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Aug 21 2013

This Month in Online Dating

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by thepleasurechest

anxious in front of a computer

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.

forlorn with computer

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

Aug 15 2013

3D Cybersex is Here

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by thepleasurechest

3D cybersex

Sexting is so last year. Soon, you’ll be able to use Chathouse3D, a cybersex program that will allow its users to act out their dirty talk using 3D avatars. It looks a bit like The Sims, with a lot of hardcore sex. Users will be able to interact with each other, or go into “voyeur mode,” which will allow them to watch other users’ sex scenes, with or without being seen.

Chathouse3D is designed to be used with the (truly massive) Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for the full 3D experience.  You can check out a video of both the headset and the game itself, or even sign up to be a beta tester, here. (NSFW times a million.)

h/t Xbiz

Aug 12 2013

Are You Good in Bed? Ask Your Phone.

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by thepleasurechest

spreadsheets

The joke that there’s an app for everything is an old one. Well, now there’s an app for tracking your sexual performance. Spreadsheets  measures the duration of your sexual encounter, your thrusts per minute (TPM) and your “decibel peak” – that is, how loud you got. It also keeps a record of your averages and offers you the option of earning “achievements” by completing sexy challenges: having sex five times on a Sunday earns you the Lazy Sunday achievement, for instance.

Rachel Kramer Bussel, one of our favorite writers and editors of erotica, tried the app out, although she questioned the validity of the ways Spreadsheets measures sexual success.

“There are so many assumptions that go into Spreadsheets’ idea of “good” sex… For those who want to capture these measurements (with the option of sharing them on Facebook or Twitter), great. But I’m concerned that, in a culture that too often implies that the more sex you’re having, the happier you are, we assume that everyone’s erotic pleasure boils down to the exact same data points.”

Especially since measures like TPM and decibel peak are only really applicable to thrusting-centric sex between very vocal partners, Bussel encourages her readers to create their own set of sexual metrics, to measure their specific brand of good sex.

What do you think of Spreadsheets? Does it sound helpful? Fun? Completely useless? Is there another sex app that you like, or that you wish existed? Let us know!

Dec 29 2012

Sex Resolutions for 2013

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by thepleasurechest

We’re just a few days away from a brand new year, so why not make a resolution to have better sex in 2013? Here are a few ways you can step up your sex life in the coming year.

Get in shape

Want better orgasms and increased strength? Give your Kegels a workout. Fun Factory’s Smartballs respond to every move you make, stimulating, massaging and exercising your vaginal muscles. Use them for a quick morning routine or wear them all day, for discreet public play. Made of body-safe silicone!

Kegel exercises aren’t just for female-bodied folks. With the right butt toy, anyone can develop Kegel strength. For a soft, rocking good time, try the Aneros Helix Syn. For a weightier workout, try the heavy metal Njoy Pfun.

Go organic

When in doubt, try a new lube! Sliquid Organics lubricants are hypoallergenioc, gylcerin-free, paraben-free and contain certified organic botanical extracts that helps heal and support the body. They offer a thick gel, perfect for anal sex and a natural lubricating silk formula that feels just like the real thing. For a more adventurous sensation, try their warming lubricant.

Try something new

Get out of your routine and try a new position. Daily Sex has 365 new ways to get tangled up in the bedroom. That’s a position a day! Would you prefer a game? Let’s Play Doctor can help kickstart some fantasy roleplay. Or, for an even bolder start to 2013, exchange these Fetish IOUs with your partner, and redeem them throughout the year.

Learn a new skill

If you live near one of our stores, take advantage of our free workshops. Learn about everything from the G-Spot and blowjobs to buttsex and threesomes. Come alone or bring a partner. Our classes are open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels. Get 15% off your purchases when you come to a class.

Dec 13 2012

Get Frisky Under the MistletoeGreat Gifts for Couples

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by thepleasurechest

Shopping for two? Want a gift for your partner and you?

Whether you’re in a couple or shopping for one, we’ve got you covered. Here are a half dozen of our favorite gifts for couples, with choices to fit every holiday budget.

The couples vibe.

We-Vibe 3

Tis’ the season for togetherness. The latest version of the original “couples’ toy” is 40% stronger than its predecessor and comes with a handy remote control. It’s also waterproof, rechargeable and designed to be worn during penetration. So many possibilites…

$139.95

Ring of power.

Mio

Ring in the new year! This strong and extra stretchy silicone ring stretches over a penis or dildo, providing powerful vibration for both partners. It’s also rechargeable and waterproof. Take it in the bath.

$99.95

Hits the spot.

Layaspot

The ergonomic design of this  portable vibe makes it ideal for sliding between two bodies. It also fits nicely in the palm of your hand for solo play. Choose from 4 funky colors.

$49.95

Tears of joy.

Cry Baby

Here’s the perfect toy for naughty, but nice public play. Hand your partner the wireless remote and let them choose from 7 pulse patterns and three speeds. Discreet fun at home or on the town!

$64.95

Ready for your examination?

Let’s Play Doctor

Forget all those reindeer games. This year, why not play Cop & Robber or Boss & Secretary. Let’s Play Doctor lets you choose from 45 different fun and sexy scenarios.

$16.95

Tits the season.

Broad-Tip Adjustable Nipple Clamps

Need a gift for someone kinky? This’ll do in a pinch. These broad rubber-tipped clamps distribute the pain and pleasure across the entire nipple. Adjust the tension to explore greater depths of sensation.

$10.95

Feb 03 2012

4 Tips for a Sexier Valentine’s Day

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by thepleasurechest

Picking the right toys isn’t enough. For a truly sexy Valentine’s Day, it’s always best to make plans for play. Here are four of our favorite tips, paired with some popular affordable toys.

1) Try out some roleplay in the bedroom. Let’s Play Doctor is one of our favorite games of dress up and strip down.

Let’s Play Doctor $16.95

2) Use bondage tape to make an outfit. Invite your lover to (carefully) cut it off. Don’t forget your trusty safety scissors.

Pleasure Tape $9.95

3) Make a replica of your partner’s penis. You can use it when you’re apart and missing him. For more fun, bend him over, lube him up and fuck him with his own cock!

Clone-A-Willy Penis Molding Kit $34.95

4) Pick out a remote controlled vibrator. One of you can wear it, while the other holds the controls. Use it while out at a restaurant or party, for discreet fun in public.


Cry Baby Remote Control Bullet $64.95

 

Sep 09 2011

Pervy Paper Dolls from our Kinky Craft Night

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by thepleasurechest

Did you come to Craft Night at our West Hollywood store last night? If not, don’t fret, The Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary Activity Book is for sale in all of our stores. We’re also planning an encore of Craft Night for our big Gloryhole party at the end of the month.

If you’re in Chicago, you don’t want to miss Craft Night at our Chicago store, tonight at 8! New Yorkers can get crafty on Sunday, September 18th at the Love Machine party. Here’s a peek at last night’s fun!

Sep 07 2011

40th Anniversary Celebrations in New York

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by thepleasurechest

40 years ago this month, Duane Colglazier and Bill Rifkin opened a waterbed store at the busy corner of 7th Avenue South and 10th Street in the West Village.  The main flo0r of the shop was only 47″ wide and 12′ long. One customer described it as a split-level closet. They quickly added items like mood lighting, cockrings and handcuffs, before deciding to become a full fledged sex shop. The Pleasure Chest was born!

The original location is now a sushi restaurant, but our current New York store is just next door. We don’t carry waterbeds anymore, but we have expanded to offer products to meet nearly everyone’s needs and a roster of free educational workshops to support a diverse population. So, this month we’re celebrating “The Big 4-Oh” in style. Check out our complete lineup of free events and workshops through September!

 Sleazy Saturday

September 10th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Pleasure Her Perfect
September 13th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Laura

Sleazy Saturday
September 17th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

Love Machine: Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary Party @ Stonewall Inn
September 18th @ 10pm-4am FREE!

The Pleasure Chest is turning 40 and we’re teaming up with Harder Candy to throw the sexiest, psychedelic NAKED cabaret hosted by “boy-next-whore” Go-Go Harder. Dress your sexy 70s best: Leather, sequins, Boogie Nights, roller girl whores, disco slaves, and all things that unzip easily!

Featuring performances by:

  • badass boylesque hottie ROCKIT
  • flashdance firecracker DIVA DEV
  • siren of sodom CRIMSON KITTY

PLUS!

  • A free Pleasure Chest gift card for $19.71 for the first 40 to buy The Pleasure Chest COCKtail “Aphrodisiac”!
  • Kinky crafting & pervy paper dolls with your complimentary Pleasure Chest Activity Book!
  • Raffle with prizes from The Pleasure Chest.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard
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!

Sleazy Saturday
September 24th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Come celebrate our birthday and get some goodies while you’re here. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize, steal a smooch at the Employee Safer Sex Kissing Booth, and hunt for hidden coupons redeemable for toys and prizes. We’ll even have an open bar from 9 to midnight!

40 Sexy Things You Can Try Tonight with Jamye Waxman
September 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Get ready to rock your sex life! Come celebrate our 40th anniversary with special guest Jamye Waxman presenting 40 sexy things you can try tonight. During this workshop, we’ll unlock a treasure trove of quick tips to improve the sex life of any couple. Jamye will give you creative ideas and moves to keep your lover begging for more.

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50
September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Sex Specialist: Ignacio 

40/40 Party
September 30th @ 9pm-midnight FREE!

We’re celebrating two birthdays tonight! Not only is it the 40th anniversary of our humble smut shop, it’s also the big four O, for our very own Ignacio Rivera! Join us for an open bar, in-store DJ and cupcakes for the first 40 guests.

Sep 05 2011

Los Angeles Celebrates “The Big 4-Oh!”

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by thepleasurechest

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!

 



 

 

 

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