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May 10 2012

Dirty Queer Sex Tour: Butch EditionMay 25th in LA

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Friday, May 25th at 7pm

Join us for a night of smutty readings by dirty butches to celebrate the release of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. The evening will include readings by Jeanne CordovaIan Harvie[rife], Claudia Rodriguez, AJ StacySinclair Sexsmith and MC Angie Evans.

In Say Please, Sinclair Sexsmith presents a cornucopia of queer kink— tantalizing tales rich in variety and saucy details of girls put in their place— and held there firmly. Come hear the authors from the book read their stories and celebrate the release of this kinky queer collection.

Co-presented by Sugarbutch and Raquefella. Admission is free! Go to the event’s Facebook page for more details.

 

 

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 27 2012

Advanced Anal, Amazing Oral & Kink for AllMay in New York

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Want to learn how to give amazing oral? Or how to take your anal adventures to the next level? Perhaps you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and want to learn the ropes of bedroom bondage. Whatever your interest, we’ve got a class for you in May.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 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.

Better Bottoming for Kink Beginners with Midori
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you yearn to submit to a lover or partner, but don’t know how to ask or where to start? In this class, Midori, our favorite camp counselor of kink, will discuss how to be a great bottom, and how to get what you want while thrilling your partner. She’ll also share common pitfalls to avoid and how not to be a ‘bad bottom.’ Get BS-free, reality-based information at this practical workshop for aspiring kinksters.

Advanced Anal Play with Ignacio
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure
Tuesday, May 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Sexo: Lo Basico! with Adriana
Wednesday, May 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

De acuerdo con nuestra misíon para conectar con nuestra comunidad, The Pleasure Chest ha realizado la necesidad para educacíon multilingüe. Una a nuestras especialistas, hablandodelplacer de juguetes eróticos. Temas incluyen: anatomía, condones, diferente tipos de lubricantes, vibradores para el principiante o el profesional, juguetes para parejas, limpieza y seguridad, y ¡tambíen sugerencias muy calientes!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Aaron
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 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 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.

The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 30th @ 8-10pm 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.

Coming up…

Beginners BDSM with Hana
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers with Ignacio
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Adriana
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

Apr 26 2012

May in LA

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April went by fast, but May is action-packed. We’re hosting three (count ‘em) comedy nights with the funny folks from Performance Anxiety, including their free 1st anniversary show. We’re also premiering our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop, and expecting visits from Jaiya Ma and Megan Andelloux. Basically, you’re spending the month with us. Read below for a complete schedule.

Performance Anxiety’s 1st Anniversary
Tuesday, May 1st @ 8-10pm FREE!

Performance Anxiety officially celebrates turning into a one-year old baby at The Pleasure Chest. We’re going to commemorate the night by giving you a free show with free beer and the usual 15% discount off any purchase you make. Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller host. The lineup includes Natasha LeggeroNick KrollJon DoreAparna NancherlaNate CraigHasan Minhaj & Chris Thayer! Seating is first-come, first served and we expect to fill up. So, please arrive early!

Pre-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you have difficulty achieving orgasm? Is it a struggle to “get there” with a partner? 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 achieve and expand your orgasm and much, much more.

Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses with Megan Andelloux
Sunday, May 6th @ 4-6pm FREE!

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive. In this workshop, we’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Mary
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE! 
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.

Multi-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen and Sarah
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Can’t get enough? Want to learn how to have multiple orgasms? In this class, we’ll discover techniques for coming again and again both with a partner and solo. We’ll also explore how to expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and our favorite tips and toys for maximizing pleasure. Though this class is open to all genders and orientations, we will be focusing on orgasm for female-bodied people.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 15th @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, May 16th @ 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.

Red Hot Touch: The Art of Erotic Massage with Jaiya
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Your hands can be your greatest asset in bed. Why not learn to use them with exquisite skill? Join Jaiya, author of Red Hot Touch, as she guides you through tantalizing techniques from full-body turn-on to mind-blowing genital massage. Want to know how to pet her G-Spot in the way that it likes best?  Want to learn how to find that hidden hot part of his penis that loves firm pressure? Jaiya shares her secrets in this fun-filled class where you’ll discover how to have your lover(s) writhing beneath your fingertips.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 29th @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Butt Sex Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, May 30th @ 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.

Coming up…

Strap-On, Get Off: An “Edutainment” Workshop
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Gay Sex for Men with Mike
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia Cybulski
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.

 

 

Apr 05 2012

Madison Young, Midori & More!Free NY Workshops in Spring

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Our schedule of free workshops for spring is finally here, and there’s a little something to please everyone. Learn to deep throat like a porn star with Madison Young. Discover the subtle art of submission with Midori. Explore cunnilingus, advanced buttplay and the G-Spot with our experienced Sex Specialists.  And that’s just the first few weeks of an action packed season. Check out our complete lineup below!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, April 18th @ 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!

Deep Throat & the Art of Oral Sex with Madison Young
Tuesday, April 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Discover the many sensitive and erogenous zones on the cock. Learn new and innovative ways to stimulate the cock with your mouth, lips, tongue and more. Discover your inner porn star by learning the true pleasure of giving into your oral desires.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 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.

Better Bottoming for Kink Beginners with Midori
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you yearn to submit to a lover or partner, but don’t know how to ask or where to start? In this class, Midori, our favorite camp counselor of kink, will discuss how to be a great bottom, and how to get what you want while thrilling your partner. She’ll also share common pitfalls to avoid and how not to be a ‘bad bottom.’ Get BS-free, reality-based information at this practical workshop for aspiring kinksters.

Advanced Anal Play with Ignacio
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Coming up… 

Wednesday, May 16th- Sexo: Lo Basico! with Adriana

Wednesday, May 23rd- Blowjobs & Beyond with Aaron

Wednesday, May 30th- The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato

Wednesday, June 6th- Beginners BDSM with Hana

Wednesday, June 13th- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers with Ignacio

Wednesday, June 20th- Blowjobs & Beyond with Adriana