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Sep 27 2013

Thanks for Joining Us for Gloryhole!

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by thepleasurechest

Our annual Gloryhole party was a resounding success! A huge thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our anniversary!

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Our parking lot has never looked so pretty.

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The people were pretty too!

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The Polite in Public photo booth was dreamy. Jiz Lee and Ela Darling thought so, anyway!

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The folks from Sweet Beats were getting everyone dancing, including the fabulous roving performers…

stiltwalker

…like the mischevious stilt walkers.

pole magic

The ladies on the pole made us question gravity for minute.

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Nina Hartley® (and many others) rode a giant vibrating rubber duck.

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Sex geeks were out in force!  Seen here: Ashley Manta, The Redhead Bedhead and Lady Cheeky. Ashley is sporting rope bondage by Midori. (There’s still time to register for Hands-On Rope Bondage and Aural Sex with Midori in West Hollywood this weekend. Don’t miss your chance!)

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We premiered our Sex is Back video campaign!

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The gloryhole featured electro clown sex…

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…lion/tamer sex…

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…and much more!

We hope that you’ll join us again next year!

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Sep 18 2013

Is Whispering The Hot New Sex Act?

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by thepleasurechest

We keep hearing about ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – which, we are told, is a pleasant tingling sensation, usually along the scalp or the back of the neck, brought about by certain sounds, in particular the sound of whispering. ASMR is supposed to produce a calming effect and to be helpful for people with insomnia. Also, depending on who you ask, it is either definitely sexual or definitely not sexual and either feels like an orgasm in your brain or doesn’t. Huh.

YouTube is packed with ASMR videos, most of which appear to be of young women whispering into a webcam or making other ASMR-producing sounds, like brushing hair or using scissors.

If you’re in the L.A. area and want to experience ASMR in public (scandalous!), we recommend checking out Whisper Reports, an event by KCHUNG Radio at the Hammer Museum tomorrow (Thursday, September 19th), where Lady C will be leading an ASMR tour of the museum from 2:30-3pm. The event will include whisper-related happenings around the museum from 2pm to 8pm. Admission is free.

For more information, check out the event page here.

 

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Sep 13 2013

A Less Awful Sex Ed

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by thepleasurechest

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Did you get sex ed in school? If so, you’re very lucky if was better than the usual scripts:

Fourth or fifth grade:

“Soon, you will start to grow hair in places. Your body will change in some ways. Do not be afraid. Here are some artfully-depicted naked grown-ups with no genitals. Also, here is some deodorant and/or enormous pads. Never, ever show them to anyone.”

Sixth or seventh grade:

“Here are some diagrams of fetal development.”

High School:

“This is a condom. You should use one if you have sex, except you should not be having sex. If you have sex, you will get lots of deadly infections. Here are some close-up photographs of all of the terrible, horrible, confusing things that will definitely happen to your genitals. Also, do you really think you’re ready to be a parent? Think of your future.

If you’re cringing with the memory of your own sex ed horror story, we suggest washing it down with The Frisky’s list of “10 Things Everyone Should Learn in Sex Ed.” We would love if schools implemented safer sex curricula that focused on empowering students to make informed choices about barriers, partners, and what they actually want to do. Still, even if your main source of sex ed was that one friend who told you that the hymen grows back every time, it’s never too late to learn.

How about you? What do you wish you’d learned? What would you add to a sex ed curriculum?

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Sep 11 2013

The Pleasure Chest Upper East Side is Here!

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We’ve finally arrived!

The Pleasure Chest Upper East Side will be officially opening its doors on Saturday, September 14th. We’re located at 1150 2nd Ave, between 60th and 61st. Please join us for a wine and cheese gathering for our new neighbors from 4pm to 6pm. An opening gala is planned for mid-October.

If you want to get a sneak preview of the store, we’ll be unofficially open starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 12th. Please stop by and say hi!

Also, there’s still time to win a $75 gift card to the new store. Enter here!

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Sep 11 2013

Porn Without Porn

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In response to British prime minister David Cameron’s crackdown on internet pornography, freelance ad writers Henrik Düfke and Felipe Montt created Cameron Porn, a collection of “free sex videos: fully adapted to the U.K. porn ban.” (“Porn ban” is not entirely accurate, but these videos are meant to be compatible with the proposed internet content filters.) What this actually entails is an assortment of clips from particularly silly XXX movies, with any sex or nudity ham-handedly edited out. As far as political protests go, it makes for some fun viewing.

Please enjoy “A Handy Electrician” at work, in your living room, at a coffee shop, in a library, or anywhere else where actual porn would be inappropriate.


h/t Digiday

 

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Sep 09 2013

Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

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by thepleasurechest

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“Slither slither slither slither went the tongue…”

We love good erotica, but we won’t deny that there’s a unique pleasure in reading really, really bad smut. If you understand the joy of wondering, “Why would he use that metaphor? Why would anyone ever use that metaphor?” then you’ll get a kick out of The Telegraph’s compilation of the top ten worst sex scenes in modern literature.

Part of what makes this fun is that the authors whose work is being singled out are widely-published and even celebrated: the quote above is from Tom Wolfe. We feel okay poking fun at Tom Wolfe in a way that we wouldn’t feel if we were laughing at a stranger’s slash fan fiction.

Of course, bad sex – like all sex – is subjective. Still, “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” is, at the very least, memorable.

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Sep 06 2013

We’re Expecting!

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by thepleasurechest

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Hey New York! The long-awaited Pleasure Chest Upper East Side is almost here! Soon, you’ll be able to visit 1150 2nd Ave (between 60th and 61st) for all of your naughty needs.

To celebrate, we’re having giveaways on both Facebook and Twitter! Just tagging yourself in a photo or retweeting a tweet will enter you to win a $75 gift card to the new location. Winners will be announced on 9/12 at 11:00AM PDT.

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Sep 05 2013

All About Animal Sex

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by thepleasurechest

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When it comes to sex, the animal kingdom is endlessly entertaining. Did you know that dolphins do it in the blowhole, or that hedgehogs engage in oral sex? Out in nature, there’s an orgy everywhere you look. In case you don’t already see it, we recommend this collection of surprising mating behaviors We will never look at a goat the same way again.

If, on the other hand, you have kids to take care of, and you just want to be able to take them to the zoo without having to explain where the baby animals come from, you might be interested in this article. In brief, one zoo has engaged the services of a “birds and bees specialist” to answer children’s questions about mating animals. You can find her next to the sign that says “Animal Baby Making Zone”. Accurate and age-appropriate sex ed? We may be in love.

h/t Cracked, The Guardian

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Sep 03 2013

Threesomes for Everyone!

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by thepleasurechest

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We’re excited to see that a workshop at our Los Angeles store, Negotiating Successful and Sexy Threesomes with Reid Mihalko (above), was written up in British GQ. Sex columnist Anka Radakovich attended the workshop, and she gives an entertaining account of the evening.

As the room filled up with threesome seekers, I wondered what the teacher’s credentials for teaching the class might be. It turned out our teacher, Reid Mihalko, had the perfect CV: “I have had more than 300 threesomes,” he tells the class. “I just had one today!”

Radakovich recaps some of the class’s highlights, including tips on where to meet partners, suggested sexual positions for three, and some characteristically colorful advice from Milhalko. “Watching porn to learn about how to have a threesome is like learning how to drive by watching The Fast And The Furious,” he tells the class.

Although the article focuses on advice for men seeking women, the workshop is intended for people of all genders and orientations. If you’d like to attend, please keep an eye on our workshop schedule. Additionally, Reid Mihalko will be joining us this month for our annual Gloryhole party.

You can read the whole article here.

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Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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by thepleasurechest

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We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional editors. A book is not going to tell us to install updates right in the middle of the fun. Your digital copy of Delta of Venus is not going to smell like vanilla. (Don’t get us started on how good old books smell.)

Editor Winston Gieseke published a piece on Queerty recently that made a great case for erotica in general, and for the printed word in particular. He talks specifically about gay erotica, but most of the points he makes apply more broadly.

“Obviously, all types of reading provide us a respite from everyday reality, but sexy stories take the escape a step further, providing the safest possible environment — namely, your mind, which houses your most robust sexual tool, the imagination — in which to contemplate and explore the various fantasies you might not wish (or be able) to experience in real life.”

Besides, he points out, “a book is tactile. Which is important because many people like to “touch” when reading erotica, whether it be flipping pages, earmarking your favorite scenes, or something else.”

Not to mention that you’re definitely not going to read your Kindle in the bath.

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