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Nov 22 2010

It’s a miracle! Pope endorses condoms*

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by thepleasurechest

UPDATED: Pope says condoms OK for female and transsexual prostitutes too!

*For male prostitutes


It’s true! In an interview with a German journalist, Pope Benedict appeared to contradict the Vatican’s long-standing opposition to condoms.

“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”

Benedict went on to say:

“(The church) of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but in this or that case, there can be nonetheless in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality…”

Though he doesn’t yet sound like Susie Bright (she’d make a great Pope!) we’re delighted to see the pontiff jump on the safer sex bandwagon. What next? Will the Vatican stop damning the dental dam and declare flavored-lube a sacrament? We can always dream!

The Pope says "Put a Crown on it!"

Benedict didn’t comment on the use of condoms to protect against pregnancy or to prevent the spread of other STIs. The Church has long encouraged abstinence or “natural family planning” for hetero couples.

So, you may wonder, are condoms an effective form of birth control and protection from STIs? Does the Pope wear a funny hat?

Oct 11 2010

It Gets Better

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by thepleasurechest

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. — Quentin Crisp

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, we’re throwing our support behind Dan Savage and his It Gets Better viral video campaign to combat homophobia and suicide among queer youth. The project has resulted in some surprising and candid videos from a number of folks in the sex positive community,  but we’d like to give a special shout out to porn star Buck Angel for this heartfelt message.

Savage’s campaign is so popular that even The White House tried to co-opt his rhetoric, with an opportunistic speech by presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett at the HRC dinner this past weekend.  Well, Savage ain’t havin’ it. We’re happy to see him standing his ground, and helping to spread the message.

Last but not least, here’s lesbian comic Wanda Sykes, with a hilarious take on coming out. When it comes to comedy, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Sep 14 2010

Bottoms Up!

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by thepleasurechest

We learn today from our friends at  Carnal Nation about an innovative cocktail served recently at a gay bar in Finland. Selling for a cool 69 euros, this drink replaces ice cubes with a chilled, stainless steel butt plug from N Joy. Is this the first fusion of buttplugs and booze? We doubt it. But it got us to thinking about how to liven up our next cocktail party or sex toy social. How about a White Russian garnished with the classic Aneros? Or a very dirty Martini with a Kegelcisor swizzle stick? On second thought, this is a terrible idea.

Sep 08 2010

Santorum for President? Eew!

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by thepleasurechest

This is an irresistible news item. It’s the classic man on dog, man bites dog story.

It seems that former Pennsylvania Senator, and “family values” crusader Rick Santorum wants to run for President. But the man who once compared gay marriage to “man on dog” sex is himself dogged by a hilarious internet campaign. Back in 2003, when Santorum hysterically warned of the threats posed by gay marriage, sex columnist Dan Savage ran a contest asking readers to come up with a new definition for the Senator’s last name. The result:

santorum (san-TOR-um) n.
The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.

As in, “Gross, you got santorum on the sheets again!” or “Honey, can you please wash the santorum off the Feeldoe before putting it back in the toybox?”

Savage then encouraged his readers to use the new term as often as they could, spreading “santorum” everywhere. In the years that followed, Savage’s meme took the internet by storm, rocketing the new slang  and Savage’s site to the top of Google’s search results for “santorum.” Eventually, it surpassed Santorum’s own campaign website, hastening his humiliating electoral defeat in 2006.

As Mother Jones reports, if Santorum wants to stage a comeback, he’ll have to undergo the cyber equivalent of a hot shower, to wash the stink of santorum from his internet reputation. Savage, for his part, isn’t backing down from the coming fight. If Santorum really does run for President, he says, “I’m going to have to sic my flying monkeys on him.”

Well, we just did our part in sullying the former Senator’s name. Why not spread santorum all over your favorite forum or your Facebook & Twitter feeds? Oh, and remember to use plenty of lube when having anal sex. Silicone lube works best and makes the santorum extra slippery.

Aug 31 2010

Back to School!

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by thepleasurechest

Strap on your satchel, and snatch up your pencil, because school is back in session. Here are three fun and free educational workshops coming to our LA store.

Going Down: Pleasure Her Perfect

Tonight!  8-10PM

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 an connoisseur of female sexuality. RSVP on Facebook!

Blow Jobs and Beyond

Wednesday, September 1st 8-10PM

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. RSVP on Facebook!

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, September 7th 8-10PM

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. RSVP on Facebook!