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Apr 27 2015

Fill a Dildo with Your Lover’s Ashes

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by Kate M.

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Now, you can keep having sex with your significant other for the rest of your life, even when they’ve passed on. Designer Mark Sturkenboom has created a “21 Grams” box designed to allow someone to recreate a romantic evening with a deceased lover. It contains a perfume bottle for the person’s signature scent, speakers for playing romantic music, and a glass dildo containing 21 grams of the person’s ashes. The box opens with a golden key that can be worn on a necklace, so that no one else can access your sexy memorial.

According to Sturkenboom’s website,

“21 Grams is not only a way to tempt a person to revive an
intimate night with her love again
but also displays an accusation against
the unavoidable passing of life.”

So… that exists now.

h/t Metro

Mar 28 2015

8 Sex Toys from Art History

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by Kate M.

Ever wondered what your taste in art says about which sex toys you’ll love? Well, maybe you should. We’ve paired some of our favorite toys with art movements throughout history (okay, mostly 20th century). Take a look, and see which speak to your sensibilities. You might even learn something.

 

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Arts and Crafts Movement

In the late nineteenth century, the Arts and Crafts movement emerged in opposition to industrialism and the mass production of goods, focusing instead on craftsmanship and design. The Collar Flora is made by an artisan leatherworker, and it boasts a floral design similar to those favored by the movement, which drew inspiration from medieval, romantic, and folk art.

 

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Classicism
Using Greek and Roman art as its model of perfection, art of the Italian Renaissance emphasized symmetry and attention to form and detail.  The Vixskin Goodfella, a realistic dildo made of the highest quality dual-density silicone, would have made Michelangelo envious (and intrigued).

 

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Cubism

A hugely influential movement in the early 1900s, Cubist artwork sought to depict its subjects from multiple visual perspectives at once. Sliquid’s Lip Lickers Lube Cube Sampler… is cube-shaped. (Sorry.)

 

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Dada

Dada, an “anti-art” movement, developed in protest to World War I. Rooted in anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist politics, Dada sought to upend bourgeois artistic ideals like logic and beauty, instead embracing chaos, irrationality, irreverence, and offensiveness. If anyone in the sex industry comes close to that, it’s Oxballs. Their Kickass Plug is one among many over-the-top ultra-fetishy designs that regularly elicit gasps from customers.

 

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Expressionism

Expressionism aimed to evoke powerful emotions and ideas, deliberately showing its subjects from a subjective viewpoint and distorting familiar, realistic images. The 7 Wheel Pinwheel is also meant to evoke a powerful emotion — namely, fear — by taking a medical tool (the Wartenberg wheel, dragged gently and painlessly over the skin to test nerve sensitivity) and giving it six extra wheels, making it look like a torture device.

 

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Fauvism

Embracing bright, bold colors and a less-representational style, Fauvism is Impressionism‘s fun cousin. In an industry that loves pastels and realistic dildos, the designers at Fun Factory are les fauves (“the wild beasts”) of the world of sex toys. In particular, the Fun Factory Amorino is colorful, quirky, and decidedly not-dick-shaped, for someone who wants a rabbit-style vibrator unlike any other.

 

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Futurism
Originating in early 20th century Italy, Futurism glorified technology and modernity. The Eroscillator 2, which oscillates instead of vibrating (progress! the triumph of industry!) could have been lifted straight from a Futurist design.

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Minimalism
Enough said.

Oct 14 2014

Learning to Love My Naked Body –
A Guest Post by Ashley Manta

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by Kate M.

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In celebration of Love Your Body Day, we wanted to share a story from someone who learned to love her own body. This article was reprinted with permission from sex educator Ashley Manta‘s blog. 

I have struggled with body confidence my entire life. I’ve been 132lbs and I’ve been over 250lbs. One thing I found that was incredibly empowering for me was learning to be comfortable naked. I did that by working as a figure model for artists for a year, which culminated in me posing for a series of artistic nudes on camera. Since I believe in modeling vulnerability, I’m going to share those photos with you.

Figure Modeling

Being a figure model is hard work. You might think, “you just stand there naked, how hard could that be?” It’s very hard. Keep in mind, people are replicating your body onto the medium of their choice–charcoal, paint, clay, etc. It takes time to do that, which means you need to stay in the same position. In a typical three hour class, I would do twenty minutes of one-minute poses (in various contorted positions to give them interesting things to sketch quickly) then a longer pose that I would hold for 20 minutes at a time for the remainder of the class. It was incredible. I would walk around during my break and see myself through the eyes of the artists who were capturing my body on paper, and it felt wonderful. There was no photoshopping, no shame. It wasn’t just my body. It was art.

Live Modeling

There was an art expo in Mechanicsburg, PA where artists were creating in real time so that attendees could watch them work. I was hired to be a body art model, which meant that the artist was going to create a painting on my body and then I’d walk around to showcase it. I sat for about 45 minutes while the artist created an incredible Japanese geisha on my back, with a dragon kimono and surrounded by cherry blossoms. I wish I still had a picture of that, but sadly it was lost when my last computer died.

Once the the artist finished, I sat for a few minutes in front of a fan, waiting for the paint to dry, then stood up and walked around a room full of strangers, topless. They needed to be able to see my back, since that’s where the art was. I was surprised that a place in South Central PA (know for its conservative values) was so permissive with nudity. It was glorious. I was complimented, many people took pictures of my back, and no one called me fat.

The Photo Shoot

About a year later, I met a photographer at an art gallery in West Chester, PA. I mentioned that I enjoyed nude modeling, and we exchanged contact information. A few weeks later, we scheduled a photo shoot at his studio. He was very kind. He gave me space to change (the first few shots were in clothes), he assured me that his wife was upstairs so that I felt more comfortable, and put on some powerful Madonna songs.

I was nervous at first. Doing the clothed shots helped me to get over the initial anxiety of doing a photoshoot (which felt a lot scarier than figure modeling for some reason!) Here is one of my favorite clothed shots:

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Once I felt pretty warmed up, we moved to some shots with a white sheet draped around my body. The photographer liked to do cool things with light and shadow, which was neat to see once the prints arrived.

Once I was topless, the last frontier was to take off that white sheet and be fully naked. I was honestly less concerned about exposing my genitals than I was about exposing my tummy. I was so focused on it that I started to get into my head and panic. The artist was patient and kind. He told me that art does not recognize size or shape. It’s all beautiful. Then I remembered my favorite painting, The Bathers by Renoir. The thing I love most about it was it is that it depicts a group of women who are playfully and unapologetically loving their bodies. I cast the sheet aside. “Let’s do this!”

To read the rest of the article and see more photos from the shoot, visit Ashley’s blog. (NSFW)

Oct 02 2014

The Art of Sex in Chicago

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by Kate M.

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Join us on Friday, October 10th, 7-10pm, for the opening night reception of The Art of Sex, our annual erotic art show. Browse the artwork, chat with the artists, and maybe even purchase a piece for yourself! We’ll provide the wine.

This show will feature artwork by Leslie Anderson, Antoinette Hancock, Bianca Jarvis, Leon VonMonkeyfetish, Patience Meeks, Pik Chick, Rachel Katzman, Rob River and more!

The Art of Sex will be up at The Pleasure Chest Chicago through October 12th.

Jul 23 2014

Acrobatic Ancient Egyptian Sex

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by Kate M.

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Fun sex fact: the earliest known depiction of sex is called the Turin Erotic Papyrus, and it is filthy. Looking at the reconstruction above is a little like playing Where’s Waldo, only Waldo is an extra-long penis, and he’s everywhere.

Maybe one day, when we’re in peak physical condition and we have a chariot lying around, we’ll give our own reproduction of the Turin Erotic Papyrus a try. Until then, we can only be impressed by the erotic imagination of one kinky Ancient Egyptian artist.

May 29 2014

Wall of Dicks! Wall of Dicks!

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by Kate M.

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Click here to see a wall of penises that wiggle up and down in response to movements from passersby – or, hilariously, in response to changes in the stock market.

Good morning!

Apr 15 2014

Tom of Finland Stamps!

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by Kate M.

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After finding out that the Finnish postal service is releasing stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland, we only have one question: who lives in Finland and wants to send us mail?

Please? We’ll love you forever.

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h/t The Advocate

Mar 11 2014

Ecosex with Annie Sprinkle
on the Upper East Side

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by thepleasurechest

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Hey New York! Thursday night at 8pm, we’re giving you a chance to see pioneering sex educator and performance artist Annie Sprinkle for free at our Upper East Side flagship store!

101 Ways to Make Love with the Earth – An Ecosex Primer
Slide Show & Workshop with Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.
Thursday, March 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Annie will present an introductory slide show giving an overview of ecosex practices, art, fashion and  green porn. Learn how to find your E-spot, and why switching the metaphor from “Earth as mother” to “Earth as lover” can create a paradigm shifting experience that can bring you more pleasure than ever. Try some ecosexual breathing, listen to ecosexy stories and explore pollen-amoury. It’s fun, a little kinky, and good for the Earth. By the end, you’ll likely discover that you are an ecosexual too!

Mar 06 2014

T is for Trampling

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by thepleasurechest

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Some wonderful person (“a Dutch female illustrator,” according to her website) has made a series of kinky alphabet prints, called KinkyABC. Quick question: is there anywhere you don’t want to hang a picture of folks in heels walking over a landscape of butts? We thought not.