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Nov 21 2012

Sam Rosenthal Reads from “Rye”Los Angeles- December 10th

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Join us on Monday, December 10th from 8pm to 9:30pm  at our West Hollywood store for an evening with Sam Rosenthal, reading from his new book Rye.

Brooklyn-based musician Rosenthal turns erotic novelist within the pages of Rye, a steamy, snarky and sensitive walk on the wild side.

Rye is a money-shot across the bow of outdated sensibilities. It takes a sexual somersault through the complexities of desire in a penetrating portrayal of twenty-first century intimacy.

Forty-year-old video artist and father Matt is seeing Rye, a willful and free androgynous thirty-one-year-old school teacher. Attracted to Matt’s kinkiness and groundedness, Rye develops a fetish for his cock and her submission. At a weekend SexxCamp retreat, Matt meets Rain, a snarky twenty-three-year old GenderQueer woman with both an attraction and aversion to sex. The unconventional sex-triangle develops as Matt expands his understanding of his own complexity and desire for connection.

Sam Rosenthal will be reading select passages, answering questions, signing books and hanging out at this free event. Come!

About the author

For the past twenty-six years, Sam Rosenthal has been the lyricist for the underground rock band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Their ten self-released albums have sold to tens of thousands of fans around the world. 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.

More on Rye

Rye is available in paperback or for your Kindle. It’s GenderQueer, poly, kinky, sex-positive, top-bottom… all kinds of good stuff! Not intended for minors or squares. Read an excerpt from Rye on Amazon or at the book’s website.

Aug 23 2012

What Are You Reading? Tell Us & Win a Syn! (UPDATED- 8/27)

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Mabel, who was randomly selected to win the Aneros Helix Syn. We hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoyed the 50 Shades trilogy! Also, congrats to David who won the $20 gift card. We hope you use it to buy something that’ll take your mind off that menacing air conditioner. Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their summer reading suggestions with us. 

We’re huge fans of the Aneros product line. With their anatomical design and engineer-grade plastic, Aneros toys are comfortable, safe and proven to hit the spot. But nothing really prepared us for the Helix Syn.

Based on their popular Helix toy, the Syn has got what Aneros calls “an aggressive curve” which cradles and massages the prostate from top to bottom. You don’t even need strong Kegel muscles, because the Syn does all the work. It’s also coated with a velvety silicone material that feels great. The same soft material covers the P-tab which rests against (and gently thumps) the perineum, so the Syn doesn’t pinch your skin. The Syn has a narrow head that slips in with even a small amount of water-based lube, and it’s small enough that you can wear it during intercourse or for discreet fun anywhere. Though it’s advertised as a prostate massager, it would be a great anal toy for female-bodied folks too. It just feels good. And it has a lot of fans.

Want to Win a Syn?

We’re giving away a Syn to one lucky reader. Simply post a comment below telling us what you’re reading this summer. Whether you’ve got Fifty Shades fever or are plowing through War & Peace, we want to know what you’re reading (besides this blog, of course.) Books, magazines and websites are all acceptable. Post a link if you like.

On Monday, August 27th, we’ll pick one person at random to win the Syn. We also award a $20 Pleasure Chest gift card to the person who submits our favorite summer reading suggestion. It pays to be creative.

This is a discreet contest, so you don’t need to use your real name, but please provide a working email address, so we can contact you. Good luck!

 

Jun 13 2012

Bethenny Visits the Pleasure Chest

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Bethenny Frankel has a new talk show and she recently dropped by The Pleasure Chest. She brought along a couple whose sex life has been stoked by 50 Shades of Grey. Our very own Sarah showed Bethenny and her friends the ropes. Items featured in this clip include the heart crop, our entangle ties, pleasure feathers, the kitty hood, and the jackboot paddle. If you need help making your 50 Shades fantasies a reality, pay us a visit!

May 10 2012

Dirty Queer Sex Tour: Butch EditionMay 25th in LA

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Friday, May 25th at 7pm

Join us for a night of smutty readings by dirty butches to celebrate the release of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. The evening will include readings by Jeanne CordovaIan Harvie[rife], Claudia Rodriguez, AJ StacySinclair Sexsmith and MC Angie Evans.

In Say Please, Sinclair Sexsmith presents a cornucopia of queer kink— tantalizing tales rich in variety and saucy details of girls put in their place— and held there firmly. Come hear the authors from the book read their stories and celebrate the release of this kinky queer collection.

Co-presented by Sugarbutch and Raquefella. Admission is free! Go to the event’s Facebook page for more details.

 

 

May 07 2012

Fifty Shades of Mother’s Day

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As we prepare for the debut of our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop in Los Angeles tomorrow and in Chicago on Wednesday, we wanted to share this hilarious bit from Saturday Night Live.

If you know a mom who has Fifty Shades fever, we’ve posted a list of essential items that would make great Mother’s Day gifts. You can also buy her all three of the books on our site.

Apr 20 2012

The Pleasure Chest on Nightline Tonight

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Want to know what this Fifty Shades of Grey craze is all about? Curious about the “mommyporn revolution?” Check out tonight’s episode of Nightline, featuring us! The segment airs at 11:35pm tonight. You can check out a teaser here.

If these books have piqued your curiosity about bondage and submission, don’t forget that we now offer Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a unique workshop inspired by scenes from the novel.  If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations.

Apr 17 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure

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Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey? If not, welcome back from vacation! E.L. James’s amazingly popular erotic e-book has launched two sequels and announced the arrival of a new literary genre dubbed “mommyporndue to its popularity with suburban mothers. The Fifty Shades trilogy follows a young woman named Anastasia as she’s inducted into the kinky world of bondage and domination by dreamy millionaire Christian Grey (hence the title). The books have captured the top three slots on the New York Times bestseller list and nabbed a movie deal, and they’re only just now coming out in print.

The LA Times devotes a lengthy article today to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and we are prominently featured. The piece begins:

The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. 

It’s true! Fifty Shades fever has led to increased demand for bondage rope, blindfolds, kegel balls and riding crops– all items featured in the books‘ steamier passages.

“We’ve had all these women coming in saying, ‘Where do you keep your mommy porn?’” said Kristen Tribby, director of creative development and strategy at The Pleasure Chest. “Or a man will come in and say, ‘My wife’s reading this book. She attacked me three times last week. I’ve been married for 20 years and we rarely have sex three times in one week….’ It is kind of opening up their sex life.” 

So, why Fifty Shades and why right now? There are a lot of opinions on the mommyporn phenomenon. Newsweek’s cover story links the apparent rise in fantasies of sexual submission to women’s increasing economic power, while The Nation argues there’s nothing new about the popularity of sadomasochism.

What we do know is that women are more curious than ever about trying some bedroom bondage of their own. So, we’ve created Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a new workshop to help Fifty Shades fans and bondage beginners make their fantasies come true. If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations. We’re also offering Fifty Shades of Pleasure to private parties and groups. Contact mike@thepleasurechest.com

Apr 12 2012

Seeking Sex-Positive Mothers

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  • Are you a mom between the ages of 25 & 45?
  • Do you like to read erotica and/or pornography?
  • Have you been inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey?
  • Would you like to appear on TV and help to bring a sex-positive message to a wider audience?

The Pleasure Chest is seeking sex-positive moms to participate in a segment for a national news program on the popularity and importance of erotica in women’s lives.

Ideally, we are looking for heterosexual mothers between the ages of 25 and 45 who read and consume erotica, and who consider themselves to be open about sexuality. We are especially interested in finding women who are enthusiastic about supporting a movement for sexual empowerment.

We hope to assemble a diverse group, so even if you do not fit this exact demographic, we still want to to talk to you.

The segment is shooting next Monday, April 16th from noon to 3pm, so we need to talk to you soon!

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to 
kristen@thepleasurechest.com
letting us know why you want to be involved and the best way to contact you.

Oct 11 2011

Hot Sex with Jamye Waxman & Emily MorseWednesday Night!

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Pleasure Chest pal Jamye Waxman has just released a book with sex and relationships expert Emily Morse. It’s called Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. It’s got 240 lavishly-illustrated pages of sex advice for a contemporary audience. Nina Hartley calls it “an instant classic.”

Curious to know what’s inside? Come to Jamye and Emily’s free workshop tomorrow night at 8pm in our LA store. They’ll be sharing the best of  the over 200 sexy tips from their book and taking your questions. After the workshop, you’ll get a chance to buy your own autographed copy of Hot Sex and take advantage of a 15% discount for attending the class. See you tomorrow!