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Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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by thepleasurechest

During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

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

Aug 11 2011

The Winners of Our Aneros Tempo Giveaway

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by thepleasurechest

We got over 30 entries in our contest for the Tempo, a beautiful new stainless steel butt toy from Aneros. The randomly selected winner is Nathan from Chicago. Congratulations Nathan, we hope that your Anal August is filled with prostate pleasure.

Aneros sent us these nifty gift bags containing a set of the Peridise Unisex Anal PC Toys, a Marskman Lube Shooter, a polyester carrying bag and an Aneros tote. It’s a $70 value!

Since there were so many other good entries, we’ve awarded these bags as runner up prizes to a couple of our favorite answers.

First, there was this entry from Lady Henrietta from Los Angeles, who described her first anal experience with her current boyfriend, while at an anime convention.

While in the hotel room we had a bit to drink and one thing leads to another and we initiate intimacy. Now I was dressed as Catwoman in a skin tight black body suit and corset. And he was wearing my Lolita-cat dress; complete with white frilly stockings, red bows, and kitty tail. This man is ripped and if he flexed his muscles hard enough he would have ripped my dress open. So this man is no sissy in real life or in bed!

I had him tied up and spread eagled on the bed when I did my first female on male ass play session with him. It was very hot and arousing for me feeling him squirm and moan when I inserted my tongue, fingers, mini vibrator and my glass plug inside him. (I always come prepared at these conventions!)

Hot! We hope you and your partner can nerd out with the goodies in the gift bag.

Next up was Alissia from North Hollywood who said:

Well, as noted in the oral sex class, the anus has the most nerves second only to the clit (sorry guys, the penis has fewer than either), so why not explore that. My GF and I enjoy ass play a lot, so this could be interesting.

We’re suckers for students who pay attention in class, so the gift bag goes to Alissia!

If you didn’t win, don’t fret. We’ll be having more giveaways throughout the month. If the Aneros gift bag arouses you, don’t forget that we’re giving them away with the purchase of any Aneros product during Anal August. That includes online orders too!

 

Jun 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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by thepleasurechest

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!

Mar 29 2011

The Winners Of Our Fun Factory Duke Giveaway

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by thepleasurechest

We didn’t get too many entries in our contest to win the Fun Factory Duke, but the ones we got were very detailed. While an apparently large part of our readership seems intimidated by the Duke’s unique design, those who did participate in the contest, seemed eager to be, uh, entered.

The winner, chosen at random, from among a dozen entries is Ryan from New York City! Ryan describes himself as a bisexual ex-Mormon, who was inducted into the pleasures of prostate play by a patient partner. Here’s his account of his first experience:

“At first it was a bit strange but then I could feel this crazy energy building…as I got closer to orgasm it became more and more intense..just when I thought I was going to blow, I didn’t..building, building then BAM!*!@@$** fireworks, stars, lightning, angels singing, sheet tearing WOW! The most amazing and long lasting orgasm I’ve ever experienced in my life. At the risk of over-share (if we’re not there already haha) I don’t shoot much further than my stomach/chest but this time (from the foot of the bed) I managed to hit the wall above the headboard with almost every shot. All of this without EVER touching my penis. I was completely exhausted afterwards. I wouldn’t have believed it if it didn’t happen to me. Amazing!”

It sounds like the Duke will fit nicely into Ryan’s, uh, repertoire! And, since he mentioned it, we just want to assure Ryan and the rest of our readers that it’s impossible to over-share with us. We love all the juicy details. Otherwise, we’d be working at a Starbucks or something.

The runner up prize goes to our favorite entry, submitted by Plastic Robot, also of New York City. Where the Tin Man needed a heart to feel whole, Plastic Robot just needs a Duke to fill his hole. We didn’t realize robots even had anuses, much less prostates, until we read this amazing testimonial.

“I have known for some time that an important part of me is missing. I have had some upgrades to my endoskeleton and even to my programming, this year, but still that feeling lingered. When I laid my eyes upon the beautiful matte silicone of this unit, there was a sensation in my circuits that told me this was the perfect fit. I feel certain that installation of the Fun Factory Duke would complete my assimilation to a fully functional pleasure-bot and I am sure that activation of this unit would compel me to sing the praises of Pleasure Chest, without even requiring autotune. Thank You for your kind consideration.”

Congratulations, robot friend. You win the $20 Pleasure Chest gift card. That’s not enough credit for a Duke, but it should keep you in lube for the next few months. Robot pro tip: Don’t use silicone lube on your sexy silicone skin. Malfunction!

Thanks to everyone who participated and over-shared!

Feb 21 2011

Get Out of the Toolbox & Into the Toybox

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by thepleasurechest

A story in Salon over the weekend, confirms what we at the Pleasure Chest have known for awhile now– men buy vibrators! The article focuses exclusively on men purchasing toys to use with a female partner, ignoring that couples of all genders and orientations use vibrators to enhance their sex lives. Here’s the gist of it:

It’s only recently that sex toys became an accepted symbol of a man’s sexual prowess. Once upon a time, vibrators were seen as posing a threat to masculinity — something that might outperform, maybe even replace, men in the bedroom. But now they’re seen as a useful item in a guy’s toolbox, and many see them as no more emasculating than a power drill. It’s not like 20-somethings are carrying around pocket vibes like condoms, but men are increasingly open to sharing the bed with them.

We agree! But while the article makes some good points, it also reinforces male fixations about sexual performance, and ignores an even more growing trend– dudes are buying vibrators to get themselves off.

Penis Vibrators

In addition to masturbation sleeves like those made by Tenga and Fleshlight, there’s a new breed of vibes vying to grab a piece of the male market. A few months ago we told you about the Cobra Libre, a vibrating masturbation toy that looks like a race car or an old school electric shaver.

Fun Factory Cobra Libre

The Cobra Libre is waterproof, rechargeable and made of soft, body-safe silicone. The inside of the sleeve is designed with all the right contours, and the motor has three speeds, and multiple pulsation patterns. This is a long way from masturbating with a tube sock!

A cheaper and goofier alternative to the Cobra Libre is the Maneater, a vibrating masturbation toy, designed to look like a one-eyed green alien. Unlike the Cobra Libre, you don’t actually insert your penis in the toy. Instead, you use the curved surface of the open “mouth” to rub your cock while the three speeds of vibration add to the stimulation.

Cheeky Boy

Vibrating Anal Toys

Just as boys are discovering the joys of vibration, they’re also learning to love their butts. Anal toys are more popular than ever, and many of the latest add vibration to the mix. As straight guys begin to realize that putting things in your butt doesn’t make you gay, toy companies are beginning to tap that, uh, untapped market. The Cheeky Boy is one of many anal toys that offer P-spot (prostate) stimulation with a little extra buzz. The anal “beads” make a curved line directly for the prostate, while the outer part of the toy presses against the perineum. Once the bullet vibe is switched on, the user can enjoy “rocking” the Cheeky Boy for an explosive orgasm, that no simple handjob could create.

Vibrators for Couples

If he has someone to play with, there are a number of vibrating toys, designed to get him off while offering stimulation to his partner. The most common is the vibrating cockring. Tantus makes one of the best vibrating cockrings around. The high quality silicone conducts vibrations throughout the whole ring, not just at the site of the vibe. The vibrator can be turned upward to offer clitoral stimulation during intercourse, or downward to stimulate the balls and shaft during masturbation.

We Vibe

The latest innovation in vibrators for partner sex is the We Vibe. Specifically made to be worn by a woman during intercourse, the We Vibe’s unique design actually has lots of applications for people of all bodies and genders. When used vaginally, the We Vibe offers separate vibration to both the clitoris and the G-spot while leaving room for penetration. It’s  a rechargeable, silicone vibrator that enhances pleasure for both partners, without getting in the way of intercourse.

It Shouldn’t Feel Like Work!

As you can probably see, we think that Salon‘s “toolbox” analogy is too work-oriented. Men shouldn’t think of vibrators as tools to fix their sex lives nor should they think of themselves as handymen in the bedroom (unless they enjoy that kind of roleplay.)

We prefer the toybox idea, because of its focus on the mutual expressions of imagination, creativity and pleasure. As men become less fixated on performance and more focused on enjoyment, we expect to see even more toys designed for boys and their bits.

Feb 06 2011

Five Scenarios for a Sexy Valentine’s Day

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by thepleasurechest

Stuck on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetie? Tired of the same old dinner and a movie routine? Here are some suggestions for changing it up while getting down. And we’ve got the gear to make each of these five fantasies come true.

Play Doctor

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one in the bedroom!”

If you’ve got the patience (and the patient) for a little medical roleplay, grab your partner and begin the examination. Let’s Play Doctor is a fun and easy game for kickstarting your fantasies. It comes with a spinner and cards prescribing 45 different roleplaying scenarios. For added realism (and safer sex), slip on some sexy, black nitrile gloves. If you want to take a closer look, consider using a Graves Vaginal Speculum, which can be used for more intimate exams. If your patient requires treatment (and we know they will), you may want to try a traditional healing method with this fire cupping set. Or, if your patient is suffering from a bite (especially one on their nipple), this snakebite kit could come in handy. Whatever ails them, make sure to finish with a kiss to make it all better.

Skip Dessert

After your Valentine’s Day dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth by saving dessert for the bedroom. If there’s any time of the year to rock a candy g-string, it’s Valentine’s Day. And dudes, there’s a matching set just for you. If you’re feeling artsy or want to wax poetic, you can write sweet nothings all over your partner’s body in rich, dark chocolate with this Shunga Chocolate Body Paint. It’s almost as fun to “erase” as it is to apply. For something more sensual and less sticky, try the Kama Sutra Honey Dust, an edible powder, made of pure honey, which comes in a satin pouch, complete with a feather applicator. Finally, when you’re ready to get down to business, try some Sliquid Swirl lube. The sugar-free, vegan, water-based formula comes in six delicious flavors, from Pink Lemonade to Cherry Vanilla.

Surrender Yourself

This Valentine’s Day, why not hand over the keys to your heart (and other parts) to your lover, partner, mistress or master? Whether you’re giving yourself for an evening, or a lifetime, a collar is a simple, elegant and sexy expression of submission. We love this Tear Drop Locking Collar, made with English Bridle leather and a “teardrop shaped” stainless steel ring. For an even more intimate surrender, lock up your cock, with the CB6000, a long-term male chastity device, made of medical grade plastic. It even comes with plastic locks for those tricky airport metal detectors! If you want to submit, but your partner is still new to BDSM, we recommend When Someone You Love is Kinky, a handbook for helping your lover understand the mysteries of the kinkster heart. Finally, you can’t go wrong with our Silk Entangle Ties, elegant ribbons for wrapping up the greatest gift of all– yourself!

Discover a New Position

Whether on the floor, or up against a door, Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to try some new positions. To get your imaginative juices flowing, check out the Position of the Day book. Packed and illustrated with 366 sexual positions (one for every day of the year, plus one extra for leap year), this handy manual has enough ideas to keep you getting busy until Valentine’s Day, 2012. For help negotiating all those new positions, try investing in a Liberator Wedge. This sturdy foam support wedge provides the lift and leverage to put you and your partner in all kinds of compromising positions. Its sexy microfiber cover is smooth against the skin and machine-washable. But, if you hate post-sex cleanup, perhaps you should move the action to the shower. The Sex in the Shower product line uses an ingenious array of suction cup handles and footrests for a safer, less slippery way to play with wet and wild sex. Finally, if you think you’ve tried it all, hoist ‘em high and try the Door Jam Sex Sling from Sportsheets. Made of comfy, padded nylon, this sling can be thrown over any sturdy door for spontaneous action, whenever the mood arises. No handyman needed. Unless that’s a part of your fantasy, too. (And who are we to judge?)

Play in Public

We’re not looking to get you arrested, but there are discrete ways to play in public, while enjoying the thrill of being discovered. After Valentine’s Day dinner, why not hit a nightclub, bar, or darkened movie theater and smuggle some toys in your pants? For discrete fun, nothing beats the Club Vibe. This discreet bullet vibe responds to ambient sound, which means it can be equally fun on a dance floor or in a crowded restaurant. If you want an even more interactive experience, try the BNaughty Unleashed Remote Control Bullet. A handy remote control with LED display allows you or your lover to choose up to 10 powerful pulsation settings. Sit across from your partner at the dinner table and turn it on, while she tries to conceal her excitement from the people around her. Or, if you want a toy that will give dual clitoral and G-Spot stimulation, try out the ever popular We Vibe 2. As a bonus, this toy can be worn during intercourse, so if you decide to risk public sex, in a backseat or a back alley, she’ll have a headstart on the fun. No matter what the gender of your Valentine, you can never go wrong with a butt toy. For a discrete anal thrill, try warming up an Njoy Pure Plug before setting out to the paint the town red. Made of silky-smooth stainless steel, these popular plugs fit snugly inside your butthole, giving an extra nudge to the prostate. This is especially fun during long walks on the beach or bouncy cab rides through the city. No matter how big a scene you decide to make, remember to tip generously, and make a fast getaway.





Dec 31 2010

Have a happy nonporous new year!

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by thepleasurechest

Here’s our very own Sex Nerd Sandra with some tips on the benefits of nonporous sex toys.

If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to go nonporous in 2011, we’d like to remind you that we’ve got silicone dildos, as well as the glass, wood and steel varieties. Oh, and we’ve got the Aneros, Njoy plug and Smart Balls that Sandra recommended.

Make a pledge to treat your bits to the finest materials in 2011. Let’s have a toast to nonporous sex toys!  And here’s to your pleasure and your health in the coming year!

Aug 17 2010

Anal August: Amanda’s Review of Fun Factory’s Bootie

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by thepleasurechest

Well, the toy Bootie, not their actual backside.

Anal pleasure ahoy!

At first I was skeptical about this way too appropriately-named butt plug. You see, I’ve been burned (not literally, ew) by petite sized butt plugs before. A lot of them seem better engineered for flying out of your ass at terrifying speeds than staying in there and bringing the pleasure. Bootie is different. The tapered tip made it easy to slide in, even without an assistant, and once inside it really stayed put! I walked around, I brushed my teeth, and I even sat down, which is when the flatness of the base really came in handy. It nestles nicely between the cheeks and you would barely know it was there… except for the awesome internal sensations! I’ll admit it, I am a bit of an anal slut, so that helped, but the sweet part was I could feel it stimulating my G-spot through my anal wall. I’m sorry I just said anal wall, it doesn’t sound very sexy, but I couldn’t think of another way to say it. Bootie was also very comfortable to wear during sex and the curve guided the dick nicely toward my G-spot.

Recap: Loved the feel (and easy cleanup) of the smooth silicone, easy to get in, stayed in, felt amazing in. All in all a perfect butt plug for beginners and anyone else who likes mild to moderate anal sensations.