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Apr 18 2012

Performance Anxiety’s 1st Anniversary- FREE!Tuesday, May 1st

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Performance Anxiety officially celebrates turning into a one-year old baby at The Pleasure Chest on Tuesday May 1st at 8pm!

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. Here’s the lineup!

Seating is first-come, first served and we expect to fill up. So, please arrive early!

Please enjoy Natasha Leggero on “Ladies Night.”

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 17 2012

Sex Ed (for Adults Only) in Chicago

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There was a nice little tribute to our Chicago store on Salon yesterday. The writer remembers:

When “The Pleasure Chest” moved their Chicago store to our neighborhood a few years ago, the brigades of young mothers pushing $1,000 strollers were not amused.

It’s true. Our move to the Lakeview District caused a small controversy back in 2006 as you can see in this news clip.


Six years later, Salon notes:

The Pleasure Chest really —as it turns out—didn’t change morality, end marriages, beckon to the four horseman of the apocalypse to giddy up down Lincoln Avenue and flash their swords of righteousness. Neither Michelle nor husband Marcus Bachman needed to be called in to consult. The war on women did not open up a new front right down the block from the Dunkin Donuts.

Instead, The Pleasure Chest just keeps on doing what it has been doing since the early seventies. And doing it well. No one’s morality changed. People had much larger battles to wage.

The post was inspired by the improbable appearance of a school bus parked outside our store. (Don’t fret, the bus was filled with adults from a tour group).

But we feel this is a good time to mention that we actually do have a sex ed curriculum– for adults. Tonight you can learn about vaginal fisting with Sarah Sloane. Or join us in May to learn about the G-Spot with Antoinette and female dominance with Midori. No matter what your experience level, we’ve probably got a class that will interest you. School is in session. And enrollment is free.

 

 

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 05 2012

Madison Young, Midori & More!Free NY Workshops in Spring

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Our schedule of free workshops for spring is finally here, and there’s a little something to please everyone. Learn to deep throat like a porn star with Madison Young. Discover the subtle art of submission with Midori. Explore cunnilingus, advanced buttplay and the G-Spot with our experienced Sex Specialists.  And that’s just the first few weeks of an action packed season. Check out our complete lineup below!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, April 18th @ 8-10pm 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!

Deep Throat & the Art of Oral Sex with Madison Young
Tuesday, April 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Discover the many sensitive and erogenous zones on the cock. Learn new and innovative ways to stimulate the cock with your mouth, lips, tongue and more. Discover your inner porn star by learning the true pleasure of giving into your oral desires.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura Delarato
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 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.

Better Bottoming for Kink Beginners with Midori
Tuesday, May 8th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you yearn to submit to a lover or partner, but don’t know how to ask or where to start? In this class, Midori, our favorite camp counselor of kink, will discuss how to be a great bottom, and how to get what you want while thrilling your partner. She’ll also share common pitfalls to avoid and how not to be a ‘bad bottom.’ Get BS-free, reality-based information at this practical workshop for aspiring kinksters.

Advanced Anal Play with Ignacio
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Coming up… 

Wednesday, May 16th- Sexo: Lo Basico! with Adriana

Wednesday, May 23rd- Blowjobs & Beyond with Aaron

Wednesday, May 30th- The Ultimate O with Laura Delarato

Wednesday, June 6th- Beginners BDSM with Hana

Wednesday, June 13th- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers with Ignacio

Wednesday, June 20th- Blowjobs & Beyond with Adriana

 

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 28 2012

Spring in ChicagoUpcoming Free Workshops

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Spring is here! We’re just getting warmed up with a full offering of free workshops, from classes on cunnilingus and the basics of buttsex to a handy tutorial on fisting. Check out our complete lineup below.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Antoinette
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.

Pleasure Her Perfect (Special Cunnilingus Edition) with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, April 11th @ 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.

Vaginal Fisting with Sarah Sloane
Tuesday, April 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Fisting has a formidable reputation in some circles, but it’s actually a sensual, spiritual way of connecting with our partners. Find out what fisting really is (hint: there are no fists!), how to coax your body (or your partner’s body) into opening up for it, and some healthy and easy tips for making it hotter than you can imagine!

           

 

Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 18th @ 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, April 23rd @ 7-9pm 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.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

Coming up…

Wednesday, May 2nd -40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, May 23rd- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette

Tuesday, May 29th- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

Wednesday, May 30th- The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori

Wednesday, June 6th- Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 13th- The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 20th- The Ultimate O with Antoinette

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane


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