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Sep 30 2013

Sex Manuals Through the Centuries

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Are you looking for a little guidance when it comes to your sex life? You could try a sex ed standard like The Guide to Getting it On or something a little lighter, like the comic-style Sex is Fun. Alternatively, you could go with the 1680 advice manual The School of Venus, whose illustration above may or may not depict an early sex shop. We hope it does.

For a brief history of this and other sex manuals throughout history, check out this guide from Nerve.

Sep 24 2013

The Art of Sex: April Flores & Lucent Dossier at Gloryhole

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We’re thrilled to have these aesthetically-gifted performers back at Gloryhole. It makes us feel a little classier just to have them around.

April Flores HS

April Flores is a muse, performance artist, and model – but that’s not even scratching the surface. April is a fearless BBW star with scarlet hair, proponent of the queer community, feminist, sex-positive activist, outspoken advocate of body diversity, glamorous art model, and all around powerful woman. April has graced the covers of Bizarre and AVN Magazines, modeled for dozens of fine art photographers, appeared in countless adult films in every genre of the porn industry (from mainstream to queer to kinky to artsy), and spoken out about body image through her mere presence and powerful sexuality, along with her activism.

April will be in the gloryhole on the night of the party. When you’re not watching her, we recommend taking a walk around the party, where the roving performers of The Lucent Dossier Experience will be creating a carnival atmosphere.

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Would you like to wander beyond the surreal and dare to cross the boundaries of your dreams? Lucent Dossier paints a secret map that will entice you into sacred portals: come adventure with them. Witness magic unfolding; let your perception be stretched into the infinite; be raised into sensual bliss.

To attend, RSVP by emailing gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Sep 20 2013

Triple Threats: Jiz Lee & Allison Moon at Gloryhole

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The next two folks that we’re profiling in the lead-up to Gloryhole are triple threats: authors and educators as well as performers. They’ll be joining forces at the event!

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Jiz Lee is a genderqueer adult performer straddling genders and porn genres, with over 200 projects from indie and mainstream, American and International porn houses under their belt. In 2010, Jiz was awarded Feminist Porn Award’s Boundary Breaker, a defining moment within their exploits in adult. Throughout the years, Jiz has their fingers in a lot of good places: they moonlight behind the scenes at Shine Louise Houston’s Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.comPinkLabel.tv), and run the erotic philanthropic Karma Pervs.

It was through pornography that Jiz began writing as a contributor in various web and print publications, from Jezebel.com to the recent academic sensation: The Feminist Porn Book!

Jiz hopes to bring authenticity and diversity to sex in porn, and to help culture more understanding and open-mindedness around sexuality in general. Walking that talk, Jiz is currently taking on their most challenging project to date: coming out to their family about P-R-0-N. The result is a powerful conversation, channeled into their forthcoming anthology: How to Come Out Like a Porn Star: Adult Industry Essays on Family Matters. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog about sex work as a medium for social activism at JizLee.com.

Allison Moon

Allison Moon is the author the Tales of the Pack series about lesbian werewolves and the upcoming sex-ed roadtrip book Girl Sex 101, which is Kickstarting now. In addition to writing Allison is a sex educator who has taught workshops on topics of lesbian sex, strap-on sex, pegging, gender, polyamory, and more across the US and Canada. Find her at Girlsex101.com.

You can find Jiz and Allison in the gloryhole on the night of the event.

To RSVP, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Sep 18 2013

Is Whispering The Hot New Sex Act?

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We keep hearing about ASMR - Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – which, we are told, is a pleasant tingling sensation, usually along the scalp or the back of the neck, brought about by certain sounds, in particular the sound of whispering. ASMR is supposed to produce a calming effect and to be helpful for people with insomnia. Also, depending on who you ask, it is either definitely sexual or definitely not sexual and either feels like an orgasm in your brain or doesn’t. Huh.

YouTube is packed with ASMR videos, most of which appear to be of young women whispering into a webcam or making other ASMR-producing sounds, like brushing hair or using scissors.

If you’re in the L.A. area and want to experience ASMR in public (scandalous!), we recommend checking out Whisper Reports, an event by KCHUNG Radio at the Hammer Museum tomorrow (Thursday, September 19th), where Lady C will be leading an ASMR tour of the museum from 2:30-3pm. The event will include whisper-related happenings around the museum from 2pm to 8pm. Admission is free.

For more information, check out the event page here.

 

Sep 17 2013

Something Sweet at Gloryhole (Sweet Beats & Diamondback Annie)

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We can’t wait for Gloryhole! To get you as pumped up as we are, we’ll be giving you sneak peeks of some of the performers in the time leading up to the event. Let’s start with dessert.

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Sweet Beats ice cream truck, featuring DJ Sweet Beats & DJ Potira

We’re so excited to be hosting the Sweet Beats truck again this year. They play music and also give you ice cream. 

Sweet Beats is a rhythmic calling spun by DJ Sweet Beats (aka Ginger Marianne Matsuura). Her hypnotic sound is upbeat and will get the crowd dancing with a mix of genres from disco, funk, house, old school, and hip-hop.

The origins of DJ Sweet Beats are humble, but also true to the belief that good music should be shared and not confined to one place. Remembering the delightful sounds of an ice-cream truck blasting through the neighborhood and the promise for something sweet, she wanted to capture the same anticipation and delight when the source of that music was revealed. From that sense of nostalgia, the Sweet Beats truck was born.

DJPotira

Blending eclectic Brazilian beats with urban underground cultures, DJ Potira believes the natural fit of all different types of music, and her Brazilian background help her read any audience, whether it’s to get a venue jumping or to set the mood to an art gallery cocktail reception, this skill has allowed her to spin at many different venues and shows including events sponsored by Teen Vogue, Elle Magazine, and Chanel.

Potira is known for mixing up a very eclectic set with many genres of music. She has developed her own style, seamlessly blending classic Hip-Hop beats wedged between Samba rhythms and Cuíca Drums.

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If, however, you prefer your ice cream prepared in someone’s jockstrap, Diamondback Annie can help with that. 

Rock & roll showgirl Diamondback Annie is America’s most badass burlesque star. Since winning Best Debut at the 2005 Burlesque Hall of Fame competition, she has headlined events worldwide as a solo artist with her signature blend of striptease and arena rock.

Based in Los Angeles, she was a member of The Velvet Hammer – the troupe credited with originating the burlesque revival – and currently performs with the long-running Mexican wrestling and burlesque show Lucha VaVoom.

You’ll be able to find Diamondback Annie at the Lap Dance Roulette Station.

RSVP to Gloryhole by emailing gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Sep 09 2013

Win Tickets to CineKink: Chicago! (Updated 9/16)

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Congratulations to Gump, who won the blog contest, and to @little_lab_rat, who claims the prize on twitter. Don’t forget to join us for Performance Anxiety tonight, for your chance to win another pair of tickets! 

We’re excited to be sponsoring  CineKink:Chicago, a night of sex-positive and kink-friendly films from the 2013 CineKink Festival, on Saturday, September 21. The evening will kick off at 7pm with a screening of the “Best of CineKink/2013,” followed by the full-length, audience-award-winning film Remedy, at 9pm.

Join us at Leather Archives and Museum for a night of works ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit. Tickets are available at the door for both screenings at $10 per screening. Advance tickets are available at a discount via Eventbrite. The screenings are limited to those 18 and older.

What’s more, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for each screening!

How to Win Tickets to the “Best of CineKink/2013″

You have two chances to win!

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited for CineKink. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we know how to contact you. A winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Join us for Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest on Monday, September 16th at 8pm. A winner will be announced at the show.

How to Win Tickets to Remedy

A psychological drama based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, Remedy follows a young woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission. Here’s how to win tickets:

1. Come into the store September 13-15 and drop your name in a jar. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 16th.

OR

2. Retweet our Twitter announcement!

Good luck!

Sep 09 2013

Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

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“Slither slither slither slither went the tongue…”

We love good erotica, but we won’t deny that there’s a unique pleasure in reading really, really bad smut. If you understand the joy of wondering, “Why would he use that metaphor? Why would anyone ever use that metaphor?” then you’ll get a kick out of The Telegraph’s compilation of the top ten worst sex scenes in modern literature.

Part of what makes this fun is that the authors whose work is being singled out are widely-published and even celebrated: the quote above is from Tom Wolfe. We feel okay poking fun at Tom Wolfe in a way that we wouldn’t feel if we were laughing at a stranger’s slash fan fiction.

Of course, bad sex – like all sex – is subjective. Still, “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” is, at the very least, memorable.

Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional editors. A book is not going to tell us to install updates right in the middle of the fun. Your digital copy of Delta of Venus is not going to smell like vanilla. (Don’t get us started on how good old books smell.)

Editor Winston Gieseke published a piece on Queerty recently that made a great case for erotica in general, and for the printed word in particular. He talks specifically about gay erotica, but most of the points he makes apply more broadly.

“Obviously, all types of reading provide us a respite from everyday reality, but sexy stories take the escape a step further, providing the safest possible environment — namely, your mind, which houses your most robust sexual tool, the imagination — in which to contemplate and explore the various fantasies you might not wish (or be able) to experience in real life.”

Besides, he points out, “a book is tactile. Which is important because many people like to “touch” when reading erotica, whether it be flipping pages, earmarking your favorite scenes, or something else.”

Not to mention that you’re definitely not going to read your Kindle in the bath.

Aug 29 2013

Ye Olde Dirty Pictures

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When you look at this bathing-suited woman, don’t you feel scandalized? No? Not a little bit? Hm.

Annette Kellerman, the professional swimmer pictured above, was arrested for indecency in 1907 for her oh-so-revealing swimwear. If you, unlike early 20th century beach-goers, are not easily shocked by the sight of an ankle, you might enjoy this collection of images that were once considered terribly unseemly. Fetch the smelling salts!

h/t Nerve

Aug 08 2013

Elbow Butts for Everyone (Updated 8/9)

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The Show Us Your Elbow Butt contest to win an Aneros Progasm is over, and you guys sent us a beautiful array of elbow butts. In fact, they’re too good to keep to ourselves. Pour yourself a glass of something fancy, pop on your monocle, and enjoy some artistic nudity.

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Bent-Over Elbow Butt

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Purple Elbow Butt’s Majesty

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 Elbow Butt or Apricot?

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Badass Tattooed Elbow Butt

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Sassy Posing Elbow Butt

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Elbow Butt With Anal Beads

And finally, our two winners…

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Brooding Elbow Butt, In Shadow

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Handstand-In-Lingerie Elbow Butt

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