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Aug 12 2013

Are You Good in Bed? Ask Your Phone.

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by thepleasurechest

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The joke that there’s an app for everything is an old one. Well, now there’s an app for tracking your sexual performance. Spreadsheets  measures the duration of your sexual encounter, your thrusts per minute (TPM) and your “decibel peak” – that is, how loud you got. It also keeps a record of your averages and offers you the option of earning “achievements” by completing sexy challenges: having sex five times on a Sunday earns you the Lazy Sunday achievement, for instance.

Rachel Kramer Bussel, one of our favorite writers and editors of erotica, tried the app out, although she questioned the validity of the ways Spreadsheets measures sexual success.

“There are so many assumptions that go into Spreadsheets’ idea of “good” sex… For those who want to capture these measurements (with the option of sharing them on Facebook or Twitter), great. But I’m concerned that, in a culture that too often implies that the more sex you’re having, the happier you are, we assume that everyone’s erotic pleasure boils down to the exact same data points.”

Especially since measures like TPM and decibel peak are only really applicable to thrusting-centric sex between very vocal partners, Bussel encourages her readers to create their own set of sexual metrics, to measure their specific brand of good sex.

What do you think of Spreadsheets? Does it sound helpful? Fun? Completely useless? Is there another sex app that you like, or that you wish existed? Let us know!

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Aug 09 2013

“Fucking Trans Women” is Sex Ed, Zine Style

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by thepleasurechest

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Today, Autostraddle features an interview with Mira Bellwether, author and illustrator of Fucking Trans Women, a zine about – you guessed it – trans women and sex. Bellwether describes Fucking Trans Women as “a how-to guide,” and it covers a wide variety of topics, from advice about approaching a partner, to diagrams of nerves in the body, to descriptions of specific sex acts. Says Bellwether,

One of the reasons this zine happened was that I got really sick of explaining things and teaching my lovers about my body during time that should have been spent having sex. When one of my lovers said that she wished she had an instruction manual for my body, I took that and responded to it pretty literally.

As consummate sex geeks, we appreciate her turning a teachable moment into a learning opportunity for the rest of us. Check out the full interview here. (NSFW)

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Jul 31 2013

Happy National Orgasm Day

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by thepleasurechest


It’s National Orgasm Day. (What are we supposed to do on the other 364 days of the year?) The Daily Beast is honoring this important day with a countdown of the top 10 orgasms in movies. In the clip above, Katherine Heigl discovers the joys of the Berman Astrea Vibrating Panties.

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The folks at Huffington Post have compiled 15 politicians’ orgasm faces. The O face up above belongs to British lawmaker Ed Balls. Yes, that’s the man’s name.

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Over at The Frisky, you can read about the 45 year old man who orgasms whenever he hears brass instruments, especially the James Bond theme.

If you’d like to celebrate National Orgasm Day, it’s the perfect time to drop by our stores. Today is the last day to take advantage of our Buy One, Get One Half Off deal on any two vibes in the store. This offer does not apply to web orders. 

Not near a store? Place an order online before midnight and get free ground shipping within the contiguous US. Both offers are over when July is over. So, get your orgasm on today!

 

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Jul 26 2013

Watch Us On Push GirlsTonight at 7 On The Sundance Channel

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by thepleasurechest

If you get the Sundance Channel, be sure to tune in at 7 tonight for an encore of the season finale of Push Girls. The documentary series follows the lives and loves of Auti, Angela, Tiphany and Mia, four friends who are paralyzed from the neck or waist down. The Push Girls were recently featured in Cosmopolitan, discussing the joys and challenges of sex and wheelchairs. They’ve also got some pointers on sex and dating on their blog.

The Pleasure Chest is thrilled to make an appearance on tonight’s episode, helping to change perceptions of sex and disability. We hope you’ll tune in and watch with us.

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Jul 26 2013

RIP Virginia Johnson

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On Wednesday, we lost Virginia Johnson, one of the trailblazers of modern sex research. Along with her partner, William H. Masters, she revolutionized the study of human sexuality. Masters and Johnson made their initial splash in 1966 with Human Sexual Response, a straightforward, non-sensational approach to the physiology of sex. From her New York Times obituary:

More than any investigator before them, Masters and Johnson moved sex out of the bedroom and into the laboratory, where it could be observed, measured, recorded, quantified and compared. While Kinsey had relied on interviews and questionnaires to elicit accounts of his subjects’ sexual habits, Masters and Johnson gathered direct physiological data on what happens to the human body during sex, from arousal to orgasm.

Early in his research, Dr. Masters realized that he lacked a female perspective and sought out a woman who could help put his subjects at ease, while offering insights into women’s sexuality. He found Johnson, a divorced mother, onetime country singer and psychology student when she responded to an ad seeking an assistant. .

As Slate’s Amanda Hess explains:

 He eventually recruited Johnson to advise him on the finer parts of female sexuality because she was a woman and willing, but also because she was not a fellow MD. As Thomas Maier detailed in his 2012 biography of the duo, female doctors in the 1950s were fighting an uphill battle in the male-dominated world of medicine just to earn their degrees and secure jobs; they didn’t yet have the social clout to turn their attentions to the highly stigmatized study of sex. “When women went to medical school at that particular time, an MD was so hard-won they would never have jeopardized it, being associated with sex research,” Johnson recalled Masters as telling her. Instead, Masters leveraged his own social positioning to undertake the research, with the help of a woman who had no social standing to lose.

Together, Masters and Johnson debunked myths about sex and aging, challenged the Freudian bias against clitoral orgasm and helped thousands of men and women overcome problems with orgasm, by shifting from a psychoanalytic model to a physiological one. In the process, they helped take sex therapy to the mainstream. Their partnership and their pioneering work has even inspired Masters of Sex, a new dramatic series on Showtime.

To learn more about Virginia Johnson, we recommend the remembrances in the New York Times and at Slate.

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Jun 17 2013

Will This Become the Gold Standard for Birth Control?

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A few months ago, we told you about RISUG, a promising male birth control method in which a nontoxic polymer is injected into the vas deferens, sterilizing sperm. Now there’s another birth control procedure for men that’s proving its mettle in Chinese laboratories.We’ll let Popular Science explain:

The method requires researchers to inject male mice in the testes with a mixture containing nano-size rods of gold. (I feel like there’s a rap song in here somewhere.) Then they aim an infrared laser at the testes, which heats the nano-gold inside. At just the right temperature, the testes are warmed enough to kill sperm cells, but not enough to kill the cells that make new sperm. The sperm death lasts for a certain amount of time.

Are you ready to have microscopic bars of gold injected into your balls in the name of science? Not so fast. Resarchers are still testing on mice, so human trials could be a ways off.

h/t Violet Blue

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Jun 10 2013

The Big Business Of Porn Parodies

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Speaking of erotic fan fiction, Buzzfeed has a great profile today of prolific porn director Axel Braun. The ambitious auteur has made some of the most beloved porn parodies including adaptations of Star Trek, Star Wars, The Dark Knight and many more. Braun, a lifelong comic book nerd, has an obsession for detail and makes an effort to recreate the look of the original blockbusters on a tiny fraction of their budgets.  He takes pride that some fans ignore the lengthy XXX cuts of his films and skip to the sex-free versions on DVD. Buzzfeed’s Tessa Stuart found him on the set of his upcoming Man of Steel porn parody. Here’s a revealing excerpt:

Before he can finish his thought, Braun is interrupted by Man of Steel XXX’s director of photography, Eli Cross. “You have an RV,” Cross shouts from across the soundstage. “Please go to it.”

Braun looks up to see the actors getting in position. “Oh — sex?” he asks.

“Yes,” Cross says patiently, waiting for Braun to leave.

“I do not shoot the sex,” says Adult Video News’ three-time Director of the Year as he exits the hangar. He walks into an air-conditioned luxury RV emblazoned with the Axel Braun Productions logo, and shuts the door.

That’s right, Braun doesn’t even shoot the sex for his porn parodies. Read more about Braun and the big business of porn parody at Buzzfeed.

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