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May 23 2013

Illinois Dumps Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

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condomsLast week, our own Sarah Tomchesson made the case for a sex-positive alternative to the abstinence model of sex education. Yesterday, Illinois lawmakers took a big step in the right direction, by mandating discussion of birth control in all sex ed classes in the state’s public schools.

Gawker reports:

Previously schools had three options when it came to sex ed: abstinence-only classes, comprehensive classes covering both abstinence and safe sex, or no sex ed classes at all. Thanks to the new measure, which Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign into law, schools will now have to either teach the comprehensive sex ed courses or avoid sex ed altogether.

It’s a start. In the meantime, those young people in less enlightened states can always find help at Scarleteen.

May 17 2013

Nick Rouley, Alexandra Tsarpalas & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- May 20th

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Join us on Monday, Monday, May 20th at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Goodrich Gevaart. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Nick RouleyAlexandra TsarpalasCaitlin BerghMatt RiggsKelsie Huff and Zach Peterson. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

Please enjoy Matt Riggs earlier this year at Chicago Underground Comedy.

May 14 2013

Please Vote Us “Best Sex Toy Shop” in Chicago

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readerThe Chicago Reader is conducting its annual “Best of Chicago” poll. We love Chicago. If you love us back, please consider voting for us as the “Best Sex Toy Shop” in Chicago.

We opened our first Chicago store in 1977 and have been a presence in the city’s LGBT and sex positive community ever since. We offer over 60 free workshops each year, a monthly comedy night and an annual erotic art show. We regularly hold benefits and donate to charities as varied as The Chicago Foundation for Women, Ronald McDonald House and Arcas Productions. For some background on our current location, check out this post from last year.

The Reader requires a name and email address to complete a ballot (though you don’t need to register.) Our category is the 19th question on the 1st page, in case you don’t have time to fill out all of the categories. You have until midnight on May 22nd to cast your ballot.

Thank you for your vote and thanks for supporting us for the past 36 years!

 

May 02 2013

Study Finds Funny People Have Sex Appeal

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Photo of Eli OIsberg & TJ Miller by Megan Baker.

Here’s good news for our comedian friends. Psychologists at Stirling University in the UK have found that funny guys are perceived as more attractive. The researchers interviewed men and women, asking what items they’d bring to a desert island, and then played the recordings for another group of subjects.

Men who were funnier in their answers were judged to be more attractive by the opposite sex, particularly when being judged for their potential as a short-term lover rather than a long-term partner.

Humour is interpreted as a form of flirtatiousness, researchers explained, and is especially attractive for a brief liaison because it “nurtures an impression of not being serious or willing to invest in a mate”.

So while having a sense of humor might help you get laid, it may also send the message that you’re not serious relationship material. There’s also (sorta) good news  for funny women. The men in the study found them more attractive, “‘because a woman’s humour is taken as a sign that “she will be receptive to his advances.’”

So, if you’re in the mood for a spring fling, maybe you should ditch the bar scene and come to one of our Performance Anxiety comedy nights.

Apr 29 2013

Prostate Play, Vintage Vibes & MoreUpcoming Events in Chicago

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April has been action-packed, but we’re not slowing down. This coming month, our Sex Specialists offer free workshops on everything from prostate play and domestic sex tips to advanced BDSM, female pleasure and open relationships. We’re also hosting a special visit with Luke, a vintage vibrator collector, and another night of our popular Performance Anxiety comedy show. Pay us a visit!

shawneSusie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Shawne’

Wednesday, May 1st @ 8-10 PM FREE!

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.

Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 8th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

If you haven’t thought about your prostate, you’re behind the times! Unofficially known as the male G-Spot, the prostate is actually central to the male orgasm & can provide amazing pleasure, either solo or with a partner. Our Sex Specialists will explain the role of the prostate, both physically & sexually, and offer tips and techniques to bring out the best in your bottom!

ashBDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash
Wednesday, May 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to move beyond the BDSM basics? Let our Sex Specialists show you how to play harder & heavier while discovering  stronger sensations and deepening your power exchange. Find ways to refine and negotiate the boundaries of what you want to explore.  Learn about Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) and how to stay safe while you take it to the next level.

Sex Antiques Roadshow
Saturday, May 18th @ 1-4 PM FREE!

Today’s sex toys are sleek, sexy, and discreet, but they started out as medical and health appliances that were anything but simple!  Join us for a “show and tell” with Luke, a vintage vibrator and violet wand restorer and collector. Luke will present over a dozen examples of early- to mid-1900s sexual appliances and share the hidden history of the adult toy revolution.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, May 20th @ 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 22nd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

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.

sarahsloane2Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 29th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

What are open relationships and how do they work? From polyamory and consensual non-monogamy to swinging, we’ll explore how to negotiate these often challenging relationship models.  Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of open relationships, improve communication and discover how to find other non-monogamous people.

Apr 16 2013

Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- April 22nd

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Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Caitlin Bergh. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali, Matty Ryan, Ever Mainard, Kenny DeForest and Goodrich Gevaart. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

 

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

Apr 01 2013

Caitlin Bergh on Performance Anxiety Chicago

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Comedy in a sex shop? Yes! No foolin’.

We’ve been hosting Performance Anxiety comedy night at our West Hollywood store twice a month for nearly two years. Hosts Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller are making plans for a special 2nd anniversary show on April 23rd.

Last year, we brought Performance Anxiety to our Chicago store, where it has become a popular free monthly showcase. Watch Caitlin Bergh, one of the show’s hosts and organizers explain her philosophy in this clip from Chicago Grid.  The next Performance Anxiety show in Chicago is on April 22nd. Join us!

h/t Chicago Grid

Mar 12 2013

Tamale Sepp, Rebecca O’Neal & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- March 18th

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Join us on Monday, March 18th at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Goodrich Gevaart. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Tamale SeppRebecca O’NealJoe KwaczalaAdam Guerino and Caitlin Bergh.

We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

Feb 28 2013

Tantra, Hand Sex, Dirty Talk & MoreMarch in Chicago

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Q. Where can you learn about tantra, spanking and oral sex, join a naughty knitting circle and enjoy a night of free comedy in a room full of buttplugs? A. Only at The Pleasure Chest Chicago in March.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 4th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join sex and relationship educator Reid Mihalko for a fun, light-hearted romp into the world of sacred sexuality. Explore enhanced lovemaking techniques, communication skills helpful for deepening intimacy, and breathing techniques to increase your arousal and sexual stamina in this workshop designed for anyone curious about Tantra, bettering their relationships, and having fun in the bedroom.

Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have your partner’s pleasure literally “in your hands?” Let Reid Mihalko show you how to utilize the nerves in your fingers and hands to “listen” to and track your partner’s sexual response. Discover how to make them squeal with tricks for the G-Spot, P-spot, and more. Reid will bring fruit for a hands-on demonstration, so you can practice getting fresh with produce!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie
Wednesday, March 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, March 18th @ 8-10pm 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.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Shawne’
Wednesday, March 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.