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May 20 2011

Performance Anxiety is Back On Tuesday Night

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Tuesday, May 24th at 8pm

Join us for the return of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at our LA store, presented by Eli Olsberg and Tj Miller. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Guests for this show include Natasha Leggero, Matt Braunger Sean Patton, Jesse Case, Brady Novak, Dave Ross and Nick Kroll.

Advance tickets are only available online, and space is limited. If there is space left, we will sell tickets at the door. Go here to purchase!

May 13 2011

This Week’s Best of the Chest

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Each day, we try to post amusing, informative and unusual links and articles covering the wide range of human sexuality. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you’re probably already familiar with our daily feeding frenzy. For those who don’t, we decided it would be fun to post an end o’ the week review of the stuff that got our attention on the internet. This is the week’s best links from your friends at the Chest.

The Daily Show – Minneapolis Is the New Gay
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Speaking of San Francisco, The Daily Show this week asked “Is Minneapolis gayer than San Francisco?”

Who's your daddy?

  • “For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.” - Chaz Bono, on the difference between gender and orientation and his path to becoming a man.

 

  • We’re not sure how we missed this, but last month some enterprising safe sex advocates staged a most unusual stunt at the Washington Monument. Keep America safe!

  • The Good Men Project asked the perennial question: Does Size Matter? We don’t know, but Lady Gaga’s giant penis stilettos are the only reason we’d ever tune in to watch American Idol. Too bad those heels at the Fox network censored them.

The boner machine?

 

  • Finally, though this happened 10 whole days ago, we can’t resist mentioning that one of our music heroes, Black Francis (yes, from Pixies!), randomly tweeted us to say “I just got turned on.” And we don’t think he’s talking about his guitar amp.

If you also get aroused by seeing sexy stuff in your daily feed, you can follow our LA, NY and Chicago stores on Twitter.

 

 

“For some reason I thought there were other lesbians who felt that way and that was just a part of that community. Then I realized, that’s not what being a lesbian is — that’s what being transgender is.”

May 09 2011

Bowling for Orgasms: A review of the Form 4

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This month, we’d like to welcome Jess our new Los Angeles store manager to The Pleasure Chest family. We’d also like to announce the release of the Form 4, the newest luxury vibe from Jimmyjane. We sent Jess and the Form 4 home together. Only one of them came back to work.

"It was all strikes, all of the time."

Upon first glance of the Form 4, I wasn’t quite sold. My previous experience with the Form 2 left me numb, even on the lowest speed, and despite the sleek design I couldn’t see the Form 4 as anything but a miniature bowling pin. However, once I brought it into the bedroom, I’ll have you know there was nothing gutter ball or 7-10 split about it. It was all strikes, all of the time!

The head of the Form 4 is where the ultra powerful motor is located, so unlike other super strong vibrators, this one will not make your hand go numb (anyone looking for a little “stranger” action afterward is out of luck). It also has a slight bit of bend in the neck, which means it contours to your body wonderfully. In addition to all of this, it gives a great “full” sensation when inserted and the slight taper of the neck to the body of the toy feels incredible at the vaginal opening with some gentle (or not so gentle) thrusting action.

I feel like the range of speeds on the Form 4 is more broad than on previous Form models, which is great news for the very sensitive, the “Hitachi lover,” and everyone in between. It’s rechargeable, waterproof, made of a high grade silicone, has a three year warranty, and it makes me and my partner come every time? I couldn’t recommend this toy any more highly. It’s like it was sent straight from Heaven!

On a side note, the Form 4 is outstanding even when off and has replaced a bevy of “can’t live without” dildos in my house. If only it was harness ready… Oh! It’s also great for full body massage! Bravo, Form 4!

Apr 19 2011

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at Pleasure Chest LA

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Tuesday, April 26th at 8pm

Join us for the debut of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Guests at the debut show include Pete Holmes, Ryan Stout, Morgan Murphy, Rory Scovel, TJ Miller, Eli Olsberg and Garfunkel & Oates, whose 4/20-appropriate video is below!

Tickets are only available online, and space is limited. Go here to purchase!

Apr 01 2011

Dyke Day LA Fundraiser at The Pleasure Chest on April 12th

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The 4th annual Dyke Day LA is coming up on June 11th! 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 on Tuesday, April 12th from 7-10pm  and we’re hosting it! Highlights of the fundraiser include:

  • Wine and beer for donations!
  • Games & free gifts!
  • Sexy demos, including a spanking station, rope suspension demo and bootblacking
  • Dyke Day receives 15% of all store sales during the evening.

All are welcome. Mark your calendars and join us!

Mar 03 2011

Is cunnilingus obscene? Facebook says yes.

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As many of you know, The Pleasure Chest hosts free educational workshops at all three of our retail stores. The workshops are an opportunity to share practical information about safer sex, from kissing and masturbation to oral sex and BDSM. We’ve been posting our workshop announcements on Facebook, without a problem, ever since we started our account on the social networking behemoth.

Yesterday, we received a disturbing notice informing us that the event announcement for one our workshops had been removed, for violating Facebook’s Terms of Use agreement. Here’s the key passage:

“The event ‘Pleasure Her Perfect: Going Down’ has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, events that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed.”

The notice also warned that:

“Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.”

We can’t imagine how an invitation to a class on oral sex, posted for the benefit of people who have opted-in to our feed, could be “hateful” or “threatening,” so we can only assume that Facebook finds the event description “obscene.”  (A screenshot of that description is below.)

If so, this wouldn’t be the first time that Facebook has targeted sex educators for censorship. Last year, both Self Serve and Violet Blue found their pages disabled by the site’s anonymous guardians of morality. And just last month, we discovered that we were unable to post a workshop announcement with the title “Anal Pleasure 101″ because the word “anal” made the listing “not valid.” We solved the problem by spelling the offending word “An*l,” which is kinda funny, since the asterisk reminds us of a butthole!

It’s not just sex educators who have had trouble. Facebook is an ongoing battle with users who post photos of breastfeeding! (We’re not kidding.)

We’re really not sure why this particular event posting roused the Facebook sex police. On any given day, our Facebook feed is much racier than our own profile page. Yes, we even see a fair amount of porn, posted regularly by our friends in the sex industry. So, what gives?

Perhaps the societal doublestandard that considers cunnilingus more taboo than fellatio is to blame. An upcoming Blowjobs & Beyond workshop remains on our events tab (and y’all should definitely check it out!) Cunnilingus in the movies often gets slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, while depictions of men getting head typically pass with an R-rating.

We might also ask why oral sex is considered obscene, while this apparently isn’t. The bottom line is that we can’t read Mark Zuckerberg’s mind, and finding out which words or images triggered a specific act of content removal is all but impossible. Our only recourse is to tone it down, cross our fingers, and hope we don’t get our account disabled or deleted.

In the meantime, are you following us on Twitter (NY, LA, Chicago) yet? Because Twitter definitely isn’t trying to defriend the sex industry.

Jan 27 2011

Meet Carlos!

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Carlos the greeter

If you’re in New York, be sure to stop by our store today, and meet our new temporary seasonal worker. His name is Carlos. His turn-ons are watersports and corn cob pipes. His turn-offs include snowballing and hot wax.

Carlos melts our heart

Carlos is our new store greeter. Mention “Carlos the Snowman” at the register in our NY store, and get 10% off your purchase, today only. (And yes, he’s getting a nose job with his first paycheck.)

Dec 21 2010

Free Ornaments & Holiday Beverages at all of our stores!

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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 02 2010

Rocker finds love at The Pleasure Chest

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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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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.


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