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Feb 03 2011

The Kinky States of America Map

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by thepleasurechest

We’re honestly a little puzzled about how to read the map above, but the overall project is pretty damned fascinating. Here’s an explanation from artist R. Luke Dubois:

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy.

Some initial findings?

New York City’s most frequently used online dating word, for example, is ‘Now’—confirming just about every Type A stereotype of our town’s inhabitants. (In Chicago, incidentally, it’s ‘Always’. And in L.A., ‘Acting.’)

Having some familiarity with the online dating scene in Los Angeles, we downloaded a map of the words associated with our neck of the woods, and the results are fascinating.

We really wish the artist had identified the actual zip codes and neighborhoods these words correspond to, because frankly, we’re not too familiar with maps of LA. But, if we’re reading this map correctly, Westsiders used words like “enchanting,” “lingerie,” “beingness” and “sexual” but also “misanthropic,” “misogynistic,” and “phony.” Equally jarring, in South LA, is the prominence of the words “suicidal” and “inmate,” sandwiched between “waif” to the west and “neurosis” to the east. We’re guessing “chutzpah” designates the Fairfax District, while “augmentation” and “screenwriter”  identify that amorphous area known as Hollywood. And, of course, the word “gaffer” is unique to LA!

If you want to see which words define the singles scene in your neighborhood, you can view and download maps for your city or state here.


Jan 27 2011

Scenes from a workshop

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by thepleasurechest

Our Sex Specialist Jenae

We had a friendly crowd for the Strap On, Get Off workshop last night in Chicago. The seats were filled with folks yearning to learn the ins and outs of dildo harnesses, strap-on sex and more. Here are a few photos of last night’s lesson.

The La Palma Glove

Visual aids

Wanna come?

Check out the schedule for our upcoming workshops here. They’re always free, and lots of fun.

Jan 20 2011

After Hours with the Club Vibe

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by thepleasurechest

Jenae, our intrepid Sex Specialist, popped the Club Vibe in her pants and hit the dance floor. Here’s the buzz.

I might be a club-goer. I might be that girl who happens to be at every party you thought you couldn’t get on the list for. My friends call me Lesbian Google, because I can find any good club night within a 15 mile radius.

Yup. I’m that girl. The girl who is always ready for a club night and a good time. The Club Vibe is “Pleasure Remixed” and I got a chance to remix some pleasure one night at a Chicago hotspot. The club I chose is open till 4am and known for attracting local oddities so I knew I wouldn’t look out of place with a wire sticking out of my pants. Yes, the Club Vibe is wired from bullet to remote. So it’s not a discreet as some might like.

The remote is actually a little receiver that picks up ambient noise from whatever space you’re in. If you are wearing the receiver box like a pager, be aware your clothes will be creating most of the shuffle noise you are “receiving” in your pants. I decided to go for the gusto and not care if anyone saw the wire poking out of my dress. I stealthily inserted the little bullet into the panty gusset and turned it on.  In the bathroom the club vibe picked up on the bass right away. There was a steady “boom boom boom” that got me really excited to join in on the fun!

I walked outside and got a HUGE jolt. The Club Vibe definitely picks up on all the noise around you and does not have discernible taste. Once it hears the nightlife, it’s got to boogie and that boogie will burn your clit off!  My advice? Steer clear of the clubs with this vibe but definitely take it out to any smaller bar with a nice back beat and lots of strangers conversing. You will definitely not be bored with the background chatter!

Jan 06 2011

Free workshops for a sexier 2011

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by thepleasurechest

New Year’s resolutions are usually a bummer.  How many years have you resolved to go the gym regularly, eat more veggies and drink less booze, only to lose steam by mid February? We believe that the best resolutions are the ones that make your life more pleasurable. So, this year, why not resolve to have better sex? We’ve got a series of fun and totally free workshops that will help make 2011 your sexiest year yet. Scroll down to find the store in your area.

Chicago

1/18 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

1/26 @ 8pm- Strap-on, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101

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.

2/1 @ 8pm- Pleasure Her Perfect

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

2/8 @ 8pm- Sex Toys for Curious Couples

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

2/9 @ 8pm- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

2/16 @ 8pm- The Ultimate O

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

2/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

2/23 @ 8pm- Butt Sex Basics

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.

3/15 @ 8pm- Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Learn to please your partner 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.

3/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

New York

1/11 @ 8pm- Beginner’s BDSM

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.

1/18 @ 8pm- Butt Sex Basics

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.

1/25 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

2/1 @ 8pm- Pleasure Her Perfect

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

2/8 @ 8pm- Suck It, Lick It, Love It

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

2/15 @ 8pm- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

2/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

3/8 @ 8pm- Sex Toys for Curious Couples

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

3/15 @ 8pm- The G-Spot & Female Ejaculation

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!

3/23 @ 8pm- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

Learn how to make him moan and writhe in unbelievable pleasure. Join internationally-acclaimed sex educator Midori for this in-depth training on orally pleasuring your guy. 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?

Los Angeles

1/12 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blow-jobs. We’ll 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.

1/19 @ 8pm- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

1/24 @ 8pm- The Ultimate O

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

1/26 @ 8pm- Tantra for Better Sex with Jim Michael

In this Tantra class, Jim Michael will guide you toward discovering fresh ways to explore and experience your partner. You’ll learn techniques and tools to expand intimacy and sexual pleasure using touch, breathing, and other sensory exercises. This safe Tantric exploration space is created to expand and deepen your contact and connection with your partner and yourself! Wear comfortable clothing. To learn more about Jim Michael, MA in Counseling Psychology, visit www.tantracoach.com.

2/2 @ 8pm- Positions for Pleasure with Jamye Waxman

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.

2/9 @ 8pm- Suck It, Lick It, Love It

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

2/22 @ 8pm- Anal Pleasure 101 with Tristan Taormino

In her most popular workshop, one she has taught around the world for over 10 years, Tristan introduces you to the world of anal pleasure. In this funny, educational class, she covers a wide variety of topics, including: myths about anal sex; anal anatomy, the G-spot, and the prostate; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more! Learn the facts about this exciting, yet often misunderstood, form of pleasure and get all your questions answered.

2/23 @ 8pm- HardCore Sex: Fisting, Watersports & More with Damon Holzum

Do you want to discover and push the boundaries of your sexual exploration? Damon will guide you through the outer edges of erotic experience, including fisting, watersports, “dirty play” and more. This judgment-free class will focus on finding partners, safer sex practices, emotional safety and practical advice for a wide range of edgy fetishes.

Dec 21 2010

Free Ornaments & Holiday Beverages at all of our stores!

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by thepleasurechest

If you’re still looking for the perfect decoration, gag gift or Secret Santa present, check out our funny and punny holiday ornaments.

Choose among 8 different sexy sentiments:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Leathermen
  • Season’s Beatings
  • Tits the Season
  • Happy Nude Year
  • Kiss Me Under the Cameltoe
  • Cock! The Breakfast of Champions
  • Ass & Ye Shall Receive
  • Not So Silent Night

We’re so proud of these, we’ve decided to give them away. Come to any of our stores between now and the close of business on Christmas Eve, and we’ll give you one, absolutely free. You don’t even need to buy anything!

While you’re here, enjoy complimentary holiday beverages, between 6pm and 9pm!

Dec 17 2010

Your Club Vibe Pleasure Playlist

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by thepleasurechest

On Monday, we introduced you to the Club Vibe, a high tech toy that vibes along with your favorite tunes. We asked you to tell us which song you’d most like to get off to. This morning, we shuffled the playlist. And the winner is…

“Shawna”  from Chicago! Her favorite song was Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop.”

We also asked you to tell us why you wanted a particular song on your Club Vibe playlist. There were many creative answers. Some of you get off on the lyrical content of the song. Others geeked out on the rhythmic patterns, bass sounds and tonal properties. But our favorite response, hands-down, for most creative answer was…

“E,” also from Chicago, who wrote the following:

Though I would dearly like to say “The Chosen Priest and Apostle of Infinite Space” by noise band Bull of Heaven – because it is the single longest recorded song (over 2 months long), and because I am both a hierophiliac and desperately interested in prolonged forced orgasms. Unfortunately, I fear that it would either result in burning a hole in my clit or causing some very deeply disturbing interactions with my coworkers. Plus, I mean, after the first 3 hours or so, I’m bound to develop a rather intense case of laryngitis and potential arrest. So! I’m going to go with track 1 from the solaris soundtrack (Cliff Martinez) because nothing says climax like a moody, transporting film score in space. And it begins gradually, slowly crescendos, then intensifies for a full two and a half minutes of relentless teasing. It’s like I’m begging for permission to come already.

I think we can all agree that “E” deserves the $20 gift card!  Congratulations to both of our winners. And while we couldn’t find every song you all suggested (that 2 month long noise song would probably crash our computer), we did put together this playlist of the contest entries. So, plug in your headphones or Club Vibe and get off. This is your Pleasure Playlist.

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.

Dec 01 2010

Have a (not so) Silent Night!

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by thepleasurechest


The holidays are about coming together. We think that you and your partner(s) deserve to have some unsilent nights this season. So, if you’re planning to shop in any of our stores this month, we’re offering a special deal. For any purchase you make over $100, we’ll throw in a $15 gift card. And for any purchase over $150, we’ll give you a $25 gift card. The gift card can be used on your next store visit. It makes a great stocking stuffer or a treat to yourself.