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Apr 17 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure

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by thepleasurechest

Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey? If not, welcome back from vacation! E.L. James’s amazingly popular erotic e-book has launched two sequels and announced the arrival of a new literary genre dubbed “mommyporndue to its popularity with suburban mothers. The Fifty Shades trilogy follows a young woman named Anastasia as she’s inducted into the kinky world of bondage and domination by dreamy millionaire Christian Grey (hence the title). The books have captured the top three slots on the New York Times bestseller list and nabbed a movie deal, and they’re only just now coming out in print.

The LA Times devotes a lengthy article today to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and we are prominently featured. The piece begins:

The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. 

It’s true! Fifty Shades fever has led to increased demand for bondage rope, blindfolds, kegel balls and riding crops— all items featured in the books‘ steamier passages.

“We’ve had all these women coming in saying, ‘Where do you keep your mommy porn?'” said Kristen Tribby, director of creative development and strategy at The Pleasure Chest. “Or a man will come in and say, ‘My wife’s reading this book. She attacked me three times last week. I’ve been married for 20 years and we rarely have sex three times in one week….’ It is kind of opening up their sex life.” 

So, why Fifty Shades and why right now? There are a lot of opinions on the mommyporn phenomenon. Newsweek’s cover story links the apparent rise in fantasies of sexual submission to women’s increasing economic power, while The Nation argues there’s nothing new about the popularity of sadomasochism.

What we do know is that women are more curious than ever about trying some bedroom bondage of their own. So, we’ve created Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a new workshop to help Fifty Shades fans and bondage beginners make their fantasies come true. If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations. We’re also offering Fifty Shades of Pleasure to private parties and groups. Contact mike@thepleasurechest.com

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Apr 17 2012

Sex Ed (for Adults Only) in Chicago

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There was a nice little tribute to our Chicago store on Salon yesterday. The writer remembers:

When “The Pleasure Chest” moved their Chicago store to our neighborhood a few years ago, the brigades of young mothers pushing $1,000 strollers were not amused.

It’s true. Our move to the Lakeview District caused a small controversy back in 2006 as you can see in this news clip.


Six years later, Salon notes:

The Pleasure Chest really —as it turns out—didn’t change morality, end marriages, beckon to the four horseman of the apocalypse to giddy up down Lincoln Avenue and flash their swords of righteousness. Neither Michelle nor husband Marcus Bachman needed to be called in to consult. The war on women did not open up a new front right down the block from the Dunkin Donuts.

Instead, The Pleasure Chest just keeps on doing what it has been doing since the early seventies. And doing it well. No one’s morality changed. People had much larger battles to wage.

The post was inspired by the improbable appearance of a school bus parked outside our store. (Don’t fret, the bus was filled with adults from a tour group).

But we feel this is a good time to mention that we actually do have a sex ed curriculum— for adults. Tonight you can learn about vaginal fisting with Sarah Sloane. Or join us in May to learn about the G-Spot with Antoinette and female dominance with Midori. No matter what your experience level, we’ve probably got a class that will interest you. School is in session. And enrollment is free.

 

 

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Apr 16 2012

Dyke Day LA Party & FundraiserTomorrow Night!

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by thepleasurechest

The 5th annual Dyke Day LA is coming up on June 9th! Dyke Day L.A. is a day in the park for all self-identified dykes and allies, including gay families, transgender dykes, and dykes of all ages. There will be bands and stage performances, arts and crafts for kids of all ages and tables for local organizations to set up information for the community.

This is a totally free event, so the good folks at Dyke Day LA are throwing a fundraiser tomorrow night from 7-10pm and we’re hosting it! Highlights of the fundraiser include:

  • Games & free gifts!
  • Wine & beer for donations!
  • Sexy demos, including a spanking station, bootblacking, fire play with Serene Sin & much, more more.
  • Dyke Day receives 15% of all store sales during the evening.

All are welcome. Here’a clip of Serene Sin heating up last year’s fundraiser!


See you tomorrow night!

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Apr 12 2012

Seeking Sex-Positive Mothers

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by thepleasurechest

  • Are you a mom between the ages of 25 & 45?
  • Do you like to read erotica and/or pornography?
  • Have you been inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey?
  • Would you like to appear on TV and help to bring a sex-positive message to a wider audience?

The Pleasure Chest is seeking sex-positive moms to participate in a segment for a national news program on the popularity and importance of erotica in women’s lives.

Ideally, we are looking for heterosexual mothers between the ages of 25 and 45 who read and consume erotica, and who consider themselves to be open about sexuality. We are especially interested in finding women who are enthusiastic about supporting a movement for sexual empowerment.

We hope to assemble a diverse group, so even if you do not fit this exact demographic, we still want to to talk to you.

The segment is shooting next Monday, April 16th from noon to 3pm, so we need to talk to you soon!

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to 
kristen@thepleasurechest.com
letting us know why you want to be involved and the best way to contact you.

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Apr 10 2012

How Sexy is Southern California?

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by thepleasurechest

Pretty damned sexy, apparently.

In a survey of 10 million singles, Chemistry.com found that “an astounding 8 of the top 10 cities that value sex the most are in the Golden State.” 6 of those, incidentally, are within an hour’s drive of our West Hollywood store.

New York and Chicago, are you gonna take this news lying down?

(h/t Jamye Waxman)

 

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Apr 06 2012

Come to Our Pleasure Hunt on Sunday!

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by thepleasurechest


Join us on Sunday for our annual Pleasure Hunt, in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. We’ll have brightly-colored eggs hidden throughout the stores loaded with candy, prizes and coupons. We open at 10am and will be playing until all the eggs are found. Come join in the fun!

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Apr 05 2012

Madison Young, Midori & More!Free NY Workshops in Spring

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Our schedule of free workshops for spring is finally here, and there’s a little something to please everyone. Learn to deep throat like a porn star with Madison Young. Discover the subtle art of submission with Midori. Explore cunnilingus, advanced buttplay and the G-Spot with our experienced Sex Specialists.  And that’s just the first few weeks of an action packed season. Check out our complete lineup below!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, April 18th @ 8-10pm 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!

Deep Throat & the Art of Oral Sex with Madison Young
Tuesday, April 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Discover the many sensitive and erogenous zones on the cock. Learn new and innovative ways to stimulate the cock with your mouth, lips, tongue and more. Discover your inner porn star by learning the true pleasure of giving into your oral desires.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Better Bottoming for Kink Beginners with Midori
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you yearn to submit to a lover or partner, but don’t know how to ask or where to start? In this class, Midori, our favorite camp counselor of kink, will discuss how to be a great bottom, and how to get what you want while thrilling your partner. She’ll also share common pitfalls to avoid and how not to be a ‘bad bottom.’ Get BS-free, reality-based information at this practical workshop for aspiring kinksters.

Advanced Anal Play with Ignacio
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm 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.

Coming up… 

Wednesday, May 16th- Sexo: Lo Basico! with Adriana

Wednesday, May 23rd- Blowjobs & Beyond with Aaron

Wednesday, May 30th- The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato

Wednesday, June 6th- Beginners BDSM with Hana

Wednesday, June 13th- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers with Ignacio

Wednesday, June 20th- Blowjobs & Beyond with Adriana

 

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Apr 04 2012

2 Slippery Thumbs Up for Dona Massage Oil

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by thepleasurechest

The market is practically flooded with massage oils. So when the new Dona brand of aphrodisiac-infused oils was released, we needed an expert opinion. We sent some samples home with our own LittleMissM. Here’s what she told us…

I really love this massage oil! My boyfriend and I tried it in two scents: “blue lotus” and “acai.” The “blue lotus” smells really nice. It’s strong and has an earthy, masculine scent. There’s also a subtle beach-iness to it. My boyfriend isn’t in love with the smell, but I think it’s lush. I would actually wear this in my daily life as a regular skin moisturizer (I normally use virgin coconut oil).

"It’s very sweet smelling-- it makes me think of homemade jam!"

The “acai” oil is clean, fresh and kind of girlie. It’s very sweet smelling– it makes me think of homemade jam! My boyfriend liked it and we had a nice time using it together. It really helped set the mood. I have super dry skin, so for massage, we had to use more than the average bear might but it was definitely worth it. It glided really nicely and left my skin feeling soft, supple and pampered. I’d recommend Dona for anyone who wants a massage oil that has nice scents and feels good on the skin. Also, if you’re into using more natural products, the Dona brand is great, because you can pronounce and recognize almost all of the ingredients. However, if your nose is particular or sensitive to scented things, you might want to pass on the “acai” smell because it’s rather potent. All-in-all, I’d give it two thumbs up.

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Apr 02 2012

The Morning After…Podcast Storytelling ShowTuesday, April 10th

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by thepleasurechest

The Morning After…Podcast features humorous, insightful conversations about pornography between comedians and performers in the adult industry. Performance Anxiety co-producer & host Eli Olsberg brings his podcast, along with co-host Jake Weisman, to The Pleasure Chest for a night of storytelling from past guests, including comedians and porn stars.

Come see the funny side of sex with Kayden KrossGuy BranumTJ MillerJuelz VenturaApril FloresKumail Nanjiani and Tyler Knight. Since it’s Performance Anxiety’s one-year anniversary this show is free!  You’ll also get free beer and 15% off any purchases on the night of the show!

Please enjoy Guy Branum on the downside of gay visibility.

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Mar 30 2012

The NoseBanger. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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by thepleasurechest

Last month, we introduced you to the Heeldo, a strap-on harness for the foot. In total, 113 of you voted and a whopping 83% were fans of footballin’, while just 17% wanted to kick the Heeldo to the curb. It probably helped that Heeldo told its Twitter followers to toe the line and vote in our poll. But we don’t want our praise to seem arch or callous. So we’ll simply say congratulations Heeldo!

The NoseBanger

This month’s contender on Turn On or Buzz Off ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. Meet the NoseBanger, the world’s first (only?) nose-stimulating dildo. Last year, we wrote about the tentative discovery of the N-Spot, an erogenous zone in the right nostril. Located  in the columella, the fleshy outer part of the septum, this discreet bundle of nerves is quite sensitive to pressure. Many dedicated nasal spelunkers have even discovered the ability to have an “orgasm-like” experience when probing the N-Spot.

According to the marketing literature sent with the NoseBanger, its creators are hoping to um, fill the hole in the market for toys catering to nasophiles:

Made of platinum cure, body-safe silicone, the NoseBanger is the world’s first nasal dildo. Simply slip the NoseBanger over your index finger, generously apply lubricant, and then gently insert into your nostril or your partner’s.

N-Spot detail

If you are “N-Spotting,” insert into the right nostril and gently push the head of the NoseBanger to the mid-point of the septum. Gently and firmly rub the cartilage to awaken and stimulate the nerve bundle. With dedicated practice, many users report experiencing climax. Whether to pleasure your N-Spot or simply to enjoy penetration in a new way, the NoseBanger guarantees hours of fun! 

The NoseBanger’s creators also suggest slipping a condom over your finger, for protection and to prevent slippage. Though it can be used with any lube, they’re recommending their own viscous, water-based formula I Can’t Believe It’S Not Lube.

Say what you will about the inventors of the NoseBanger– they’ve got a sense of humor. In fact, their pun-filled brochure is like mucus to our ears. We wonder what their manufacturing process looks like. Can we take a tour of the ole’ factory?

Special Lubricant

Unfortunately, the makers of the NoseBanger did not send along any photos of their product in use. But given the rise in nasophilia, we smell a hit! It shouldn’t be long before nasophiles are posting pics of their plundered holes on schnoz sites all over the interwebs.

On the other hand, we have some logistical questions. Won’t we look a bit silly with a small cock up our noses? And what about nose hair? Do we wax it bare or keep the classic bush? Won’t this toy just make us insecure about the size of our nostrils?

What about you? Do you dig the NoseBanger? Would you pick it or flick it? Take our poll!

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