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Apr 19 2011

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at Pleasure Chest LA

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Tuesday, April 26th at 8pm

Join us for the debut of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Guests at the debut show include Pete Holmes, Ryan Stout, Morgan Murphy, Rory Scovel, TJ Miller, Eli Olsberg and Garfunkel & Oates, whose 4/20-appropriate video is below!

Tickets are only available online, and space is limited. Go here to purchase!

Apr 15 2011

L’Intimate. A stashcan for your vibrator!

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A few months ago, in our Turn On or Buzz Off poll, we asked if you’d buy L’Intimate, a sticky solution to a sticky problem– hiding your sex toys from prying eyes. You couldn’t hide your enthusiasm, so now we’re carrying L’Intimate. I took it home for a spin. Here’s the dirt.

I have to admit that the concept of a lint roller disguising a vibrator was not initially appealing to me. Partially, this is because I’m an exhibitionist. Come to my house, and you’re likely to see the coffee table and nightstands littered with masturbation sleeves, prostate stimulators and bottles of lube. I also keep the latest issues of Harper’s and The Economist lying around just to class up the joint.

My other concern is a sanitary one. I associate lint rollers with dirt, grime, and (most of all) pet hair. My cat is a furball factory, and I generally like to keep his shedding away from my sticky sex toys.

“I would never suspect that there was a vibrator in here.”

All that being said, L’Intimate is kind of a neat product. The lint roller itself works well. My girlfriend tested it on her coat, after a long weekend trip. It collected all of the lint with a few rolls. I asked her if she could hear or feel the hidden vibrator rattling around inside the secret compartment, and she said “I would never suspect that there was a vibrator in here.” So, if you’re a private person, or (more likely) want the thrill of watching your guests using your vibrator’s carrying case to clean their coats, L’Intimate will do the trick.

The included vibrator from Doc Johnson might not, however. We tried it out, and it’s a standard plastic slimline vibe. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the Hitachi Magic Wand), my girlfriend rated the vibe a 1.5. Since the Hitachi still hasn’t fried her circuit board, she said this might be enough to get her off. But if you’re the kind of person who likes stronger vibration, the toy that comes with L’Intimate might not satisfy. Luckily, the compartment will accommodate most slimline vibes, so if you find one that works for you, L’Intimate could make a handy hiding place.

Even if you don’t use if for sex toys, you’ve got a functional lint roller for hiding contraband. Admit it: cops and parents can spot your phony Coca-Cola stashcan from a mile away. L’Intimate will roll way under the radar of nosy narcs.

Apr 12 2011

Do You Believe in the Bunny?

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It’s been called “the Cadillac of vibrators.” It has won glowing endorsements from actress Eva Longoria and Oprah Magazine. It was made famous in a now legendary episode of Sex & The City. People simply love this dual action vibe with its rotating shaft, sensuously shifting pearls, and buzzy bunny ears.

And this week, we’re giving away two Vibratex Rabbit Pearl E vibrators to our readers!

Do you believe?

How to Enter

Simply post “I Believe!” in the comments field below. On Friday, April 15th at noon PST, we’ll pick two true believers at random. You don’t need to use your real name, but please supply a valid email address so that we can contact you.

Double Your Chances by Retweeting

If you use Twitter, you can double your chances of winning. Simply follow one of our three stores (LA, Chicago or NY) and retweet the contest announcement. Be sure to post a link to your tweet in the comment, so that we can count it!

Good luck, rabbit fans!

Apr 07 2011

Spring Workshops in Chicago

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Here’s the complete lineup of workshops through the end of June in our Chicago store. All of our classes are free and open to everyone. They’re also a lot of fun. Join us!

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, April 12th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks

Monday, April 18th @ 8pm FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Thursday, April 19th @ 8pm FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, April 20th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Butt Sex Basics

Tuesday, May 10th @ 8pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s bff, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Monday, May 16th @8pm FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

Sex Toys 101

Tuesday, May 17th @ 8pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, May 18th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Secret Male Erogenous Zones with Midori

Wednesday, May 25th @ 8pm FREE!

Blow his mind by expanding his potential for pleasure well beyond the genitals. Consider this your initiation into courtesan sensuality skills. You’ll learn about the 5 zones of the male lover and how to bring him to a place of erotic presence to deepen your intimacy. You’ll also learn about the male G-spot, sexual pressure points, exciting touch skills, and the pleasure map of the male body. Midori, with her trademark humor, will give you lots of great techniques to take home, so that you can rock his world!

How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun with Midori

Thursday, May 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Interested in kinky sex but not sure how to start? Do you want to be the dominant in S&M games but feel uncertain? Not sure how to read your partner’s desires or limits during play? In this class, Midori will help with some simple but effective tips on tools, communication, planning a scene, reading your partner, avoiding mistakes and maximizing fun for both of you.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Tuesday, June 14th @ 8pm 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 Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, June 21st @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Queering Your Sex

Wednesday June 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or nontraditional power play into their sex.  The class covers communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, pumping, oral pleasure, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Tuesday, June 28th @ 8pm FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

Apr 05 2011

Picture This

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The winning entry must give the exact product name from our website.

We have a winner! Congratulations to Mida Fagdaddy of NYC who correctly identified the mystery toy as the “Vibratex Rabbit Pearl E.”

If you didn’t win, don’t fret. We’ll be giving more of these away throughout the month of April!

Picture this:

Tomorrow at noon PST or shortly thereafter, the picture above will be replaced with an image of a popular sex toy. When the picture goes live, the first person to post a comment correctly identifying the toy wins it!

It’s that simple. See you tomorrow…

Apr 01 2011

Dyke Day LA Fundraiser at The Pleasure Chest on April 12th

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The 4th annual Dyke Day LA is coming up on June 11th! Dyke Day L.A. is a day in the park for all self-identified dykes and allies, including gay families, transgender dykes, and dykes of all ages. There will be bands and stage performances, arts and crafts for kids of all ages and tables for local organizations to set up information for the community.

This is a totally free event, so the good folks at Dyke Day LA are throwing a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 12th from 7-10pm  and we’re hosting it! Highlights of the fundraiser include:

  • Wine and beer for donations!
  • Games & free gifts!
  • Sexy demos, including a spanking station, rope suspension demo and bootblacking
  • Dyke Day receives 15% of all store sales during the evening.

All are welcome. Mark your calendars and join us!

Apr 01 2011

Q & A with Liz Canner, Director of Orgasm, Inc.

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Liz Canner

Starting tonight, Los Angeles and San Francisco audiences will have a chance to see the documentary Orgasm, Inc. The film has been described by ABC News as a “a serious, but sometimes comical look at the medicalization of women’s sexuality.” We were honored to discuss the movie with its director Liz Canner, on the eve of its Hollywood premiere.

I understand you researched this subject for nine years. Could you please explain a little about the background and at what point you decided to make a movie about it?

After over a decade of producing documentaries on human rights issues such as genocide, police brutality, and world poverty, the violent images from my movies were giving me nightmares and making me depressed about the state of humanity.  In order to change the script in my head, I decided my next project would be about something that was not painful. Pleasure itself seemed like a safe topic, specifically, the history of the science of female pleasure.

Then, strangely, while I was in the middle of shooting the movie, I was offered a job editing erotic videos for a pharmaceutical company that was developing an orgasm cream for women.  The videos were to be watched by women during the clinical trial of their new drug.  I accepted the job and gained permission to film my employers for my own documentary.  I thought the experience would give me access to the secretive world of the pharmaceutical industry and insight into the latest scientific thinking about women and pleasure.

I did not set out to create an exposé, but what I uncovered at work compelled me to keep filming and investigating.  This insider perspective allows the film to scrutinize the culture within the pharmaceutical industry which has been perverted to place the drive for profit above our health. So much for pleasure…

Has there been any response to your film from the pharmaceutical industry?

There have been quite a number of responses from the pharmaceutical industry. One of the most immediate ones was when we showed Orgasm Inc. at Lincoln Center in New York. A woman who works for the pharmaceutical industry stood up and denounced the film.  The audience grew annoyed with her and booed her down. It was quite a tense moment.

Do you believe that there is such a condition as female sexual dysfunction (FSD)?

The media talks about female sexual dysfunction as if it always existed – when in fact it was a term that came about in the late 1990s. When Viagra was released it was such blockbuster drug for men that companies like Pfizer began to think that there was also a big market for women for Viagra.   The problem was, in order to clinically test a drug, the FDA required that there be a clearly defined disease. Pfizer and a number of other drug companies sponsored the first meetings on FSD.  In the end, 18 of the 19 authors of the definition of the disease had ties to 22 drug companies.  This definition is extremely broad: Almost any sexual complaint you have, whatever causes it, will fall into this disease category.

It’s a bizarre disorder because you have to self-diagnose and you have to be distressed by it. So in other words, if you never felt an iota of sexual desire in your life but it didn’t bother you, you don’t have the disease. If you never had an orgasm, but it didn’t bother you, you don’t have the disease. There are real physiological conditions that can cause sexual problems such as hysterectomies and diabetes. I think that we can’t ignore that. But for the most part,  most of women’s sexual problems are caused by socio-cultural conditions like past sexual abuse, relationship problems and stress due to over work.

What are your feelings about Viagra and its popularity? Do you see a difference between the ethics behind Viagra and the rush to market a comparable product to women?

In Orgasm Inc., I followed the pharmaceutical industry over a period of nine years as they raced to develop a female Viagra.  They kept claiming they were developing a magic bullet but most of the products did not work much better than a placebo (sugar pill).  In fact, when I filmed the hearing for Procter and Gamble’s testosterone patch Intrinsa, one of the doctors on the FDA panel suggested to P&G that they should consider developing a placebo for women instead.  He said that it worked almost as well and there were no awful side effects.  Jokes aside, unfortunately, many of the drugs under development have had potentially horrific side effects including breast cancer, and cardiovascular problems.  Many of the drugs that I began following a decade ago either were not approved or dropped out of the race because they did not work.  It’s interesting to note that the only thing that has been FDA approved for female sexual dysfunction is an over-priced sex toy that sucks and vibrates your clitoris.  You can only acquire it through a prescription from your doctor.  Or you can go to your local sex toy store and buy a similar device that costs much less and you don’t need to have a disease to get it.

What is the strangest “solution” or product you encountered to treat so-called FSD?

The Orgasmatron was the most extreme product that I encountered to cure FSD.  Unfortunately, it was not the machine from Woody Allen’s Sleeper but an electrode inserted into the spine and controlled by something that looked like a remote control.

How do you think women can best promote their own sexual health and happiness?

First of all, it is important to know that 70% of women need direct clitoral stimulation in order to have an orgasm during sex.  This speaks to the importance of using things like vibrators to enhance sexual experience.  If women feel uncomfortable with sex toys, there are sex coaches like Betty Dodson and sexperts like Kim Airs that can help them.  Also, sex therapists such as Dr. Leonore Tiefer in New York City have helped women overcome trauma from past sexual abuse and given them tools to communicate better with their partners.  There are lots of good books that provide lots of valuable information about sex such as Our Bodies Ourselves.  The key is to take the time to find out what makes you feel good.  Sexual experience is very individual and like with art or dancing – there is no “normal”.

In the press you read, “men have their Viagra, women want theirs too.” I’d love to know which PR firm came up with this slogan because it is very effective. The question is what do women need Viagra for?  As I’ve mentioned most of women’s sexual problems are not caused by a physical medical condition but are the result of socio-cultural issues.  So, I think the only way that most women will be satisfied with their sex lives will be if they can take a product that makes them feel comfortable about their bodies; that ends sexual abuse towards women; that creates equality in the workplace; that creates equality in relationships; that gives women good sex education so they can fully know about the clitoris and about how their bodies function. Why can’t we take a pill like that?

Orgasm Inc. opens tonight at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles and at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco.

Apr 01 2011

Does the N-Spot Exist? Only the Nose Knows.

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Chinese scientists claim to have discovered a new erogenous zone– in your nose! Translated from a report today in the Singtao Daily:

In a study to be published next week, Yun Zhang,  Professor of Otolaryngology at the Southwest China School of Medicine Sichuan University claims that he and his fellow researchers have discovered a highly sensitive bundle of nerves located in the right nostril of the human nose. The so-called “N-Spot” was found in the columella, the fleshy outer part of the septum. To locate the N Spot, Zhang suggested inserting your finger into your right nostril to the midpoint of the septum, and then gently rubbing the cartilage to awaken the nerves.

But wait, there’s more:

Professor Zhang speculates that, if confirmed, the N-Spot could explain yet another evolutionary purpose for the presence of mucous membranes in the nose. The mucus may act as a lubricant for probing fingers, seeking to stimulate the erogenous zone.

And just how sensitive is the N-Spot?

At least 24% of study participants were able to achieve an orgasm-like experience, by rubbing this area. An even smaller percentage reported significant amounts of mucus during stimulation of the N-Spot, sometimes ending in strong ejaculations of mucus from the nasal passage. This phenomenon was described in the American English colloquialism as a “snot rocket” by the Western-trained Professor Zhang.

If true, the existence of an N-Spot could lead to more mainstream acceptance of nose-related fetishes, known collectively as nasophilia. So-called “nose fetish” websites exist on the internet, but have escaped the notice of most sex researchers. A cursory look at these sites confirms the existence of “size queens” who privilege larger noses, presumably because the wider nostrils offer easier access to the N-Spot, the pleasure center of the nose.

The existence of the N-Spot might also explain evidence of nasophilia in ancient art, including this sculpture of the Buddha in Saitama prefecture near Tokyo.

If more curious people discover the pleasures of the N-Spot, we may see nasophilia achieve mainstream acceptance. As it stands, public displays of nasal eroticism are subject to mockery and scorn.

Until the N-Spot achieves widespread recognition, nose fetishists seeking the ultimate gushing nasal orgasm will be at the vanguard– revolutionaries blazing a trail toward the next great step in erotic freedom.

Mar 30 2011

LA Workshops in April. No Foolin’.

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Here’s the complete lineup of workshops for our LA store in the month of April. Just a reminder, our classes are open to everyone, and totally free of charge. They’re also lots of fun.

Secret Male Erogenous Zones with Midori

Tuesday April 5th @ 8pm FREE!

Blow his mind by expanding his potential for pleasure well beyond the genitals. Consider this your initiation into courtesan sensuality skills. You’ll learn about the 5 zones of the male lover and how to bring him to a place of erotic presence to deepen your intimacy. You’ll also learn about the male G-spot, sexual pressure points, exciting touch skills, and the pleasure map of the male body. Midori, with her trademark humor, will give you lots of great techniques to take home, so that you can rock his world!

How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun with Midori

Wednesday April 6th @ 8pm FREE!

Interested in kinky sex but not sure how to start? Do you want to be the dominant in S&M games but feel uncertain? Not sure how to read your partner’s desires or limits during play? In this class, Midori will help with some simple but effective tips on tools, communication, planning a scene, reading your partner, avoiding mistakes and maximizing fun for both of you.

Butt Sex Basics

Wednesday April 13th @ 8pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s bff, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Recycled Sex with Jamye Waxman

Wednesday April 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Don’t throw away the sex you love. Recycle it into new, hot sex you want more of! Whether you want to stoke the fires of a long-term relationship or figure out new methods to get off during solo sex, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn in-depth ways to communicate with your partner, quick tips to change up the sex, how to introduce toys in the bedroom and environmentally-friendly sensual products for your greener sex life.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday April 27th @ 8pm FREE!

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 blowjobs. 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.