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Jul 02 2013

How Feminism Makes Sex HotterJuly 10th in Los Angeles

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Want to learn how feminism can make your sex life hotter?

Join Sexy Feminism authors Heather Wood Rudúlph and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong for a free workshop at our Los Angeles store on Wednesday, July 10th from 8-10 PM.

They’ll host a provocative and proactive discussion on sex, relationships and feminism.  In addition, special guest Moushumi Ghose, MFT, one of LA’s premiere sex and relationship therapists, will offer practical advice and answer your questions. Join us!

May 17 2013

Sex After 502 Chances to See Joan Price in LA

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joanpriceOur Los Angeles store is honored to host author and educator Joan Price this coming Sunday and Monday for a pair of workshops on sex and aging. Price is the author of two acclaimed books, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex.

Price will present Sex After Fifty this Sunday, May 19th from 2PM to 4:30PM in a free workshop at our LA store. Geared to people over 50, the class will help attendees take home new tools, techniques, and attitudes to help them experience sizzling and satisfying sex –with or without a partner. She’ll follow up on Monday night from 6PM to 8PM with The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex & Aging, a discussion and release party for her new book, Ageless Erotica, a senior sex anthology.

As educators, we are committed to promoting healthy, pleasurable and fulfilling sex at every stage of life, and Joan Price’s workshops are invaluable to our mission. If you are 50 or over or plan to be, these workshops will help you understand the issues surrounding sex and aging. Both events are open to adults of all ages, regardless of gender, orientation, experience level or relationship status. We hope you’ll join us.

 

 

May 01 2013

Webcam Models Read Sonnets

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Vice points us to a project by John Reed, a prolific writer with “a healthy interest in porn as both an art form and a cultural phenomenon.” Among his many talents, Reed writes modern day sonnets, and he’s commissioned webcam models to read them. The staging of these readings resembles a typical camshow, but the poems cast the transaction between model and client in a whole new light. You can see the whole series here.

Apr 01 2013

Erotic Readings, Tantra, Comedy & MoreFree Workshops in Chicago

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Hey Chicago, grab your April calendar and start saving some dates. We’re kicking off the month with readings by erotic novelists Sam Rosenthal and Laura Antoniou. Next, we’ll host a pair free workshops with guest sexpert and porn icon Madison Young. The following week, we welcome tantra educators Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. We finish this action-packed month with another evening of comedy from Performance Anxiety and two nights with award-winning author and educator Sheri Winston. And did we mention that all of these events are absoultely free? Read on for a complete schedule.

ryeRye: An Erotic Reading with Sam Rosenthal
Friday, April 5th @ 8-9 PM FREE!

Join Sam Rosenthal, lyricist for the band Black Tape For A Blue Girl, as he reads excerpts from his sex-positive GQ erotic novel. Rye is filled with intimacy, desire, and discovery, told through the prism of polyamory and sexuality. His strong characters and sexy story are warm, witty and engaging. Sam will be reading from the novel, taking questions and signing books.

The Killer Wore Leather reading and Q&A with author Laura Antoniou
Sunday, April 7th @ 5-7 PM FREE!

Laura Antoniou, one of the most notorious writers of BDSM-inspired erotica, will be joining us to read from her newest novel, sign books and take your questions. The Killer Wore Leather, a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allows readers into a private world of personalities and peccadilloes. It’s the kinkiest game of Clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and where every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Join us for this exclusive sneak peek.

Anal Pleasure with Madison Young
Wednesday, April 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Everyone has a butt, so let’s learn how to give yours (and your partner’s) some love and attention. Discover the art of anal pleasure with queer porn idol and guest expert Madison Young . She’ll cover safety, cleanliness, toys, oral pleasure of the anus, strap-ons, advanced anal play and more. This class is open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels.

madison-youngSex, Pregnancy & Motherhood with Madison Young
Thursday, April 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Sex educator Madison Young divulges her personal secrets on how to keep things spicy in the bedroom through pregnancy and finding the time for intimacy once your bundle of joy arrives. She’ll talk about sex positions that work for every trimester, how to safely engage in kink during all points in pregnancy, using your sexual and body awareness during labor and uncovering the mystery of orgasmic birth. Madison will help you embrace your pregnant goddess body and guide you to feel your best and sexiest as a mom and mom-to-be.

Tantric Erogenous Zones with Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Monday, April 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” will introduce you to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically to heighten pleasure and enhance intimacy.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, April 22nd @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

Sheri-WinstonFountain of the Goddess:  Female Ejaculation with Sheri Winston
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Become a juicy goddess! (Or help your partner to become one.) Learn to expand your orgasmic repertoire with the ability to squirt. Join guest expert Sheri Winston for a hands-off, clothes-on illustrated lecture that will explain everything you wanted to know about “she-jaculate” and how to call it forth and gush gloriously! This class is open to people of all genders and orientations, whether single or partnered.

Playing the Skin Flute : Male Pleasures with Sheri Winston
Wednesday, April 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn to blow his mind! Discover the paths to providing delicious oral excitement to the male apparatus. Find the spots that drive him wild and the secrets to expanding his climax beyond what he thought was possible. Help him discover non-ejaculatory multiple orgasm and full-body, expanded, extended explosions. This class is for anyone who wants to bring more pleasure to men.

Coming Up…

5/1- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks with Shawne’

5/8Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane

5/15- BDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash

5/18- Sex Antiques Roadshow

5/20- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

5/22- Pleasure Her Perfect with Shawne’

5/29- Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane

6/5- Roleplay with Antoinette

6/12- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette

6/17- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

6/19- The Ultimate O with Shawne’

6/26- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Mar 11 2013

Salon on the Sex Toy Revolution

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This past weekend, Salon ran an interesting piece on the explosive popularity of sex toys. The article links this development to the phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades book series, but also to a number of high profile media appearances for The Pleasure Chest.

Salon mentions Kathy Griffin’s recent segment filmed at our West Hollywood store and her subsequent interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Griffin’s segments followed Pleasure Chest appearances on Our America with Lisa Ling and Starter Wives.

Salon suggests that America is in the midst of a fourth sexual revolution, following past cultural upheavals in the 1840s, the 1920s and the 1960.

“Sex 4.0 is grounded in a legal and cultural belief that consenting adults have a right to privacy … and to pleasure. This is adult – consensual and noncommercial — sex after Roe v. Wade in ’73, after AIDS and safe sex, and after Lawrence v. Texas in 2003. Equally critical, it is sex after the wide-scale adoption of the Internet and smartphones that revolutionized communications, including pornography.”

Read the entire story on Salon.

 

 

Feb 26 2013

Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

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Last week, we highlighted Sinnamon Love’s contribution to the The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. Now there’s a great interview on Salon with the book’s editor Tristan Taormino, discussing her experiences in the porn industry and the ongoing debates within feminism about the potential for porn. It’s worth reading. Also, check out this excerpt from a video interview with Taormino when she visited our store in 2011.

 

Dec 29 2012

Sex Resolutions for 2013

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We’re just a few days away from a brand new year, so why not make a resolution to have better sex in 2013? Here are a few ways you can step up your sex life in the coming year.

Get in shape

Want better orgasms and increased strength? Give your Kegels a workout. Fun Factory’s Smartballs respond to every move you make, stimulating, massaging and exercising your vaginal muscles. Use them for a quick morning routine or wear them all day, for discreet public play. Made of body-safe silicone!

Kegel exercises aren’t just for female-bodied folks. With the right butt toy, anyone can develop Kegel strength. For a soft, rocking good time, try the Aneros Helix Syn. For a weightier workout, try the heavy metal Njoy Pfun.

Go organic

When in doubt, try a new lube! Sliquid Organics lubricants are hypoallergenioc, gylcerin-free, paraben-free and contain certified organic botanical extracts that helps heal and support the body. They offer a thick gel, perfect for anal sex and a natural lubricating silk formula that feels just like the real thing. For a more adventurous sensation, try their warming lubricant.

Try something new

Get out of your routine and try a new position. Daily Sex has 365 new ways to get tangled up in the bedroom. That’s a position a day! Would you prefer a game? Let’s Play Doctor can help kickstart some fantasy roleplay. Or, for an even bolder start to 2013, exchange these Fetish IOUs with your partner, and redeem them throughout the year.

Learn a new skill

If you live near one of our stores, take advantage of our free workshops. Learn about everything from the G-Spot and blowjobs to buttsex and threesomes. Come alone or bring a partner. Our classes are open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels. Get 15% off your purchases when you come to a class.

Dec 10 2012

Stuff Your StockingsWith Our Small Gift Suggestions

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Looking for something sexy and small to stuff in a stocking? Here’s a list of our favorite little surprises, too sexy for Santa, but just right for that special someone.

Pocket Toyfriends
Portable, powerful pocket vibes with quirky designs. Made of soft, body-safe silicone.
$19.95-$34.95

Grey Satin Blindfold
Want to play like Grey? Surrender to the darkness with this soft, satin blindfold.
$6.95

Position of the Day Book
Try a new position every day of the year with this outrageous, illustrated guide.
$9.95

Bijoux Mimi Rhinestone Pasties
These sparkling self-adhesive pasties will dazzle and delight, adorning your nipples for a long, sexy night!
$12.95

Pleasure Feathers
Tickle and tease with these soft and sensual feathers.  Great for sensation play.
$5.95

 

O Wow Ring
This waterproof, wireless toy fits snugly on your cock or dildo and provides up to 60 minutes of buzzing fun.
$19.95

Fing Os
Give ordinary sex the finger by slipping on this powerful little vibe. Great for masturbation!
$14.95

Tenga Egg
Crack open an egg and enjoy a unique masturbation sleeve. Soft, textured, single-use fun.
$7.95

 

Jenna’s Velvet Jewels Vibe
Enjoy the glitz and glam of this multi-speed vibe. Soft, velvet touch material!
$9.95-$12.95

Dec 03 2012

Sam Rosenthal, ¡Sexo, Lo Básico! & MoreDecember in LA

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December is here, and with it, one final helping of festive events and free workshops to carry us through the end of the year.

Come do your holiday shopping, and check out classes on gay sex with Damon Holzum, an erotic reading by author Sam Rosenthal, a Spanish workshop with Fun Factory and the best down ‘n dirty sex tips with Kristen and Sarah. All this and another night of our famous Performance Anxiety comedy show await you in December!

Gay Sex for Men with Damon Holzum
Tuesday, December 4th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Come enjoy a discussion on the ins and outs of gay sex for men. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or single and ready to mingle, this workshop will give you all the tools you need to have a hot sex life. Damon Holzum will cover a wide range of topics including topping and bottoming, oral tips and techniques, foreplay, common myths, flagging and much more. This class is open to all genders and orientations.

¡Sexo, Lo Básico! con Fun Factory
Wednesday, December 5th @ 8-10pm FREE!

De acuerdo con nuestra misión de relacionarnos con nuestra comunidad, The Pleasure Chest ha reconocido la necesidad de educacíon multilingüe. ¡Estamos felices de anunciar nuestra primera clase en Español!: ¡Sexo, Lo Básico! Uno de nuestros especialistas, hablará sobre el placer de usar juguetes eróticos. Temas incluyen: condones, diferente tipos de lubricantes, vibradores para principiante o avanzados, juguetes para parejas, limpieza,sexo seguro y también sugerencias y tips: ¡muy calientes!

Rye: An Erotic Reading with Sam Rosenthal
Wednesday, December 10th @ 8-9:30pm FREE! 

Join us for a special evening with Sam Rosenthal reading from his erotic novel, Rye. A money-shot across the bow of outdated sensibilities, Rye takes a sexual somersault through the complexities of desire in a penetrating portrayal of twenty-first century intimacy. For the past 26 years, Rosenthal has been the lyricist for the popular underground rock band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. The band’s fans include filmmaker David Lynch and actress Sasha Grey. Sam’s 1996 debut novel, The First Pain to Linger, sold through its limited printing and is now a sought-after collector’s item. Come meet the author and hear passages from his latest book.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm $7

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 and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Guests TBA.

Down and Dirty: Sex for the Holidays with Kristen and Sarah
Wednesday, December 12th @ 8-10pm FREE

Add some spice to this holiday season with our best sex tips, tricks and games! Kristen and Sarah will discuss ways to take your play to the next level by owning your fantasies,  learning the art of the tease, and reclaiming the “dirty” side of sex. They’ll also share their secrets for G-Spotting, squirting, blow jobs, and anal play.