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Feb 06 2012

Going to the Mat with the We-Vibe 3

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by thepleasurechest

The new We-Vibe 3 is 40% stronger than its famous predecessor. Can you handle the difference? We asked web department heavyweight Lillian to wrestle with this question. She got in the ring with the We-Vibe 3 and emerged victorious…

I was very excited to get to try out the We-Vibe 3.  I plugged the handy charger/case right in once I got home so that in 24 hours, I could take it for a test drive.  The charging station is one of my favorite things about this product—I can carry it in my purse without the toy banging around and collecting lint, and it even has a spot for the remote control!  The toy itself is beautifully designed and made of top-notch materials. I give it top marks in overall presentation and storage design.

"I ended up grinding so violently that I broke the bed."

For me at least, the We-Vibe 3 is not a hands-free toy.  My G-Spot is closer to the vaginal opening than average (about ¾ of an inch in, compared to 2-3 inches in), so inserting the toy fully misses my G-Spot almost entirely.  I need to hold it to keep the G-Spot end in place.  The external end is much stronger than that of its predecessor, and once I started using my hand to vary the pressure against my clit, the sensation really improved.  Grinding against my pillow, comforter or partner with it in was even better, although I still had to keep a hand on the toy to keep it from falling out.  I ended up grinding so violently that I broke the bed (the third one I’ve broken this way), which, though definitely a sign of a good time, is something I try to avoid.

As far as dual stimulation is concerned, nothing is going to knock the Pure Wand and Form 2 combo out of 1st place for me.  The We-Vibe 3 probably isn’t going to make it into my regular rotation of masturbation tools, but it’s a great addition to frottage and I definitely look forward to wearing it under my harness during my next pegging session.

Jan 02 2012

Spanking, Sex Tips, Rope Bondage & KnittingFree Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Hey Chicago, what are you doing in 2012? May we suggest a little spanking? Or some seductive sex tips? We hope you’re not all tied up yet, because we’ve got a full lineup of free events, from rope bondage to knitting nights! Join us.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 23rd @ 7pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Rope Bondage with Leon MonkeyFetish
Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm FREE!

Rope bondage is passion.  It is connection. It is pleasure and pain, joy and suffering, gentle and brutal all combined into one.  The technical side is important and is the basis of good rope bondage.  We will cover the skills you need to continue your newfound love affair with rope. You will also learn how to use rope to manipulate the emotions of the scene to produce the desired effect in your partner.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Coming up in February and March…

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm FREE!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!

 

Jan 02 2012

Make Life Sexier in 2012Free Workshops in New York

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by thepleasurechest

Break out your calendar, and plan to spend your Wednesday nights with us. Here’s the complete schedule of free workshops offered at our New York store through the end of February.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B
Wednesday, January 11th @ 8pm 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 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.

The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Butt Sex Basics with Aaron & Hana
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm 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 in February…

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Aaron & Adriana
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Adriana
Wednesday, February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Brandon B
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap-On, Get Off! Dildo Harnesses 101 with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Kinky Sex with Hana & Laura Delarato
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

 

Dec 29 2011

8 Unusual Products Sold By Our Chinese Namesake

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by thepleasurechest

We just stumbled upon a Chinese website calling itself Pleasure Chest and we couldn’t resist poking around to see what’s on offer. Now we can share our findings with you. Or, to echo the immortal words of the company’s about page, “Join us, Let’s achieve the mutual benefits from this moment.” Here are our favorite curiosities sold by our Chinese namesake.

1. "Eyelash" cockring

This cockring is supposedly made from “eyelash.” Since it does not vibrate, they’ve helpfully listed “by hand” next to the type of batteries it takes. We’re a bit mystified as to why anyone would want a cockring made of eyelashes, and we’re afraid to ask how the materials have been sourced. Also, we are too horrified to post the photo of the “cow eyelash” cockring.

2. "Teaser" hand-shaped vibrator

This hand-shaped vibrator is called Teaser. The website helpfully informs us that “The device is mainly used to rub at female pudendum (or other sensitive parts).” But in a flourish worthy of a David Cronenberg film, the copywriter suggests that the toy is meant as a tongue/hand hybrid.

“It imitates human tongue,sexy,soft and flexible,which can bring more vibration than real tongue.It is made of organosilicon resin and soft enough to be bent easily.Taste buds are fully covered on the hand,and which will add more rubbing orgasm.”

It’s your basic vibrating taste bud-covered hand for rubbing the pudendum. Where do we sign up?

3. "Perfect" Masturbation Cup

Does this “Perfect” Masturbation cup look familiar? Well, it ought to, because it’s a near perfect knockoff of the famous Tenga masturbation sleeve. The design is nearly identical, and it’s not the only Tenga-ish product our Chinese competitor carries. They’ve also got some sleeves that remind us of the Fleshlight product line, including this “anus flashlight.” 

4. "Dildo Vibrator" sex machine

This puzzling sex machine comes with an AC power cord and a wireless remote control. We’re not exactly sure how one is supposed to mount this contraption, but it looks perilous. The company also sells another sex machine which looks handy for carrying your old 45 record collection around in. That is, if you don’t mind a side-mounted dildo on the box.

5. Sexy Men's Wear

Pleasure Chest China also sells lingerie. Their splash page touts, “If you wanna become a sexy woman, please come in now!” But it’s the men’s lingerie that truly impresses. This strappy red number is great for showing off your basket, but for sheer WTF design, we love the crisscrossing pattern on the white panty pictured above.

6. Hentai Masturbation Sleeve

If you love anime and manga, especially the XXX genre known as “hentai,” then you’re probably already lusting after this masturbation sleeve. It’s a few degrees removed in perversity from the downright cute Hello Kitty vibrator that we sell.

7. Beaded Cockring

Yup, as far as we can tell, those are just Mardi Gras beads sold as a cockring.

8. Chef Vibrator

There are many wonderful vibrators on this site. The splash page shows a number of vegetable-shaped vibrators, from eggplant to corn, that we would love to try out. It’s the anthropomorphic vibes, however, that are the most entertaining. This mustachioed chef is our favorite, but the cowboy and the nurse are also adorable.

How can you order from the Chinese Pleasure Chest? Their minimalist FAQ is a tad frustrating. A sampling:

Q: What’s the MOQ?

A: we always don’t have moq,

Q: Can you accept drop ship?

A: NO,we can .

Intriguing!

We suppose we could launch a full investigation into this odd company with its familiar name and truly strange toys. But that would ruin the mystery.  Can we explain this website and its odd wares? No, we can!

 

 

 

 

Dec 19 2011

Sweet on the Sugar Pop

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by thepleasurechest

When shopping for sex toys, it’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy shop. Enter the aptly-named Sugar Pop from Vibratex. We sent Chicago Sex Specialist Antoinette Hancock home with a free sample and she’s coming back for seconds.

The Sugar Pop is soft, translucent hot-pink elastomer, and has so far consistently sold out in the store, standing out as it does in both color and obvious function: whereas most of their ‘beaded’ toys have two or three rows of beads in a small part of the shaft, most of the Sugar Pop‘s shaft is beads, shiny silver ones, mounted in four dramatically alternating discs. This toy doesn’t just rotate, it wiggles. It also reverses direction, and rotates and vibrates in patterns that are adjustable in both style and strength. It is also, glory of glories, water resistant. These are all the things that would formerly make customers go for an equally expensive unwarrantied mystery-meat rabbit instead of a tried and true Vibratex product. I expect that to happen a lot less now. This is a striking toy that calls attention to itself right away, and it does a good job at fulfilling the hopes and expectations that swim into one’s head upon looking at it.

The soft plastic housing is similar to the Butterfly: round ribbed ‘beehive’ head, ribbed shaft, and the clit critter is a winged, antennae-d, benubbied thing sitting perpendicular and rather close to the shaft. This was the one thing I think could be improved on the toy. Many of their toys have the critter at an angle, and a precious few have it mounted in such a way as to flex easily to multiple angles. The fit on the clit is what makes these babies work so well, so I’d like to see more of them made in such a way that guarantees pleasure to flat and fat vulvas alike. Being on the fatter side, I found the butterfly guy to be wonderfully powerful, but more than a wee bit pinchy on my sensitive button. I think it will pinch half of us; a quarter of us intolerably. Vibratex, heed my cry! More flex to your doo-dads!

"'...speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’"

As with the Butterfly, the clit stim is strong; that other was strong enough to have been called the ‘clit sander’ once upon a time in our shop. The vibration is deep, rumbly and rowdy. This is not a quiet toy, but the ebullient pink wiggly beadiness is not likely to attract the shyer customer in the first place. The nubbins on the belly of the bug give texture to the vibration, and the wings and antennae can deliver a fine, shivery sensation when held at certain angles outside the body. There are four speeds and five patterns available, the speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’ The improved variation of function makes this more accessible to someone who needs to vary their clitoral stimulation frequently along the course of their ride.

Rabbit-style toys can be frustrating for some due to the almost impolite thoroughness of their whamming and bamming and thank-you-ma’aming. It’s a great, deep orgasm, but if you blink, you might miss it. This can be avoided by making the toy bend to your will: lots of external rubbing with the vibrating piece before insertion, using lube, inserting slowly once the body opens up with both motors off, and then varying the speeds of both shaft and vibrator according to how much sensation the body can handle without orgasming at each moment. The Sugar Pop, by offering so much more variation, allows the user to draw out this process in hundreds more new combinations. I tend to judge the greatness of a toy partially on how versatile it is, so this is a really good thing. There are four speeds and five patterns for each function, operated by small, responsive buttons on the white plastic handle. It’s easy to use, and that’s another important thing. If your product aggravates my carpal tunnel or someone’s auntie’s thumbs, it’s going to sit on the shelf no matter how strong it is–that is not a problem here. As soon as the user gets a hang of the patterns and combinations, a slow and controlled buildup is simple to achieve… if that is what is desired.

One of the best things about a dual-stim toy is its ability to instigate G-spot and vaginal orgasms, elusive things for some. The combination effect of a rabbit-style toy has taught many people to get there. I’ve already discussed the variability of the vibrator, but the wider, longer, shinier, prettier beaded shaft of this toy gives more stimulation to the vaginal walls than anything I’ve yet seen. I often think it’s easy to ‘tune out’ the sometimes more delicate vaginal sensations in favor of buzzing on the clit and pounding to the cervix. I also think that it’s easier to direct one’s own vaginal stimulation with a partner by being on top and guiding the motion with a swivel of the hips. The reduced friction and controlled internal pressure allow more focus on the vaginal canal itself. This can make it easier to achieve deep vaginal orgasms. It’s not the only way there, but it’s certainly a nice way, and one toys don’t always mimic.

The Sugar Pop does. The counter-rotating discs give a sinuous, up-and-down-and-around massage to the length of the canal when the toy is gently moved in and out, and it has four speeds and five patterns, just like the external piece. It is easier to purposely have a vaginal orgasm, or G-spot orgasm, or squirt with a partner once it’s happened for the first time, and sometimes a toy is what’s called for in order to teach the body these new connections between touch and response. This is a toy I will recommend again and again to people who like strong external sensation but would like to deepen or ‘awaken’ their internal responsiveness. It’s a nice medium size, but firmer than other Vibratex shafts due to the solidity of the beaded section, and very stimulating. With the caveat of a good lubricant, I would recommend this to ‘nice girls’ and size queens alike.

I’m really happy to see where Vibratex is going with their new designs. Water-resistance and patterned functions have become commonplace in the toy world, so many customers consider them necessities even if they’ve never used one before, and adding them allows Vibratex’s higher quality toys to compete with the poorly-made competing products that feature more bells and whistles. Dual stimulation is not for everyone—there are days it’s not for me—but this is one of the nicest toys in this style I’ve seen. The only improvement I think would make a big difference would be a more flexible external piece, but on the days dual-stim is for me, I’m not going to kick it out of bed for one little imperfection. If we were all so picky, the only things in our beds would be comic books, wine bottles and cookie crumbs.

Thanks, Vibratex and The Pleasure Chest!

 

 

Dec 06 2011

Gift Ideas for Him

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by thepleasurechest

If your guy is tired of ties and socks, give him something he really wants. Here are three of our most popular toys designed for dudes. No matter what you choose to give, don’t forget to take advantage of our free shipping offer on orders of $50 or more.

Cobra Libre $149.95

Cobra Libre
A vibrator for the penis 

“…It vibrates, and these vibrations range from mild to wildly intense. It’s also rechargeable and fully submersible so you can safely use it under water…Slight jerking motions and twists are all you need to send shivers down your spine literally!“- Brandon B

 

To see the Cobra Libre in action, check out this demonstration video.

 

Tenga Egg $7.95

Tenga Egg
Male masturbation sleeve

These eggs have a surprise inside – an ultra-soft stroking sleeve for men, with lube included! Use it solo or to spice up a hand-job. 6 wild textures to choose from. The perfect stocking stuffer.

 

Aneros $57.95

Aneros MGX
Revolutionary prostate stimulator

The orgasms I have with her while using the Aneros are absolutely unbelievable…They are the most intense orgasms I’ve ever had. She loves it. I love it. And the shared sexual experience is extremely intimate.”- customer review.

If your guy is 5′ 6″ or shorter, you should consider the Aneros SGX. For something extra special, there’s also the stainless steel Aneros Tempo.

 

O Wow! $19.95

O Wow!
Vibrating cockring from Screaming O

This waterproof, wireless toy fits snugly around his penis and provides up to 60 minutes of buzzing fun. Best of all, it runs on replaceable batteries, for repeated sessions of screaming pleasure. Meet him under the mistletoe and switch it on.


 

 

Oct 18 2011

Join Us for Performance AnxietyTuesday, October 25th

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by thepleasurechest

Get your laughs and lube in the same place.  Join us for 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.

Confirmed guests for this show include Brent Weinbach, Fortune Feimster, Nick Thune, Dan Levy, Barbara Gray, TJ Miller and Eli Olsberg.  We’re also expecting an appearance by a secret special guest you won’t want to miss. Buy advance tickets to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Nick Thune’s “Masturbation Song.”

Oct 03 2011

Free Workshops in LAThrough the End of the Year

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by thepleasurechest

We’re still mopping up from last week’s Gloryhole party (pictures to come, we promise!), but we wanted to let you know about our lineup of free workshops. Here’s what’s cooking from now until the end of the year. See you here!

Blowjobs & Beyond
Wednesday, October 5th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Hot Sex w/ Jayme Waxman and Emily Morse
Wednesday, October 12th @ 8pm FREE!

Join Jamye Waxman and Emily Morse as they teach you some sexy things you can try tonight from their new book Hot Sex.

Roleplay
Wednesday, October 19th @ 8pm FREE!

Wanna play doctor and patient? Or master and servant? Learn how to craft exciting and fun roleplay scenarios. We’ll cover the basics of safe, sane and consensual fantasy fulfillment, including negotiation, costumes, games, props and more.

Sex Specialist: Mary

Suck it, Lick it, Love it
Wednesday, October 26th @ 8pm 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 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.

Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Tantric Sex with Jaiya
Wednesday, November 2nd @ 8pm FREE!

Tantric sex is an art, a science and a pathway to discovering untapped erotic potential. Learning Tantric Sex techniques can help you prolong pleasure, connect more deeply and reach erotic trance states. World-renowned somatic sexologist Jaiya will teach you a simple Tantric Practice you can start incorporating right away. She’ll also share some tips and techniques to help you use Tantric Sex to take your sexual life to places you have never imagined.

 

Down & Dirty Sex for Dykes with Sarah & Kristen
Wednesday, November 9th @ 8pm FREE! 

Kristen Tribby and Sarah Tomchesson will discuss ways to take your play to the next level by owning your fantasies, cultivating erotic mindfulness and reclaiming the “dirty” side of sex. They’ll also share their advanced tips and tricks for gender play, squirting, fisting, female blowjobs, bending over your buddy, anal G-spotting and more. The techniques in this class apply mostly to female-bodied individuals but the principles are relevant to all couples.

The Ultimate O
Tuesday, November 15th @ 8pm  FREE!

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.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

HardCore Sex: Fisting, Watersports & More with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, November 16th @ 8pm FREE!

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, sounding  and “dirty play.” This judgment-free class will focus on finding partners, safer sex practices, emotional safety and practical advice for a wide range of edgy fetishes.

Blowjobs & Beyond
Wednesday, November 30th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Mary

The G- Spot & Female Ejaculation
Tuesday, December 6th @ 8pm FREE!

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!

Blowjobs & Beyond
Wednesday, December 7th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Toys 101: Give the Gift of Pleasure
Wednesday, December 14th @ 8pm 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.

 

 

Oct 03 2011

Upcoming Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary in style last month. We’ll be posting pictures from our events in the coming days. In the meantime, don’t miss this lineup of free workshops for October.

The Ultimate O

Wednesday, October 5th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Wednesday, October 12th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him
Wednesday, October 19th @ 8pm FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? 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.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Introduction to Tantra

Wednesday, October 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Most classes teach sex from the outside in, but tantra can help you learn from the inside out. In sex, as in life, it can be difficult to slow down and breathe. If you want to deepen your approach to pleasure and the body, come learn the practical skills that can be your gateway, whether you’re with a loved one or renewing your love for yourself.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

 

Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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by thepleasurechest

During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

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