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Mar 28 2011

Spring Workshops at our NY Store

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Spring has sprung. And even though it’s still cold outside, we’re keeping it hot in our NY store with a packed schedule of sexy workshops. Here’s our complete lineup for the season. Remember, all of our workshops are free and open to everyone!

The Ultimate O

Monday, April 4th @ 8PM FREE!

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.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure For Him

Tuesday, April 12th @ 8PM FREE!

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.

Dildos, Dental Dams and Deep Throating with Reid Mihalko

Monday, April 18th @ 8PM FREE!

Feel a little intimidated or embarrassed by the idea of adult toys? Do you think deep throating is impossible to learn? Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “Dental dams? What the heck are dental dams!?” Join world renowned sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko for an evening of R-rated, adult education and demonstration.

Negotiating Successful and Sexy Threesomes with Reid Mihalko

Tuesday, April 19th @ 8PM FREE!

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trios tré bien!

How to Top: Beginner’s Intro to Kinky Fun with Midori

Monday, April 25th @ 8PM FREE!

Interested in kinky sex but not sure how to start? Do you want to be the dominant in S&M games but feel uncertain? Not sure how to read your partner’s desires or limits during play? In this class, Midori will help with some simple but effective tips on tools, communication, planning a scene, reading your partner, avoiding mistakes and maximizing fun for both of you.

Sexo: Lo Basico!

Monday, May 2nd @ 8PM FREE!

De acuerdo con nuestra misíon para conectar con nuestra comunidad, The Pleasure Chest ha realizado la necesidad para educacíon multilingüe.   Estamos muy feliz pare annunciar nuestra primera clase en Español: ¡Sexo, Lo Basico!  Una a nuestras especialistas, hablando del placer de juguetes eróticos.  Temas incluyen: condones, diferente tipos de lubricantes, vibradores para el principiante o el profesional, juguetes para parejas, limpieza y seguridad, y ¡tambíen sugerencias muy calientes.

In keeping with our mission to connect with our community, The Pleasure Chest has realized the need for multi-lingual educational workshops.  We are excited to announce our first Spanish language workshop.  Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings.  Topics include: condoms, lube, vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety as well as hot sex tips and tricks.

Blowjobs and Beyond

Tuesday, May 10th @ 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 blow-jobs. 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.

G-Spot and Female-Bodied Ejaculation

Monday, May 16th @ 8PM FREE!

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

Butt Sex Basics

Tuesday, May 24th @ 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.

Advanced Anal Play

Monday, May 30th @ 8PM 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.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging, and More

Tuesday, June 7th @ 8PM FREE!

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

Blowjobs and Beyond

Tuesday, Monday June 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 blow-jobs. 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.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples

Tuesday, June 21st @ 8PM FREE!

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and 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.

Mar 24 2011

Put Up Your Dukes! Win Fun Factory’s Unique Prostate Toy.

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by thepleasurechest

“Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful.” – John Wayne (The Duke)

Hey fellas, are you looking for the right toy to experience P-spot joy? Whether you’re a butt beginner or an advanced anal player, there’s no ifs, ands or butts about it– you’ll wanna give the Fun Factory Duke a try.

At first glance, the Duke doesn’t look like your typical butt plug or prostate stimulator. That’s because of its unique shape, designed with an extra bulge that cradles the prostate and offers a fuller feeling than other butt toys.

As our staff reviewer Mike described it:

“The wrap around shape of this toy gives a strong prostate massage with the one side hitting the perineum and the inserted side resting directly on it. I felt the back and forth pulsation of both sides, and it was awesome. That extra part fills up your ass making it feel like you have a lot more going on up there than your typical prostate massager. My orgasm was intense and lasted longer than normal.”

Fun Factory has also made this toy of its usual high quality silicone, so it’s soft, body safe and easy to wash. Best of all, the Duke vibrates! It’s got a powerful vibe with 3 speeds and 8 different pulse patterns. It charges up with Fun Factory’s unique magnetic charger (kinda like the one on newfangled Macbooks).

Wanna Duke it out? Well, we’re giving one of these bad boys away to one lucky reader.

The Contest

Tell us why you want The Duke! Simply post a comment on this here blog, explaining why the Duke is the perfect fit for you or your partner’s bum. Be creative. Be explicit. Tell us about your anal adventures and aspirations. Female-bodied folks are also welcome to play. The Duke is an equal opportunity toy. You don’t need to use your real name, but please supply an email address so we can contact you.

On Monday, March 28th at 11PM PST, we’ll pick one entry at random.

Retweet to increase your odds!

Tweet about the contest, linking to this post, and be entered twice (so to speak.) Be sure to paste a link to your tweet in your comment, so we can count it!

Our favorite answer wins a gift card!

We love hearing your stories. We’re kinda pervy like that. So, if your entry is especially funny, original or well written, you’ll win a $20 gift card to the Pleasure Chest.

Good luck!

Mar 15 2011

Sweet little lies. The winners of our Yooo Contest!

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by thepleasurechest

Last week, we introduced you to the Fun Factory Yooo. This quirky-looking, high tech toy has three balls containing two separate vibes all covered in a brightly-colored silicone skin with a satin finish. In our contest, we asked you to explain the purpose of the Yooo, if you were being interrogated by a nosy neighbor or a tough-as-nails TSA agent. We got a lot of creative and funny entries. You’re all great liars! We took a vote here at TPC headquarters and we’ve picked a winner…

Congratulations to Margie from Illinois for this entry:

It’s my new alarm clock. It has 2 alarms built in and when it’s set you place it under your pillow and it vibrates to wake you up. There’s a soft, and strong setting, so when you need to get up early you can use this , so everyone else can stay sleeping.

Sounds completely plausible to us, Margie! Rise and shine, because a brand new Yooo is just around the corner!

Our runner up winner is D. from California with this submission:

It’s a molecular model for hydrogen dioxide. One hydrogen atom and two oxygen atoms form a covalent bond, sharing electrons which vibrate to keep the molecule together.

Verrry clever, D. We can imagine a whole new line of vibrators designed for science geeks! You’ll be getting our $20 gift card.

If you didn’t win, don’t despair. You’re all talented liars, as far as we’re concerned. And another Fun Factory giveaway is coming up soon!

Mar 09 2011

Yooo, Who? What is that thing & how can I win one?

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Fun Factory Yooo

The geniuses at German adult toy company Fun Factory consistently live up to their name. Fun Factory toys combine the best materials and powerful functions, with a sometimes whimsical, sometimes WTF design sensibility. We imagine that their headquarters must look like the Willy Wonka factory of sex gadgets. If there’s a vibrating equivalent of an Everlasting Gobstopper hidden in their warehouse, we want it!

Meet their latest creation: the Yooo (pronounced like “you!”) Consisting of three balls, two powerful motors, 8 vibration levels, 3 pulse patterns and a body safe silicone skin, the Yooo, is one of the most versatile gadgets we’ve ever seen. And, you’re in luck, because the fine folks at Fun Factory are letting us give one away!

The contest

We like the funny shape of the Yooo, and we think it’s one of the stealthiest sex toys ever made. So, here’s the contest. Pretend your new Yooo has just been discovered by a nosy neighbor, a prying parent or a tough TSA employee. Imagine (if you can) that you’re not a shameless exhibitionist and actually want to keep the Yooo’s true purpose a secret.

What will you call this device? And what will you say it is for?

How to enter

Submit your entry, naming and explaining this imaginary product in the comment field of this blogpost. You don’t need to use your real name, but be sure to supply a valid email address so we can contact you. Only one entry per person, please!

On Monday, March 14th at 10AM PST, we’ll pick the most creative answer! Our runner up entry will win a $20 gift card to The Pleasure Chest!

It’s that simple. So, tell us again. What is that thing I found in your purse? And what is it for?

Good luck!

Mar 04 2011

We Dare. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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In our last poll, we asked readers to sound off on the Pangao Breast Enhancer. The infamous vibrating bra got very little support. Most of you hated this gadget, and couldn’t wait to get it off of your chests! Only a pair of voters were hooked. So long, Pangao Breast Enhancer, and thanks for the… (No, we can’t even go there. Some puns are unmentionable.)

This week’s contestant on Turn On or Buzz Off is for the swingers among you.  Wanna put the “game” back in non-monogamy? Sick of the same old key parties? Check out We Dare, an adults only game for the Nintendo Wii and PS3.

Here’s the come-on:

“We Dare is a sexy, quirky party game that offers a large variety of hilarious, innovative and physical, sometimes kinky, challenges. The more friends you invite to the party, the saucier the game!”

“Use the Wii-mote and PS3 Move controller in unbelievable ways, as you’ve never imagined before…wave it around to the beat of your favourite tunes, old and new…put it in your pocket and act-out flirtatious actions…balance it to navigate precarious challenges…sometimes co-operative hugging helps, and it certainly doesn’t hurt. Enjoy the unique gameplay designed for the use of these motion controllers exclusively for We Dare.”

Ah yes, “cooperative hugging”– the first step to a successful orgy. Whatever happened to a couple bottles of wine and a game of strip poker?

Judging from its now infamous commercial, We Dare is aiming for a demographic that doesn’t already hang out at swing clubs or poly munches. It’s apparently being marketed to straight, vanilla couples as a fun way to ease in to partner swapping, with some light spanking, sofa snuggling, trivia and other games. In this sense, it reminds us a lot of the old school “icebreaker” board games like 7 Deadly Sins or Sexy Slang.

Even though the ad looks a bit cheesy (OK, like a big hunk of cheddar with a slice of Velveeta on top), the truth is we can imagine playing We Dare with the right group of friends. But what about you? Whether you’re a novice at non-monogamy or a seasoned swinger, we want to know what you think. Would you swap Pictionary (and your partner) for a night with We Dare?

Editor’s note: We realize that we’re playing fast and loose with some different terms here. For an excellent primer on the difference between polyamory and swinging, we recommend this video by Ms. Nina Hartley.

Mar 03 2011

Is cunnilingus obscene? Facebook says yes.

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by thepleasurechest

As many of you know, The Pleasure Chest hosts free educational workshops at all three of our retail stores. The workshops are an opportunity to share practical information about safer sex, from kissing and masturbation to oral sex and BDSM. We’ve been posting our workshop announcements on Facebook, without a problem, ever since we started our account on the social networking behemoth.

Yesterday, we received a disturbing notice informing us that the event announcement for one our workshops had been removed, for violating Facebook’s Terms of Use agreement. Here’s the key passage:

“The event ‘Pleasure Her Perfect: Going Down’ has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, events that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed.”

The notice also warned that:

“Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.”

We can’t imagine how an invitation to a class on oral sex, posted for the benefit of people who have opted-in to our feed, could be “hateful” or “threatening,” so we can only assume that Facebook finds the event description “obscene.”  (A screenshot of that description is below.)

If so, this wouldn’t be the first time that Facebook has targeted sex educators for censorship. Last year, both Self Serve and Violet Blue found their pages disabled by the site’s anonymous guardians of morality. And just last month, we discovered that we were unable to post a workshop announcement with the title “Anal Pleasure 101″ because the word “anal” made the listing “not valid.” We solved the problem by spelling the offending word “An*l,” which is kinda funny, since the asterisk reminds us of a butthole!

It’s not just sex educators who have had trouble. Facebook is an ongoing battle with users who post photos of breastfeeding! (We’re not kidding.)

We’re really not sure why this particular event posting roused the Facebook sex police. On any given day, our Facebook feed is much racier than our own profile page. Yes, we even see a fair amount of porn, posted regularly by our friends in the sex industry. So, what gives?

Perhaps the societal doublestandard that considers cunnilingus more taboo than fellatio is to blame. An upcoming Blowjobs & Beyond workshop remains on our events tab (and y’all should definitely check it out!) Cunnilingus in the movies often gets slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, while depictions of men getting head typically pass with an R-rating.

We might also ask why oral sex is considered obscene, while this apparently isn’t. The bottom line is that we can’t read Mark Zuckerberg’s mind, and finding out which words or images triggered a specific act of content removal is all but impossible. Our only recourse is to tone it down, cross our fingers, and hope we don’t get our account disabled or deleted.

In the meantime, are you following us on Twitter (NY, LA, Chicago) yet? Because Twitter definitely isn’t trying to defriend the sex industry.


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