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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!

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!