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Jan 09 2014

Big Beautiful Sex

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by thepleasurechest

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We were delighted to have sex educator Lady Cheeky at our Los Angeles store last night, teaching her body positive workshop Big Beautiful Sex. She shared her insights about overcoming fat-shaming, building sexual confidence, and finding the toys and positions that work best for your body. The workshop was such a big hit that we want to share the highlights with all of you!

Tips for Learning to Feel Sexy

Remember this: “The person there with you in the room – they want to be there.”

“To feel better about having sex, you have to have sex.” Notice how confident you are while you’re afterglowing, and bask in that confidence.

Take time to touch the parts of your body that you normally want to hide in ways that feel pleasurable.

If you look in the mirror and think that you look ugly, replace that with a neutral observation: “I have red hair.”

Try going to a Korean spa. Everyone is walking around naked: you get to just be another body.

Notice how you judge other people’s looks. Try to be more compassionate in your thoughts. You’ll train yourself to be nicer to yourself.

hitachiFinding Your Favorite Toys

Try a longer toy that gives you some extra reach:

- The Magic Wand Original is an unbeatably powerful vibe.

- The Njoy Pure Wand may look like “a Star Trek torture device,” but it’s everyone’s favorite G-spot/prostate toy.

If you’d like to try strap-on play, the Tantus Bend Over Beginner Kit comes with a harness that adjusts up to 82″.

Silicone lube lasts forever, keeps your thighs from chafing in the summer, and loosens doors. Magic.

The We-Vibe 4 vibrator stays in place during intercourse, so that you don’t have to worry about holding it there.

Excellent Sexual Positions

Having a  firm pillow to lean on – like a sofa pillow or a Liberator Wedge - can help you find a position that’s more comfortable. For instance, you can have doggy style sex without the stress on your wrists and knees.

liberator wedge

Reverse cowgirl lets you control your leverage.

Try having sex on your side; it lets you relax and leaves your hands free for other things.

Liberator pillows are great for oral sex too!

 

Dec 26 2013

Free Workshops in Los Angeles!

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by thepleasurechest

Resolved to amp up your sex life in 2014? We’ve made it easy, with free workshops every week with our sex specialists and guest experts!

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

lady cheeky

Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

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. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Fundamentals of Flogging with Shay & Koko
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Butt Sex Basics with Kate
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 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.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandrasandra (2)
Wednesday, January 29th @ 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.

Dec 20 2013

A Big, Bright Response to Anti-Gay Bigots

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by thepleasurechest

same love letter 1When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

When Dr. Pham took her pride flag down briefly, intending to replace it with another rainbow flag, she received this letter.

 

In April, Dr. Mary Pham decided to fly a pride flag from the top of her Irvine, California home. Many of her neighbors had flags hanging from their homes – seasonal flags, or flags celebrating a favorite sport – and she decided that she wanted to hang a flag to show her support for LGBT folks.

“Not in Irvine, Mary,” a friend warned her. She laughed it off.

“Look, either you know what it is or you don’t,” she decided. “Either it’s a pride flag, or it’s just a rainbow flag. And if it’s a pride flag, and you notice, either you like it or you hate it. And if you hate it then you’re just a jerk.”

Deciding that “if there’s any reason to eat, drink and have a party, why not?” she and her friend Ramon invited several friends over for brunch and a “flag-hanging ceremony.”

In July, she was told that people had been writing angry emails to her HOA about the flag. When she saw them, she was taken aback by the hateful language she saw. One of them referred to the flag as a “Fag Flag.”

“Is the GAY PRIDE [in large font and rainbow colors] display protected by free speech rights?” its author asked. “The Orange Tree Patio Homes neighbors are shaking their heads in disgust.”

Another email offered this confusing sentiment: “Most people do not choose the gay lifestyle, and personally it irritates me to have to be reminded everyday of two men having sex with each other.”

While no one was being openly hostile to her, Dr. Pham started to feel nervous about the negative attention the flag was receiving. She contacted The Center OC, her local LGBT center, and asked their executive director, Kevin S. O’Grady, for advice. At his insistence, she filed a police report, just in case.

The negative responses didn’t stop with the police report. Someone printed out a press release from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church and left it at her door. One morning, she found a flyer on her windshield that said only “GOD HATES FLAGS.”

In December, she was interviewed for a piece in the OC Weekly about the angry responses to her flag. When she read some of the “mean and hateful” comments that people had left about the article, she decided to throw caution to the wind.

“Before, it was just a flag. Now, I’m going to fight back.”

She and her son, Russell, discussed what they could do to make an even bigger statement – without violating HOA restrictions, of course. Finally, they agreed on something:

pride house

After all, she’s allowed to put lights up for holidays.

Dr. Pham sees this experience as an incentive to get seriously involved in LGBT activism. She and Kevin S. O’Grady have already sat down to discuss how to make Irvine a more LGBT-friendly place.

Dec 17 2013

Holiday Gifts From Us to You

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by thepleasurechest

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We want to make holiday shopping as rewarding as possible! This month, at any of our physical locations, we’ll give you a $15 gift card when you spend $100, or a $25 gift card when you spend $150. Give them away as gifts, or give yourself the gift of some sexy shopping in the new year.

Sounds like a good excuse to treat yourself to the hottest new couples vibe, the We-Vibe 4.

Not valid with any other offer.
Expires December 31st, 2013.
In-store only. 

Dec 10 2013

Star Girls Burlesque on January 10th!

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star girls jan 10th

On January 10th, we’ll be sponsoring another of Devil’s Playground‘s fabulous Star Girls shows, the burlesque Star Wars parody of your dreams, at the Dragonfly bar in Hollywood!

The show features three new characters, an art show, a best Star Wars tattoo contest, and a best Star Wars costume contest!

Performances by
Charlotte LaBelle Ariange
Sin Fisted
Olivia Bellafontaine
Kitty Cadillac
Lux LaCroix
Diamondback Annie
Courtney Cruz
Daisy Meadows
Audrey Deluxe
Jessabelle Thunder
Tonya Kay
Cannabelle Necter

Hosted by Dave Solo
DJ Gring O Star
Live sci fi lounge music by The Jimmy Psycho Experiment

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Busted Foundation, “a fundraising organization that financially supports local woman who are currently being treated for breast cancer.”

We encourage you to buy tickets in advance!

Dec 03 2013

Pepitone, Miller & More! Performance Anxiety Dec. 10th

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performance anxiety flyer Dec 10th

Join us on Tuesday, December 10th at 8pm for another evening of Performance Anxiety, the twice-monthly comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg at 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 show is first come, first served and you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat.

Enjoy Rob O’Reilly on getting sex advice from the Pussy Whisperer.

Nov 27 2013

Winter Workshops in L.A.

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by thepleasurechest

The weather outside is frightful – okay, it’s a little chilly – but expanding your sexual repertoire is delightful. Our savvy sex educators will show you tricks and techniques that will keep you (and your sweetie) warm all winter long. As always, attendees get a 15% discount on all purchases.

blowjobsSuck it, Lick it, Love it with Larkin & Shay
Wednesday, Dec ember 4th @ 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.

 

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, December 10th @ 8-10pm

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. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

 

Down and Dirty Sex for the Holidays with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Add some spice to this holiday season with our best sex tips, tricks and games! Kristen and Sarah will discuss ways to take your play to the next level by owning your fantasies, learning the art of the tease, and reclaiming the “dirty” side of sex. They’ll also share their secrets for G-Spotting, squirting, blow jobs, and anal play.

 

Big, Beautiful Sex with Lady Cheekylady cheeky
Wednesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Who says you have to be skinny to have the best sex of your life? Whether it’s media and advertising images of “perfect” bodies or snarky comments about our weight, fat-shaming is all around us, and it can get in the way of our sexual confidence and pleasure. In this workshop, which combines lecture and discussion, body-positive educator Lady Cheeky talks about attitudes (both external and internal) that can hold us back from great sex and specific challenges we face as plus-sized lovers. You will learn skills – from communication tools to the best toys, techniques and positions – to help you embrace your sexuality and have big, beautiful sex.

 

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 14th @ 8-10pm

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. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

 

Fundamentals of Flogging with Koko & Shay
Wednesday, January 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Flogging is one of the most theatrical and versatile kinds of impact play – it can feel like anything from a sharp sting to a deep punch to a soothing massage – but it can seem intimidatingly difficult to learn. Luckily, our sex specialists are here to teach you everything you need to get started! This class for beginning and intermediate players will cover safety, flogging techniques, and how to incorporate flogging into your play.

Nov 20 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we memorialize those who have been murdered over the last year because of anti-trans* hatred. The event is held this month every year in honor of Rita Hester, who was killed on November 28, 1998.

Vigils will take place all over the world, including New York, Chicago and West Hollywood. Find an event near you here.

We continue to celebrate our community, and we encourage you to read further and engage as much as you can in education and advocacy. Here are a few resources to start with:

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website

Transgender Law Center

A great primer on speaking to and about trans* people without being a jerk, from Buzzfeed.

“It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance: Let’s Celebrate Trans* Lives and Accomplishments,” from Autostraddle, celebrates trans* people’s triumphs during the last year and links to a lot of additional articles.