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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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Jan 25 2010

Celebrity Skin

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by thepleasurechest

After reading this post on gothamist about a female New York Times columnist calling the devastatingly beautiful Christina Hendricks a “big girl” (THE HORROR!) and the paper allegedly manipulating the image of her on the Golden Globes red carpet to make her look bigger, I was totally outraged. First of all, she is far from fat. Secondly, despite popular belief, fat people are actually human beings who don’t eat kittens, are not the cause of global warming, and can be as sexy and stylish as anyone else. Lastly, I thought Christina’s ruffly, peach Christian Siriano dress was, well, fierce.

Left: the NY Times image; Right: the original image. Comparison via gothamist.com

Anyway, this got me thinking, not only about women and how we treat one another (I’m a feminist), but how much I’d really like to see Christina Hendricks naked (a horny feminist). I honestly cannot imagine a life in which I never get to see her breasts in their full, be-nippled glory. It seems that in today’s society, we are spoiled with nude pictures and sex tapes of celebrities to the extent that we have actually come to expect visual access to their naked bodies in addition to the juicy details of their personal lives.

For example: Britney Spears’ labia flash a few years ago? Shocking. Lindsay Lohan’s? Slightly less shocking, but still provocative. Britney’s and Lindsay’s second and third lip slips? Wow. I mean, if you had told me when I was younger that one day in my 20s I’d be able to draw my celebrity contemporaries’ vulvae from memory, I would have never believed you and probably thought you were a complete perv.

Now fast forward: Kim Kardashian’s sex tape? Whatever, nice ass. Cassie’s pierced nipples and labia ring? NBD (no big deal). Rihanna’s nude shots? Not too shabby, actually, and kind of artsy in a Guys with iPhones sort of way.

So, in the midst of all this, I realized that now I pretty much expect to see just about anyone I want to naked. I’ve seen most of my friends naked (I’m a girl, it happens), I’ve seen Madonna naked, I’ve seen Hermione Granger’s nipple, and so on and so forth. The possibilities seem endless!

In all seriousness, if Christina Hendricks never decides to take the plunge and concludes that her plunging necklines are revealing enough, it won’t ruin my life. The rest of the drooling masses and I will go on, and there is plenty of skin, celebrity and otherwise, to gawk at on the internet, as well as the celeb sex tapes and parodies we carry at The Pleasure Chest. I just think the sense of entitlement to certain people’s private lives is an interesting thing to think about, from a cultural standpoint and as a sex-positive, body-positive, feminist sex worker.

On that note, I will leave you with the French version of the trailer for Chloe, a movie starring another outrageously hot redhead, Julianne Moore, and the lovely Amanda Seyfried. This version of the trailer undoubtedly has more nudity in it than the American one will. That’s right folks, this trailer also stars a shot of Amanda Seyfried’s titty, though its true identity is suspect due to the lack of face action. In any event, enjoy!