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Mar 22 2014

Are Bisexuals Real?????!??!

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by thepleasurechest

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Following yesterday’s New York Times Magazine article about “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists,” we just have to ask why.

Why do we need to prove that bisexuality* exists?

Okay, so some people think that it doesn’t exist. A lot of gay people once identified as bisexual in order to soften the coming-out process, or because they weren’t ready to face the idea of being gay, or even because they were interested in a wider range of people back then. That’s cool. Maybe you’ve been that person, or known that person, or dated that person.

Let’s say that you’re bisexual, and that person – the one who used to be bisexual before they realized that they were Actually Gay All Along – comes up to you and tells you that you are not bisexual, and that no one is really bisexual.

You argue with them. You roll out your sexual history, your crushes, your large archive of straight porn and slash fan fiction.

Why are you arguing with this person?

Okay, here’s another hypothetical. (Stay with us here.)

You’re a kid again. Another kid comes up to you on the playground.

“I saw your mom yesterday,” the kid says, “Eating dirt in the empty lot next to the laundromat.”

“That’s not true,” you tell the kid, “My mom was at home with me.”

“Don’t lie,” the kid says, “I know it was her. She was picking up fistfuls of dirt and eating them.”

“No, she wasn’t!” you exclaim, getting upset. “She was at home.”

“Prove it,” says the kid.

You have options. You could tell the kid exactly what your mom did yesterday, at home. You could say that you played crazy eights three times, and that she won twice. You could describe the meal that you ate together, where she burned the grilled cheese sandwiches.

But really: why are you arguing with this person?

You know that your mom wasn’t eating dirt. You know that you’re bisexual. The person that you’re arguing with is a bully, or is, at best, too invested in their own point of view to be worth arguing with.

The New York Times article includes a section about a study that the American Institute of Bisexuality is funding and that vomitous researcher J. Michael Bailey is running. In it, Bailey and members of the A.I.B. discuss what kind of pornography to include in a study that measures its subjects’ genital arousal while watching different kids of porn.

Why? When our own desires and patterns of arousal are so complex, so emotional, so tied to our individual memories and associations, why do we assume that someone can make a definitive statement about someone else’s sexuality just because they had increased blood flow in their genitals after looking at a few porn stars?

Want to prove that bisexuality exists? If you’re bisexual, keep being bisexual. If you want to come out, and you feel like you can come out, then come out. If you’re not bisexual, and someone tells you that they are, believe them. If the schoolyard bully tells you that you (or your friends, or your favorite TV actor) are not bisexual, tell them to stop being ridiculous and then go talk to someone better.

Do you want studies? That’s great, studies can be really interesting! Read about scientists measuring people’s genitals, pupils, whatever, but always take what you read with a grain of salt. Then, go read about people’s sexualities in their own words. What you read there will be less quantifiable and more true to life.

*We decided to use the same language as the New York Times, for clarity, but feel free to substitute in your preferred term (queerness, pansexuality, etc.). 

Mar 19 2014

Conner Habib on Porn & Hatred

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by thepleasurechest

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In an article on The Stranger today, gay porn star Conner Habib takes on the arguments that people who are anti-porn use to attack porn performers. You know the ones: disease, objectification, what about the children?, etc. He uses the essay, called, “What I Want to Know is Why You Hate Porn Stars,” to break each of these arguments down to its emotional components, dismissing bad science and addressing people’s feelings instead. Between each argument, he tells a short anecdote about his time with an ex boyfriend who loved him but hated that he worked in porn. The article is, frankly, gorgeous. We wish that we could send it to everyone who has ever said anything hateful about a porn performer, but we’re going to have to settle for quoting it here:

I’ll talk on your terms.

Here are your terms: Men are too enthusiastic about sex. They like it more than women do. They don’t know how to control it. They’re like stupid babies about it. And when they get that way, all horny, they turn other people into objects.

Objects. See, it’s hard for me to hear from you that we’re responsible for objectification—that we objectify each other and help our audiences objectify us. It’s hard to hear because aren’t you the same person who won’t listen to us when we tell you we enjoy it?

Aren’t you turning us into objects that support your ideas?

Okay, let’s just skip that part, I already went over it, and I don’t want to tire you out by repeating myself.

How about this: Aren’t we part object? Isn’t there a part of us made out of stuff? What’s so wrong with appreciating that aspect of ourselves? Why is that “dehumanizing”? I’m not sure why you think bodies are such an unimportant part of being alive.

Read the whole piece here. Please.

Mar 18 2014

Williamson, Weinbach & More!
Performance Anxiety March 25th

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by thepleasurechest

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Join us on Tuesday, March 25th 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.

Enjoy Rell Battle on hand jobs.

Mar 17 2014

Love Me Tinder

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by thepleasurechest

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IN A WORLD where people have a lot of boring, time-wasting conversation on online dating apps, ONE MAN is changing everything.

Basically, this dude is trolling people on Tinder, and it’s hilarious, and we love him.

Follow his adventures in vaguely absurdist loneliness at Hello Let’s Date.

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Mar 14 2014

Happy Steak & Blowjob Day!

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by thepleasurechest

better bj kit

It’s Steak and BJ Day, the holiday that comes [sorry!] exactly a month after Valentine’s Day!

Did your partner go all out for you last month – flowers, chocolates, new vibrator? Tonight, you can show your appreciation in two simple steps:

1. Feed them steak.

2. Ask them to whip it out or strap it on. Go to town.

(The order is, of course, up to you.)

Because we think that you should celebrate Steak and BJ Day in style, we’re offering a 15% discount to anyone who comes in and wishes us a happy Steak & Blowjob Day, all weekend long.

Mar 13 2014

Want to Win a Toyfriend?
Decorate the Cock Ring Tree!

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by thepleasurechest

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Update: Congratulations to Kate, who wins a Toyfriend vibe of her choice! Thank you to everyone who entered! 

Merry very-early-or-late Christmas! For the last few years, Stephen Mahley has been putting up a Christmas tree in Drackenberg’s Cigar Bar, in Madison, WI, and decorating it with cock rings, sounds, and other sex toys that he orders from The Pleasure Chest. Stephen recently sent us pictures from last Christmas, and we are both impressed and delighted.

Like any master of his craft, Stephen is already thinking ahead to this year’s tree, and he’s asked for suggestions for what he should use to top the Christmas tree.

Let’s make things interesting.

In the comments below, suggest a product from our website that Stephen can put at the top of his tree next Christmas. The winner can take their pick of any Toyfriend product that we sell.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, March 18th at noon PDT. If Stephen decides to use one of your suggestions, we’ll ship that person an awesome prize as well!

U.S. residents only.

 

Mar 11 2014

Ecosex with Annie Sprinkle
on the Upper East Side

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by thepleasurechest

Annie Sprinkle

Hey New York! Thursday night at 8pm, we’re giving you a chance to see pioneering sex educator and performance artist Annie Sprinkle for free at our Upper East Side flagship store!

101 Ways to Make Love with the Earth – An Ecosex Primer
Slide Show & Workshop with Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Annie will present an introductory slide show giving an overview of ecosex practices, art, fashion and  green porn. Learn how to find your E-spot, and why switching the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover” can create a paradigm shifting experience that can bring you more pleasure than ever. Try some ecosexual breathing, listen to ecosexy stories and explore pollen-amoury. It’s fun, a little kinky, and good for the Earth. By the end, you’ll likely discover that you are an ecosexual too!

Mar 10 2014

The Pleasure Chest L.A. is Hiring!

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by thepleasurechest

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.

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 POS software.

Customer Assistants 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 participate in a core sex education training and maintain a general knowledge of 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 Floor Supervisors.  Customer Assistants will have daily cleaning, stocking and straightening 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. Please note: this position will require weekend night shift(s).

Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@pleasurechest.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. Please no calls.

Mar 07 2014

No, The Governor is Da Ho!
(Sorry.)

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by thepleasurechest

butch otter

Idaho governor Butch Otter -

[wild facial contortions as we hold in laughter]

Okay. Idaho governor [deep breath] Butch Otter -

[snrk]

- was in a Western-style softcore porn movie. [I MEAN COME ON.]

To be totally fair, he was cast – for his “authentic Idaho looks” – in the small part of a corrupt sheriff, a character who never gets anywhere near the [ahem] action. To be even more fair, it was originally released as an R-rated movie, with the bewildering title, A Time to Revenge. Its release as a porno didn’t happen until ten years later, in 2007.

This is not, however, a moment for fairness. This is a moment for unadulterated glee at jokes that write themselves.

h/t The Daily Caller


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