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Jul 18 2011

Funeral strippers, Navajo Buttsex Pillows & Sean Connery Nude!

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by thepleasurechest

Here are all of our favorite links from last week’s feed.

Beat the heat.

  • USA Today illustrated a story on the summer heat wave with this highly suggestive visual aid. (h/t Boing Boing)
  • i09 reported on the unusual tradition of “funeral strippers” in rural Taiwan.
  • Researchers announced that the drug Truvada may help stop the spread of HIV. In one study, men and women taking the pill cut their risk of acquiring the virus by 78%.
  • Sociologists reported that women are more comfortable with “sexting” than men. ORLY?
  • A study of female twins suggested that sexual orientation and “gender conformity” are genetically inherited.

  • Japanese scientists unveiled a robot mouth that can sing. Your Fleshlight simply sucks by comparison.
  • When we discovered that someone had found our blog by Googling “Navajo sex pillows,” we decided to take a closer look at the odd search terms that drive traffic to our site. Bonus: We illustrated it with cats!

  • Also last week, a neighbor of ours dropped off a disc of Fantasize a gay porn feature shot in our LA store in 1984! Unfortunately we had to cut all of the naughty bits, resulting in 5 minutes of mostly wordless cruising and personalized customer service.

Dungeons & Dildos?

  • The dildos made by Phoenix-based Bad Dragon made us want to dust off our 20 sided dice. Pictured above: the Gryphon. Other offerings include The Tentacle and Razor the Doberman.

  • Jim Behrle shared his Kama Zzztra, new ancient sex positions scrawled on Post-it notes.

Sean Connery, art model.

  • Finally, Dangerous Minds wrote about the rare, surreal softcore Japanese anime Belladonna of Sadness and Fleshbot tipped us to this playful pictorial of two Super Gay Mario Brothers.
  • Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 27 2011

Furries Invade Pittsburgh, Weird Al Goes Gaga & Gay Marriage Comes to NY

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by thepleasurechest

Here are all the links we liked last week!

  • In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or chained to a bed (lucky!) all weekend you probably already know that the state of New York legalized gay marriage late Friday night. You could read any number of articles about this historic vote, but we prefer this animated report from the geniuses at Taiwan News.

Here comes the bride.

  • Speaking of marriage, we wonder what the creator of this “feminist wedding dress” thinks about tying the knot.
  • A new study claimed that women’s “gaydar” functions best during ovulation, while another suggested that women are more likely to achieve simultaneous orgasm when their male partners are hot.

  • From hot to cold. Nearly 400 people in Wales stripped off and jumping into freezing water to break the world’s record for the largest skinny dip and to raise funds for cancer research.
  • Our friend Jamye Waxman reported on five reasons why porn might be teaching you bad sex. And they’re not the reasons you might think.
  • Despite what you’ve seen in movies, time travel and sex just don’t mix. That’s what a new study of brine shrimp (sea monkeys!) indicated anyways.

  • Cracked investigated the ancient art of the dick joke, showing that penis drawings and potty humor are older than we think.

  • Over 4,500 furries returned to Pittsburgh last weekend for the 6th annual Anthrocon. The city expected to make $5.3 million from the event, and hotels were packed, with attendees sleeping four to a room at the Westin. Woof!

  • “When Shubin was a 17-year-old high school student, his stepmother became pregnant with twins. Doctors advised her not to engage in sex throughout the high-risk pregnancy—so Shubin’s father, Steve, nosed around for an alternative form of release. When Steve couldn’t locate a realistic stand-in vagina on the market, he began drawing plans to craft his own.”

    Yes, that’s the origin story for the Fleshlight, the world’s most popular male masturbation toy.

 

  • Food porn? Queerty dug up this clip from “Cooking with Beefcake Too!” a bawdy cooking video from the 80s, hosted by a lecherous Jaye P. Morgan.
  • Crystal at Autostraddle shared her top 10 lesbian romance novels.
  • The Beaver Whisperer talked about STIs in the lesbian community.
  • As numerous gossip sites informed us, Jennifer Love Hewitt is a proud customer of our LA store. But where is this Pleasure Chest “bar” the paparazzi are talking about? We’re thirsty!

  • Last, but by no means least, Weird Al Yankovic released his long-awaited parody of Lady Gaga, proving that he can out-queer the reigning queen of pop.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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by thepleasurechest

Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Mar 02 2011

My Alien Friend: The Man Eater Reviewed

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by thepleasurechest

"Take me to your wiener!"

A few months ago, we ran a poll on this blog, asking if you’d let the Man Eater near your pole. This one-eyed, green space monster with a taste for human cock went down in defeat. But I remained curious. So, I asked for a specimen and abducted the Man Eater to run some tests back at my own private Area 51. Would I make a new friend like Elliot in E.T.? Or would this become an alien autopsy? Here’s what I discovered.

The Man Eater is actually pretty cool! He looks and feels like one of those collectible toys you see prominently displayed in the home of a comic book nerd or sci-fi fan. This is also part of his appeal. Assuming you keep him clean and wipe the come off his mouth, this little alien should fly under the radar of most of the terrestrial visitors to your house. He simply doesn’t look like a sex toy. The downside, of course, is that people, especially curious kids, might think he looks cool and want to pick him up and play with him. Keep the Man Eater on a high shelf if you know what’s good for you!

Just like Tickle Me Elmo, the Man Eater vibrates when you push his belly. And while the low setting is pretty worthless, the middle and top speeds are pretty damned strong. Vibration is a relatively new experience for me. Most vibrators are made and designed for women. There are exceptions– many vibes can be used anally or against the perineum for prostate stimulation– but, except for the Fun Factory Cobra Libre, there just aren’t that many vibrating toys made exclusively for male masturbation. So, at first, I just held the Man Eater’s open mouth against the underside of my cock, making sure to hit the glans. With a generous dab of lube, the area got even more sensitive, and the sensation became very pleasurable. Rather than feeling numb, all the little nerve endings felt awake and ready to party.

Even though it felt good to have the Man Eater humming against the underside of my penis, I didn’t feel like I would ever come from vibration alone. That’s when I decided to tilt my cock upwards against my belly and actually stroke the underside of my shaft with his open mouth. I’m sure I looked ridiculous, with my hand cupping the back of the Man Eater’s head, as he bobbed up and down along my penis. But I didn’t care, because the Man Eater was really working for me! The contour of his “mouth” felt really nice, in combination with the vibration. The hardness of the ABS plastic and PVC material actually helped create enough pressure to bring me to an unidentified flying orgasm!

That material also makes the Man Eater waterproof and easy to clean. After he made sweet love to me, I brought my new friend into the shower and cleaned him off with some soap and hot water. He dried on the shower caddy overnight, and was ready to be put in a safe hiding place the next morning.

While the Man Eater isn’t likely to take over the planet just yet, he’s a surprisingly effective toy given his humble asking price. He runs off of two AA batteries, cleans up well for company and feeds exclusively on your penis. I think I’ll keep him.

Feb 21 2011

Get Out of the Toolbox & Into the Toybox

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by thepleasurechest

A story in Salon over the weekend, confirms what we at the Pleasure Chest have known for awhile now– men buy vibrators! The article focuses exclusively on men purchasing toys to use with a female partner, ignoring that couples of all genders and orientations use vibrators to enhance their sex lives. Here’s the gist of it:

It’s only recently that sex toys became an accepted symbol of a man’s sexual prowess. Once upon a time, vibrators were seen as posing a threat to masculinity — something that might outperform, maybe even replace, men in the bedroom. But now they’re seen as a useful item in a guy’s toolbox, and many see them as no more emasculating than a power drill. It’s not like 20-somethings are carrying around pocket vibes like condoms, but men are increasingly open to sharing the bed with them.

We agree! But while the article makes some good points, it also reinforces male fixations about sexual performance, and ignores an even more growing trend– dudes are buying vibrators to get themselves off.

Penis Vibrators

In addition to masturbation sleeves like those made by Tenga and Fleshlight, there’s a new breed of vibes vying to grab a piece of the male market. A few months ago we told you about the Cobra Libre, a vibrating masturbation toy that looks like a race car or an old school electric shaver.

Fun Factory Cobra Libre

The Cobra Libre is waterproof, rechargeable and made of soft, body-safe silicone. The inside of the sleeve is designed with all the right contours, and the motor has three speeds, and multiple pulsation patterns. This is a long way from masturbating with a tube sock!

A cheaper and goofier alternative to the Cobra Libre is the Maneater, a vibrating masturbation toy, designed to look like a one-eyed green alien. Unlike the Cobra Libre, you don’t actually insert your penis in the toy. Instead, you use the curved surface of the open “mouth” to rub your cock while the three speeds of vibration add to the stimulation.

Cheeky Boy

Vibrating Anal Toys

Just as boys are discovering the joys of vibration, they’re also learning to love their butts. Anal toys are more popular than ever, and many of the latest add vibration to the mix. As straight guys begin to realize that putting things in your butt doesn’t make you gay, toy companies are beginning to tap that, uh, untapped market. The Cheeky Boy is one of many anal toys that offer P-spot (prostate) stimulation with a little extra buzz. The anal “beads” make a curved line directly for the prostate, while the outer part of the toy presses against the perineum. Once the bullet vibe is switched on, the user can enjoy “rocking” the Cheeky Boy for an explosive orgasm, that no simple handjob could create.

Vibrators for Couples

If he has someone to play with, there are a number of vibrating toys, designed to get him off while offering stimulation to his partner. The most common is the vibrating cockring. Tantus makes one of the best vibrating cockrings around. The high quality silicone conducts vibrations throughout the whole ring, not just at the site of the vibe. The vibrator can be turned upward to offer clitoral stimulation during intercourse, or downward to stimulate the balls and shaft during masturbation.

We Vibe

The latest innovation in vibrators for partner sex is the We Vibe. Specifically made to be worn by a woman during intercourse, the We Vibe’s unique design actually has lots of applications for people of all bodies and genders. When used vaginally, the We Vibe offers separate vibration to both the clitoris and the G-spot while leaving room for penetration. It’s  a rechargeable, silicone vibrator that enhances pleasure for both partners, without getting in the way of intercourse.

It Shouldn’t Feel Like Work!

As you can probably see, we think that Salon‘s “toolbox” analogy is too work-oriented. Men shouldn’t think of vibrators as tools to fix their sex lives nor should they think of themselves as handymen in the bedroom (unless they enjoy that kind of roleplay.)

We prefer the toybox idea, because of its focus on the mutual expressions of imagination, creativity and pleasure. As men become less fixated on performance and more focused on enjoyment, we expect to see even more toys designed for boys and their bits.

Jan 06 2011

Free workshops for a sexier 2011

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by thepleasurechest

New Year’s resolutions are usually a bummer.  How many years have you resolved to go the gym regularly, eat more veggies and drink less booze, only to lose steam by mid February? We believe that the best resolutions are the ones that make your life more pleasurable. So, this year, why not resolve to have better sex? We’ve got a series of fun and totally free workshops that will help make 2011 your sexiest year yet. Scroll down to find the store in your area.

Chicago

1/18 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

1/26 @ 8pm- Strap-on, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

2/1 @ 8pm- Pleasure Her Perfect

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.

2/8 @ 8pm- Sex Toys for Curious Couples

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

2/9 @ 8pm- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

2/16 @ 8pm- The Ultimate O

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.

2/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

2/23 @ 8pm- Butt Sex Basics

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.

3/15 @ 8pm- Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk, and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

3/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

New York

1/11 @ 8pm- Beginner’s BDSM

Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.

1/18 @ 8pm- Butt Sex Basics

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.

1/25 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

2/1 @ 8pm- Pleasure Her Perfect

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.

2/8 @ 8pm- Suck It, Lick It, Love It

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

2/15 @ 8pm- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

2/22 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

3/8 @ 8pm- Sex Toys for Curious Couples

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

3/15 @ 8pm- The G-Spot & Female Ejaculation

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!

3/23 @ 8pm- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

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?

Los Angeles

1/12 @ 8pm- Blowjobs & Beyond

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.

1/19 @ 8pm- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

1/24 @ 8pm- The Ultimate O

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.

1/26 @ 8pm- Tantra for Better Sex with Jim Michael

In this Tantra class, Jim Michael will guide you toward discovering fresh ways to explore and experience your partner. You’ll learn techniques and tools to expand intimacy and sexual pleasure using touch, breathing, and other sensory exercises. This safe Tantric exploration space is created to expand and deepen your contact and connection with your partner and yourself! Wear comfortable clothing. To learn more about Jim Michael, MA in Counseling Psychology, visit www.tantracoach.com.

2/2 @ 8pm- Positions for Pleasure with Jamye Waxman

Think you know every sex position there is? Sex educator Jamye Waxman
will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for g-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. Jamye will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

2/9 @ 8pm- Suck It, Lick It, Love It

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

2/22 @ 8pm- Anal Pleasure 101 with Tristan Taormino

In her most popular workshop, one she has taught around the world for over 10 years, Tristan introduces you to the world of anal pleasure. In this funny, educational class, she covers a wide variety of topics, including: myths about anal sex; anal anatomy, the G-spot, and the prostate; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more! Learn the facts about this exciting, yet often misunderstood, form of pleasure and get all your questions answered.

2/23 @ 8pm- HardCore Sex: Fisting, Watersports & More with Damon Holzum

Do you want to discover and push the boundaries of your sexual exploration? Damon will guide you through the outer edges of erotic experience, including fisting, watersports, “dirty play” and more. This judgment-free class will focus on finding partners, safer sex practices, emotional safety and practical advice for a wide range of edgy fetishes.

May 12 2010

All we are saying is give sex a hand

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by thepleasurechest

Hand sex, digital manipulation, finger banging… however you say it, it sounds less than sexy, but anyone who’s ever had sex with someone who was, let’s just say “less than proficient” with their fingers knows how truly important knowing how to use one’s hands can be. You could go to bed with someone incredibly hot, but if they play your pussy like a broken banjo or give a hand job that leaves a first degree burn, you probably won’t be inviting them for another round.

No two people are the same, of course,and while some bodies might like circular movements and others might like to be strummed, still other folks will want both moves and then some. With your fingers, it’s easier to gauge your partner’s responses to different types of stimulation. What they don’t like, what they like, and what makes them lose it completely with pleasure may register on their face, but when you’re using your hands you’ll know what kind of touches and strokes brought them there, which can only improve your standard sex and oral sex skills as well. No complaints there, right?

Tonight in Los Angeles, famed sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach us The Ins and Outs of Hand Sex. Check it out if you can, it’s FREE! And get here early, his classes fill up fast!

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