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Nov 11 2010

Condoms & porn: What you said

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by thepleasurechest

While the latest HIV scare in the porn industry seems to be over, the debate about condoms in porn rages on. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation continues to take a hard line, arguing that mandatory condoms are needed to protect workers’ safety. Still, there are many people in the industry who argue that condoms carry their own health risks for porn actors. We’ve been running a poll for over two months, asking what you think. The results are in. We admit that 47 votes isn’t a very big pool of respondents. But unless you’re a sample size queen (science joke, sorry), you might find the numbers interesting.

Nearly a third of voters support mandatory condom usage, while slightly more than that don’t want to see condoms in their porn at all. The remaining votes (a little over 25%) support voluntary condom usage. Verdict: our readers are just as divided as the industry itself. (Either that, or we suck at conducting polls.)

This debate will likely continue as long as there is an AIDS crisis, and as long as our sex negative society pushes porn to the fringes as a legitimate career choice. In the meantime, we think indie porn star/director Madison Young had the most thoughtful comment on the great condom debate.

There needs to be an element of choice, and the choice shouldn’t be that if you want work you don’t use condoms and if you want to use condoms then you don’t work.

We couldn’t agree more.

Nov 10 2010

Sex drive

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by thepleasurechest

Folks in Huntsville, Alabama this weekend will be able to check out the nation’s (world’s?) first drive through sex shop! The drive thru is the brainchild of Sherri Williams, the proprietress of sex toy boutique Pleasures, who’s been fighting Alabama’s ridiculous ban on the sale of sex toys for over a decade. In an interview with 20/20′s John Stossel, she once defiantly channeled Charlton Heston, promising “”I’ll stop selling vibrators when they pry them from my cold, dead hand.” Wow! This is our kinda woman.


Williams has given her customers plenty of reasons to get out of their cars too. Pleasures has an outdoor lounge for wine and beer tasting and for smoking a variety of legal “mind altering” herbs. And if all of this sounds like a threat to Alabama family values, you can always partake in their free marital counseling!

Nov 08 2010

Free workshops in LA & Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

You just gained an hour. Use it! Our Los Angeles and Chicago stores are hosting free workshops from now through the holidays!

Los Angeles

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, November 10 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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.
Beginner’s BDSM
Tuesday, November 16 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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.
Butt Sex Basics
Wednesday, November 17 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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.
  • Chicago

    Tuesday, November 16 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. Our Sex Specialists will cover anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, of course, our favorite toys, lubes, and erotic accessories. The more you know about your own response patterns, the better your sex life will be, whether partnered or solo! Please note: This workshop will be a safe space for women only.
    Tuesday, December 7 · 9:00pm – 11:00pm
    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.
    Tuesday, December 14 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
    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!
  • Oct 28 2010

    November in New York!

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    by thepleasurechest

    The schedule for free workshops in our New York store has just been completed! Here’s a preview…

    Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man with Midori

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 8-10pm, FREE

    Learn how to make him moan and writhe in unbelievable pleasure. Join internationally-acclaimed sex educator Midori for this in-depth training on pleasuring your guy with hands, mouth and more! Using delicious practice props (think fruit!) you’ll learn all about the sucks, licks, swirls, strokes and touch secrets that will blow his mind. She’ll even cover tips on how to reduce discomforts or gag reflexes. What better gift is there than to show him your new techniques that very night?

    Queering Your Sex

    Tuesday, November 9th, 8-10pm, FREE

    Geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or nontraditional power play into their sex. The class covers communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, pumping, oral pleasure, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

    Porn For Couples 101

    Tuesday, November 16th, 8-10pm, FREE

    He’s a little bit country, she’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll… and their taste in porn is all over the place! This adult film workshop will cover the ins and outs of finding a movie you can both enjoy, with a brief intro to porn history as well as what and who is hot right now in the industry* (including clips!) and recommendations for “couples-friendly porn” from the vanilla to the adventurous. Whether you’re looking for enlightenment or entertainment, this is the workshop for you.

    *This workshop will primarily focus on straight guy-on-girl films but is open to all sexual orientations.


    Spank Someone Happy
    Tuesday, November 30th, 8-10pm, FREE

    Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and role play. 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.
  • Upcoming in December & January

    12/7- Kinky Sex for Curious Couples

    12/14- Blowjobs and Beyond

    12/21- Sex Toys 101

    12/28- Self-Pleasure Workshop for Women

    1/4- Sex Toys for Curious Couples

    1/11- Beginners BDSM

    1/18- Butt Sex Basics

    1/25- Blowjobs and Beyond


  • Oct 19 2010

    Is that a hard drive in your pants, or…?

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    by thepleasurechest

    Did you know that a single sperm has the same amount of data as a CD? It’s true! Quoting from “psychoceramist” Kentaro Mori’s definitive blog post on the topic:

    Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

    This is all well and good you say, but how much “data” do men, uh, “upload” during a typical ejaculation. Well, for that you’ll need to determine the “human penis data bandwidth.” (Duh). This can be calculated using the simple formula below:

    (6.2 x 10^9 bits/sperm) x (100 x 10^6 sperm/ml) x (2.25 ml) / 5 seconds
    =
    1395 x 10^15 bits / 5 seconds
    =
    2.8 x 10^17 bits/sec

    According to these calculations, Mori claims that the average dude data dump is an impressive 31 petabytes (not to be confused with these) per orgasm. Put another way:

    That’s more than all data processed by Google every day; two times all the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider per year; thirty times all the users’ photos in Facebook – already roughly 10 billion photos.

    And that’s based on a 5 second climax. If it’s been a long time since you defragged your libido, you may need to double these figures. Just think about that the next time you’re “updating your firmware.”

    All this tech talk has us looking at our laptop with a lecherous eye, but society is still a long way off  from recognizing human/machine relations. So, while the lawyers and religious folks work out the ethics of robot love, it’s best to back up that hard drive, and keep your analog viruses to yourself. In the meantime, you can still make love to your iPod or get busy with your Wii.

    Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

    Now, as a side information, we are in fact diploid, having two of each autosome and two sex chromosomes. Meaning we have double that calculated value of data in our cells, which amounts to 1,44 Gigabytes. Each tiny one of your 100 trillion cells has double the data of a CD encoded in a tiny strand of DNA.

    But back to the human penis data bandwidth.

    The human sperm is indeed haploid – half the data that will be joined with the other half in the human egg –, which means that it does have around 740 Megabytes of raw genetic data as we calculated at first.

    Which also means it’s a funny coincidence a single sperm has around the same amount of data as a single CD. Sperm data capacity is a reference far more interesting than Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, by the way.

    Oct 12 2010

    Big Bang Sale in New York this weekend!

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    by thepleasurechest

    It’s not just a theory. The Big Bang Sale is real and it’s coming to our New York store for just 3 days! Stock up on sex toys, condoms, lube, porn & much, much more.

    • At least 25% off everything in our store
    • Deep discounts & specials
    • Free Happy Hour from 6-9 on Friday & Saturday

    The annual Big Bang begins on Friday morning at 10am and ends when we close on Sunday night at 12am. This sale only applies to our New York retail store, not to web purchases. So sidle up to our complimentary bar, grab a shopping basket and pick up that toy you’ve been dreaming about. We have a theory that you’ll be happy you dropped by.

    Oct 11 2010

    It Gets Better

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    by thepleasurechest

    In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. — Quentin Crisp

    In recognition of National Coming Out Day, we’re throwing our support behind Dan Savage and his It Gets Better viral video campaign to combat homophobia and suicide among queer youth. The project has resulted in some surprising and candid videos from a number of folks in the sex positive community,  but we’d like to give a special shout out to porn star Buck Angel for this heartfelt message.

    Savage’s campaign is so popular that even The White House tried to co-opt his rhetoric, with an opportunistic speech by presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett at the HRC dinner this past weekend.  Well, Savage ain’t havin’ it. We’re happy to see him standing his ground, and helping to spread the message.

    Last but not least, here’s lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, with a hilarious take on coming out. When it comes to comedy, it doesn’t get much better than this.

    Oct 08 2010

    Reid Mihalko’s secret to Negotiating Threesomes

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    by thepleasurechest

    Sex educator and cuddle party creator Reid Mihalko recently taught a workshop in our LA store on “Negotiating Successful Threesomes.” Curious couples and sexy singles turned out to learn how to fulfill one of the most popular and enduring sexual fantasies.  For those who missed it, here’s a peek at Reid warming up the crowd.

    If you’re the kind of student who needs a cheat sheet, here’s Reid sharing the top secret on how to transform an awkward moment into an awesome threesome.

    We’re offering workshops all through the month, including “Blowjobs & Beyond” with porn legend Nina Hartley, and “Spanking & Sensation Play” with Mistress Melissa. They’re always fun, and they’re always free.


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