyler Moore Masturbation Society.

Got milk?

  • Speaking of fetishes, we learned a new word last week: inflatophilia. And the costumes are so cool, we’ve got fetish envy!

  • Finally, we don’t know if there’s a Grammy category for best song about anal sex, but we think Sherry’s Vine’s Adele parody deserves some kind of prize.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

May 30 2011

June Workshops in Our LA Store

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Hello Los Angeles. It’s starting to heat up out there and in here! Come check out one of our steamy and informative free workshops. Here’s a complete schedule for June.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Wednesday, June 1st @ 8pm

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

Strap on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

Wednesday, June 8th @ 8pm

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 14th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum

Wednesday, June 15th @ 8pm

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Wednesday, June 22nd @ 8pm

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 28th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, June 29th @ 8pm

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.

May 26 2011

For Those About to Pack…Meet Pete!

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Pete "Commando"

This week, we unpacked a very special shipment from our friends at SpareParts HardWear.

Meet Pete, a unique line of underwear, designed to keep your packer in place. Pairing form and function, Pete offers the perfect fit for packing. It’ll accommodate most packers, regardless of size or brand. The multi-panel design, stretchy opening and elastic strap ensure stability throughout the day, until you’re ready to slip off your pants and play.

Like the revolutionary dildo harnesses from SpareParts, Pete is made of flexible, breathable, machine-washable material. And with sizes ranging from small to 3X, there’s a Pete to fit most any body.

Pete "Briefs"

Pete comes in four sexy cuts. You can go Commando (pictured above), rock the traditional briefs (pictured to the right), slip on some trunks or even go Freestyle– a design that keeps your packer front and center in a sexy sheath. Now that you’ve met Pete, why not get more acquainted?

May 23 2011

Are we the best adult novelty store in Chicago? Hell yes!

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Vote for us. Chicago Reader: Best of Chicago 2011.

The Chicago Reader is having its annual “Best of Chicago” poll right now. And this year, there’s a category that suits us just fine! We’d be thrilled if you could take a moment to vote for us.  Click on the icon to the left to go to the poll. Once there, please click on the category “Goods & Services” and write in “Pleasure Chest” for the “Best Adult Novelty Store.” It’s that easy!

On a historical note, here’s a flashback from five years ago, when our store’s relocation sparked a zoning controversy. We’re happy to be here! Please let the Reader know how happy you are too.

May 23 2011

Are you on Team Form 2 or Team Form 4? Tell us & win!

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Form 2

Form 4

 

 

 

vs.

 

 

 

Winners announced this weekend.

This week we’re giving away two different luxury vibes from Jimmyjane’s “Pleasure to the People” product line, created by designers Yves Béhar and Ethan Imboden. The best-selling Form 2 and the upstart Form 4 share many great qualities. They’re both made of body-safe silicone and are totally waterproof. (Yes, you really can take them in the bath!) Each comes with Jimmyjane’s nifty docking cradle/recharger. They both have a travel lock, which means they won’t suddenly start buzzing in your baggage during airport security checks. Best of all, each has four modes of vibration with five different speeds. With so many cool features in common, how could anyone choose between “the tooth” and the “bowling pin?”

That’s not for us to say. We want to know which one you would choose for your toybox. Are you on Team Form 2 or Team Form 4? Tell us, for a chance to win one of your own!

Need some hints? Our staff loves both of them. Read Mary’s rave for the Form 2 here and Jess’ testament to the Form 4 here.

How to enter

Post a comment on this blog post, telling us if you’re on “Team Form 2″ or “Team Form 4.” Then, tell us why.

This Friday, May 27th at noon PST, we’ll pick a random winner for each. One entry per person/household please!

Bonus prize for our favorite answers

To reward your creativity, honesty and originality, we’re also awarding a $20 Pleasure Chest gift card to our favorite answers on each team.

Retweet to double your odds

If you want to double your chances of winning, simply retweet the contest announcement, and you’ll be entered twice! Be sure to post a link to your retweet in your comment, so that we can count your entry.

Good luck!


May 20 2011

Best of the Chest

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Here’s what we liked, shared, Tweeted, Tumbld and LOLd about in the week’s sex stories.

  • SNL reunited the Ambiguously Gay Duo in an episode called “The Dark Clenched Hole of Evil.” Very funny, even though, as Queerty points out, this fabulous franchise need some schooling in male bisexuality.

Speaking of ambiguous gayness…

  • Another watershed in gay rights: Cuba in transition. Check out this slideshow from the island nation’s 2nd annual Miss Trasvesti drag beauty pageant.
  • After tabloid reports that an A-list celebrity is being sued for spreading herpes, Salon explored the awkwardness of disclosing (and not disclosing) one’s STD status. Honesty, no matter how difficult, is always the best policy.
  • While we’re on the subject of lying, no good men, WTF made us LOL.

Want some bling for your thing?

A Cat-5 o' nine tails?

  • To accessorize those naughty fantasies, Boing Boing suggests this whip for all the kinky computer nerds out there.

  • “My vagina prefers male pronouns.” So begins this provocative poem/affirmation from vlogger Simon.

  • Feminist Frequency examines the Evil Demon Seductress in popular culture. Sexy? Or just sexist?

  • Artist Debbie Grossman: “Imagine an America in which all-female families survived the Great Depression raising children and farming homesteads in the absence of men (and in the absence of today’s detractors to gay marriage.)”
  • WebMD reported on the health benefits of sex. In response, Dr. Ruth tweeted: “I hate when people ask me how many calories are burned during sex. If that’s a reason for having sex, then you’re missing out big time.”

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