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Dec 02 2010

Turn On or Buzz Off? Bzzzbuddies

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by thepleasurechest

One of the best parts of working at The Pleasure Chest is the opportunity to experience the great wide, weird world of human sexuality. The sex toy industry is exploding, and it seems like there are hundreds of new products each year, many of them seeking to serve customers whose tastes run far outside of the mainstream.

We can’t resist sharing some of these toys with you, and we want to know if you’d consider buying them. So today we introduce a new feature on the blog: Turn On or Buzz Off? The idea is simple. We highlight an unusual product, and you tell us what you think.

Today’s toy for consideration is the line of Bzzzbuddies. Meet Pandy, Shivers, Frisky & Paws, the adorable critters from this kawaii menagerie of “personal massagers” (vibrators). The Bzzzbuddies are waterproof, phthalate-free, plastic vibes, with four interchangeable tips. Each Bzzzbuddy has its own “story,” which is included on the back of the box. Here’s the 411 on Frisky, the pink pussycat of the Bzzzbuddy line:

Frisky is a curious little kitty cat. Everything in the world seems so new and exciting to her! Every day Frisky spends her time exploring and finding new things to pique her curiosity. Whether it’s something to play with or a new place to hide, Frisky loves to explore and experience her life to the fullest. It’s a wonderful time for Frisky because she knows that some day, she will be held, loved, and played with all day long.

Cute, right? It sounds like the blurb on the back of a children’s book! The Bzzzbuddies remind us of the popular Hello Kitty vibrator, but their marketing also seems like a good fit for those with age-play fantasies. In fact, they’d probably make a great gift for the babyfur on your Christmas list.

So now, we put it to you dear reader? What do you think of the Bzzzbuddies? Turn on? Or Buzz Off? Take our poll!

Nov 10 2010

Sex drive

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by thepleasurechest

Folks in Huntsville, Alabama this weekend will be able to check out the nation’s (world’s?) first drive through sex shop! The drive thru is the brainchild of Sherri Williams, the proprietress of sex toy boutique Pleasures, who’s been fighting Alabama’s ridiculous ban on the sale of sex toys for over a decade. In an interview with 20/20′s John Stossel, she once defiantly channeled Charlton Heston, promising “”I’ll stop selling vibrators when they pry them from my cold, dead hand.” Wow! This is our kinda woman.


Williams has given her customers plenty of reasons to get out of their cars too. Pleasures has an outdoor lounge for wine and beer tasting and for smoking a variety of legal “mind altering” herbs. And if all of this sounds like a threat to Alabama family values, you can always partake in their free marital counseling!

Oct 19 2010

Is that a hard drive in your pants, or…?

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by thepleasurechest

Did you know that a single sperm has the same amount of data as a CD? It’s true! Quoting from “psychoceramist” Kentaro Mori’s definitive blog post on the topic:

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

This is all well and good you say, but how much “data” do men, uh, “upload” during a typical ejaculation. Well, for that you’ll need to determine the “human penis data bandwidth.” (Duh). This can be calculated using the simple formula below:

(6.2 x 10^9 bits/sperm) x (100 x 10^6 sperm/ml) x (2.25 ml) / 5 seconds
=
1395 x 10^15 bits / 5 seconds
=
2.8 x 10^17 bits/sec

According to these calculations, Mori claims that the average dude data dump is an impressive 31 petabytes (not to be confused with these) per orgasm. Put another way:

That’s more than all data processed by Google every day; two times all the data produced by the Large Hadron Collider per year; thirty times all the users’ photos in Facebook – already roughly 10 billion photos.

And that’s based on a 5 second climax. If it’s been a long time since you defragged your libido, you may need to double these figures. Just think about that the next time you’re “updating your firmware.”

All this tech talk has us looking at our laptop with a lecherous eye, but society is still a long way off  from recognizing human/machine relations. So, while the lawyers and religious folks work out the ethics of robot love, it’s best to back up that hard drive, and keep your analog viruses to yourself. In the meantime, you can still make love to your iPod or get busy with your Wii.

Information in our genome is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides in the DNA. Knowing the total number of relevant nucleotides (forming a base pair) is pretty straightforward: in a reference haploid human genome there are some 3,1 billion of them. Since there are four types of nucleotides in our DNA (the famous “TGCA” letters, or GATTACA for your mnemonics), each base-pair represent 2 bits of information, meaning that would you to record all of them it would take some 6,2 billion bits, which translates to around 740 megabytes. Roughly the data that fits a single CD.

Now, as a side information, we are in fact diploid, having two of each autosome and two sex chromosomes. Meaning we have double that calculated value of data in our cells, which amounts to 1,44 Gigabytes. Each tiny one of your 100 trillion cells has double the data of a CD encoded in a tiny strand of DNA.

But back to the human penis data bandwidth.

The human sperm is indeed haploid – half the data that will be joined with the other half in the human egg –, which means that it does have around 740 Megabytes of raw genetic data as we calculated at first.

Which also means it’s a funny coincidence a single sperm has around the same amount of data as a single CD. Sperm data capacity is a reference far more interesting than Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, by the way.

Oct 12 2010

Big Bang Sale in New York this weekend!

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by thepleasurechest

It’s not just a theory. The Big Bang Sale is real and it’s coming to our New York store for just 3 days! Stock up on sex toys, condoms, lube, porn & much, much more.

  • At least 25% off everything in our store
  • Deep discounts & specials
  • Free Happy Hour from 6-9 on Friday & Saturday

The annual Big Bang begins on Friday morning at 10am and ends when we close on Sunday night at 12am. This sale only applies to our New York retail store, not to web purchases. So sidle up to our complimentary bar, grab a shopping basket and pick up that toy you’ve been dreaming about. We have a theory that you’ll be happy you dropped by.

Sep 20 2010

Two fingers up! We salute the Two Dildo.

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by thepleasurechest

Our Chicago staff member Jenae slipped her fingers inside a Two Dildo and filed this report.

I love sex education. I keep on top of current sex related events the way Joanna Angel keeps on top of James Deen. Porn girls follow me on Twitter! So when I heard buzz around a brand new lesbian toy my pulse quickened.  See, I am also a glorified lover of the ladies. The only reason I know my way around a penis is because I may or may not watch entirely too much porn.

"I felt more connected to the experience of penetration than I do when playing with a phallic toy. This feeling felt…real!"

A self proclaimed “first lesbian sex toy from France,” The Wet for Her Two Dildo has been a topic of note with almost every queer sex educator I meet.  At first, we all thought the same thing: No. Why should I be reduced to getting it on with two abnormally large fingers? This ain’t no tailgating party darlin’, so leave the foam fingers at home!

Still, I wanted to give it a shot. The packaging is hot.  Sleek, stylish with a black and white picture of two very European looking ladies suggestively posing on the back of the box.  Their website explains “Wet For Her chose to respond (to phallic items on the market) with a good dose of style and two fingers of humor!” With that in mind I took the Two Dildo home and laughed my way to a great orgasm. Seriously, from first lube what looks like two cocked fingers twice the size of my own, I felt more connected to the experience of penetration than I do when playing with a phallic toy. This feeling felt…real! Like maybe there was a “well hung” lady in the bed next to me. It allowed my imagination to take on more realistic scenarios.

Like a finger Avatar for G-spotting, finding the right angle is easy with these come hither fingers. The thinness of the silicone allows you to feel more of your lover through the toy and since the thumb is free to roam around the clit, it really does lend itself to traditional queer girl sex.  It’s safe, sexy and silicone. I may not feel comfortable to bring it out on a first play date but it will certainly be on my personal menu more often.


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