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Oct 07 2016

New Toy Review: The We-Vibe Sync

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by Chelsea

As long time fans of previous iterations of the We-Vibe, we were excited to test drive the brand spanking new We-Vibe Sync. Like the 4 Plus, this new model comes with everything we love plus new additions. We gave the toy to one of our resident sex specialists to review, and here’s what they thought:

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Okay folks, I’ll be honest: I own the We-Vibe 4 Plus, but it’s hardly the MVP of my toy chest. I love the deep rumbly vibrations and the shape, but using it with a partner has always been somewhat of a struggle. The external arm would keep slipping off of my clit, and the toy would often pop out when my bae and I really started thrusting. It’s fun for every once in a while, but not really our go-to toy. In the name of science, I recruited my sexy lab partner and we set out to test drive the Sync.

Well, the We-Vibe Sync changes the game and then some. It has everything I love about the O.G. We-Vibe: soft silky silicone, two rumbly motors, a remote control and app capability. I also love the aqua color, as well as the elegant new packaging the toy comes in. But we NEED to talk about the adjustable fit.

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These two adjustable points make a world of difference and turn the Sync into an entirely new toy. With the adjustable shape, you can open up the toy and place it under your chin for some extra vibration during oral sex. The added flexibility of the toy makes for great solo fun and mutual masturbation in a way that previous versions of the We-Vibe didn’t quite deliver for me. We paired the Sync with the We-Connect app, which lets you control your toy from anywhere in the world. You can program and save your own vibration patterns, vibe to music with “Beat Mode” or use “Touch Mode” for real-time control. It’s like Pokemon Go for your pussy! I just hope we don’t find any more Rattatas in my bedroom, it’s a real boner killer.

This is all fun, but the million dollar question is: does it hold up during intercourse? I popped in the Sync and immediately noticed the difference. After trying it on a couple of different adjustments (for science!) I found that I most enjoyed the setting where the vibe was hugging my clit and my G-Spot the tightest. Every time my lab partner thrusted, I could feel the intense rumbly vibrations against my G-Spot and he could feel them along his shaft. Because of the tighter fit, the Sync STAYED IN PLACE throughout position switches and vigorous sex. Game. Changer. With these added two points of articulation, those old We-Vibe problems that used to plague us were solved. Congrats We-Vibe Sync: you’ve earned your rightful place in the top shelf of my toy chest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 29 2016

We’re Wrapping Up September with a FREE Jimmyjane Form 3!

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by Chelsea

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO TIFFANY, OUR WINNER!

This September, we’re celebrating with giveaways from our friends at Jimmyjane!

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This week we’re giving away a Jimmyjane Form 3:

Jimmyjane Form 3

Feeling touchy? Enjoy pleasure at your fingertips with the latest luxury vibe from the design geniuses at Jimmyjane. The slim, tongue-like profile flexes with you, allowing for focused vibrations. The Form 3 is bath-friendly, body safe and can run up to 7 hours on one charge.

Want to win? Here’s how: This month, The Pleasure Chest celebrates their 45th anniversary! We’re taking you back in time to our O.G. 1970’s catalog, with some of our fav vintage toys. Check out the toys below and come with a name and a tagline for it in the comments.

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Sep 27 2016

The Pleasure Chest LA is Hiring!

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by Chelsea

Since 1971, the Pleasure Chest has firmly believed that everyone has a fundamental right to pursue sexual fulfillment. We support our community’s sexual growth and exploration by providing a fun, educational and specialized experience. The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles is currently filling a position in the Shipping/Receiving and Web departments.

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Responsibilities include:

  • Handling incoming and outgoing shipment
  • Unpacking product
  • Pricing new product
  • Preparing web orders to ship
  • Managing  web inventory
  • Maintaining organized backstock areas
  • Packing up and sending out daily web orders

Minimum Requirements:

  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain a quick pace
  • Able to lift 30 lbs
  • Sex-positive attitude
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable working with computers and technology

Hours are typically 9:45am-6pm and we are needing to fill Saturday and Sunday shifts.

Pay is $11.50/hr depending on position. Health benefits for full time employees after a 90 day probationary period.

The Pleasure Chest is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, gay and trans folks and those passionate about spreading sex positivity are highly encouraged to apply.

All applications are due to jobs@pleasurechest.com by Wednesday, September 30th. Please make the subject of the e-mail “Web/Inventory Positions” and include a resume and cover letter.

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Sep 23 2016

We’re Giving Away a Jimmyjane Form 2!

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by Chelsea

UPDATE: CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, KALLIOPEIA!

This September, we’re celebrating our 45th anniversary with giveaways from our friends at Jimmyjane!

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This week we’re giving away a Jimmyjane Form 2:

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This little vibe has perky, flexible “ears” each with its own powerful motor for surround-sound style sensation in an ultra-quiet package. With 5 speeds and 4 vibration modes, Form 2 charges magnetically in its included base, so it is fully submergible in water and easy to clean. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty from Jimmyjane.

Want to win? Here’s how: This month, The Pleasure Chest celebrates their 45th anniversary! We’re taking you back in time to our O.G. 1970’s catalog, with some of our fav vintage toys. Check out the toys below and come with a name and a tagline for it in the comments.

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Sep 14 2016

The PC Interview with Brandon B.

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by Chelsea

With SHE NY just around the corner, we decided to sit down with some of our favorite educators to get their thoughts on sex education, New York, and the life of a sex educator. Today, we’re chatting with our very own Brandon B.!

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Brandon B. is a sex educator, writer, and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Los Angeles, Brandon has performed and taught at various venues, colleges, and industry events across the nation for over a decade. As Manager of The Pleasure Chest’s West Village location, he eagerly seeks out new, creative, and fun ways to spread sex education to the masses while supporting local sex-positive artists & performers along the way.

PLEASURE CHEST: Did you have Sex Ed in your school growing up? What was it like?

BRANDON B: Sex Ed in school growing up was very minimal, and pretty much what you’d expect to be the standard type of education that someone growing up in the 90’s in Los Angeles might receive — in 4th grade we had a day where they showed an optional video in the cafeteria to students (my dad signed the letter asking that I not be allowed to attend), and then in high school there was an elective class called Health that covered things such as pregnancy prevention, condoms, transmittable diseases & infections. I didn’t think anything they were covering was very interesting as a teenage gay boy, so I instead took electives such as Theater, Philosophy, Thanatology, Poetry, Music Theory, etc. So I don’t know what it was like, I didn’t get any!

PC: When did you get a proper sex education?

BB: Well that’s the funny thing – although my dad did not think that it was the place of the school to be educating me in 4th grade about sex and thus forbidding me from attending what I’m sure was a highly interesting sex ed video screening from the 70’s, he never actually sat me down and talked with me about sex. The one day that he tried was basically “don’t have sex” sparked by fears when he discovered some WAV files on my computer that I would use in the AOL chat rooms. One specifically was of someone mocking Donald Duck’s voice getting a blowjob (it was called duckjob! How do I still remember that!?), which I thought was hilarious, whereas he found it concerning.

I had to really seek out my own resources when it came to educating myself about gay sex and sexuality, a lot of which unfortunately resulted in a lot of trial and error, so to speak. I made a lot of unwise choices in my sex life after leaving home when I was 18, mostly because nobody had ever told me what to do vs what not to do. Leaving home when you’re gay at 18 is a lot like starting life and growing up all over again in some respects, except this time around you have to be both the child and your own parent. I’m lucky that I befriended a lot of older gays who kind of acted like my “teachers” and neo-parents regarding what’s-what in the world of being gay.

PC: What do you love most about your job? Any funny stories you want to share?

BB: I definitely love that I get to work alongside like-minded people. My co-workers are all so smart, interesting and funny! As far as customers go, it’s really unique to be able to work in a retail environment and have conversations with people on such personal topics. Helping to assist people with navigating their desires, knowing that they are trusting me – a complete stranger – with their personal information, is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.

There are some silly moments that happen from time to time. I had a customer once who was shopping for a friend of his. I asked something like “Are you familiar with anything that your friend has tried in the past that they liked, what are their interests,” etc. I was referring to sexually, but he interpreted the question as “in general,” and so his answer to “What is your friend into?” was “Civil rights.” And me being me, I had this VERY brief moment of just accepting his answer and immediately started to process the information and think “Hmm what kind toys would be good for someone who likes civil rig—wait a minute!”

PC: What’s your favorite workshop to teach and why?

BB: I’m probably most well known for my blowjob classes. Blowjobs & Beyond and the advanced classes are so fun to teach because they draw such a large, lively crowd. Everyone is having a blast and the energy is really exciting. When you have an enthusiastic crowd like that you can really let loose and have fun with the material – my classes turn into part educational and part stand up comedy, which I think helps make the information just that much more accessible to people in attendance.

PC: If you could go back in time and talk to teenage Brandon, what kind of sex advice would you give him?

BB: “Spit is not lube, don’t try it! Just don’t! Sincerely, your future ass — traveling back in time with post apocalyptic cautionary tales.”

PC: What do you think makes NYC sexy? 

BB: Well I can’t drive, so the MTA definitely makes people more accessible to me than it did back when I lived in LA. Otherwise, there is just always SO much going on and so much to do, it’s really not difficult to plan different types of fun and exciting dates. It’s also such a transient city, people are always coming and going so you have the chance to meet people from all over the world with interesting stories.

Don’t miss Brandon and the rest of our amazing educational line-up at SHE NY! Click HERE for FREE TICKETS!

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Sep 14 2016

The PC Interview with Dr. Jess

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by Chelsea

With SHE NY just around the corner, we decided to sit down with some of our favorite educators to get their thoughts on sex education, New York, and the life of a sex educator. Today, we’re chatting with Dr. Jess O’Reilly, PhD, Astroglide’s Resident Sexologist!

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Celebrity sexologist Dr. Jessica O’Reilly (aka Dr. Jess, PhD) is a best-selling author, speaker, and the host of PlayboyTV’s Swing. Her advice reaches millions across the globe and is featured weekly by top media outlets including Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Glamour, Entertainment Tonight, ABC Spark, Showtime, and Huffington Post. Corporate and entertainment clients alike flock to Dr. Jess’ events with sold-out audiences stretching from Istanbul and Prague to Albuquerque and Cancun.

PLEASURE CHEST: Did you have Sex Ed in your school growing up? What was it like?

DR. JESS: I had sex ed via the “Fully Alive” Catholic program, but it was highly clinical. For example, I recall learning that an erection involved blood flow to the penis (I think they even used the word tumescence in grade five), but I didn’t know that an erection was the same thing as a boner (which I understood as the penis getting hard). So I learned about the science, but didn’t understand what it looked like in real life. And I definitely didn’t learn about clitoral erections!

I also recall that in eighth grade, one of our art assignments involved creating an anti-abortion poster. If I recall correctly, I was assigned a zero for that assignment, which was tough for me because I was not generally a rebel.

In high school, we learned a bit about various contraceptive methods, but our teacher (who reminded us that she was still a “virgin” in her fifties) was highly focused on abstinence as the only moral option. Their methods were so outdated that all of the role play scenarios (in which we were taught to rebuff the sexual advances of boys) involved drive-ins and roller skate rinks. This was the late 90’s!

PC: When did you get a proper sex education? 

DJ: Like most teens, I sought my own education. I had a sexual relationship with my boyfriend starting in grade nine and he had older sisters who encouraged him to take me to the health station for birth control pills and condoms. We used both religiously at first. I suppose I did a lot of learning on my own. In the 90’s, you had to read magazines like Redbook and the ones with the super glossy covers to get sex advice because the more mainstream ones didn’t cover the topic in-depth.

PC: What are you hoping folks will take away from your SHE NY workshop? What does this topic mean to you?

DJ: I hope they feel better about their sex lives and experience a boost in confidence. We know from research in business that confidence is as important (and often more important) than competence, so I hope they walk away with both.

PC: What is one sex fact/tip that you wish more folks knew?

DJ: It’s okay if your sexual desires and your political/personal identity don’t always align. You can be a radical feminist who likes to submit to alpha males in the bedroom. Your sex life need not detract from your political/personal values.

PC: Do you remember your first trip to a sex store? What was it like?

DJ: I don’t remember my first trip to a sex store, but I do remember my first set of sex toys. I was working at the Sexual Education and Peer Counselling Centre at the University of Toronto and we were offered toys at wholesale prices. I had to fill out two full purchase forms to complete my order and I had the chance to try toys of every shape, size, speed and material. I had boxes of toys when I was in school. This was the late 90’s and toys have certainly come a long way since then. Now I’m more of a minimalist sticking with a few good quality favourites.

PC: What do you think makes NYC sexy? 

DJ: New York offers something for everyone and because of the large population, you are lucky to be exposed to all types of people. This is a very good thing in terms of learning, empathy, support, acceptance and allyship. When it comes to dating, sex and relationships, the possibilities are endless and I believe the broad exposure has a normalizing effect that encourages residents (and visitors) to explore and express their sexuality with fewer restrictions.

Don’t miss Dr. Jess and the rest of our amazing educational line-up at SHE NY! Click HERE for FREE TICKETS!
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Sep 13 2016

The WAGS Visit The Pleasure Chest!

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by Chelsea

The Pleasure Chest made an appearance on E!’s reality series WAGS when WAG Tia Shipman revealed to her friends that she was into pegging. Tia then arranged for a private pegging workshop at The Pleasure Chest LA for the WAGS to attend. Below is an excerpt of an episode recap by Gabi Duncan:

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Check us out at 14 minutes in and see our very own Sarah and Koko teach the WAGS all about strap-on play! The WAGS really got into it, and we even had a strap-on dildo fight. JOUST AWAY, LADIES!

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Sep 09 2016

We’re Giving away a Jimmyjane Hello Touch X!

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by Team Pleasure Chest

UPDATE: Congrats to Rachel, our winner!

This September, we’re celebrating with giveaways from our friends at Jimmyjane!

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This week we’re giving away a Jimmyjane Hello Touch X:

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This toy puts vibration and electro stimulation at your fingertips, for sexual health benefits as well as pleasure. With ten e-stim settings from mild to intense, the Hello Touch X is perfect for beginners and seasoned players alike. Plus, everything but the battery pack is water submersible! Make sure you use water-based lube for better e-stim.

Want to win? Here’s how: This month, The Pleasure Chest celebrates their 45th anniversary! We’re taking you back in time to our O.G. 1970’s catalog, with some of our fav vintage toys. Check out the toys below and come with a name and a tagline for it in the comments.

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Sep 09 2016

The PC Interview with Laura Delarato

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by Chelsea

With SHE NY just around the corner, we decided to sit down with some of our favorite educators to get their thoughts on sex education, New York, and the life of a sex educator. Today, we’re chatting with former PC staff member Laura Delarato, who will be teaching Big, Fat, Hot Sex.

Laura Delarato is a writer, producer, and video talent at Refinery29. She is a sex educator and has appeared in many R29 videos around consent, sex toys, and dirty talk. Laura is also essayist, photographer, and very fake Instagram model.

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PLEASURE CHEST: Did you have Sex Ed in your school? What was it like?

LAURA DELARATO: The only institutionalized sex education I ever received was in 7th grade — and it was certainly not enough! We had a textbook, but the teacher thought it was inappropriate so we were only given handouts about the human anatomy. BUT the handouts were all visuals of inside the body — no actual photos of outward genitalia. This one time, this girl named Allison asked a question about getting her period in relation to pregnancy (a pretty advanced question for a group of 12-13 year olds) and I vividly remember the teacher saying, “questions about a woman’s time are not appropriate for a classroom setting.” Lucky for me, I always had a real interest in sexuality and self-identity — so I read everything I could to have a better understanding of how the world worked behind closed doors (and some kitchen islands, couches, parties, movie theaters).

PC: When did you get a proper sex education?

LD: I was probably about 17. At the time, I worked as a waitress in my mother’s restaurant and one day she hired this smart, queer woman as a line-cook. When the restaurant was slow, she would tell me everything about sex and would bring books from her house to sneak into my backpack so I could read them at home. She was my guiding light of sexual awakening!

PC: What are you hoping folks will take away from your SHE NY workshop? What does this topic mean to you?

LD: I really hope audience members have a better understanding of possible internal bias around how we value bodies in this world. The numbers are there: a lot of people find bellies, thighs, and big asses super sexy — but there is a disconnect between what we find hot and what we admit in public we find hot. That’s a major problem — a problem brought on by a collective understanding that fat bodies are not good bodies. I reject that. Hopefully everyone joins in my journey of rejecting it.

PC: Tell me about your involvement with Sex School at Refinery29 . . .

LD: Ha! Well, it came from me being a loud mouth about everything to do with bodies around the office. Every time there was a video idea, I would be in the corner like, “We need to make sure we use good language about bodies and gender.” After a few extensive conversations with other co-workers, we came up with some fun YouTube videos about sex! When R29 Sex School came about, I had enough loud mouth moments and videos to back up why I should be involved.

 

PC: When did you work at the Pleasure Chest? What do you remember most about it? Any funny stories?

LD: I worked at the West Village location from, I think, 2010 to 2013. This was right before the Upper East Side location was open. We were doing some pretty amazing stuff — and everyone on staff during my time was incredibly smart and committed to making that location a resource haven. I definitely grew up a lot in that space and found my voice through that experience. I even did all my master’s program thesis on pornography because I had so many videos to check out of TPC library!

PC: Got any funny stories from your PC days?

LD: Oh man…so many stories! I was playing rugby in Brooklyn when I was working there, and in one game someone from the opposite team stepped on my face (don’t worry, I got my revenge) and broke open the skin under my right eye. I had to get 8 stitches! But that whole next week at work was very awkward trying to talk to customers. There is that fun eye contact dance that happens working at a sex shop when someone wants a particular toy but won’t look you in the eye . . . for a full week everyone kept staring directly into mine!

PC: What do you think makes NYC sexy?

LD: All the erect buildings. Schwing! 

Don’t miss Laura and the rest of our amazing educational line-up at SHE NY! Click HERE for FREE TICKETS!

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Sep 07 2016

The PC Interview with Sheri Winston

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by Chelsea

With SHE NY just around the corner, we decided to sit down with some of our favorite educators to get their thoughts on sex education, New York, and the life of a sex educator. Today, we’re chatting with Sheri Winston, who will be teaching The Secret Truth About Female Anatomy.

Wholistic Sexuality teacher Sheri Winston CNM, RN, BSN, LMT is a groundbreaking, award-winning author, celebrated ‘sexpert’ and educator. She offers empowering erotic education for everyone through her wide variety of transformational, inspirational and practical teachings. She’s the founder of the Intimate Arts Center, which offers pleasure-centered ‘sex-ed for grown-ups’. Sheri is the author of “Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure” (AASECT 2010 Book of the Year) and “Succulent SexCraft: Your Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice.” Her seventeen years as a sexuality teacher sit atop the foundation of her previous twenty-five years as a certified nurse-midwife, gynecology practitioner, RN, doula, childbirth educator and massage therapist.

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PLEASURE CHEST: Did you have Sex Ed in your school growing up? What was it like?

SHERI WINSTON: I had two opportunities for sex ed in school. The first was the sex education that everyone got in 7th grade. It was taught by the gym teacher, a buzz-cut ex-marine. He told the class that because women only ovulated once a month, it was hard for women to get pregnant. Having just recently read the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, I knew this was incorrect information. He was basically telling a roomful of 12 & 13 year olds that it was unlikely that girls would get pregnant from having sex! YIKES! Right? I then proceeded to argue with him! I said that there were at least 3 days a month that a woman can get pregnant, and because cycles could be irregular, it was hard to predict when those days were. So I got thrown out of class & sent to the principal’s office! In my senior year, I was able to take an elective course on sexuality and that was an awesome, but most students didn’t get that class.

PC: When did you get a proper sex education?

SW: I think I spent my whole life getting a proper sex education.

PC: What inspired you to start the Intimate Arts Center?

SW: I was a certified nurse-midwife & gynecology practitioner for 25 years before I became a sexuality educator. My decades of work in those fields made me acutely aware of the need for accurate and pleasure-centered information about sexuality.

PC: What do you love most about your job?

SW: I’m a transformation junkie! I love nothing better than seeing people get all lit up, have ‘a ha’ moments, and see them make transformational breakthroughs.

PC: What are you hoping folks will take away from your workshop at SHE NY?

SW: I hope people will understand that all women have a wonderful and elegant female erectile network, many parts of which are not known about even by medical practitioners and sexuality experts. I hope they’ll also get some ideas about how to make it very happy.

PC: If you could go back in time and talk to teenage Sheri, what kind of sex advice would you give her?

SW: Check in with yourself, focus on your own pleasure and your own appropriate and self-loving and boundaries.

PC: What do you think makes NYC sexy?

SW: People there are very open to learning.

Don’t miss Sheri Winston and the rest of our amazing educational line-up at SHE NY! Click HERE for FREE TICKETS!

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