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Apr 20 2012

Time Capsule Videos for LGBTQ Youth

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This is cool! You’ve probably seen plenty of It Gets Better videos and many versions of the Shit People Say meme. But today, we came across two viral videos on the web that make a great double bill of inspiration for LGBTQ youth.

First up, young members of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance record video messages for their 40 year-old selves. Then, watch members of the Canadian group Get Real send messages to their 7th grade selves.

(h/t Queerty & Buzzfeed)

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 12 2012

Seeking Sex-Positive Mothers

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  • Are you a mom between the ages of 25 & 45?
  • Do you like to read erotica and/or pornography?
  • Have you been inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey?
  • Would you like to appear on TV and help to bring a sex-positive message to a wider audience?

The Pleasure Chest is seeking sex-positive moms to participate in a segment for a national news program on the popularity and importance of erotica in women’s lives.

Ideally, we are looking for heterosexual mothers between the ages of 25 and 45 who read and consume erotica, and who consider themselves to be open about sexuality. We are especially interested in finding women who are enthusiastic about supporting a movement for sexual empowerment.

We hope to assemble a diverse group, so even if you do not fit this exact demographic, we still want to to talk to you.

The segment is shooting next Monday, April 16th from noon to 3pm, so we need to talk to you soon!

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to 
kristen@thepleasurechest.com
letting us know why you want to be involved and the best way to contact you.

Mar 30 2012

Spring in Los AngelesUpcoming Free Workshops & Events!

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Whether you’re interested in sexy storytelling or an oral tutorial, we’ve got something special for you in spring. Check out our complete lineup of free workshops and events!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Mary
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.

Performance Anxiety Presents The Morning After… Storytelling Show
Tuesday, April 10th @ 8-10pm FREE!
The Morning After…Podcast features humorous, insightful conversations about pornography between comedians and performers in the adult industry. Performance Anxiety co-producer & host Eli Olsberg brings his podcast, along with co-host Jake Weisman, to The Pleasure Chest for a night of storytelling from past guests, including comedians and porn stars. Come see the funny side of sex with Kayden KrossGuy BranumTJ Miller, Juelz VenturaApril FloresKumail Nanjiani and Tyler Knight. Since it’s Performance Anxiety’s one-year anniversary this show is free!  You’ll also get free beer and 15% off any purchases on the night of the show!

Intermediate BDSM with Alicia
Wednesday, April 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we delve even deeper into the world of BDSM. Learn about the physiological, psychological and emotional effects of a really good scene. Take your novice skills up a notch as we explore the intricacies of heavier beatings, electro-play and more!

Dyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Tuesday, April 17th @ 7-10pm FREE!

Shop for a cause! Join us for a fun evening of games, cocktails, and a special interactive tour of The Pleasure Chest. 15% of sales will be donated to this non-profit community based organization which hosts a day in Barnsdall Art Park for dykes and their allies. Check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dyke-Day-LA/45716075786/ for more.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, April 18th @ 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

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him
Monday, April 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE! 

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect
Tuesday, April 24th @ 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.

Coming up…

Tuesday, May 1stPerformance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 2nd- Pre-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah

Wednesday, May 9th- Multi-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen and Sarah

Tuesday, May 15th - Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 16th- Blowjobs & Beyond with Mary

Wednesday, May 23rd- Erotic Massage with Jaiya

Tuesday, May 29th- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 30th- Butt Sex Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra

Wednesday, June 6th- Strap-On, Get Off: An “Edutainment” Workshop

Wednesday, June 13th- Gay Sex for Men with Mike

Wednesday, June 20th- Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia Cybulski


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!

Jun 13 2011

Vintage Lesbians, Futuristic Hotel Sex & Jon Stewart’s Silicone Weiner!

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Here’s a look back at our favorite viral videos and sex stories from last week.

The Daily Show – C#@k-Blocked Roundup – Yemen
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Why yes, that was a Tantus Hank dildo purchased from our New York store on The Daily Show last week! And true to its fine reputation, the Tantus silicone withstood quite a beating on the “Cockblocked” news wheel.
  • Speaking of runaway penises, The Guardian chose last week to sound off on “the media myth that says men are the feckless passengers of their own insatiable sex drives.”

Looking sharp!

  • Congratulations to Staysha Randall who now holds the Guinness Record for the most body piercings in one sitting. 3200 of them, to be exact. Bravo!

No recess.

  • As summer heats up, the Village Voice reminds us that women can legally go topless in the state of New York. Let’s hear it for a public nudity law without sexist double standards!
  • On the other hand, occasionally the double standard works in women’s favor.” That’s Gawker reporting on the case of a New Zealand woman who keeps beating a flashing charge because there’s no proof she’s physically aroused. Say the cops: “If a man drops his trousers, it is easy to see he is excited, but with a woman that is not possible.” O RLY?
  • Why do women fake orgasm? It’s not just to protect your fragile ego. They might also be afraid of intimacy.
  • A study commissioned by Travelodge claims that by 2030, we’ll all be having amazing sex in cheap hotels. “Futurologist” and engineer Ian Pearson predicts:

“Video, audio, smells and tactile experiences produced using our bed or bed linen will play a key role in helping to make our dreams feel real,” said the report.

“We will be able to replay our favourite dream from a menu just like choosing a movie. Also, we will be able to link into dreams with our partner or family and friends and enjoy a shared dream experience.”

Remote virtual love making would allow individuals to “connect with their partner” while away from home, although lenses could be worn to adjust how their partner looks.

“This will enable people to change the image of their partner on a regular basis, and only they will be aware as their lover will not be able to tell what they are looking at,” the report added.

  • Finally, in honor of Pride month, here’s a lovely message from the International Gay Rodeo Association. Buck up, gay cowboys and cowgirls. It gets better for you too.

 

 


Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

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

Jun 02 2011

Join Us for SlutWalk LA this Saturday (updated below)

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Saturday!

Pleasure Chest is proud to announce that we’re co-sponsoring SlutWalk LA this Saturday in West Hollywood. If you are not familiar with SlutWalk, it’s a decentralized, global movement to speak out against sexual assault, and especially to combat victim blaming.

The first SlutWalk was in Toronto this past April. It came in response to comments by a police officer, who, while speaking about campus safety at York University, said that female students could avoid sexual assault by not dressing like “sluts.” As Time reports:

Immediately afterward, the law school’s students and staff demanded an apology from the Toronto Police. Though the officer who made the remarks apologized and was reprimanded (but stayed on duty), his comment sparked a protest movement that has since gone global. In April, thousands of women took part in the first “SlutWalk” in Toronto, demonstrating against the notion that rape victims should somehow be held responsible for their assault, and rallying to re-appropriate the term “slut.”

Coinciding with the rise of the SlutWalk movement have been a number of high profile cases of sexual assault. The problematic response from many in the media suggests that we still have far to go to combat rape culture.

SlutWalk has now made its way to our city. The Pleasure Chest has been an engaged  part of the  community in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for over 35 years. When we heard that the rally and march were going to happen in our own backyard, we knew that it was important to lend our support.

As workers in the sex industry, we certainly know what it’s like to be called “sluts” and to feel judged for our sexuality. We’re happy to join the California National Organization for Women, the Sex Worker’s Outreach Project and the nearly 4,000 people who have RSVPd on Facebook in support of the event. As we see it, SlutWalk LA is an inclusive, irreverent and sex-positive response to sexual assault and victim blaming. We’re looking forward to Saturday. Join us?

Update: Come to SlutWalk LA tomorrow & get a button. Wear it to our store this weekend and claim a free pocket vibe!