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Jul 25 2014

All the Kinky Sex Toys
from the 50 Shades Trailer

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by Kate M.

50 shades movie

Have you seen the 50 Shades of Grey trailer yet? No? Okay, we’ll give you a moment to catch up to the rest of the internet.


Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get started on fulfilling those innocent-coed-meets-tortured-hunk role play fantasies. As it turns out, you don’t have to be a reclusive billionaire to turn your bedroom into a dungeon for an hour (or a weekend). You can even stock up on the kinky treats you see in the trailer.

Choose Your Blindfold
grey satinpadded blindfold
The blindfold may be our favorite BDSM toy out there. Having the eyes covered heightens the wearer’s other senses, making each touch a delicious surprise. Plus, it’s a boon for new tops: if your bottom can’t see you, she can’t see you checking your Two Knotty Boys book to make sure that you’re tying her up correctly. The trailer features both the classic Gray Satin Blindfold and a soft leather one, like the super-comfy Padded Blindfold.

Suspension  Cuffs
suspension cuffs
Here’s the thing about having your hands cuffed over your head: it can be hell on the wrists. We were pleased to see that Christian Grey was putting Anastasia Steele’s safety first, with cuffs that gave her something to hold on to. You, too, can keep your sub safe with the Master’s Series Suspension Restraints.

Floggers
rotator floggersuede flogger
We’re hoping that FSoG: The Cinematic Experience will include a scene with the Rotator Flogger that we saw in the trailer! These floggers look really impressive when you swing them, and they pack a serious wallop. They take some practice, though, so we recommend the soft Suede Flogger for a less experienced top or a bottom who prefers a lighter impact.

Riding Crop
vegan bat crop
Ah, the classic riding crop, star of so many kinky fantasies! You can flick your lover with the tip or deliver a serious smack with the shaft. We like the compact, sturdy Vegan Bat Crop.

Red Rope
japanese style bondage rope
One does want a hint of color. This cotton Japanese Style Bondage Rope is soft and thick enough to be comfortable (even under clothes, if you’re feeling naughty), and the color options make it a friend to the fashion-conscious fetishist. (Whenever you use rope, make sure that you have a pair of utility scissors handy, in case you need to cut your lover free. Don’t let a stubborn knot, an earthquake, or a surprise visit from the in-laws catch you unprepared!)

Jun 11 2014

Staff Book Club Pick:
Urban Tantra

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by Kate M.

book club

Yesterday, folks from our L.A. and national office staff held our first book club meeting! Our goal is to read books that we sell, so that we can better educate ourselves and our customers. June’s selection was Urban Tantra, the excellent and highly readable guide by Barbara Carrellas.

We, as a group, had different levels of experience and comfort with concepts like chakras and meditation. Still, even those of us who found some of the more spiritual aspects of Urban Tantra discomfiting or challenging agreed that every exercise in the book could be valuable, not least because they all sound like they feel great. One member of our L.A. staff, a theater director, even said that she had used some of the breathing exercises with her actors, with great success.

urban tantraWe also agreed that Barbara Carrellas is awesome about writing inclusively. Rather than talking about male and female bodies, she talks about testosterone-based bodies and estrogen-based bodies, or about specific genitalia, even acknowledging that there are not just two gender identities or two possible genital configurations. She also says specifically that certain exercises are particularly adaptable for people with certain disabilities.

Even when Carrellas doesn’t go out of her way to suggest it, the exercises in Urban Tantra are very adaptable. One of our staff wondered out loud how she might adapt some of the tantra techniques based on eye contact to use with her partner, who has a visual disability. Immediately, two other people were able to suggest touch- or sound-based techniques from the book that might work in place of eye contact to help two partners connect intimately.

Of course, as educators, we had two big questions: what techniques can we recommend to customers and folks who come to our workshops, and who would we recommend read this book? Here’s what we decided.

book club 2This book is great if you want to learn:
How to de-stress from your workday
How to warm up (and get out of your head) for sexytimes
How to delay orgasm
How to have bigger, deeper, different and more varied orgasms
How to connect or re-connect with your partner
How to give a delicious massage
How to give a kick-ass hand job (on any body)
How to figure out what kind of touch your partner enjoys
How to warm up a BDSM bottom
… and more. It’s a really comprehensive  book. We’d even recommend it to folks who are just looking for a basic sex primer, since it puts so much focus on getting to know your body and what feels good to you. Plus, the anatomy diagrams are excellent.

In short, we went nuts for Urban Tantra. It was a great pick for our first meeting, and we all highly recommend it.

Intrigued? Get your copy here.

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 05 2014

Free Workshops This Month in L.A.

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by thepleasurechest

hot sex dr jessHot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks with Dr. Jess
Wednesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Fulfill your lover’s wildest dreams with Hot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks for both women and men. From seduction moves and dirty talk to hot foreplay and sizzling “finishing moves,” Dr. Jess will share her favorite techniques from her best-selling book.

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 11th @ 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.

nina-hartleyBlow Jobs and Beyond with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, March 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Get ready to celebrate Steak and a BJ Day in style! Porn star and sex educator extraordinaire Nina Hartley will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. The class will 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.

Kinky Sex for Curious Couples with Mary
Tuesday, March 18th @ 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. Singles welcome too!

sarah-tG-Spotting 101 with Sarah
Wednesday, March 19th @ 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!

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure  Chest
Tuesday, March 25th @ 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.

buttocks of a womanButt Sex Basics with Kate and Koko
Wednesday, March 26th @ 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.

Dec 09 2013

Dr. Charlie Glickman at The Pleasure Chest!

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by thepleasurechest

charlie glickman

We have got a treat for you this Wednesday night at our Upper East Side Store!

The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure with Dr. Charlie Glickman
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10 PM - FREE!

Curious about prostate play? Charlie Glickman PhD, co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, discusses the common concerns that prevent people from exploring it (and how to overcome them), tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, prostate massage, choosing the best toys, pegging, and much more. Whether you’re just starting out or you already enjoy prostate play, come learn some new ways to make sex even better.

We do not offer advance registration or reserved seating for free workshops or events. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Early arrival is recommended to secure your spot!

Dec 06 2013

Is This The Year’s Worst Sex?

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by thepleasurechest

sex in space

The winner (“winner”) of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced! Manil Suri takes it with his novel, The City of Devi, and this description:

“Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.”

Given that erotica is ineligible for the coveted (or not) award, have you read a worse sex scene this year?

h/t The Independent

Nov 15 2013

Can You Get Herpes From Library Books? (No, but we’re glad you asked.)

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by thepleasurechest

Copies of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey

Here’s the story: two university professors in Belgium ran toxicology and bacteriology screenings on the ten most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Fifty Shades of Grey contained traces of herpes. (They didn’t say whether it was HSV 1 or 2.)

Don’t panic. The traces of the virus weren’t enough to infect anyone. You’re not going to catch an STI from your library book.

Still, this seems like a good time for an etiquette lesson: if you are going to masturbate while reading a book, please buy your own copy. Do not make out with your library book. Do your best not to get your bodily fluids on your library book. It’s common courtesy. 

You might also take this as a lesson in common sense: consider buying your own erotica and using the library for less bodice-ripping books.

On the other hand, you might want to be more careful about library books in general. The Belgian professors found traces of cocaine in every single one of the books they tested – not enough to get you high, but enough that you could fail a drug test after handling one of the books. If you have a drug test coming up, consider using latex gloves with your library books.

h/t Time

Nov 01 2013

Imagine the Next Hit Erotic Novel And Win 50 Shades-Themed Toys

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by thepleasurechest

selena gomez reads 50 shades

Update: Congratulations to Savvy, whose novel, Fifty Shades of Spray, was the popular favorite among the Pleasure Chest staff. A big thank you to everyone who entered! We hope that each and every one of your novels becomes a smash hit and makes you billions of dollars.

To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, we’re giving away a collection of 50 Shades of Grey-themed toys, for you and the tortured billionaire and/or nervous naif in your life. The winner will receive a Submit to Me Beginner’s Bondage Kit (which includes a blindfold, restraints, and a fetching gray paddle), an Insatiable Desire Mini G-Spot Vibrator, a Yours and Mine Vibrating Love Ring, a Candy Jawbreaker Gag, a Fun Factory Smartballs Tenuo Uno kegel ball, and two packets of On Natural Arousal Gel for Her.

Want to Win? Here’s how.

We want you to tell us about the next erotic novel that will top the bestseller lists! In the comments below, write the title and the first line of an erotic novel of your own invention. For example:

In Eighty Lays
“It was the day of the big race, and Dirk Feremone, rakish darling of the world of competitive hot air ballooning, was flying high.”

We encourage you to a) make us laugh or b) make us want to buy your book. If we laugh and then want to buy it, so much the better. A winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 6th at noon, PST.

U.S. residents only.