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Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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by thepleasurechest

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We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional editors. A book is not going to tell us to install updates right in the middle of the fun. Your digital copy of Delta of Venus is not going to smell like vanilla. (Don’t get us started on how good old books smell.)

Editor Winston Gieseke published a piece on Queerty recently that made a great case for erotica in general, and for the printed word in particular. He talks specifically about gay erotica, but most of the points he makes apply more broadly.

“Obviously, all types of reading provide us a respite from everyday reality, but sexy stories take the escape a step further, providing the safest possible environment — namely, your mind, which houses your most robust sexual tool, the imagination — in which to contemplate and explore the various fantasies you might not wish (or be able) to experience in real life.”

Besides, he points out, “a book is tactile. Which is important because many people like to “touch” when reading erotica, whether it be flipping pages, earmarking your favorite scenes, or something else.”

Not to mention that you’re definitely not going to read your Kindle in the bath.

Aug 08 2013

Holy Wedding Season, Batman!

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by thepleasurechest

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When we first got excited about marriage equality, we hadn’t even considered the possibilities for themed weddings. This wedding photo – yes, it is a wedding photo – got us thinking. An adorable interview with one of the two grooms pictured above (the one dressed as Mr. Freeze) describes their Batman-inspired wedding, and the “good bit of fisticuffs” you’re seeing:

Since my wedding party (11 people) dressed in villain-inspired cocktail attire, and his wedding party (another 11 people) dressed in hero-inspired cocktail attire, it seemed only fitting that instead of formal line-up photos, we would go with an all-out faux brawl between the two sides.

We’re hoping that the move toward marriage equality will mean (among other, more important things) that we see more wildly creative weddings like this one.

How about you? Any offbeat pairings you’re hoping to see walk down the aisle?

Aug 01 2013

Join Us at the Harder Wood RevueSunday Night in NYC

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by thepleasurechest

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What are you doing Sunday night? Come join us at Headquarters for our friend Go Go Harder‘s monthly male strip show. The Harder Wood Review brings you a smorgasbord of male dancers including Boylesk-turned-porn-pup Go-Go Harder who strips, teases, and even eats fire!

Sunday’s show features Cocky Boys’ Exclusive and up-n-cummer porn stud Levi Karter taking his turn on the stage and the pole. Plus, there’s Vegas-award winning Boylesk by the tall handsome drink himself, Mr. Gorgeous! The night is hosted by International drag SEX-sation Sherry Vine.

  • All audience members receive a FREE copy of “Get Karter,” featuring Levi Karter, compliments of Cocky Boys!
  • PLUS… the first 20 guys at the door get a FREE PAIR OF BASKIT UNDERWEAR, courtesy of BASKITWEAR.COM!
  • Fabulous porn prize give-aways courtesy of the Pleasure Chest! (That’s us!)

If you’re really feeling indulgent, treat yourself to their VIP bottle service package with stage side seating, booze and porn prizes, and your very own pet go-go boy all night long!

Doors open at 8:30PM with the first show at 9:30PM. More shows, go-go, lap dances and private dances go til 4AM. Only $10 to enter.

We hope to see you sexy folks there!

Jul 19 2013

TransLife Center Opens In Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

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Here’s great news for Chicago’s trans community. Organizers with Chicago House cut the ribbon on Monday for a brand new housing facility for the city’s trans population.

“This will set a new model and a new standard for other cities,” said Chicago House CEO, Rev. Stan J. Sloan during the morning ceremony.

The TransLife Center in Edgewater is the first of its kind in the country, with 9 bedrooms for residents and housing, employment and health services geared to Chicago’s trans folks.

Watch the video above to learn how the organizers at Chicago House converted a former AIDS hospice to a home for the city’s trans community.

Jun 17 2013

The Curious Case of Playgirl

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by thepleasurechest

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The basic thinking was that by speaking directly to women we could appeal on some level to both markets: gay men would still buy it, since they were fine with, and maybe not even averse to, enjoying something not overtly aimed at them. But that, if we marketed it the other way, the reverse would not hold true: no woman was going to buy gay male porn.

That’s former Playgirl editor Jessanne Collins in a revealing interview with Salon to promote her new ebook on running the famous male nudie mag. Read about the challenges of appealing to a female readership and a largely secret gay following, and about the many hilarious euphemisms for the penis found in the company’s epic thesaurus. ” Purple-helmeted warrior of love” anyone?