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Sep 03 2013

Threesomes for Everyone!

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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.

Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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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.

Sep 03 2013

More Fun With Maps!

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Since you got a kick out of the map of PornHub search terms, we thought you’d enjoy this world map of the average age of first sex by country. None of the sources we found were clear about how “first sex” was defined. (It’s usually safe to assume that people are using the narrow definition of sex as heterosexual vaginal intercourse, but hey, we don’t know for sure.) If you want to get a more detailed look, you can do it here.

h/t Lifehack, ChartsBin

Sep 02 2013

Look at Porn While You Look for Furniture

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Summer is coming to an end, which means that you have probably recently moved. (Seriously, everyone seems to move in the summer. It’s a thing.) If so, you’ve probably discovered that you need some new furnishings and decor. You could brave the crowds at your local labyrinthine Swedish prefab home goods store, or you could get exhausted even thinking about it and stay home looking at porn instead. Or you could do both at once.

The just another IKEA catalog tumblr marries internet porn with internet shopping, thereby guaranteeing that you never again have to leave your air conditioning. The blog is a collection of GIFs from amateur porn in which IKEA products feature prominently, captioned with the product name and price. Links below each GIF will send you either to the original video or to the product page on IKEA’s website, because nothing sells sheets like a money shot.

Time to start – ahem - shopping. (NSFW)

Aug 30 2013

It’s Time for Our Annual Gloryhole Party!

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Gloryhole, our infamous anniversary gala, is back again! Join us on Thursday, September 26th, at our West Hollywood store for a night of music, striptease, spanking, a live XXX gloryhole installation, and more! Proceeds benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Hosted by Lenora Claire, Luke Nero and Andrés Rigal, Gloryhole will offer a peek behind the red curtain, giving guests a chance to mix and mingle with the sexual glitterati. Equal parts tease and sleaze, Gloryhole will let the curious see what goes on after hours at one of Los Angeles’ most storied locations, on the very same floor where Joan Jett once shopped for leather gear and 70s gay porn movies were made.

- Hosted bar
- Music and frozen treats from Sweet Beats
- A XXX Gloryhole installation- Gaze through a voyeuristic portal into the extremes of human sexuality. Performers include Nina Hartley, April Flores, Reid Mihalko, Charlie Nox, AfroDisiac, Damon Holzum, Jiz Lee, Allison Moon, Stinky Foo, Bartholo, Betty Beaucoup and Eddie Wood.
- Spank and Shine station with Mistress Justine Cross and the ladies of Dungeon West
- Additional spanking stations featuring Mister Evans and Jesse Vendetta
- Aerial pole dance with Kitty Cadillac, Sherry Bomb, and Sin Fisted

- Rope bondage by Midori
- Lap dance roulette with Snow MercyDiamondback Annie, and Dana Darke
- Roving performers from The Lucent Dossier Experience
- Polite in Public photo booth
- Hot dogs by The Greasy Wiener

Attendance is free, but given the nature of the entertainment, the party is invitation only and restricted to those 21 and older. Those interested in attending may RSVP by email to gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Curious about the party? We’ll be profiling some of the performers in the time leading up to Gloryhole, to whet your appetite for the festivities. Why not start with our sweetest performers, Sweet Beats and Diamondback Annie? Or get a little silly with the clown sex duo, Stinky Foo & Bartholo?

Aug 29 2013

September Workshops in Chicago

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It’s back to school season, and we’ve got some great educational offerings for you! Sharpen your pencils, bring your partners, and come learn what makes each other tick.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane sarahsloane2
Wednesday, September 4th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Tantra Techniques with Antoinette
Wednesday, September 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to learn tantra techniques that will take sex to the next level? We’ll cover how to visualize energy and make it your own, while raising and moving that energy solo and with others. Discover different styles of breathwork, energetic approach to orgasm, integrating kink with tantra and more.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, September 16th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

The Ultimate O for Her with Ash
Wednesday, September 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Wednesday, September 25th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Aug 29 2013

Ye Olde Dirty Pictures

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When you look at this bathing-suited woman, don’t you feel scandalized? No? Not a little bit? Hm.

Annette Kellerman, the professional swimmer pictured above, was arrested for indecency in 1907 for her oh-so-revealing swimwear. If you, unlike early 20th century beach-goers, are not easily shocked by the sight of an ankle, you might enjoy this collection of images that were once considered terribly unseemly. Fetch the smelling salts!

h/t Nerve

Aug 28 2013

What Are You Dancing To? Tell Us and Win an Aneros Tempo (Updated 8/30)

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Update: Congratulations to Rigo, who was randomly chosen to win an Aneros Tempo! Thanks to everyone who entered. Please check out each other’s entries and put together an awesome summer playlist of your own! 

To wrap up Anal August, we’re giving away an Aneros Tempo!

Do boring butt plugs have you singing the blues? The Aneros Tempo will get you back into the rhythm of anal play. Just get your pelvic floor muscles moving, and your butt will slide the toy back and forth between the strategically-placed knobs on either side. Whether you’re standing in the shower, climbing a long flight of stairs, or moving your hips during partner sex, it’s easy to make the Tempo work for you. Its sleek, slim shape is ideal for longer term wear, and its stainless steel body warms up or cools down with water. In short, the Tempo will rock you.

How to Win an Aneros Tempo

Want to win? Just leave a comment below telling us which song has been getting your butt out of your seat and onto the dance floor this summer. (It doesn’t have to be a new song, or even a real dance floor: we frequently dance in our living rooms, our place of work, and – with limited success – our cars.)

A winner will be chosen at random at 5pm on Friday, August 30th, PDT. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

US residents only.