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Jul 23 2013

Hookup Roundup

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by thepleasurechest

In case you haven’t yet had your daily dose of heteronormative moral panic, here’s the New York Times’ take on “college hookup culture”…

She Can Play That Game, Too

Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters. But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too.

[...]In this context, some women, like A., seized the opportunity to have sex without relationships, preferring “hookup buddies” (regular sexual partners with little emotional commitment) to boyfriends. Others longed for boyfriends and deeper attachment. Some women described a dangerous edge to the hookup culture, of sexual assaults and degrading encounters enabled by drinking and distinguished by a lack of emotional connection.

(New York Times)

 …and some responses that just might make the sky stop falling:

The Hookup Elites

So what we are seeing on college campuses is the same dynamic we see outside of colleges.  People with privilege—based on race, class, ability, attractiveness, sexual orientation, and, yes, gender—get to set the terms for everyone else. Their ideologies dominate our discourses, their particular set of values gets to appear universal, and everyone is subject to their behavioral norms. Students feel that a hookup culture dominates their colleges not because it is actually widely embraced, but because the people with the most power to shape campus culture like it that way.

(Slate)

It’s Time for an End to Women’s Stories

It’s not hard to see why these stories succeed: They are about very young women having lots of sex with multiple partners. They’re a lot like porn, except that instead of an orgasm you get a vague sense of free-floating anxiety.

(Salon)

What We Write About When We Write About Hookups

We need to change the way we talk about casual sex. It needs to be more inclusive, both of people and of narratives. Writing the exact same story again isn’t just boring; it’s bad journalism.

(Brute Reason)

Hookup Culture Story Old News

 It may in fact be a phenomena that doesn’t have to be explained or accounted for or culturally deconstructed or politically analyzed. It may be much murkier—a moment, a phase, a situation, an evening, a mood—in an irreducibly individual woman’s life.

(Slate)

Casual Sex Meets Cognitive Dissonance

So, if the game is rigged in favor of inculcating second-guessing and insecurity (which can be further stoked by consumer culture cures purporting to put the control back in your hands, natch), what are your options in the face of damned if you do, damned if you don’t? You can refuse to play. You can refuse to let your personal become their political. You can take your sexual decision making out of their system. You can get all ahistorical on their asses and decide to prioritize the context of your own life and circumstance over figuring out whether or not you’re in line with the sexual attitude du jour (cloudy with a chance of promiscuity!). It isn’t easy, but neither is attempting to live by a system that rewrites the female sexual code of conduct at will and only deigns to tell you about it after you’ve transgressed.

(BitchMedia)

What else is missing from the conversation? Add your own thoughts on hookup coverage in the comments below. 

 

 

Jul 22 2013

Bedroom Burlesque with Audrey DeLuxeWednesday in Los Angeles

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Audrey Deluxe

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Audrey DeLuxe as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. Role playing at its finest!

This fun and free workshop happens on Wednesday night from 8-10 at our Los Angeles store. Seating is first come, first served, so arrive early!

Jul 22 2013

Flash Us On Instagram& Win a Fun Factory Flash (Updated- 7/24)

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by thepleasurechest

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Update: Congratulations to Vixenne whose yummy photo was randomly chosen to win the Fun Factory Flash. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. To see all of the entries, check out the #funfactoryflash hashtag.

Also, we like this cat

Lay your eyes on the Fun Factory Flash. This powerful, portable vibe delivers 3 modes of dual stimulation in a compact, ergonomic design. Flash is made of soft, body-safe silicone and is totally waterproof. And you won’t break the bank on batteries, because Flash is rechargeable. It comes with Fun Factory’s nifty “click & charge” magnetic charger. Neat!

How to Win a Fun Factory Flash

Want to win a Flash? Flash us on Instagram!

1) Be sure you’re following at least 1 of our 3 Instagram accounts to qualify. Here’s LAChicago and New York.

2) Simply take a quick selfie using your camera’s flash. We’ll also accept cat photos,  pictures of your lunch, your current vibrator, your BFF. We’ll accept any photo taken with a flash. (Just don’t get in trouble! Instagram frowns on actual flashing.)

3) Apply the hashtag #funfactoryflash to your submitted photo.

It’s that simple! On Wednesday, July 24th, we’ll pick one flasher at random to win the Fun Factory Flash.

Please note that we can only ship to the United States.

 

 

Jul 19 2013

TransLife Center Opens In Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

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Here’s great news for Chicago’s trans community. Organizers with Chicago House cut the ribbon on Monday for a brand new housing facility for the city’s trans population.

“This will set a new model and a new standard for other cities,” said Chicago House CEO, Rev. Stan J. Sloan during the morning ceremony.

The TransLife Center in Edgewater is the first of its kind in the country, with 9 bedrooms for residents and housing, employment and health services geared to Chicago’s trans folks.

Watch the video above to learn how the organizers at Chicago House converted a former AIDS hospice to a home for the city’s trans community.

Jul 18 2013

Tumblr Hides Your Porn Stash

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by thepleasurechest

When Yahoo purchased Tumblr back in May, the social media’s site’s smut fans got nervous. Would a fuddy duddy brand like Yahoo mess with Tumblr’s vibrant adult blog community?

And now we know the answer.

Yesterday, Tumblr announced new guidelines for adult content on its blogs. Though they won’t be policing your dirty gifs and pervy pics, they’ll make your porn blog invisible to search engines. Blogs with questionable content will now be divided into two categories.

NSFW blogs contain occasional nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.

Adult blogs contain substantial nudity or mature/adult-oriented content.

The chart below shows how the new classifications affect the visibility and accessibility of your Tumblr page.

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If your Tumblr is primarily devoted to porn, it’ll be harder than ever to find– closer to a porn stash in your sock drawer than a well-indexed library of smut. To learn more about the changes on Tumblr’s adult pages, check out the full story in The Atlantic.

 

Jul 17 2013

Join Us at Golden Bowl III in ChicagoThis Weekend!

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windycityrollers

In 2004, the Windy City Rollers burst onto the Chicago scene as part of the renaissance of women’s roller derby. Since then, they’ve been working hard and training hard to penetrate Chicago and the nation to play and promote roller derby while being close to the community.

The Pleasure Chest is honored to be a sponsor for Golden Bowl III, a two-day tournament featuring top-level roller derby teams from across the United States.

The Golden Bowl happens this Saturday and Sunday at the lovely UIC Pavilion located at 525 S Racine Ave in Chicago. Advance tickets are available now. We’ll see you there!

Jul 16 2013

TJ Miller, Dan Levy & MorePerformance Anxiety- July 23rd

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by thepleasurechest

performance anxiety flyerJuly 23rd

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd 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 TJ Miller, Dan Levy, Brendon Walsh, Ali Wong, Sean Patton, Calise Hawkins, Richy Leis and Willie Hunter.

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

 


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