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Apr 28 2014

Sex After 70

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by Kate M.


If you haven’t checked out Lynn Brown Rosenberg’s recent article on Salon, “My Sexual Awakening at 70” or her interview on The Huffington Post, you absolutely should. She describes her quest for sexual enjoyment later in life, including a trip to The Pleasure Chest:

“I drove to a specialty shop in West Hollywood. The name alone gave me heart palpitations: Pleasure Chest. But I was quite surprised when I got there. The products were laid out nicely. The salesgirl was helpful and easygoing. I almost felt comfortable.

There were so many items to choose from!  I decided on something called Budding Bliss. I bought a porn DVD. Why not? If I was going to stoop, why not stoop all the way?”

Lynn Brown Rosenberg’s book, My Sexual Awakening at 70 will be coming out soon. If you’re interested in learning more about Lynn’s journey, please visit her website, www.lynnbrownrosenberg.com and sign up for updates.

For anyone in a similar situation, we’d also recommend Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Sex After 60 by Joan Price, who also speaks about senior sex as part of our video campaign, Sex is Back.

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Apr 25 2014

Want to Win a Rabbit Habit?
Invent a Spring Holiday!

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by Kate M.

rabbit habit double plus good

Update: Congratulations to Alissia Rose-Pait, who won the Rabbit Habit. Thanks to all of you who invented awesome holidays!

We’re giving away our final Vibratex Rabbit Habit Original Deluxe of the month!

This luxury edition of the ever-popular Rabbit Habit is stronger and more satisfying than ever! With a quieter, more powerful motor and a superior button control panel, the Rabbit Habit Original Deluxe lets you scroll through a variety of speeds, vibration patterns, and rotations. This is a habit you won’t want to break!

Want to win the new, improved Rabbit Habit? Here’s how.

In the comments below, invent a new spring holiday that’d you’d like to see celebrated. We’ll pick our favorite on Wednesday, April 30th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only.

Apr 25 2014

We’ll Donate 15% to Scarleteen!

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by Kate M.

Scarleteen-Social-Media-Ad

Scarleteen is a nonprofit that provides accessible sex positive education and support for young people via their website, Scarleteen.com. Since 1998, Scarleteen has been an invaluable resource for people without access to comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. Recently, the organization has been struggling to meet its fundraising goals, and was even in danger of a temporary shutdown. Luckily, an anonymous donor has offered to match any donation made through May 1st, up to $10,000.

If you’d like 15% of your web purchase to be donated to Scarleteen, use promo code SCARLETEEN.

Apr 25 2014

The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles
Seeks a Full-Time Supervisor

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by Kate M.

The Pleasure Chest, a sex industry leader since 1971, is seeking a floor supervisor to join our family! The ideal candidate will have a retail background, at least 2 years of supervisory experience, a strong understanding of sex-positivity, and a desire to work in a fast-paced and diverse environment. This position is full-time and we do offer insurance benefits after a probationary period.  Night and weekend availability is a must.

The Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and actively participating in floor operations and implementing company policies. An ideal candidate will be customer-oriented with an interest in sales and educating our customers in a manner that is sex positive, have strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and have experience managing a team of people. Special Event experience is desired, but not required.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Implement and model The Pleasure Chest’s customer service and sex education standards on the sales floor
  • Uphold company policies in a manner that is fair and consistent
  • Maintain the appearance of the store and merchandising
  • Work with a diverse team in a collaborative manner
  • Balance registers

Pay: $11/hour + commission

Benefits: Vacation + sick time and health insurance

The Pleasure Chest is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and trans* people are encouraged to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@pleasurechest.com with the email subject “Supervisor Position”. Any applications without all of these items will not be considered. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

The deadline to apply is May 2nd.

Apr 24 2014

Sex and the Search Terms

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by Kate M.

rubber snake

Sometimes it’s fun to look back on the month’s search terms and see what offbeat web searches have led people to The Pleasure Chest. Here are some recent offerings:

“viking” and ” tickling” and ” picture” 

24 hour sex toy operators [They never stop.]

32 style sex

4 generations before leif Erickson  [Are we sensing a viking theme?]

40 shades of grey vibrator reviews [Fifty was too many.]

a movable dildo [by Ernest Hemingway]

a sex toy that say’s play ball on it

adult dildo dong news 

adult flavored sex wax

adult movie with bunny and balls candy

austrian porn films with lederhosen

dildo contact phone number.

dominatrix who perform urethral stretching on mens penis with stainsteel sounds .com

importance of assfuck [by Oscar Wilde]

quick connect/disconnect safety valve that maintains the vacuum after you disconnect

viking armor [Yup, definitely a viking theme.]

salma hayek breastfeeding

rubber snake as a sex toy

Apr 22 2014

Performance Anxiety
3rd Anniversary Show!

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by Kate M.

performance anxiety flyer April29th

Join us on Tuesday, April 29th at 8pm for the special 3rd anniversary edition 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. Plus, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary with special guests and giveaways!

The show will feature appearances by

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

Enjoy Sarah Tiana on decoding texts!

Apr 21 2014

Want to Win a Girls Vibe?
Rename Your Favorite!

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by Kate M.

the girls vibratex

Update:  Congratulations to Bernie W, Meegan, and Kitty Stryker, our contest winners! Thanks to everyone who impressed us with your naming skills! Keep an eye out for another Vibratex giveaway. 

Once again, we’re giving away one each of the new Vibratex Girls line: BestiePrincessa, and Amie.

Sometimes you just need a night in with your best girl. The Amie has a versatile shape – perfect for broad or super-focused vibration. The Bestie is designed to hug the clit, surrounding it with sensation. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Princessa delivers everything from a light tickle to a powerful pulse. Plus, they’re all splashproof, silicone, and rechargeable!

Want to win? Here’s how. 

Choose one vibe that you’d like to win, then give it a new name and tell us why you chose the name. For example:

“I think that the Bestie should be called the Tune, because it looks like a tuning fork.”

“Princessa = Wonderland. It reminds me of the talking flowers in Through the Looking Glass.”

You get the idea. We’ll pick a favorite for each toy on Friday, May 25th at noon PDT.

U.S. residents only. 

Apr 21 2014

Toy Cleaning & HPV: a PSA

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by Kate M.

toy cleaner

A new study from the Indiana University School of Medicine examined the possibility of spreading HPV through shared sex toys. The results are mostly unsurprising, but very worth reading. They had twelve women each provide vaginal samples and samples from two different vibrators – one made of thermoplastic elastomer and the second made of silicone – just after use, just after cleaning with soap, and after 24 hours. Here, we’ll break the results down for you. The percentages refer to the number of samples in which HPV was detected.

Vaginal samples: 75%

Vibrator 1 (thermoplastic elastomer)
After use: 89%
After cleaning: 56%
After 24 hours: 40%

Vibrator 2 (silicone)
After use: 67%
After cleaning: 44%
After 24 hours: None

Okay, let’s review what we’ve learned!

1) Elastomer toys (and, we can assume, other porous toys) should not be shared with a partner with whom you’re not fluid bonded (unless you’re using a barrier).

2) It looks like silicone toys are safe to share 24 hours after cleaning, but there’s still a risk of HPV transmission immediately after cleaning.

The second one surprised us, but we’re glad to know it. Now we just have more questions! Were they using hand soap or toy cleaner? Which brand? What would the numbers look like using different kinds of cleaners? Or with several more groups of women?

Isn’t science exciting? Find out more here.

Apr 18 2014

Free Workshops in L.A.

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by Kate M.

Join us for another batch of spring workshops! Attendees get 15% off all of their purchases.

buckangelSexing the Transman with Buck Angel
Tuesday, April 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of trans male sexuality, including video interviews with a variety of trans men and the people who love them. Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. We’ll explore how to affirm and acknowledge individual gender and sexuality, the effects of testosterone on trans men and how to let go of social constructs in order to become more comfortable and self accepting.

Performance Anxiety  Anniversary Show
Tuesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the 3rd anniversary 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.

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Mistress Mary and Sarah
Wednesday, April 30th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

dirtytalkTalk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Kate
Wednesday, May 7th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialist will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 13th @ 8-10pm

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.

lady cheekyBig Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, May 14th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

Apr 17 2014

Fish Will Eat Your Sex Toys

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by Kate M.

cod and dildo

Bjørn Frilund, a Norwegian fisherman, caught a fish. Inside that fish was a vibrator.

“Fish eat all kinds of different things,” he told The Local. “And the dildo looks like what the fish eat. We have a kind of multi-coloured octopus in Norway, maybe the cod thought this was one of these and ate it.” 

What was the vibrator doing in the water in the first place? More importantly, what have we done to deserve this amazing story? If we do more of it, will we hear about a lion who adopts a blow-up doll and raises it as his own?

h/t The Local