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Aug 27 2013

Upcoming Events at Our L.A. Store

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Larkin & Shay

Wednesday, September 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.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Larkin & Kate

Wednesday, September 11th @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.

Kisses to Kink with the Domi Dollz

Wednesday, September 18th @8 – 10pm FREE!

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Looking to bring some excitement into your love and sex life?  Domi Dollz has the answer! Join famed Dominatrices and authors of the book “Kisses To Kink: A Dominatrix’s Guide To Great Sex” Nina Payne and Mona Rogers, who will provide insight into the fascinating psychology and practices of BDSM.  Kink is much more than just whips and chains; it can also be soft, sensual, liberating, and a great creative outlet.  This beginner’s workshop provides a warm and welcoming environment for all genders to have fun while trying out hands-on techniques

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Sex Nerd Sandra and Larkin.

Wednesday, October 2nd @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 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.

kittycadillacBedroom Burlesque with Kitty Cadillac

Wednesday, October 9th @8 – 10pm FREE!

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Sex Specialist Kitty Cadillac as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. It’s role playing at its finest!

Aug 21 2013

This Month in Online Dating

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Lately, we can’t go anywhere on the internet without hearing about a new dating site, hookup app, or some variation thereof. Folks who are looking for lasting love, a one-night stand, or something in the middle are spoiled for choice. We decided to make things a little easier by compiling the best few things we’ve read recently, so that you can stay savvy about virtual courtship. Enjoy!

Earlier this month, Nerve covered Hinge, an app that hooks you up with your friends’ friends, through Facebook. (For the awkward set-up that you engineer yourself!)

“This is the post-data revolution app, something that doesn’t play upon the information we’ve groomed for the public with a fine-toothed comb, but instead, it takes the information we’ve been voluntarily sending out into the ether of the web for years, for better or for worse.”

Now, we’re hearing about Pure, a new all-genders casual hookup app that cuts right to the chase. From New York Magazine:

 “On Pure, users designate their gender and the gender(s) of the people they’d like to sleep with, specify whether they are able to host or not, and are shown any other willing users in the surrounding area, each with an “Okay” or “No Way” prompt. When two users are mutually attracted, they’re given each others’ coordinates to meet up. There are no profiles, no lengthy chat sessions, and all unfulfilled requests vanish after an hour.”

For folks who prefer a more traditional dating site, in which you exchange messages before meeting up, advice columnist Captain Awkward offers the most practical advice we’ve heard on the subject. For example:

“When you write to someone for the first time, follow the alliterative trinity of:

- Short
- Simple
- Specific

Initial greeting script: ‘Hi, I really like your profile, especially (where you said x cool thing)(the fact that you like x piece of media that I also like)(the photo of you where you are doing or wearing awesome stuff). Where did you find your (cosplay element)(unique bookcase)(jazz record collection)(fancy shoes)?’”

We strongly encourage you to check out the rest, here.

Once you’ve chosen your site or app, you’ll usually have to make a profile. You could try to wow your potential mates with your wit, your collection of exciting hobbies, and your highbrow tastes in reading and viewing material. Alternatively, you could just use this random profile generator, which combines some of the most common elements of online dating profiles into… basically nonsense. We ended up with sentences like,

“Using my farmshare I’m just a regular guy I love the smell of down to earth Infinite Jest vinyl records.”

and

“Listening to music skiing feminism I’m not good at filling out these things.”

We think we come off looking pretty good.

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Did we miss anything? What are your go-to sites and apps for meeting partners online? Tell us below.

Jul 23 2012

YouTube Censored Our Nina Hartley Interview

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Today we logged in to our YouTube account only to be greeted by the warning screen above. Our 2010 interview with adult film legend Nina Hartley had apparently been flagged for violating YouTube’s community guidelines. Upon review, someone at YouTube removed the video and issued us a warning that our account could be suspended or even terminated if we continued to violate this vague policy.

We’ve watched and re-watched our brief interview with Ms. Hartley and we don’t see how it violates the rules against “nudity, pornography or sexually provocative content.” We think it should be covered under YouTube’s exception for “documentary” content, since Ms. Hartley is discussing the popularity of “MILF porn” in a historical and sociological context, not describing sex acts or promoting any specific porn movie.

Readers of our blog may be aware of our past troubles with censorship, particularly on Facebook where a workshop on cunnilingus was flagged for removal and where the words “bondage” and “anal” have been  blocked in event titles. In October of 2010, we also learned that our company’s name was part of a distinguished group of words, phrases and names placed on the Google Instant blacklist, a mysterious list which, among other head-scratchers, continues to block suggestions for “bisexual.”

We know that Google owns YouTube and we appreciate they they want to prevent the popular video sharing site from becoming a porn free-for-all. But we must sincerely ask if our Nina Hartley video is really a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Judge for yourself. We’ve posted the banned clip on Vimeo. You can watch it above.

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Oct 06 2011

More Live Nude Search Results

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A few months ago, we shared some of the most unusual search terms people have to used to find our blog. It was one of our most popular posts. And while many of you are still looking for the elusive “Navajo buttsex pillows,” we’ve got a whole new list of search phrases to puzzle over. Here are some of our favorites…

  • free nina hartley making her but jiggle
  • masturbate to Facebook
  • “nasal orgasm”

  • illustrated simpsons porn
  • sean connery nude fakes
  • whether performer of blow job would get the same pleasure as the person whose penis is sucked
  • tumblr my daguerreotype boyfriend enema
  • lesbian cuddling party tumblr
  • elderly dildo strapon satisfaction

  • is ass sex will give pleasure ?
  • made him cum on the train
  • sucking the nipples and building pleasure and thirst to have sex vedios online
  • how many calories does sex with a vibrator burn
  • marilyn monroe enema masturbation

  • anal household
  • insect filled dildo
  • firecracker in dick bdsm
  • upskirt entrant reprimanded for going commando
  • stepmother spanks
  • hide sex toys from nosy parents

 

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 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 13 2011

This Week’s Best of the Chest

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Each day, we try to post amusing, informative and unusual links and articles covering the wide range of human sexuality. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you’re probably already familiar with our daily feeding frenzy. For those who don’t, we decided it would be fun to post an end o’ the week review of the stuff that got our attention on the internet. This is the week’s best links from your friends at the Chest.

The Daily Show – Minneapolis Is the New Gay
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Speaking of San Francisco, The Daily Show this week asked “Is Minneapolis gayer than San Francisco?”

Who's your daddy?

  • “For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.” - Chaz Bono, on the difference between gender and orientation and his path to becoming a man.

 

  • We’re not sure how we missed this, but last month some enterprising safe sex advocates staged a most unusual stunt at the Washington Monument. Keep America safe!

  • The Good Men Project asked the perennial question: Does Size Matter? We don’t know, but Lady Gaga’s giant penis stilettos are the only reason we’d ever tune in to watch American Idol. Too bad those heels at the Fox network censored them.

The boner machine?

 

  • Finally, though this happened 10 whole days ago, we can’t resist mentioning that one of our music heroes, Black Francis (yes, from Pixies!), randomly tweeted us to say “I just got turned on.” And we don’t think he’s talking about his guitar amp.

If you also get aroused by seeing sexy stuff in your daily feed, you can follow our LA, NY and Chicago stores on Twitter.

 

 

“For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.”

Mar 03 2011

Is cunnilingus obscene? Facebook says yes.

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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.