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Jul 11 2011

Masturbating water bugs, men who like to cuddle & women who love landmarks

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We’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and haven’t had much time to blog. Today, we catch up on our favorite sex stories and kinky links making their way around the interwebs.

  • Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 online activity. We’d like to point out that these are not mutually exclusive activities. Judging from our Twitter feed, there’s also plenty of porn on social media. No word on what took third place, but we’re willing to bet it has something to do with cats.

Gagged by Facebook.

  • In other social media news, we discovered that Facebook censors the word “bondage” in event titles. Regular readers might know that we’ve had similar Facebook problems with the word “anal” and with teaching about cunnilingus.
  • In a controversial essay, journalist Mac McClelland wrote about how violent sex helped cure her PTSD. McClelland didn’t discuss consensual sadomasochism, but we think many kinky people can relate to her story.

Flying the very friendly skies.

  • SF Gate reported that the TSA allows travelers to carry vibrators, whips, chains, leashes and even handcuffs in their carry-on bags. But don’t try to bring your Njoy Eleven on the plane. “We would call that a baton-like item,” said the TSA spokesman. “It could be considered a weapon.”

  • Scientific American reported on a French insect which is the world’s loudest known animal. The humble water boatman plays its 100 decibel mating call by rubbing its own genitals.
  • A team of researchers claimed that a man’s penis size can be determined by looking at his index and ring fingers. “The team found that, in general, the lower the ratio of the lengths of the two fingers, the longer the stretched length of the penis.” Only 144 men participated in the study (Insert “sample size queen” joke here).
  • In other science news, men like to cuddle.
  • In “Everybody Calm Down: Nobody Wants to Have Sex With Your Fiancé Anyway”, an anonymous stripper demystified the most infamous of bachelor party rituals.

  • The San Francisco City Clinic shared its archive of safe sex and anti-VD posters from the last 100 years. (Via Violet Blue).
  • Cory Silverberg taught us how to enhance our orgasms, while Sex Nerd Sandra schooled us on how not lose a toy in our butts.
  • Adweek ranked the 50 gayest ads ever made.

  • Finally, we stumbled across “Married to the Eiffel Tower,” an absolutely fascinating documentary about object sexuality. If you can tear yourself away from your Hitachi for an hour, it’s well worth viewing.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jul 06 2011

Beyond Gender with Genesis & Lady Jaye

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Many people have described love as the experience of becoming one with another person. Few have tried to express this quite so literally as pioneering performance artists and soulmates Genesis Orridge and Lady Jaye. In the 1990s,  the couple, already famous in underground art and music circles, embarked on a radical project to express their profound connection to one another.

Drawing inspiration from “cut ups,” an experimental art practice, popularized by William Burroughs, in which bits of text or audio are cut up and rearranged to create something new, they set out to explore the mutability of the body, gender and identity itself. Orridge and Lady Jaye invented a third being, which they called “The Pandrogyne” and began a series of surgeries and transformations to realize their vision. Neither male, nor female, the Pandrogyne is an expression of their utopian ideas of love, change and liberation from the body.

As Orridge said,

My project is not about gender. Some feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, others like a woman trapped in a man’s body. The pandrogyne says, I just feel trapped in a body. The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness.

When Lady Jaye passed away in 2007, Orridge continued the project, and a documentary about their lives was finally completed.

Is the Pandrogyne the unique expression of one couple’s love? Or a radical assault on gender norms and the limits of the body?

Our LA readers will get a chance to decide for themselves when The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye premieres at the 29th Annual Outfest on Saturday.

Jul 04 2011

Double Your Buzz

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by thepleasurechest

Having trouble choosing the perfect toy? Looking to buy a vibe for yourself and for your partner? Or, just want an excuse to drag a sexy friend to The Pleasure Chest for a shopping spree?

Check this out.

For the entire month of July, when you buy any vibrating toy at our retail store, we’ll give you a second one of your choice for half off. Want a Hitachi Magic Wand and a vibrating cockring? You got it. Want a clitoral vibe and a G-Spot toy? No problem. If it vibrates, it qualifies. Double your buzz, all month long.

The Fine Print: This offer is good for any vibrating toy in our store. The discount applies to a toy of equal or lesser value.  Not good with any other offers or coupons. Sorry, but this deal is not available for online purchases.

Jun 30 2011

Upcoming Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of butt sex, step into a strap-on or brush up on your blowjobs, we’ve got a fun (and totally free) workshop on the horizon to meet your needs.  Here’s the schedule for the next month or so.

Sex Toys 101

Wednesday, July 6th @ 8pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Blowjobs and Beyond

Wednesday, July 13th @ 8pm 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.

Strap-on, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101

Wednesday July 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

Butt Sex Basics

Wednesday, August 3rd @ 8pm 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.

Jun 30 2011

July Workshops in Los Angeles

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Summer school is now in session. From basic bondage and oral sex, to Tantra with Jaiya and Reid’s return, there’s something for nearly everyone.

Bondage for Beginners

July 6th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.

 

Play Parties: How To Throw ‘Em and How To Attend ‘Em with Reid Mihalko

July 12th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

Whether you’d like to be the “Hostess With the Mostest” and throw your own event, or are just looking to spice up your love life, sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko will provide you with juicy tips and sound advice on how to make attending play parties or throwing ‘em yourself as simple and as powerful as can be. Whatever you level of experience, whatever your relationship status or orientation, Reid promises an informative evening chock-full of great communication and relationship skills!

Reid Mihalko, July 12th/13th

Plays Well With Others: Negotiating Relationship Boundaries & Agreements for Group Sexploration with Reid Mihalko

July 13th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

With the dizzying array of relationship options available to people who’ve decided to “play well with others,” how do you, and your partner or partners (if you’ve got any), figure out what will work best? What is open to renegotiation? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise or when someone makes a bad call? Join sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko for a workshop devoted to single people, couples, and multiple partners who want to learn how to create workable boundaries and agreements for playing sexually with others simultaneously.

Jaiya, July 20th

Tantric Sex with Jaiya

July 20th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

Tantric sex is an art, a science and a pathway to discovering untapped erotic potential. Learning Tantric sex techniques can help you prolong pleasure, connect more deeply and reach erotic trance states. World-renowned somatic sexologist Jaiya will teach you a simple Tantric practice you can start incorporating right away. She’ll also share some tips and techniques to help you use Tantric sex to take your sexual life to places you have never imagined.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

July 26th, 2011 @ 8pm $7

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It

July 27th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

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 blow-jobs, 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.

Jun 27 2011

Furries Invade Pittsburgh, Weird Al Goes Gaga & Gay Marriage Comes to NY

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Here are all the links we liked last week!

  • In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or chained to a bed (lucky!) all weekend you probably already know that the state of New York legalized gay marriage late Friday night. You could read any number of articles about this historic vote, but we prefer this animated report from the geniuses at Taiwan News.

Here comes the bride.

  • Speaking of marriage, we wonder what the creator of this “feminist wedding dress” thinks about tying the knot.
  • A new study claimed that women’s “gaydar” functions best during ovulation, while another suggested that women are more likely to achieve simultaneous orgasm when their male partners are hot.

  • From hot to cold. Nearly 400 people in Wales stripped off and jumping into freezing water to break the world’s record for the largest skinny dip and to raise funds for cancer research.
  • Our friend Jamye Waxman reported on five reasons why porn might be teaching you bad sex. And they’re not the reasons you might think.
  • Despite what you’ve seen in movies, time travel and sex just don’t mix. That’s what a new study of brine shrimp (sea monkeys!) indicated anyways.

  • Cracked investigated the ancient art of the dick joke, showing that penis drawings and potty humor are older than we think.

  • Over 4,500 furries returned to Pittsburgh last weekend for the 6th annual Anthrocon. The city expected to make $5.3 million from the event, and hotels were packed, with attendees sleeping four to a room at the Westin. Woof!

  • “When Shubin was a 17-year-old high school student, his stepmother became pregnant with twins. Doctors advised her not to engage in sex throughout the high-risk pregnancy—so Shubin’s father, Steve, nosed around for an alternative form of release. When Steve couldn’t locate a realistic stand-in vagina on the market, he began drawing plans to craft his own.”

    Yes, that’s the origin story for the Fleshlight, the world’s most popular male masturbation toy.

 

  • Food porn? Queerty dug up this clip from “Cooking with Beefcake Too!” a bawdy cooking video from the 80s, hosted by a lecherous Jaye P. Morgan.
  • Crystal at Autostraddle shared her top 10 lesbian romance novels.
  • The Beaver Whisperer talked about STIs in the lesbian community.
  • As numerous gossip sites informed us, Jennifer Love Hewitt is a proud customer of our LA store. But where is this Pleasure Chest “bar” the paparazzi are talking about? We’re thirsty!

  • Last, but by no means least, Weird Al Yankovic released his long-awaited parody of Lady Gaga, proving that he can out-queer the reigning queen of pop.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 22 2011

LA: Get your Laughs & Lube Performance Anxiety on June 28th

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Join us for the return of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at our LA store, presented by Eli Olsberg and Tj Miller. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Performers for this show include The Sklar Brothers, Baron Vaughn, Ali Wong, David Huntsberger, Will Weldon, TJ Miller and Eli Olsberg.

Advance tickets are only available online, and space is limited. If there is space left, we will sell tickets at the door. Go here to purchase!

Please enjoy this clip of Baron Vaughn on buying condoms.

Jun 21 2011

Summer in the City Upcoming Workshops in New York

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Spend some of your hot summer nights with us. Our workshops are fun, free and held in our lovely air-conditioned store. Here’s our complete schedule of classes for the season.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers

Monday, June 27th @ 8pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, July 5th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Kinky Sex

Monday, July 11th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, July 19th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

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.

Safer Sex Techniques & Toys 201

Monday, July 25th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Condoms and dental dams are hot! Find out why at this safer sex workshop where our Sex Specialist will lead a judgment-free, open discussion. Learn how to use a harm reduction approach, while having fun safer sex and negotiating play when you or a partner is affected by an STI. We will also discuss STIs beyond HIV and communicating your status with partners.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Butt Sex Basics

Monday, August 8th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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

Tuesday, August 16th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialists: Brandon B. & Laura

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? 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.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Monday, August 22nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Advanced Anal

Tuesday, August 30th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Krys Fox

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.

Suck It! Beyond the Blowjob

Monday, September 6th @8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Do you think that just because your partner uses or has a silicone cock, that they can’t experience a great blowjob? Think again! Get tips on how to receive and give mind blowing oral pleasure. Learn how to silicone-cock gulp and T-cock slobber your partner to an explosive orgasm. Let’s go down and share techniques for queers, trans folks and strap-on lovers.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Laura

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard

Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50

Tuesday September 27th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 


Jun 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • Up, up and away! We began the week by enjoying this clip of a Seattle man taking a hot air balloon ride while suspended from flesh hooks. Has Werner Herzog seen this? (h/t Boing Boing)
  • After not one but two high profile lesbian bloggers were revealed to be men, The Awl published this delightful post from a real live lesbian blogger. We know she’s telling the truth because of all the “vagina licking” that goes on.

Make love, not riots?

  • The riots in Vancouver produced this now iconic photo of two lovers who appear to be kissing, oblivious to the chaos around them. The true story behind the picture isn’t quite so sexy. The young man says he was trying to comfort his girlfriend after they were trampled by riot police.
  • Trojan (of condom fame) released the US Sex Census, a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults. They concluded that Los Angeles has more sex than any city in the country. The average Angeleno does “it” 135 times a year. Unfortunately, it’s not the best sex. That honor goes to Philadelphia, whose citizens reported the highest levels of satisfaction. Los Angeles was also number one in vibrator use at 48%. We don’t know how scientific this survey was. 1,000 people isn’t very many. (Sorry, but we’re sample size queens!)
  • Scientific American took a look at the state of male birth control methods, and concluded that nothing is likely to replace the condom in the near future.

  • World of Wonder dug up this ad from a 1937 issue of some magazine called True Romance, reminding us that while beauty norms may change, the message never does.
  • In recent years, advertisers have increasingly targeted men’s insecurities too. Responding to a New York Times (!) article about intimate male hygiene, Jezebel investigated the wide world of products designed to combat “ball stink.”

Got prostatitis?

  • We don’t know about testicle deodorants, but we’d love to get our hands on a Dila-Therm! (h/t BoingBoing)

  • Also from Jezebel, we learned about the PBS documentary Two Spirits and its investigation of the four recognized genders in Navajo culture.
  • Earlier this month, census takers in Nepal began to recognize a “third gender” to account for its transgender population.
  • A study from the Netherlands concluded that as women gain social and economic parity, they cheat at the same rate as men. But, Anna Holmes wonders, do women cheat for the same reasons?

  • Finally, we’re not much for 80s nostalgia, but one of our Facebook friends sent us this amazing link to a vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!


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