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Sep 05 2011

Los Angeles Celebrates “The Big 4-Oh!”

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Yes, we’re turning 40 this month! It’s OK if you didn’t get us a gift. But, please do come to our party. Or, parties rather! Here’s a complete lineup of free workshops and fun festivities throughout September.

40 Tips, Tricks & Techniques to The Ultimate O
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

We’ve got 40 years of experience in helping people achieve explosive orgasms. Whether you’re a first timer or an orgasm overachiever, this class has something new for you. We’ll teach you 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 our favorite tips and toys.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Craft Night
Thursday, September 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks, live music and giveaways. Get crafty!

Sleazy Saturday

Saturday, September 10th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Steve Agee, Kyle Kinane, Tommy Johnagin, Nikki Glaser, Sean O’ Connor, Renee Gauthier, Josh Adam Meyers and Cornell Reid.

We’ll also be giving some stuff away, including TJ’s new rap album, The Extended Play E.P., which drops that day!

40 Ways to Make Life Sexier
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

In 40 years, we’ve learned a lot about sex. Let us share our 40 favorite pleasure principles for making your sex life sizzle. Together we’ll explore the wide world of sex toys, tips and tricks for solo and partner play, safe sex essentials, and ways to enhance your orgasm.

Sex Specialist: Mary & Mike

Sex Scandal Bike Ride
Saturday, September 17th @ 4pm-6pm FREE!

Bring your bicycle to The Pleasure Chest and take a magical, low key tour of the storied streets. Learn the raunchy rumors and lusty legends of Hollywoodlore!  We’ll visit sites where people in the public (and not-so-public) eye have gotten themselves into a pickle or two. Our 90 minute plus ride includes exciting trivia and naughty prizes, ending at The Pleasure Chest with tasty eats and a host of sexy people to serve it up! If you don’t have a bike, simply join us at 6, for a champagne toast to 40 scandalous years of making life sexy.

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 17th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Blowjobs & Beyond: 40 Succulent Skills to Satisfaction
Wednesday, September 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? In this special 40th anniversary edition of our most popular class, we’ll 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.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 24th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday!

We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelo Bowers, Hampton Yount, Ahmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

Kinky Sex: Our Best Tips From The Past 40 Years
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

For over four decades, we’ve built our reputation on bringing kink to the masses. Whether you’re a nervous novice or a bondage badass, there’s always something new to learn about the art of kinky sex. If your fantasies include blindfolds, bondage, roleplay, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, we’ve got a class for your ass.

Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 29th @ 8pm- 1am FREE!

A pervy party celebrating 40 years of making life sexy. Drinks, dancing, and a peek behind the red curtain. Details to come!

 



 

 

 

Sep 05 2011

Chicago Celebrates 40 Years of Pleasure

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Did you hear? We’re turning 40 this month! Yes, we know we look young, but we really have been making life sexy since 1971. To celebrate, we’ve got a great lineup of free workshops and special events throughout September. Here’s what’s on the agenda at our Chicago store.

40 & Over Sex Secrets
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Craft Night
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks and giveaways. Get crafty!

Raunchy Bingo Night
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Chicago favorite Raunchy Royale will be making jaws drop as she hosts a notorious night of party games.  Stop by the store to play hilarious, audience-fueled fun like “Pervtionary” that will test your kinky skills. Just wait til you get a load of the prizes you can win!

40 Licks: Oral Sex for Every Body
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

We share our 40 favorite tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, 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.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Sirens & Studs
Friday, September 16th @ 9pm-11pm FREE! 

Join us for an evening of cruising and schmoozing with Chicago’s sexiest dancers, performers, and adults-only entertainers. Win a vintage-style Pleasure Chest “Leatherman” T-shirt and get your sexy pics taken in our own private SheShot photo booth. DJ All The Way Kay (Chicago Dirty Girls) will play all the sexiest hits from 1971 and beyond!

 

Groupie Love
Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm-10pm FREE!

Every 70s band had groupies and so does The Pleasure Chest. In fact, we’ve got Chicago’s own Cynthia Plaster Caster! Come pick up a “backstage pass” good for 20% off your purchase during the night, and learn how to make a plaster cast of your favorite band’s member. Rock out to music from the bands you fantasized about banging backstage and maybe even purchase one of Ms. Plaster Caster’s famous casts.

40 Seduction Tricks
Wednesday, September 21st @ 8pm 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 40 dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Sex Specialist: Jenae

Art of Sex
Friday, September 23rd @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Four of our favorite Chicagoartists including Rob from Smutcraft and Leon MonkeyFetish will show their sexiest, most provocative work for your prurient perusal and possible purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find inspirational. Meet the artists over wine and cheese and shop for things that will get your creative juices flowing.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, September 26th @ 7pm-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Come to the inaugural gathering of our knitting circle; 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.

40 Kinky Nights: How to Kink Your Sex & Sex Your Kink
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

Sex Specialists: Antoinette & Sarah

“Studio 69”
Friday, September 30th @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Why stop at 54 when you can climb to 69? Help us wrap our 40th anniversary in style, with a DJ, drinks, kinky contests and prizes galore. The theme is sexy 70s, so wear your best bell bottoms for a chance to win our “Blast from the Past” costume contest!

 

 

All Month Long

  • Hitachi Rollback Sale! You can purchase the Hitachi Magic Wand, one of the most popular and powerful sex toys ever, at the same price we sold it for in 1971. (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)
  • $4 Pocket Rockets! Make any purchase over $10 and get your very own Pleasure Chest Pocket Rocket for only $4! (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)

Jul 11 2011

Masturbating water bugs, men who like to cuddle & women who love landmarks

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We’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and haven’t had much time to blog. Today, we catch up on our favorite sex stories and kinky links making their way around the interwebs.

  • Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 online activity. We’d like to point out that these are not mutually exclusive activities. Judging from our Twitter feed, there’s also plenty of porn on social media. No word on what took third place, but we’re willing to bet it has something to do with cats.

Gagged by Facebook.

  • In other social media news, we discovered that Facebook censors the word “bondage” in event titles. Regular readers might know that we’ve had similar Facebook problems with the word “anal” and with teaching about cunnilingus.
  • In a controversial essay, journalist Mac McClelland wrote about how violent sex helped cure her PTSD. McClelland didn’t discuss consensual sadomasochism, but we think many kinky people can relate to her story.

Flying the very friendly skies.

  • SF Gate reported that the TSA allows travelers to carry vibrators, whips, chains, leashes and even handcuffs in their carry-on bags. But don’t try to bring your Njoy Eleven on the plane. “We would call that a baton-like item,” said the TSA spokesman. “It could be considered a weapon.”

  • Scientific American reported on a French insect which is the world’s loudest known animal. The humble water boatman plays its 100 decibel mating call by rubbing its own genitals.
  • A team of researchers claimed that a man’s penis size can be determined by looking at his index and ring fingers. “The team found that, in general, the lower the ratio of the lengths of the two fingers, the longer the stretched length of the penis.” Only 144 men participated in the study (Insert “sample size queen” joke here).
  • In other science news, men like to cuddle.
  • In “Everybody Calm Down: Nobody Wants to Have Sex With Your Fiancé Anyway”, an anonymous stripper demystified the most infamous of bachelor party rituals.

  • The San Francisco City Clinic shared its archive of safe sex and anti-VD posters from the last 100 years. (Via Violet Blue).
  • Cory Silverberg taught us how to enhance our orgasms, while Sex Nerd Sandra schooled us on how not lose a toy in our butts.
  • Adweek ranked the 50 gayest ads ever made.

  • Finally, we stumbled across “Married to the Eiffel Tower,” an absolutely fascinating documentary about object sexuality. If you can tear yourself away from your Hitachi for an hour, it’s well worth viewing.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 30 2011

July Workshops in Los Angeles

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Summer school is now in session. From basic bondage and oral sex, to Tantra with Jaiya and Reid’s return, there’s something for nearly everyone.

Bondage for Beginners

July 6th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

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.

 

Play Parties: How To Throw ‘Em and How To Attend ‘Em with Reid Mihalko

July 12th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

Whether you’d like to be the “Hostess With the Mostest” and throw your own event, or are just looking to spice up your love life, sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko will provide you with juicy tips and sound advice on how to make attending play parties or throwing ‘em yourself as simple and as powerful as can be. Whatever you level of experience, whatever your relationship status or orientation, Reid promises an informative evening chock-full of great communication and relationship skills!

Reid Mihalko, July 12th/13th

Plays Well With Others: Negotiating Relationship Boundaries & Agreements for Group Sexploration with Reid Mihalko

July 13th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

With the dizzying array of relationship options available to people who’ve decided to “play well with others,” how do you, and your partner or partners (if you’ve got any), figure out what will work best? What is open to renegotiation? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise or when someone makes a bad call? Join sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko for a workshop devoted to single people, couples, and multiple partners who want to learn how to create workable boundaries and agreements for playing sexually with others simultaneously.

Jaiya, July 20th

Tantric Sex with Jaiya

July 20th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

Tantric sex is an art, a science and a pathway to discovering untapped erotic potential. Learning Tantric sex techniques can help you prolong pleasure, connect more deeply and reach erotic trance states. World-renowned somatic sexologist Jaiya will teach you a simple Tantric practice you can start incorporating right away. She’ll also share some tips and techniques to help you use Tantric sex to take your sexual life to places you have never imagined.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

July 26th, 2011 @ 8pm $7

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It

July 27th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

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.

Jun 21 2011

Summer in the City Upcoming Workshops in New York

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Spend some of your hot summer nights with us. Our workshops are fun, free and held in our lovely air-conditioned store. Here’s our complete schedule of classes for the season.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers

Monday, June 27th @ 8pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, July 5th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Kinky Sex

Monday, July 11th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, July 19th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

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.

Safer Sex Techniques & Toys 201

Monday, July 25th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Condoms and dental dams are hot! Find out why at this safer sex workshop where our Sex Specialist will lead a judgment-free, open discussion. Learn how to use a harm reduction approach, while having fun safer sex and negotiating play when you or a partner is affected by an STI. We will also discuss STIs beyond HIV and communicating your status with partners.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Butt Sex Basics

Monday, August 8th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him

Tuesday, August 16th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialists: Brandon B. & Laura

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Monday, August 22nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

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.

Advanced Anal

Tuesday, August 30th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Krys Fox

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Suck It! Beyond the Blowjob

Monday, September 6th @8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Do you think that just because your partner uses or has a silicone cock, that they can’t experience a great blowjob? Think again! Get tips on how to receive and give mind blowing oral pleasure. Learn how to silicone-cock gulp and T-cock slobber your partner to an explosive orgasm. Let’s go down and share techniques for queers, trans folks and strap-on lovers.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Laura

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.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard

Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50

Tuesday September 27th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 


Jun 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • Up, up and away! We began the week by enjoying this clip of a Seattle man taking a hot air balloon ride while suspended from flesh hooks. Has Werner Herzog seen this? (h/t Boing Boing)
  • After not one but two high profile lesbian bloggers were revealed to be men, The Awl published this delightful post from a real live lesbian blogger. We know she’s telling the truth because of all the “vagina licking” that goes on.

Make love, not riots?

  • The riots in Vancouver produced this now iconic photo of two lovers who appear to be kissing, oblivious to the chaos around them. The true story behind the picture isn’t quite so sexy. The young man says he was trying to comfort his girlfriend after they were trampled by riot police.
  • Trojan (of condom fame) released the US Sex Census, a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults. They concluded that Los Angeles has more sex than any city in the country. The average Angeleno does “it” 135 times a year. Unfortunately, it’s not the best sex. That honor goes to Philadelphia, whose citizens reported the highest levels of satisfaction. Los Angeles was also number one in vibrator use at 48%. We don’t know how scientific this survey was. 1,000 people isn’t very many. (Sorry, but we’re sample size queens!)
  • Scientific American took a look at the state of male birth control methods, and concluded that nothing is likely to replace the condom in the near future.

  • World of Wonder dug up this ad from a 1937 issue of some magazine called True Romance, reminding us that while beauty norms may change, the message never does.
  • In recent years, advertisers have increasingly targeted men’s insecurities too. Responding to a New York Times (!) article about intimate male hygiene, Jezebel investigated the wide world of products designed to combat “ball stink.”

Got prostatitis?

  • We don’t know about testicle deodorants, but we’d love to get our hands on a Dila-Therm! (h/t BoingBoing)

  • Also from Jezebel, we learned about the PBS documentary Two Spirits and its investigation of the four recognized genders in Navajo culture.
  • Earlier this month, census takers in Nepal began to recognize a “third gender” to account for its transgender population.
  • A study from the Netherlands concluded that as women gain social and economic parity, they cheat at the same rate as men. But, Anna Holmes wonders, do women cheat for the same reasons?

  • Finally, we’re not much for 80s nostalgia, but one of our Facebook friends sent us this amazing link to a vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

May 30 2011

June Workshops in Our LA Store

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Hello Los Angeles. It’s starting to heat up out there and in here! Come check out one of our steamy and informative free workshops. Here’s a complete schedule for June.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Wednesday, June 1st @ 8pm

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.

Strap on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

Wednesday, June 8th @ 8pm

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 14th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum

Wednesday, June 15th @ 8pm

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Wednesday, June 22nd @ 8pm

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.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 28th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, June 29th @ 8pm

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.

Apr 21 2011

May Daze: Upcoming Workshops in LA

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Dear Los Angeles,

Wanna brush up on your cunnilingus? Itching to step into a strap on? Or do you just want to sprinkle some spice in the bedroom? If you said yes, to any of the above come to one of our free workshops!

Your friends at the Pleasure Chest

P.S. Here’s a schedule through the end of May

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, April 27th at 8pm 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.

Spicing Up Your Sex Life

Monday, May 2nd @ 8pm FREE

Want to add some flavor in the bedroom? Learn how to spice it up with Sex Nerd Sandra.  She’ll cover quick and easy recipes to get the bedroom sparks flying, and in depth methods to break out of old habits. On the menu will be the importance of eye contact, sexting, sharing fantasies, new positions, tantra and more. You’ll even get to practice a few saucy moves you can take home and serve up with confidence!

Strap-On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101

Tuesday, May 3rd @ 8pm 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.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Wednesday, May 4th @ 8pm 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.

Make Life Sexier

Wednesday, May 11th @ 8pm FREE

Learn some pleasure principles for making your sex life sizzle. Together we’ll explore the wide world of sex toys, tips and tricks for solo and partner play, safe sex essentials, and ways to enhance your orgasm.

The Ultimate O

Wednesday, May 18th @ 8pm FREE

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.

Suck it, Lick it, Love it

Wednesday, May 25th at 8pm 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.

Mar 03 2011

Is cunnilingus obscene? Facebook says yes.

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by thepleasurechest

As many of you know, The Pleasure Chest hosts free educational workshops at all three of our retail stores. The workshops are an opportunity to share practical information about safer sex, from kissing and masturbation to oral sex and BDSM. We’ve been posting our workshop announcements on Facebook, without a problem, ever since we started our account on the social networking behemoth.

Yesterday, we received a disturbing notice informing us that the event announcement for one our workshops had been removed, for violating Facebook’s Terms of Use agreement. Here’s the key passage:

“The event ‘Pleasure Her Perfect: Going Down’ has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, events that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed.”

The notice also warned that:

“Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.”

We can’t imagine how an invitation to a class on oral sex, posted for the benefit of people who have opted-in to our feed, could be “hateful” or “threatening,” so we can only assume that Facebook finds the event description “obscene.”  (A screenshot of that description is below.)

If so, this wouldn’t be the first time that Facebook has targeted sex educators for censorship. Last year, both Self Serve and Violet Blue found their pages disabled by the site’s anonymous guardians of morality. And just last month, we discovered that we were unable to post a workshop announcement with the title “Anal Pleasure 101″ because the word “anal” made the listing “not valid.” We solved the problem by spelling the offending word “An*l,” which is kinda funny, since the asterisk reminds us of a butthole!

It’s not just sex educators who have had trouble. Facebook is an ongoing battle with users who post photos of breastfeeding! (We’re not kidding.)

We’re really not sure why this particular event posting roused the Facebook sex police. On any given day, our Facebook feed is much racier than our own profile page. Yes, we even see a fair amount of porn, posted regularly by our friends in the sex industry. So, what gives?

Perhaps the societal doublestandard that considers cunnilingus more taboo than fellatio is to blame. An upcoming Blowjobs & Beyond workshop remains on our events tab (and y’all should definitely check it out!) Cunnilingus in the movies often gets slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, while depictions of men getting head typically pass with an R-rating.

We might also ask why oral sex is considered obscene, while this apparently isn’t. The bottom line is that we can’t read Mark Zuckerberg’s mind, and finding out which words or images triggered a specific act of content removal is all but impossible. Our only recourse is to tone it down, cross our fingers, and hope we don’t get our account disabled or deleted.

In the meantime, are you following us on Twitter (NY, LA, Chicago) yet? Because Twitter definitely isn’t trying to defriend the sex industry.