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Apr 17 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure

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Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey? If not, welcome back from vacation! E.L. James’s amazingly popular erotic e-book has launched two sequels and announced the arrival of a new literary genre dubbed “mommyporndue to its popularity with suburban mothers. The Fifty Shades trilogy follows a young woman named Anastasia as she’s inducted into the kinky world of bondage and domination by dreamy millionaire Christian Grey (hence the title). The books have captured the top three slots on the New York Times bestseller list and nabbed a movie deal, and they’re only just now coming out in print.

The LA Times devotes a lengthy article today to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and we are prominently featured. The piece begins:

The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. 

It’s true! Fifty Shades fever has led to increased demand for bondage rope, blindfolds, kegel balls and riding crops– all items featured in the books‘ steamier passages.

“We’ve had all these women coming in saying, ‘Where do you keep your mommy porn?’” said Kristen Tribby, director of creative development and strategy at The Pleasure Chest. “Or a man will come in and say, ‘My wife’s reading this book. She attacked me three times last week. I’ve been married for 20 years and we rarely have sex three times in one week….’ It is kind of opening up their sex life.” 

So, why Fifty Shades and why right now? There are a lot of opinions on the mommyporn phenomenon. Newsweek’s cover story links the apparent rise in fantasies of sexual submission to women’s increasing economic power, while The Nation argues there’s nothing new about the popularity of sadomasochism.

What we do know is that women are more curious than ever about trying some bedroom bondage of their own. So, we’ve created Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a new workshop to help Fifty Shades fans and bondage beginners make their fantasies come true. If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations. We’re also offering Fifty Shades of Pleasure to private parties and groups. Contact mike@thepleasurechest.com

Apr 16 2012

Dyke Day LA Party & FundraiserTomorrow Night!

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The 5th annual Dyke Day LA is coming up on June 9th! Dyke Day L.A. is a day in the park for all self-identified dykes and allies, including gay families, transgender dykes, and dykes of all ages. There will be bands and stage performances, arts and crafts for kids of all ages and tables for local organizations to set up information for the community.

This is a totally free event, so the good folks at Dyke Day LA are throwing a fundraiser tomorrow night from 7-10pm and we’re hosting it! Highlights of the fundraiser include:

  • Games & free gifts!
  • Wine & beer for donations!
  • Sexy demos, including a spanking station, bootblacking, fire play with Serene Sin & much, more more.
  • Dyke Day receives 15% of all store sales during the evening.

All are welcome. Here’a clip of Serene Sin heating up last year’s fundraiser!


See you tomorrow night!

Apr 12 2012

Seeking Sex-Positive Mothers

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  • Are you a mom between the ages of 25 & 45?
  • Do you like to read erotica and/or pornography?
  • Have you been inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey?
  • Would you like to appear on TV and help to bring a sex-positive message to a wider audience?

The Pleasure Chest is seeking sex-positive moms to participate in a segment for a national news program on the popularity and importance of erotica in women’s lives.

Ideally, we are looking for heterosexual mothers between the ages of 25 and 45 who read and consume erotica, and who consider themselves to be open about sexuality. We are especially interested in finding women who are enthusiastic about supporting a movement for sexual empowerment.

We hope to assemble a diverse group, so even if you do not fit this exact demographic, we still want to to talk to you.

The segment is shooting next Monday, April 16th from noon to 3pm, so we need to talk to you soon!

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to 
kristen@thepleasurechest.com
letting us know why you want to be involved and the best way to contact you.

Apr 02 2012

The Morning After…Podcast Storytelling ShowTuesday, April 10th

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The Morning After…Podcast features humorous, insightful conversations about pornography between comedians and performers in the adult industry. Performance Anxiety co-producer & host Eli Olsberg brings his podcast, along with co-host Jake Weisman, to The Pleasure Chest for a night of storytelling from past guests, including comedians and porn stars.

Come see the funny side of sex with Kayden KrossGuy BranumTJ MillerJuelz VenturaApril FloresKumail Nanjiani and Tyler Knight. Since it’s Performance Anxiety’s one-year anniversary this show is free!  You’ll also get free beer and 15% off any purchases on the night of the show!

Please enjoy Guy Branum on the downside of gay visibility.

Mar 30 2012

Spring in Los AngelesUpcoming Free Workshops & Events!

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Whether you’re interested in sexy storytelling or an oral tutorial, we’ve got something special for you in spring. Check out our complete lineup of free workshops and events!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Mary
Wednesday, April 4th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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 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.

Performance Anxiety Presents The Morning After… Storytelling Show
Tuesday, April 10th @ 8-10pm FREE!
The Morning After…Podcast features humorous, insightful conversations about pornography between comedians and performers in the adult industry. Performance Anxiety co-producer & host Eli Olsberg brings his podcast, along with co-host Jake Weisman, to The Pleasure Chest for a night of storytelling from past guests, including comedians and porn stars. Come see the funny side of sex with Kayden KrossGuy BranumTJ Miller, Juelz VenturaApril FloresKumail Nanjiani and Tyler Knight. Since it’s Performance Anxiety’s one-year anniversary this show is free!  You’ll also get free beer and 15% off any purchases on the night of the show!

Intermediate BDSM with Alicia
Wednesday, April 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we delve even deeper into the world of BDSM. Learn about the physiological, psychological and emotional effects of a really good scene. Take your novice skills up a notch as we explore the intricacies of heavier beatings, electro-play and more!

Dyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Tuesday, April 17th @ 7-10pm FREE!

Shop for a cause! Join us for a fun evening of games, cocktails, and a special interactive tour of The Pleasure Chest. 15% of sales will be donated to this non-profit community based organization which hosts a day in Barnsdall Art Park for dykes and their allies. Check out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dyke-Day-LA/45716075786/ for more.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, April 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!   

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 blowjobs, 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

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him
Monday, April 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE! 

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Pleasure Her Perfect
Tuesday, April 24th @ 8-10pm 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.

Coming up…

Tuesday, May 1stPerformance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 2nd- Pre-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah

Wednesday, May 9th- Multi-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen and Sarah

Tuesday, May 15th - Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 16th- Blowjobs & Beyond with Mary

Wednesday, May 23rd- Erotic Massage with Jaiya

Tuesday, May 29th- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Wednesday, May 30th- Butt Sex Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra

Wednesday, June 6th- Strap-On, Get Off: An “Edutainment” Workshop

Wednesday, June 13th- Gay Sex for Men with Mike

Wednesday, June 20th- Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia Cybulski


Mar 20 2012

Chris D’Elia, Neal Brennan, Jay Larson & MoreTuesday, March 27th

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Join us on Tuesday, March 27th at 8pm for the return of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by Chris D’Elia, Neal Brennan, Jay Larson, Nick Turner, Jerrod Carmichael, Karl Hess and Josh Haness.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Neal Brennan on texting.

 

Mar 06 2012

Sklar Brothers, Ali Wong, Brody Stevens & MoreTuesday, March 13th

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Join us on Tuesday, March 13th at 8pm for the return of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night, hosted by Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller right here in our West Hollywood store.

For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today.

The show will feature appearances by The Sklar Brothers, Ali Wong, Kumail Nanjiani, Brody Stevens, James Adomian, Ricky Carmona & Taylor Williamson.

The show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Ali Wong’s spoof of American Apparel.