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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!

Jun 16 2011

1, 2 & 3! Working Out with Ami

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Liz from our NY store gave her PC muscles a workout with the Ami Vaginal Exerciser Kit. Here’s a progress report…

While I can’t claim that after a month of using these that my PC muscles are strong enough to break glass, I can say that they’re a lot of fun. I love that this is a system. Although I scoffed at the cute little Ami 1, (ahem, I am NOT a beginner) I gave it a whirl. If you bounce and jiggle around, or are just a general spazz like me, you can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside you. It’s subtle, but enough to add a fun twist to your day. I also did some of the recommended exercises in the manual. I’ve never actually done Kegel exercises with a toy to intentionally add resistance so that experience was… interesting.

"You can definitely feel the little rumbling of this toy inside of you."

Slightly smaller and heavier, Ami 2 is my new best friend. I wore this around for close to three weeks. The experience was essentially the same as the Ami 1– a little rumbly, a little fun, but nothing too crazy. I did the recommended exercises with this one, too. It was slightly more difficult but I could see how this might be fun for someone who is concerned with their PC muscles being uber-toned.

On to Ami 3. OK, this little fucker kicked my ass. Ami 3 is totally heavy and much smaller; it practically fell out when I jumped up and down to test it. It also doesn’t have the same “rumble effect” as the other two Ami weights do. I tried to do the exercises with Ami 3 and couldn’t; it pulled right out. I wore this for a couple of days but then my paranoia kicked in and thoughts of it falling out on the train sent me back to Ami 2. Sigh. I guess I have some work to do.

Finally, I’m a sucker for the little inserts that come with the toys we carry. To my delight, the Ami manual is full of little tidbits of info. Not only does it have product knowledge about the toy, but also about the female body, Dr. Kegel, the benefits of strong PC muscles and how to find and exercise them. All in all, I think this is a great product.

Jun 16 2011

Bottoms Up with the Form 4

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Ben, an intrepid member of our LA staff put the Jimmyjane Form 4 where the sun don’t shine! Here’s the bottom line…

The Form 4 is an incredible, powerful, and extremely pleasurable vibrating toy! I loved putting it in my butt! The Form 4′s strong vibrations shook me to my very core and let me experience a kind of sensation my asshole has never known before. When I angled the toy towards the front of my body, I could even kind of hit my prostate;  however, this would be a lot easier if the Form 4 had a slight curve. Nevertheless, for a toy that wasn’t necessarily intended for prostate vibrations, the Form 4 works great.

"Incredible, powerful and extremely pleasurable..."

The different oscillating vibrations are fun to explore, and I really like the fact that the toy can be inserted from either end. The smaller tip and larger base makes this toy great for getting your asshole opened up by using the small end first, then flipping it around to stick in the larger end. To top it off, the vibrations really helped my asshole to relax, making anal sex afterwards that much more awesome.

 

Jun 13 2011

Vintage Lesbians, Futuristic Hotel Sex & Jon Stewart’s Silicone Weiner!

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Here’s a look back at our favorite viral videos and sex stories from last week.

The Daily Show – C#@k-Blocked Roundup – Yemen
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Why yes, that was a Tantus Hank dildo purchased from our New York store on The Daily Show last week! And true to its fine reputation, the Tantus silicone withstood quite a beating on the “Cockblocked” news wheel.
  • Speaking of runaway penises, The Guardian chose last week to sound off on “the media myth that says men are the feckless passengers of their own insatiable sex drives.”

Looking sharp!

  • Congratulations to Staysha Randall who now holds the Guinness Record for the most body piercings in one sitting. 3200 of them, to be exact. Bravo!

No recess.

  • As summer heats up, the Village Voice reminds us that women can legally go topless in the state of New York. Let’s hear it for a public nudity law without sexist double standards!
  • On the other hand, occasionally the double standard works in women’s favor.” That’s Gawker reporting on the case of a New Zealand woman who keeps beating a flashing charge because there’s no proof she’s physically aroused. Say the cops: “If a man drops his trousers, it is easy to see he is excited, but with a woman that is not possible.” O RLY?
  • Why do women fake orgasm? It’s not just to protect your fragile ego. They might also be afraid of intimacy.
  • A study commissioned by Travelodge claims that by 2030, we’ll all be having amazing sex in cheap hotels. “Futurologist” and engineer Ian Pearson predicts:

“Video, audio, smells and tactile experiences produced using our bed or bed linen will play a key role in helping to make our dreams feel real,” said the report.

“We will be able to replay our favourite dream from a menu just like choosing a movie. Also, we will be able to link into dreams with our partner or family and friends and enjoy a shared dream experience.”

Remote virtual love making would allow individuals to “connect with their partner” while away from home, although lenses could be worn to adjust how their partner looks.

“This will enable people to change the image of their partner on a regular basis, and only they will be aware as their lover will not be able to tell what they are looking at,” the report added.

  • Finally, in honor of Pride month, here’s a lovely message from the International Gay Rodeo Association. Buck up, gay cowboys and cowgirls. It gets better for you too.

 

 


Jun 10 2011

We Send a Lucky Reader Packing With a New Pete

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Pete "Freestyle"

Congratulations to Mary from Los Angeles, the winner of our Pete promotion. We asked readers to tell us which of the four sexy Pete designs from SpareParts HardWear fit them best. Here’s what Mary had to tell us:

I would love to get my hands on the Pete freestyle!

I’ve hit a point in my life where I’m deciding to live more masculine and am trying to kind of jump into this over the summer. My main social outings and things involve time bottoming at BDSM events and I would love to be able to wear this so I can keep my ass exposed for impact play while covering my lady-bits and being able to pack a little something.

I think having this to pack with + my finally having a heavy duty sports bra and top to help minimize my chest will allow me to experience things differently and find a new level of comfort for myself.

Ooh, packing plus impact play! Sounds like a fun summer. We hope you love your new Pete Freestyle packing undwerwear, Mary!

To all those who didn’t win, please keep an eye on our Facebook fan pages for another Pete giveaway soon.

Jun 08 2011

Wear your Pete with Pride!

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Pete Trunks.

Last week, we introduced you to Pete, the revolutionary underwear for packing, created by the folks at SpareParts HardWear. Pairing form and function, Pete is designed to keep your packer in place. Like the strap-on harnesses from SpareParts, it’s made of flexible, breathable and machine washable material. Pete’s unique multi-panel design and flexible opening can handle most brands and sizes of packers. Best of all, this unique apparel comes in four different sexy cuts. You can rock the traditional briefs, slip on some trunks, go Commando in the jockstrap style or try the sexy sheath in the Freestyle design. Whichever you choose to rock, Pete is built to provide the maximum support in the style you want.

To get you and Pete more acquainted, and to help kick off Pride month, we’re giving away a pair to one lucky reader!

How to enter

Simply post a comment here telling us which style of Pete you want to win and why! On Friday 6/10 at noon PST, our favorite entry wins their pick of Pete.

 

 

Jun 08 2011

Performance Anxiety Returns on 6/14

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Tuesday, June 14th at 8pm

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 Tig Notaro, Paul Scheer, James Adomian, Kyle Dunnigan, Giulia Rozzi, 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!

Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

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

Jun 02 2011

Join Us for SlutWalk LA this Saturday (updated below)

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Saturday!

Pleasure Chest is proud to announce that we’re co-sponsoring SlutWalk LA this Saturday in West Hollywood. If you are not familiar with SlutWalk, it’s a decentralized, global movement to speak out against sexual assault, and especially to combat victim blaming.

The first SlutWalk was in Toronto this past April. It came in response to comments by a police officer, who, while speaking about campus safety at York University, said that female students could avoid sexual assault by not dressing like “sluts.” As Time reports:

Immediately afterward, the law school’s students and staff demanded an apology from the Toronto Police. Though the officer who made the remarks apologized and was reprimanded (but stayed on duty), his comment sparked a protest movement that has since gone global. In April, thousands of women took part in the first “SlutWalk” in Toronto, demonstrating against the notion that rape victims should somehow be held responsible for their assault, and rallying to re-appropriate the term “slut.”

Coinciding with the rise of the SlutWalk movement have been a number of high profile cases of sexual assault. The problematic response from many in the media suggests that we still have far to go to combat rape culture.

SlutWalk has now made its way to our city. The Pleasure Chest has been an engaged  part of the  community in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for over 35 years. When we heard that the rally and march were going to happen in our own backyard, we knew that it was important to lend our support.

As workers in the sex industry, we certainly know what it’s like to be called “sluts” and to feel judged for our sexuality. We’re happy to join the California National Organization for Women, the Sex Worker’s Outreach Project and the nearly 4,000 people who have RSVPd on Facebook in support of the event. As we see it, SlutWalk LA is an inclusive, irreverent and sex-positive response to sexual assault and victim blaming. We’re looking forward to Saturday. Join us?

Update: Come to SlutWalk LA tomorrow & get a button. Wear it to our store this weekend and claim a free pocket vibe!


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