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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 30 2012

Sex Over 40, the G-Spot & A Visit from MidoriMay in Chicago

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What do you want to try next in the bedroom? Learn about the arts of oral sex and female dominance from Midori. Explore the joy of sex after 40 and learn how to fulfill your Fifty Shades fantasies with Sarah Sloane. Discover your G-Spot and female ejaculation with Antoinette. All this and more awaits you at one of our free workshops in May. Read on for a complete schedule!

40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

If you’re like us—over 40 and still sexy—then this class is for you! Learn about the pleasure which only comes through experience. Spend an evening with our sex specialists as they demystify sex after 40, talk about the reality of our changing bodies, and how to leverage our skills & make the most out of the second half of our sex lives.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm
Inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

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!

Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori
Tuesday, May 29th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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?

The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori (Open to all genders. Partners welcome!)
Wednesday, May 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Elegance. Power. Confidence. Learn an effective style of dominance that is authentic to you. Using her own special technique, Midori will help to unleash your power femme, allowing you to pursue erotic fulfillment and sensual play. She will discuss psychology, politics, practical exercises, techniques, fashion and more. Open to all genders and orientations and to all experience levels. Partners are welcome to attend.

 Coming up…

Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm

The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

The Ultimate O with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

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 17 2012

Sex Ed (for Adults Only) in Chicago

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There was a nice little tribute to our Chicago store on Salon yesterday. The writer remembers:

When “The Pleasure Chest” moved their Chicago store to our neighborhood a few years ago, the brigades of young mothers pushing $1,000 strollers were not amused.

It’s true. Our move to the Lakeview District caused a small controversy back in 2006 as you can see in this news clip.


Six years later, Salon notes:

The Pleasure Chest really —as it turns out—didn’t change morality, end marriages, beckon to the four horseman of the apocalypse to giddy up down Lincoln Avenue and flash their swords of righteousness. Neither Michelle nor husband Marcus Bachman needed to be called in to consult. The war on women did not open up a new front right down the block from the Dunkin Donuts.

Instead, The Pleasure Chest just keeps on doing what it has been doing since the early seventies. And doing it well. No one’s morality changed. People had much larger battles to wage.

The post was inspired by the improbable appearance of a school bus parked outside our store. (Don’t fret, the bus was filled with adults from a tour group).

But we feel this is a good time to mention that we actually do have a sex ed curriculum– for adults. Tonight you can learn about vaginal fisting with Sarah Sloane. Or join us in May to learn about the G-Spot with Antoinette and female dominance with Midori. No matter what your experience level, we’ve probably got a class that will interest you. School is in session. And enrollment is free.

 

 

Mar 28 2012

Spring in ChicagoUpcoming Free Workshops

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Spring is here! We’re just getting warmed up with a full offering of free workshops, from classes on cunnilingus and the basics of buttsex to a handy tutorial on fisting. Check out our complete lineup below.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 4th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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 blowjobs. 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect (Special Cunnilingus Edition) with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, April 11th @ 8-10pm 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.

Vaginal Fisting with Sarah Sloane
Tuesday, April 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Fisting has a formidable reputation in some circles, but it’s actually a sensual, spiritual way of connecting with our partners. Find out what fisting really is (hint: there are no fists!), how to coax your body (or your partner’s body) into opening up for it, and some healthy and easy tips for making it hotter than you can imagine!

           

 

Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, April 23rd @ 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.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Coming up…

Wednesday, May 2nd -40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, May 23rd- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette

Tuesday, May 29th- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

Wednesday, May 30th- The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori

Wednesday, June 6th- Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 13th- The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 20th- The Ultimate O with Antoinette

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane

Feb 28 2012

Strap-Ons, Threesomes, Tantra & MoreUpcoming Workshops in Chicago

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Spend this rare February 29th with us, learning new sex positions to make your Leap Year extra sexy. Then, keep coming back for more in March. We’ll host sex and relationships expert Reid Mihalko to discuss threesomes and blowjobs. Our resident Sex Specialists Antoinette and Sarah Sloane will share their wisdom on strap-on harnesses, G-spots and Tantra. There’s even another knitting night. We hope to see you here!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th, 8-10pm FREE! 

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists 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. We 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.

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th, 8-1opm FREE! 

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.

Tuesday, March 13th, 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!

Wednesday, March 14th, 8-10pm FREE!

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 blowjobs. 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.

Wednesday, March 21st, 8-10pm FREE!

Most classes teach sex from the outside in, but tantra can help you learn from the inside out. In sex, as in life, it can be difficult to slow down and breathe. If you want to deepen your approach to pleasure and the body, come learn the practical skills that can be your gateway, whether you’re with a loved one or renewing your love for yourself.

Monday, March 26th, 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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 8-10pm FREE!

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!