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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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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 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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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.

Nov 24 2010

Log on, Check-in, Bliss Out

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by thepleasurechest

UPDATE: This “check-in” promotion has been extended through the end of the year!

Here’s something to be thankful for. If you’ve got one of those fancy smartphones, and use Yelp, Facebook Places or Foursquare, you can “check-in” to get a free Pleasure Chest Vibrator between now and December 31st.  This pocket vibe is perfect for stuffing the stocking of someone you love this holiday season.

Simply use your phone to check-in to your local Pleasure Chest on Yelp, Foursquare or Facebook Places and show your check-in to a salesperson to redeem the offer. It’s that easy! No other purchase required.

  • Please folks, only one free vibrator per person.
  • No returns or substitutions.
  • This offer is only good while supplies last.
  • Offer ends on close of business on 12/31/10.

Happy Holidays!

Nov 18 2010

We Heart Jessie Lee

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Burning Angel model Jessie Lee needs your help. Lee was seriously hurt in a car accident on November 5th, sustaining a broken neck and severe head trauma. Joanna Angel has set up a website to keep Lee’s fans updated on her progress and to help raise money for her treatment. Fans in NY have also organized two high profile fundraisers on Lee’s behalf. On Wednesday, November 24th, the Broadway Comedy Club will host an evening of comedy, burlesque and appearances by adult film stars. Next up, on November 29th, erotic arts group, Darling House will host a rock & roll gallery show at the Beauty Bar  featuring work from 20 erotic photographers and performances by Madame Rosebud, Stormy Leather and more. Fans in LA will get their own chance to pitch in when the show comes to Studio Servitu on January 13th. Until then, well-wishers can send gifts, cards and donations to Lee here.

Nov 17 2010

Today Show tips

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by thepleasurechest

Cosmo columnist Molly Triffin was on the Today Show this morning with some tips on stepping up your sex life. We’re a little groggy that early in the AM, so luckily Hulu has this little clip to show us what we missed. Molly gave a shout-out to our Candy Bra & G-String, but we also want to remind you that some dudes have a sweet tooth too! Also featured were the KY cooling and warming lubes, but we’d like to recommend Sliquid Stimulating O Gel for its organic, vegan formula, which is better for those with sensitive bits. And yes you can get those Bijou Rhinestone Pasties right here!


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