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Sep 17 2014

Want to Win a Tantus Slow Drive?
Make a Road Trip Mix.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to Michelle & Patricia, who each won a Slow Drive! Keep an eye out for more awesome Tantus giveaways soon! 

We’re giving away a Tantus Slow Drive dildo! 

This little dildo gets straight to the point, with a sharp curve and a rounded tip for hitting the G-spot or the prostate. Non-porous, sterilizeable and harness-compatible, the Tantus Slow Drive makes everything easy.

Want to win a Slow Drive? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us one song that you’d put on your road trip soundtrack – a song about driving if you’re a dork like us, or just one that you can picture yourself scream-singing along to out an open window on an empty highway.

We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 19th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 16 2014

Gloryhole on the Upper East Side

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Saturday, September 27th, 8-10pm at our Upper East Side store for a sexy, sleazy celebration of our 43rd anniversary! This East coast edition of our wildly popular Gloryhole party will blend the grit of New York’s old school sex industry and kink scene with the high-end, intimate atmosphere of our flagship store. Here’s what you can expect to see:

Upstairs:

DJ Shomi Noise
Impact and bondage demos by Felice Shays
Bootblack station, where Rocket will be giving your leathers some love
Free wine, champagne & refreshments

Downstairs:

Over 40 featured photographs from “Leather Women – A Photographic Documentary”, and other Leather community photos by C. Creane Images
The salacious Gloryhole installation by local artist Jesse Harold, through which voyeuristic guests can spy on live demonstrations:
- Spanking demo by featured guests: New York City girls of Leather (NYCgoL)
- Boylesque by Johnny Panic
- Burlesque/muscle manipulation by Jantina
- A performance by The Pleasure Chest’s own Lucky Charming

Get ready for your close up: the one and only Ricardo Nelson will be photographing the event! We look forward to celebrating 43 years with you.

Admission for Gloryhole is free; no reservations required.

Sep 12 2014

Disappointingly Realistic Erotica:
Whips & Chains

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by Kate M.

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“Quick,” bellowed Lord Sturm, “Make your decision – the cane, or the whip.”
The boy at his feet hesitated for only a moment before responding, “Whatever you wish, Sir.”
“Dammit,” Lord Sturm mumbled to himself, “I was hoping he’d tell me what to do.”

***

“Undress me, Sylvia” she murmured, turning from the huge bay window that overlooked her impressive estate: a rose garden, tennis courts, several swimming pools, and in the distance an expanse of trees. I had heard rumors of what went on in those woods – week-long bacchanals with models flown in from Paris and Rome, hunting parties where the prey was much larger than a fox and the spoils were carnal.

I turned my attention to my hostess. I had been aching to undress her all evening, ever since I spotted her across the fetish gala in a latex catsuit that clung to every perfect inch of her body. Its polished surface seemed to glow in the moonlight.

With trembling hands, I obliged her request, pulling gently at the zipper just below her hairline. The catsuit peeled away from her as I unzipped, exposing her inexpressibly beautiful body to the night air. Underneath it, her skin was clammy and reeked of talcum powder and many hours’ worth of stale sweat.

***

“You have been patient, my sweet, as I have bound you. You have stood immobile, as instructed, as I tied you to this St. Andrew’s Cross, covering your body in intricate and beautiful knots. Now you are mine. You cannot move unless I untie you. You have done well, and you will be rewarded. What can I do to make you faint with pleasure?”

“…I have to pee.”

***

She locked his wrists into massive metal cuffs that were joined to the wall with a heavy ring, and he looked at it nervously, knowing that he could not possibly stop whatever she had planned. He could hear her the click of her stilettos against the polished wood floor behind him, and then the zip of her sizable toy bag being opened. He felt himself begin to pant with terror and longing, when he realized: the ring was not actually bolted onto the wall with anything other than a drywall screw, which he could easily pull out. He thought about saying something, but decided to keep that information back, just in case this play date turned out well.

This installment of Disappointingly Realistic Erotica was co-written with Sarah Sloane

Sep 09 2014

What Midori Taught Us
About Feminine Dominance

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by Kate M.

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Last night, we were lucky enough to host Midori‘s Art of Feminine Dominance Class at our West Hollywood store. For those of you who aren’t in L.A., or who couldn’t make it to the class, here’s a little of what we learned:

- Anyone can be a femme top when and if they want to be, regardless of gender identity.

- Scenes depend on objectification – not destructive objectification, like when someone catcalls you from a passing car, but constructive objectification: “taking a little sliver of the full spectrum of you, giving it depth and height, and exploring it.”

A femme dominant is a fetish, in the less-common sense of the word – an object believed to hold the power of magic, transcendence, protection and transformation. So when your lover says, “I want you to tie me down and spank me,” they may actually be saying, “Strip me of my defenses and bring me the anxiety and joy only you can.”

- You can have lots of femme top identities for different partners, moods, and occasions.

Who are your power femmes from myth, religion, folklore, fairy tales, history, movies, (actors vs. characters), books, comics? How about job titles or social positions: CEO, pirate, mommy, nurse, popular girl, assassin? What about people from your own life? Try listing some of those people and their powerful femme attributes – the dark as well as the light – and then take a look at your list. This can give you some great ideas both for role play and for some power femme traits you might find within yourself. 

Want to know more? Midori’s Forte Femme weekend intensive in San Francisco is coming up in October. What better way to continue your journey of femme dominance? 

Sep 05 2014

Middleditch, Shlesinger & More!
Performance Anxiety September 9th

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Tuesday, September 9th 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

  • Thomas Middleditch
  • Iliza Shlesinger
  • Dave Anthony
  • Ali Wong
  • Billy Wayne Davis
  • Andy Ritchie

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Thomas Middleditch in a sketch about a terrible morning after.

Sep 04 2014

Missing Gloryhole?
Come Party with Us.

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by Kate M.

Hey, Gloryhole fans! We’re hosting an intimate private party with Oxballs on Sunday evening, and we can only invite a few friends.  This event will include hardcore live demos. Extreme fetish attire is strongly encouraged.

If you’d like to attend, email kate@pleasurechest.com with a picture of what you plan to wear. We love a good outfit, especially if it involves leather, latex, or gender-bending fabulousness. We’ll pick our top 25 favorites and add the winners to the guest list, plus one. Winners will be chosen on Friday at 4PM.

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Guests will receive 15% off all purchases made during the event.

We ask guests to consider carpooling or taking one of the city’s wonderful car services, as parking will be limited and the drinks will be flowing!

DJs Chris Bowen & Victor Rodriguez * performances by Daphne von Rey & Squeaky Blonde * demos by Mistress Justine Cross & more * rope accessories by Midori * spanking by Damon Holzum * delicious free food * bar by The Eagle *

Sep 04 2014

Free Mystery Porn!

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by Kate M.

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This month, we’re giving away a free mystery porn DVD with any purchase of $80 or more! We have a huge selection to pull from: gay, straight, BDSM, instructional, some from big name stars and some from independent queer production companies. This offer is available in all stores, and if you’re shopping online, use promo code XXXMystery at checkout to redeem it.

While supplies last.
Not available with any other offer.
Offer good through 9/30/14.

Sep 02 2014

Want to Win a Chakrubs Onyx?
State Your Intention.

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by Kate M.

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Update: Congratulations to kari, who won the Black Onyx. Thanks to everyone who shared their intentions with us. We hope that all of them come to pass. Keep an eye out for more great giveaways, including another one from Chakrubs. 

We’re giving away one of the world’s most beautiful toys, the Black Onyx dildo from Chakrubs. Seriously, it is taking all of our willpower to give this thing away. 

This gorgeous toy is made from solid onyx, a crystal that has been used throughout history to banish negativity left from past relationships and ensure sexual health. No matter what your intent, you can display this heavy, polished stone dildo proudly.

Want to win the Black Onyx from Chakrubs? Here’s how.

In the comments below, tell us about something positive that you’re hoping that the Black Onyx will bring your way, or about a negative thing that you’re hoping it will banish.

We’ll pick a winner on Monday, September 8th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Sep 01 2014

“I AM MAGIC.”
Antoinette Reviews the Tantus Duke

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by Kate M.

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There’s a secret to fisting, to why people love it, if the hand and the body fit together just so. That fit, or the work that it might take to get there, may not happen to everyone, leaving them wondering why, even after the how has been revealed. Size queens, big deal, not for me, they may say. It’s understandable. It’s a lot of work to get there for most, and if BIGGER! is not on someone’s agenda keeping them up at night and guiding their every move in the world, the Olympian training program might not seem worth the effort.

The thing is, though, it’s not always about bigger. Sometimes it’s about the thrilling pushing past of an insistent object, that heart-palpitating moment of what feels like a lifetime’s first penetration every single time, followed by the smooth slide of the rest of it, giving ease while the mass finds a home deep inside, both trapped and protected by the wrap of the muscles around the wrist. You both breathe, and accept that nothing is impossible. When the muscles relax enough to trust that acceptance beaten out by your hearts, you can both move, little by little, and then when ready, move a lot, reversing the world-shattering motion and repeating it, over and over again, creating and destroying and creating the world. Together.

There are books and poems and websites devoted to the passion and emotion experienced by devotees of this act and its alchemy. I won’t go any further in that direction in what is meant to be a simple little dildo review. What I will do is point out the fact that, as with any great art form, there is a technical trick or two behind the magic of why fisting feels the way it does. And the Tantus Duke replicates that trick. (One of them.) What I think is really cool about this toy is that it allows someone who may never be interested in something like fisting to enjoy one of the nicest parts of the experience, without all the Olympic training. They don’t want this sport at this year’s Olympics, anyway.

The technical details of the Duke: it’s a straight, smooth, semi-phallic platinum silicone dildo of moderate length (6.5″) and girth (1 1/4″ to 1 7/8″, more about that later). It has a harness-friendly base, with a bullet space for those who appreciate a little vibration with their penetration, and comes in a pearlescent purple or teal. (The teal is jaw-droppingly beautiful: more toys should come in colors other than pink, pink, pink, or pink.) It’s nice and firm like most of Tantus‘ single-density toys. The shaft of the toy is a frosted matte, and the head is slick and shiny, which makes for easy entry providing things are adequately lubricated. These are all great qualities in a toy, pretty, safe, multi-functional, but the most pertinent fact here is the shape. The Duke is mushroom-headed, with a nicely flared corona and plump frenulum that bellies out. If you have a g-spot or a prostate, this feature will drive it crazy as it slides back and forth over it–but that’s not all. Most toys with this sort of shape have a shaft that is more than a little uninspired, or maybe just neglected. A shaft with the same diameter all the way up and down can be pistoning at the speed of a porn star and, if the head itself is not coming in and out of the body, feel exactly like it’s not moving at all. This is not a problem with the Duke; the shaft increases oh so gradually toward the head, smoothly, gently. Almost like a wrist. It’s a subtle grade, but it’s there, and it must be on purpose. Right, Tantus? You knew about this trick?

When a wrist suddenly flares out into the width of a balled hand at the opening of someone’s body, something happens, as I said before. The heart jumps. It’s the feeling of “I don’t know If I can do this I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS I AM MAGIC” and then back again. It’s intimacy-making and empowering and joyful and strength-affirming. It’s the rush people chase. A large part of this is the intimacy; sometimes it’s all about the intimacy. But part of it is the simple, evil little trick of a slow expansion to a great and dramatic flaring out and open, past the opening of the body, past the erectile, chemical-producing nodes right inside, and then deeply in toward the spine, what many people would call the very center of the body. It might have to do with the fact that the orifices of our bodies are designed to handle not only nicely moderate forms of penetration but to, in dramatic life-or-death situations, act as the gateway to much bigger things. I once read someone describing giving birth to their child and taking what they called a hologram print of the child’s body as it rushed through that gate. I may not have given birth, or be speaking specifically of vaginal sex here at all, but I understand this deeply. I do think of acts of sex as being acts of love–partner-love, self-love, humanity-love. I do think that playing with a toy is a willful act of sex and love. I do think that learning an art form allows us to study its neat little tricks and apply them to our self-expression and communication with the world. If someone would like to venture into the more cosmic applications of penetrative play, they could do worse than to start with the Duke. It will let them explore their inner space and strength, and share that with partners if desired. It’s just a little trick, but sometimes that trick is everything we need to start dancing. And if they want more, well, there’s always more, isn’t there? That’s another secret to pleasure. There is always more. It starts from within. 

(Deborah Addington’s book A Hand in the Bush, and Bert Herrman’s Trust: The Hand Book are good places to start if someone wants to go further.)

Grade: A-fucking-plus, and thank you!!

This review was written by Antoinette Elizabeth, a sex educator and Pleasure Chest employee.