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Feb 03 2011

The Kinky States of America Map

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by thepleasurechest

We’re honestly a little puzzled about how to read the map above, but the overall project is pretty damned fascinating. Here’s an explanation from artist R. Luke Dubois:

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy.

Some initial findings?

New York City’s most frequently used online dating word, for example, is ‘Now’—confirming just about every Type A stereotype of our town’s inhabitants. (In Chicago, incidentally, it’s ‘Always’. And in L.A., ‘Acting.’)

Having some familiarity with the online dating scene in Los Angeles, we downloaded a map of the words associated with our neck of the woods, and the results are fascinating.

We really wish the artist had identified the actual zip codes and neighborhoods these words correspond to, because frankly, we’re not too familiar with maps of LA. But, if we’re reading this map correctly, Westsiders used words like “enchanting,” “lingerie,” “beingness” and “sexual” but also “misanthropic,” “misogynistic,” and “phony.” Equally jarring, in South LA, is the prominence of the words “suicidal” and “inmate,” sandwiched between “waif” to the west and “neurosis” to the east. We’re guessing “chutzpah” designates the Fairfax District, while “augmentation” and “screenwriter”  identify that amorphous area known as Hollywood. And, of course, the word “gaffer” is unique to LA!

If you want to see which words define the singles scene in your neighborhood, you can view and download maps for your city or state here.


Jan 13 2011

Gaypocalypse Now!

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by thepleasurechest

We had a little fun circulating this news story on our Facebook and Twitter feeds today:

Pat Robertson: Snow Is God’s Way of Punishing Americans Planning To Drive To Do Something Gay

Rev. Pat Robertson sparked controversy in today’s broadcast of his “700 Club” program when he claimed that God created the blizzard currently battering the Northeast “to punish Americans who were planning to drive to do something gay.”

Explaining his theory, Robertson said, “Because of the bad road conditions the Almighty has made, any gay activities that people were planning on doing will have to be postponed by a day or two.” Additionally, he argued, God shut down major airports in the New York area “so that people who were hoping to fly to do something of a gay nature would have to take a train or a bus, so it might be days before the gay thing they were going to do could occur.”

As for the millions of straight people in New York City who were also grounded by the bad weather, the televangelist said, “I think God probably wonders: If these people are really straight, then what are they doing in New York?”

If you guessed that this is a joke, you’re right! The article is a prank by Andy Borowitz– but it had us fooled for a hot second, because it isn’t hard to imagine Robertson saying something this stupid. You might recall he once warned that if Disneyworld continued to host Gay Days, “The Happiest Place on Earth” might be punished with earthquakes, or even a meteor (!) This is truly one of those cases where satire is so believable, it could easily pass for truth. Check out this priceless collection of the right Reverend’s wrongest statements of all time.

Speaking of natural disasters, perhaps you’ve heard about the mysterious news reports of birds falling from the sky all over the world. Well, according to crackpot religious prophet Cindy Jacobs, we can blame it on the gays.

Sadly, this one isn’t a prank. But at least it gave Anderson Cooper a chance to issue this smackdown on CNN.

As long as there are haters like Robertson and Jacobs blaming everything on gays, there will be a place for the pranksters and the satirists. We don’t know what God you believe in (if any), but one thing we know for sure is “God Hates Signs!” Now, go out there and have lots of gay sex. It’s 68 degrees in West Hollywood, and we want to make a snowman. So, get busy!

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.

Dec 21 2010

Free Ornaments & Holiday Beverages at all of our stores!

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by thepleasurechest

If you’re still looking for the perfect decoration, gag gift or Secret Santa present, check out our funny and punny holiday ornaments.

Choose among 8 different sexy sentiments:

  • God Rest Ye Merry Leathermen
  • Season’s Beatings
  • Tits the Season
  • Happy Nude Year
  • Kiss Me Under the Cameltoe
  • Cock! The Breakfast of Champions
  • Ass & Ye Shall Receive
  • Not So Silent Night

We’re so proud of these, we’ve decided to give them away. Come to any of our stores between now and the close of business on Christmas Eve, and we’ll give you one, absolutely free. You don’t even need to buy anything!

While you’re here, enjoy complimentary holiday beverages, between 6pm and 9pm!

Dec 07 2010

Blowjobs & Beyond: A blow by blow

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by thepleasurechest

"I feel lucky to be alive in this day and age, where such a class could exist and be accessible to anyone..."

Ever wonder what it’s like to attend one of our free educational workshops? Nuala from the House of Goddess wrote this lovely review, and sang the praises of our very own Jamila, one of the many awesome Sex Specialists at The Pleasure Chest. This was our favorite passage:

Honestly and mostly, I was blown away (no pun intended) by the mere thought of it all: I feel lucky to be alive in this day and age, where such a class could exist and be accessible to anyone; where a woman could instruct a large group of eager adults (about 100 or so) how to give head and pleasure a cock. It was educational, enlightening, and fun. It was an open, safe forum of discussion, and many unshamefully asked questions that prompted equally unabashed answers. There was an elderly couple listening in, as well, and I wondered if they wished they had had a forum like this in their horny younger years.

Amen to that. If you haven’t checked out our free workshops yet, please be our guest!

Dec 02 2010

Rocker finds love at The Pleasure Chest

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by thepleasurechest

We were, uh, “changing channels” the other night, when we stumbled upon a show called Married to Rock. Check out this brief inspirational clip about how Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens met his wife Josie.

As many of our customers know, The Pleasure Chest is an awesome place to meet the love of your life. Ironically, AOL Chicago thinks we’re also a great place to breakup. (We disagree. Tears are bad for business!)

Speaking of rockers who shop at The Pleasure Chest, please enjoy this classic photo of Joan Jett posing in front of our old digs in West Hollywood.

Dec 01 2010

Have a (not so) Silent Night!

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by thepleasurechest


The holidays are about coming together. We think that you and your partner(s) deserve to have some unsilent nights this season. So, if you’re planning to shop in any of our stores this month, we’re offering a special deal. For any purchase you make over $100, we’ll throw in a $15 gift card. And for any purchase over $150, we’ll give you a $25 gift card. The gift card can be used on your next store visit. It makes a great stocking stuffer or a treat to yourself.

Nov 30 2010

Three Ways to Keep Warm in LA

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by thepleasurechest

Seems like winter has crept up on Los Angeles. We’ve been worshipping the space heater and slurping down the pho, just to stay warm. (And yes, we know our friends in NY and Chicago have no sympathy!) If you’re looking to turn up the heat, check out these three free workshops which will carry us through the holidays and into the new year!

Suck it, Lick it, Love it

Wednesday, December 1 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm, FREE

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you into 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.

Strap-on, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101
Wednesday, December 8 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm, FREE
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.

Wednesday, December 15 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm, FREE
Santa comes but once a year, but you don’t have to! Discover the best toys for getting off this holiday season. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We’ll show you how to stuff your stockings and fill your partner with joy.