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Jul 04 2014

Fetish Fitness: The Greatest Idea

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by Kate M.

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Mistress Anna, a pro dom/personal trainer in Australia, has come up with a million dollar idea: she holds fitness classes that combine her two areas of expertise. Kinksters hoping to get in shape come to her for circuit training that takes discipline very, very seriously. We’re going to go ahead and say that this is the greatest use of “if you want to do something difficult, make it sexy,” that we’ve ever heard of. Mistress Anna, we praise your entrepreneurial spirit. 

You can watch a news segment about Fetish Fitness here. It’s a little sensationalist in the way that you’d expect from a news segment about anything kinky, but some of the interviews are lovely.

May 17 2014

Workshops & Comedy in L.A.

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by Kate M.

Come in out of the heat and learn how to heat up your sex life! We have amazing instructors, discounts for attendees – oh, and air conditioning.

sex nerd sandra 2 - smallBlowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, May 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Sex Nerd Sandra 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.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 27th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Mary 400px wideBondage Basics with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, May 28th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Do you want to explore BDSM in the bedroom? Let Mistress Mary show you how to plan a kinky scene, from negotiation to aftercare. We’ll discuss safety and communication, how to choose quality implements, and the basics of bondage, roleplay and more. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome!

May 05 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Michael & Angie on Protocols

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by Kate M.

Have you checked out Sex is Back, our video campaign that features people from all walks of life talking about their sex lives? Well, now is your chance! Every Monday, we’ll be featuring a video from Sex is Back on the blog, so that you get a chance to get to know the amazing people who shared their stories with us.

Let’s start with something kinky. This week, Michael and Angie describe what they do every day to maintain their Master/slave dynamic.

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Michael & Angie on Protocols

May 01 2014

May Workshops in New York

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by Kate M.

Join us for another round of free workshops at our Upper East Side store and get 15% off your purchases.

straponStrap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Victor & Jes
Wednesday, May 7th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

The Ultimate O: Expanding Your Orgasm with Sarah
Thursday, May 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Can’t quite build the orgasms you want?  Want to recapture that “one time?” Curious about multiple orgasms?  Whatever your reason for taking this class, we will explore techniques for coming again and again with a partner and solo.  The class will cover the ins and outs of the female pleasure system, simple techniques (including G-spot, Vaginal and Anal play) to expand your orgasms and get you on your way to multiple orgasms.  Though this class is open to all genders and orientations, we will be focusing on orgasm for female-bodied people.

dr jess 2Drive Your Lover Wild! (And enjoy free champagne & chocolates!)
Wednesday May 14th @ 6:30 – 7:30pm – FREE!

PlayboyTV’s Dr. Jess (Jessica O’Reilly) is coming to town to share her favorite moves from her bestselling book, Hot Sex Tips, Tricks and Licks. Laugh and learn as we cover seduction techniques, totally doable dirty talk and the hottest “finishing” moves with live demos (on carrots & peaches). A book signing and photo opportunity will follow. Open to all genders.

JoyStick Secrets: How to Please a Man with Midori
Wednesday, May 14th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn how to make him moan and writhe in unbelievable pleasure. Join internationally-acclaimed sex educator Midori for this in-depth training on pleasuring your guy with hands, mouth and more! Using delicious practice props (think fruit!) you’ll learn all about the sucks, licks, swirls, strokes and touch secrets that will blow his mind. She’ll even cover tips on how to reduce discomforts or gag reflexes. What better gift is there than to show him your new techniques that very night?

Aural Sex 1: Seduction by Voice & Erotic Story Telling with Midori
Thursday, May 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Use the magic of Shaherezade! This class will teach you to incorporate seductive voice techniques to mesmerize your lover and transport both of you to an erotic landscape. Learn how to build and enrich a powerful fantasy, practice effective voice techniques and spellbinding. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn techniques for finding out both your fantasies, practice storytelling skills and learn to improve them with Midori’s gentle guidance. Couples and singles welcome.

bdsm2Beginners BDSM with Victor & Max
Wednesday, May 21st @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation with Victor & Ryan
Wednesday, May 28th @ 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!

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.

Jan 16 2014

Kink in the 1950s

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by thepleasurechest

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Catherine Robbe-Grillet, France’s most famous dominatrix, had a seriously sexy marriage. In 1958, her husband, writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, wrote up a contract – to which Catherine consented – detailing the rules and expectations for their BDSM scenes, in which he assumed the dominant role. He called it the Contract of Prostitution, since it included an agreement that he pay his wife “twenty thousand French Francs per session.” Recently, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, now a widow, allowed Vanity Fair to publish the contract in English, as translated by her current submissive partner, Beverly Charpentier.

The contract covers how long each scene will be (about two hours), and how often they’ll happen.

The date and time of each session shall be determined by mutual agreement of both parties. The date, once established, may be revoked by the husband alone. Furthermore, the husband may demand a minimum of three sessions per month.

The rest of the contract is kinky as hell, if written in adorably stilted legalese.

Furthermore, when her mouth or hands are required to fondle him, it shall be expected of her that she apply the greatest possible diligence to this task, regardless of whether the position in which she finds herself, or the torments to which she must submit, make the performance of her carnal duties arduous.

It also clarifies the payment element:

Monies thus earned shall be the wife’s sole separate property: she shall not be expected to give any account of their use and may even use them for amusements in which her husband takes no part, such as extravagant travel, any manner of personal acquisitions, costly gifts for her friends, etc…

Fifty Shades, eat your heart out.

You can read the full contract here.

Jan 13 2014

Bite Your Partner (In A Sexy Way)

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by thepleasurechest

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Do you ever want to learn a new skill but feel like you can’t put in the time? Isn’t it especially frustrating when it comes to sex? Like: how great would it be if you could tie your partner up in elaborate rope bondage, but UGH, that takes so much practice, and you still need to go to the laundromat and then get that thing notarized, and isn’t that why you bought cuffs in the first place?

It’s okay. Now isn’t always the right time to start a massive project. Don’t beat yourself up about it.

Luckily, it will only take you a few minutes to read “How to Chomp: Erotic Biting for Pleasure & Pain,” the excellent and comprehensive guide from Sugarbutch Chronicles. Then, you can pat yourself on the back and go put your new skills to work.

Jan 02 2014

Free Workshops on the Upper East Side!

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by thepleasurechest

Start the new year right by attending a free workshop at our Upper East Side store!

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Get Wet: A G-spotting & Female Ejaculation Intensive with Ducky DooLittle
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Where is your G spot? How do you stimulate it? How can you have orgasms from penetration alone? How can you squirt like a porn star? Ducky DooLittle will answer these questions and a whole lot more as she explains the beauty of (and busts the myths about) the female body, G spotting and female ejaculation. It’s an orgasm intensive!

Sleazy Saturday with Erin Houdini
Saturday, January 11th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Let us give your weekend a lascivious twist. Come mingle in our new store, talk sex with the staff, and stock up for Saturday night. We’ll provide the booze and a variety of exciting entertainment. This Saturday, get ready to get tied up! Erin Houdini will be decorating our lucky guests with her bondage rope body art.

BDSM for Couples with Victor
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn skills of communication and negotiation around BDSM with your partner and how it can be an intensely romantic journey between two (or more) people. Bondage, role play, sensation play – all of these things and more can be enjoyed within a loving relationship, whether monogamous or open. Our Sex Specialists will cover safety, tips, tricks, and how to choose quality implements. For beginners and seasoned players alike.

Sleazy Saturday with Crimson Kitty
Saturday, January 18th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Want to be a burlesque star? Crimson Kitty will be joining us this Saturday, supplies in hand, to teach you how to make pasties of your very own. Stay for a drink and browse the gorgeous new store.

blowjobsBlowjobs & Beyond with Phillip
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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.

Sleazy Saturday: Dirty Bingo with Ducky Doolittle
Saturday, January 25th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Throw your preconceived notions out the door because this is not like any bingo game you’ve ever played before! It’s picture BINGO! All while Ducky DooLittle tells dirty/funny stories, drops fascinating sex ed facts, awards sexy prizes and plays sex trivia with you!  Bring friends or make some there.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Victor and Alicia
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Dec 26 2013

Free Workshops in Los Angeles!

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by thepleasurechest

Resolved to amp up your sex life in 2014? We’ve made it easy, with free workshops every week with our sex specialists and guest experts!

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Fundamentals of Flogging with Shay & Koko
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Butt Sex Basics with Kate
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandrasandra (2)
Wednesday, January 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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.

Dec 02 2013

Polycules, Breeders & Bonobos

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by thepleasurechest

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We’ve been loving a recent series of articles from Slate, called “A Lexicon of Alternative Sexualities.” Each defines a few terms that are fairly-to-very common in alternative sexuality communities and relatively unknown in mainstream culture. Although the author admits that these are subjective definitions, we think that the series could be a pretty good primer for your straight, monogamous, vanilla friends.

It certainly covers a lot of ground: consensual non-monogamy, styles of non-monogamy, poly terms, kink, gender and sexual identity, and insults used to describe more normative folks.

We have just one question: has anyone ever actually identified themselves as a member of Team Chimpanzee or Team Bonobo to indicate whether or not they were monogamous? We had never heard of this before, and we are intrigued. Please let us know if you have, or if there are any terms that you wish that the series had included.