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May 07 2012

Fifty Shades of Mother’s Day

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As we prepare for the debut of our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop in Los Angeles tomorrow and in Chicago on Wednesday, we wanted to share this hilarious bit from Saturday Night Live.

If you know a mom who has Fifty Shades fever, we’ve posted a list of essential items that would make great Mother’s Day gifts. You can also buy her all three of the books on our site.

May 02 2012

Megan Andelloux On Sex & DisabilityThis Sunday in LA!

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  • Are you or someone you love living with a disability?
  • Do you have a chronic illness that’s affecting your sex life?
  • Do you experience challenges like pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction or limited mobility?

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive.

This Sunday at 4pm at our West Hollywood store, we offer a unique opportunity for those living with disability or chronic illness to explore solutions for achieving and maintaining a happy sex life.

The Pleasure Chest is pleased to welcome sex educator Megan Andelloux for Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses, a free workshop open to individuals, partners and couples.

In this class, she’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility. The workshop is totally free of charge and open to all adults.

Megan Andelloux is the founder and director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. She is certified as a sexuality educator through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and works as a board-certified sexologist through The American College of Sexologists. She has worked full-time in the field of sexuality education for more than fourteen years.

 

Apr 26 2012

May in LA

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April went by fast, but May is action-packed. We’re hosting three (count ‘em) comedy nights with the funny folks from Performance Anxiety, including their free 1st anniversary show. We’re also premiering our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop, and expecting visits from Jaiya Ma and Megan Andelloux. Basically, you’re spending the month with us. Read below for a complete schedule.

Performance Anxiety’s 1st Anniversary
Tuesday, May 1st @ 8-10pm FREE!

Performance Anxiety officially celebrates turning into a one-year old baby at The Pleasure Chest. We’re going to commemorate the night by giving you a free show with free beer and the usual 15% discount off any purchase you make. Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller host. The lineup includes Natasha LeggeroNick KrollJon DoreAparna NancherlaNate CraigHasan Minhaj & Chris Thayer! Seating is first-come, first served and we expect to fill up. So, please arrive early!

Pre-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you have difficulty achieving orgasm? Is it a struggle to “get there” with a partner? 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 achieve and expand your orgasm and much, much more.

Sexy Times with (dis)Abilities & Chronic Illnesses with Megan Andelloux
Sunday, May 6th @ 4-6pm FREE!

As we go through life, it’s normal to experience changes within our bodies and our sexual functioning. Many of us get stuck longing for times past, when our bodies were more free and responsive. In this workshop, we’ll examine the sexual challenges often faced when dealing with disability or illness, while gaining tools to enhance the changes our bodies have made. Through discussion and demonstration, we’ll learn how to create exciting new sexual possibilities and explore ways of being sexual despite the difficulties that may confront us. This session will touch on many issues, but will focus specifically on cancer, diabetes, pelvic pain, and problems of limited mobility.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Mary
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE! 
Inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Multi-Orgasmic Ultimate O with Kristen and Sarah
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Can’t get enough? Want to learn how to have multiple orgasms? In this class, we’ll discover techniques for coming again and again both with a partner and solo. We’ll also explore how to expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and our favorite tips and toys for maximizing pleasure. Though this class is open to all genders and orientations, we will be focusing on orgasm for female-bodied people.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 15th @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, May 16th @ 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.

Red Hot Touch: The Art of Erotic Massage with Jaiya
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Your hands can be your greatest asset in bed. Why not learn to use them with exquisite skill? Join Jaiya, author of Red Hot Touch, as she guides you through tantalizing techniques from full-body turn-on to mind-blowing genital massage. Want to know how to pet her G-Spot in the way that it likes best?  Want to learn how to find that hidden hot part of his penis that loves firm pressure? Jaiya shares her secrets in this fun-filled class where you’ll discover how to have your lover(s) writhing beneath your fingertips.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, May 29th @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, May 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Coming up…

Strap-On, Get Off: An “Edutainment” Workshop
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Gay Sex for Men with Mike
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Extreme Sex with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia Cybulski
Wednesday, June 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

Apr 20 2012

The Pleasure Chest on Nightline Tonight

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Want to know what this Fifty Shades of Grey craze is all about? Curious about the “mommyporn revolution?” Check out tonight’s episode of Nightline, featuring us! The segment airs at 11:35pm tonight. You can check out a teaser here.

If these books have piqued your curiosity about bondage and submission, don’t forget that we now offer Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a unique workshop inspired by scenes from the novel.  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.

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.