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Sep 09 2013

Win Tickets to CineKink: Chicago! (Updated 9/16)

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Congratulations to Gump, who won the blog contest, and to @little_lab_rat, who claims the prize on twitter. Don’t forget to join us for Performance Anxiety tonight, for your chance to win another pair of tickets! 

We’re excited to be sponsoring  CineKink:Chicago, a night of sex-positive and kink-friendly films from the 2013 CineKink Festival, on Saturday, September 21. The evening will kick off at 7pm with a screening of the “Best of CineKink/2013,” followed by the full-length, audience-award-winning film Remedy, at 9pm.

Join us at Leather Archives and Museum for a night of works ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit. Tickets are available at the door for both screenings at $10 per screening. Advance tickets are available at a discount via Eventbrite. The screenings are limited to those 18 and older.

What’s more, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for each screening!

How to Win Tickets to the “Best of CineKink/2013″

You have two chances to win!

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited for CineKink. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we know how to contact you. A winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Join us for Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest on Monday, September 16th at 8pm. A winner will be announced at the show.

How to Win Tickets to Remedy

A psychological drama based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, Remedy follows a young woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission. Here’s how to win tickets:

1. Come into the store September 13-15 and drop your name in a jar. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Retweet our Twitter announcement!

Good luck!

Sep 09 2013

Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

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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.

Sep 06 2013

We’re Expecting!

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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.

Sep 06 2013

Rope and Seduction with Midori September 29th, West Hollywood

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Do you want to seduce and arouse your partner using only your voice? Or are you more hands-on, and just want to tie them up skillfully? Either way, Midori can help. The sex ed celebrity and author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage will be in West Hollywood on Sunday, September 29th teaching two amazing workshops.

Hands-On Rope Bondage – 9/29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Everyone’s catching the rope fever! Learn simple, elegant, effective and sensual rope skills and thrill your partner. Midori will also teach you how to avoid clumsiness, minimize risks, including boring or harming your partner. Learn essential foundation techniques including four two-column restraints, safety, rope selection, and creative, sexy positions – fun sexy skills you can use that very evening!

No experience necessary!

Aural Sex: Irresistible Voice & Sexy Talk – 9/29, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Become an artist of seduction and pleasure, like the great courtesans and legendary lovers of the past. Their erotic voice and sensual storytelling were among their most potent skills.

- Learn how to use the hypnotic voice to seduce and arouse your lover long before you enter the bedroom.
- Gain effective and surprisingly simple voice techniques to arouse both your lover and yourself.
- Mesmerize your lover and transport both of you to an erotic landscape.
- Learn to build and enrich a powerful fantasy, practice effective voice techniques and spellbinding.
- You’ll learn techniques of finding out your and your lover’s fantasy.
- Practice sensual storytelling skills and improve them with Midori’s effective technique.
- Spicy demos, practical exercises, tips.

Both workshops are open to singles or couples of all genders and orientations. Attendees must be 18 or older.

Reserve your spot today!

Sep 06 2013

Special Set List Edition! Performance Anxiety – September 10th

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Join us on Tuesday, September 10th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night at our West Hollywood store.

For this special Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net show, the comedians will each be given four topics from which they must improvise new jokes on the spot.

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

Presented by Troy Conrad!

For more info about Set List, go to www.setlistshow.com.

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

Please enjoy Kira Soltanovich in a previous Set List show.

Sep 05 2013

All About Animal Sex

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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

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