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Jul 29 2013

Google Glass Porn Is Here

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Even though Google has officially banned porn apps for Google Glass, they can’t stop the adult industry from trying out a new toy. Last week, Xbiz and MiKandi released a trailer for the first porn video shot on Google Glass. With its POV possibilities, Glass could revolutionize porn or become just another fad like 3D. After watching this amusing video starring James Deen, we wonder if Google might be privately pleased that the capabilities of Glass are so prominently featured in the trailer. It’s practically an advertisement.

 

Jul 26 2013

Watch Us On Push GirlsTonight at 7 On The Sundance Channel

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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.

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.

Jul 25 2013

Anal August Workshops in LA

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Anal August is (up your butt and) right around the corner! Come in our back door and help us celebrate with these helpful how-to workshops and laugh-your-ass-off comedy nights.

Spank Someone Happy with Mary & Kokobettie
Wednesday, August 7th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and roleplay. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 13th @ 8-10 PM $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Guests TBA.

Butt Sex Basics with Kate & Shay
Wednesday, August 14th @8-10 PM Free!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him with Sex Nerd Sandra & Larkin
Wednesday, August 21st @8-10 PM Free!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 27th @ 8-10 PM $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Guests TBA.

damonholzum2Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 28th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Jul 24 2013

Cute and Incognito Toys

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We hear you, Buzzfeed - sex toys can be intimidating. We’ve got #1#2, #16 but check out these other not-what-they-seem vibrators.

1. Go green 

Leaf Bloom vibrator

 

2. Go bananas

Oh Oui! Banana Vibrator

3. Be a star

Lil Starfish Vibrator

4. Get clean… and dirty

Vibrating Mesh Sponge

 

Vibrating Foam Sea Sponge

 

5. There’s something about rabbit ears…

Thumper Vibrator

 

Tingle Bunny Vibrato

 

Jaime Waterproof Bunny Vibrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 23 2013

Hookup Roundup

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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!


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