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Feb 10 2011

Pangao Breast Enhancer. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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by thepleasurechest

We’ve got the dirt on last month’s poll about the lint roller with a vibrator hidden inside. 62% of you would gladly take L’Intimate out for a spin, while just 12% want it to stay hidden. We’re also proud to report that 27% of you don’t bother to hide your sex toys at all. Now, that’s what we call “true grit.” Stick with us, because L’Intimate might be rolling into a store near you soon.

This week’s contestant on Turn On or Buzz Off is a vibrating bra. Or as its Chinese manufacturer Pangao calls it, a “Breast Enhancer.” Why would you want such a product? Allow the very enlightened feminists at Pangao’s marketing department to explain:

A well-developed and sexy cleavage is a symbol of a female’s charm. The female breasts are not only meant for feeding babies; they are an important part of a woman’s body. Every woman dreams of having beautiful and sexy breasts as this is perceived as being attractive.

Pangao Breast Enhancer is the best gift for every woman. By using it often, it can prevent and cure breast diseases and enhance the shape of one’s cleavage.

But how does this miracle product work? Read on:

PANGAO Breast Enhancer stimulates the female breast, accelerates blood circulation and activates cell renewal and hormone secretion through physical massage by the vibration balls found within the enhancer. Thus, the female breast is obviously enlarged and will look more rounded, sexy and youthful

PANGAO Breast Enhancer effectively pushes up the breast, dredges breast glands, eliminates blood stasis and prevents breast diseases and breast from flaccid. It also moves fat from problem areas to give a well-shaped figure. If used often, it can prevent insomnia, increase immunity to diseases and assist in better internal secretion.

Wow, it’s too bad the name “Wonder Bra” was already taken! And if you don’t believe the copywriters from Pangao, just check out the celebrity endorsements. Here’s a clip of Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston dredging their breast glands on national television.

As sex positive folks who like breasts in all shapes and sizes, we’re not sure that the vibrating bra is something we can, uh, support. Our cups runneth over with companies preying on women’s insecurities to make a quick buck. Still, the boobs running Pangao may have another agenda in mind. Vibrators of yore were often sold for their “health” properties, so perhaps this vibrating bra is really a stealth sex toy. Would the extra jiggle make you giggle? Does the vibrating bra make you titter? Or just angry and bitter?

Dec 15 2010

Nina Needs Your Help

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by thepleasurechest

Our friend Nina Hartley needs your help. The sex educator and porn legend will be undergoing an expensive surgery, and facing a mountain of medical bills. A mutual friend posted this message to the charitable website GiveForward.com:

If you’re reading this you’re likely already a friend, or fan, of Nina’s. Thanks for taking the time to be here. She’s always made an effort to connect on the personal level with all she meets, and it’s from that personal level that I write this. If you’ve ever had a moment’s fun with any of her work there’s something real, concrete and life saving you can do for her and it won’t take much.

She is seeking funds to cover her recovery from surgery, tentatively scheduled for late January/early February 2011. Recovery will take 2-4 weeks, depending on how it goes.

As some of you already know she has fibroid tumors in her uterus. They’re genetic and are not cancer, nor will they turn into cancer, so that’s a blessing right there. However they are unsightly and are starting to cause other, negative side effects. After dealing with them for nearly twenty years the time has come for a permanent solution. She thought that nearing menopause would cause them to shrink but they show no signs of doing so. So, surgery is the next step. She’s lucky enough to have medical insurance to cover the cost of the operation. What she needs is money to cover her expenses during recovery. In twenty-six years she’s never needed help more. As an example of how easy it could be, if each of her Twitter followers donated just five dollars that would cover everything.

Hartley is one of the most visible and passionate members of the sex positive community– a feminist, pornographer, sex educator and hero. Please consider donating to Hartley’s recovery, and sharing this message with others. Thank you!

Dec 02 2010

Rocker finds love at The Pleasure Chest

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by thepleasurechest

We were, uh, “changing channels” the other night, when we stumbled upon a show called Married to Rock. Check out this brief inspirational clip about how Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens met his wife Josie.

As many of our customers know, The Pleasure Chest is an awesome place to meet the love of your life. Ironically, AOL Chicago thinks we’re also a great place to breakup. (We disagree. Tears are bad for business!)

Speaking of rockers who shop at The Pleasure Chest, please enjoy this classic photo of Joan Jett posing in front of our old digs in West Hollywood.

Nov 22 2010

It’s a miracle! Pope endorses condoms*

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by thepleasurechest

UPDATED: Pope says condoms OK for female and transsexual prostitutes too!

*For male prostitutes


It’s true! In an interview with a German journalist, Pope Benedict appeared to contradict the Vatican’s long-standing opposition to condoms.

“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”

Benedict went on to say:

“(The church) of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but in this or that case, there can be nonetheless in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality…”

Though he doesn’t yet sound like Susie Bright (she’d make a great Pope!) we’re delighted to see the pontiff jump on the safer sex bandwagon. What next? Will the Vatican stop damning the dental dam and declare flavored-lube a sacrament? We can always dream!

The Pope says "Put a Crown on it!"

Benedict didn’t comment on the use of condoms to protect against pregnancy or to prevent the spread of other STIs. The Church has long encouraged abstinence or “natural family planning” for hetero couples.

So, you may wonder, are condoms an effective form of birth control and protection from STIs? Does the Pope wear a funny hat?

Nov 18 2010

We Heart Jessie Lee

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by thepleasurechest

Burning Angel model Jessie Lee needs your help. Lee was seriously hurt in a car accident on November 5th, sustaining a broken neck and severe head trauma. Joanna Angel has set up a website to keep Lee’s fans updated on her progress and to help raise money for her treatment. Fans in NY have also organized two high profile fundraisers on Lee’s behalf. On Wednesday, November 24th, the Broadway Comedy Club will host an evening of comedy, burlesque and appearances by adult film stars. Next up, on November 29th, erotic arts group, Darling House will host a rock & roll gallery show at the Beauty Bar  featuring work from 20 erotic photographers and performances by Madame Rosebud, Stormy Leather and more. Fans in LA will get their own chance to pitch in when the show comes to Studio Servitu on January 13th. Until then, well-wishers can send gifts, cards and donations to Lee here.

Oct 11 2010

It Gets Better

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by thepleasurechest

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. — Quentin Crisp

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, we’re throwing our support behind Dan Savage and his It Gets Better viral video campaign to combat homophobia and suicide among queer youth. The project has resulted in some surprising and candid videos from a number of folks in the sex positive community,  but we’d like to give a special shout out to porn star Buck Angel for this heartfelt message.

Savage’s campaign is so popular that even The White House tried to co-opt his rhetoric, with an opportunistic speech by presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett at the HRC dinner this past weekend.  Well, Savage ain’t havin’ it. We’re happy to see him standing his ground, and helping to spread the message.

Last but not least, here’s lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, with a hilarious take on coming out. When it comes to comedy, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Sep 23 2010

Free fallin! Free, fall workshops in our LA store.

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by thepleasurechest

Summer is gone, and fall has now fallen. But there’s plenty of fire to be found in our newly-remodeled LA store. Heat-seeking souls can come  throughout the month for lessons by sultry Sex Specialists and guest educators.

Oral Sex for Couples: Hand and Mouth Combinations with Jaiya

Wednesday, September 29th, 8-10pm, FREE

Jaiya, a world-renowned sexologist and author of Red Hot Touch, will share ways that you can use your hands and your mouth for unforgettable oral sex.  From G-spot stimulation while buzzing her clitoris to the ancient fellatio secrets of female Taoist masters, you are bound to learn something that will add to your personal pleasure chest.  Plus you’ll have the opportunity to ask Jaiya  your burning questions about erotic massage, oral sex and anything in between.

Oral Sex with Jaiya, September 29th & October 5th

A Celebration of Oral Sex! with Jaiya

Tuesday, October 5th, 8-10pm, FREE

Join world-renowned sex educator Jaiya as she celebrates the release of her newest video series: Oral Sex for Couples.  Meet the cast members, filmmakers and experts behind this sexy new educational series.  Plus, Jaiya and her crew will share tips and advice on oral lovemaking from kissing to mind-blowing cunnilingus.  You’ll get a sneak peak of many of the techniques in the series and have the opportunity to win all three volumes.  Don’t miss it!

Negotiating Threesomes, October 6th

Negotiating Threesomes with Reid Mihalko

Wednesday, October 6th, 8-10pm, FREE

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trois trés bien!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Nina Hartley, October 12th

Blowjobs & Beyond with Nina Hartley

Tuesday, October 12th, 8-10pm, FREE

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Learn the tricks of the trade with sexpert Nina Hartley. She will cover male anatomy, blowjob tricks, deep throating, and other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Sex for the Wicked Woman with Jessica Drake

Wednesday, October 13th, 8-10pm, FREE

Join multi AVN award-winning exclusive performer and director for Wicked Pictures Jessica Drake for an intense evening of “Sex for the Wicked Woman!” With help from the audience, we’ll talk about blowjobs, anal sex, threeways, group sex and much, much more. There will be an open Q&A at the end, and a meet and greet with the star herself. Seats are limited, so come early to get a good spot!

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Monday, October 18th 8-10pm, FREE

Learn to please your partner orally, 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.

Positions for Pleasure with Jamye Waxman

Positions for Pleasure with Jamye Waxman, October 20th

Wednesday, October 20th,  8-10pm, FREE

Think you know every sex position there is? Sex educator Jamye Waxman will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. Jamye will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

I’ve Been Bad: Spanking and Sensation Play with Mistress Melissa

Monday, October 25th,  8-10pm, FREE

Join Mistress Melissa in exploring the joys of punishment. This interactive class will cover the basics and beyond of spanking that will delight the most difficult of bottoms. Explore rhythms, implements, and roles that will heighten sensations and leave a lasting impression.

The Feminine Fountain™: Female Ejaculation and the G-Spot with Deborah Sundahl

Wednesday, October 27th, 8-10pm, FREE

Join world renowned G-spot expert Deborah Sundahl for a night of exploration. Learn about female ejaculation’s ancient history, current scientific studies, where the G-spot is located, how to have a G-spot orgasm, and how to get this wonderful feminine fountain™ flowing!  Open to both men and women, Deborah’s Power Point lecture with pictures, movie clips and Q&A will tell you all you need to know about female ejaculation and the G-spot. The G-spot is the female prostate. All women have one, as do all men. Therefore, all women have the ability to ejaculate! Attend this class, and learn how to Let Go and Let it Flow!

Aug 26 2010

Bill O’ Reilly is into Doin’ “it” Live!

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by thepleasurechest

Pugnacious pundit and noted loofah enthusiast Bill O’ Reilly fancies himself an anti-porn crusader and defender of traditional values. This morning, however, the Boston Phoenix published a column revealing that while a grad student at Boston University in 1974, O’ Reilly penned a lengthy, and very sympathetic interview with Gerard Damiano.  The legendary director of Deep Throat was in Boston to promote the release of his second feature Devil in Miss Jones and O’ Reilly took Damiano out to lunch, to talk about the porn business, Linda Lovelace and Hollywood.

This is not the first time that O’ Reilly’s fixation on porn has gotten attention. His 1998 novel Those Who Trespass contains some steamy dialogue, including this line: “Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up.” You can even hear the author read his steamy prose in these audiobook clips generously hosted by the Village Voice. We look forward to the Fox News host excoriating  his youthful self for being a smut peddler on the next episode of The Factor. (Well, actually we don’t.) Instead we imagine things look a little more like this around O’ Reilly’s studio today.

Jun 11 2010

Pornography Fridays

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by thepleasurechest

I chose to title this new feature, “Pornography Fridays,” because it has such a nice ring to it. Don’t you think?

Anyway, one Friday a month I’m going to write about an adult movie, either in-stock at The Pleasure Chest, upcoming, or newsworthy.

Last week we were all hit hard by the death of Rue McClanahan, an icon for so many reasons, but her later work in The Golden Girls was inspiring to women, older women, and sex positive people of all walks of life. Today the terms MILF, GILF, and cougar are pretty much household words, for better or worse, but Rue’s Golden Girls character Blanche Devereaux was a woman who loved sex unapologetically, and hearing an older woman talk about her sex life that way on tv was certainly ahead of its time.

Golden Girls: An All MILF XXX Parody was actually released in May, not timely with Rue McClanahans death (thankfully – that would have been somewhat awkward), and we’ll be getting it in our stores soon. I’m not super excited about the “turn a lesbian to cock” angle, but the trailer actually looks like the film could be quite humorous and entertaining.

Lastly, let’s look at a great moment from the actual show, where the Girls watch porn.

This show was just so, so special! RIP Rue, Bea, and Estelle.

Mar 04 2010

Some of your favorite sexy stars come to The Pleasure Chest!

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by thepleasurechest

Let’s get this out of the way: I love my job. I love that my work involves writing about sex, talking about sex, and helping people have better sex.

That being said, being an adult film star sounds awesome. The work is undoubtedly hard, but it also seems fun. The costumes, the toys, the naked people, the not being chained to a desk for hours… unless that’s what the scene calls for, of course.

The porn stars I’ve had the opportunity to meet while working at TPC range from simply delightful to nothing short of inspiring, and sometimes it’s hard not to get a little bit star-struck.  In fact, it took everything I had inside not to drop down on my knees shrieking “NOOOOOOOO!” the day a certain beautiful, talented, and famously filthy adult superstar came into the LA store and I was out of town.

The good news is, all will be redeemed this month with our March Porn Madness workshops and appearances at The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles.

On March 9th, we’re hosting a discussion panel “Sex Savvy: Smart Women in Porn“, featuring legendary adult film stars Candida Royalle, Nina Hartley, and Jane Hamilton (aka Veronica Hart), each of whom have now stepped behind the camera and/or become sexy, savvy business women. Joining them will be erotic performer, model, muse, staff favorite, and star of my screen saver April Flores. In the moderator’s chair, “the next generation of sex educator”, writer, and erotic film director Jamye Waxman will get the discussion on the sex industry going, as well as get the other ladies to reveal some of their hottest tales and tricks.

On March 11th, award-winning stars Jessica Drake and Kaylani Lei will join us for a meet and greet, signing merchandise and hanging out with fans. On the 24th, Jessica (who is also a writer/director, BTW) will be teaching a workshop on blow-jobs. That’s right, an AVN Award winner for “Best Oral Sex Scene” teaching us her best BJ tricks. This is too much excitement. Somebody get me to a fainting couch.

Check out the full list of March Porn Madness workshops (yes, there’s more!) after the cut.

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