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Apr 14 2015

April in L.A. — Free Workshops

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by Kate M.

From ass play workshops to laughing your ass off, there’s plenty to do at The Pleasure Chest this month!

performance anxiety flyer April14thPerformance Anxiety Fourth Anniversary Show
Tuesday, April 14th @ 8-10pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm for a special four year anniversary edition of Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas 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. This time, the free beer will be fancier, the special guests will be extra special, and we’ll be giving away some (sexy) prizes.

peggingBend Over Buddy with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, April 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get strapped on and warmed up 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.

Opening Up Your Relationship with Dr. Erica Marchand
Sunday, April 19th @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Thinking about trying an open relationship? Dr. Erica Marchand will fill you in on essential tools, skills, and resources for making it work. She’ll take you through the necessary conversations with your partner, from broaching the subject of opening up, to terms you might use to describe your relationship (“poly”? “swinging”?), to what you should both decide before you date anyone else. You’ll learn essential emotional intelligence skills, self-care tips for coping with jealousy and insecurity, and resources for making opening up a positive and fun experience.

JimmyJane Presents Earth-Safe Sexy
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

squilliciotti 025Did the Earth just move? Join us for an evening of eco-friendly tips for amazing sex, complimentary, locally-sourced, organic snacks from Wide Eyes, Open Palms and a selection of craft beer and sustainable wines, as well as a free Earth Day workshop. All evening, Jimmyjane will be on hand with an array of their versatile, powerful, and environmentally-responsible vibrators. At 8pm, our very own Sarah and Mary will be teaching Ultimate O: Expanding Your Orgasm Responsibly. We’re all making better decisions to do better by our bodies and the planet, and this class will address the same considerations, which can now be applied to our sex lives. Sex should be naughty, but in a decidedly natural way. Our sex specialists will cover our favorite tips and techniques for stronger, fuller orgasms, as well as recommending a variety of body-safe and eco-friendly products. Plus, Jimmyjane will make a donation to Tree People to plant a tree for everyone in attendance at the workshop!

i like dykesDyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Thursday, April 23rd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

Join us for a night of super queer fun(draising)! Get inspired by queer erotic readings, visit the spanking station, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, enter to win exciting raffle prizes, and mingle with the folks behind the city’s only free Pride event! 15% of all sales during the fundraiser will be donated to Dyke Day LA.

Spank Someone Happy with Koko & Chris
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and roleplay. We’ll show you how to combine spanking with sex in a fun and consensual way. This workshop is perfect if you’re feeling curious, need help getting started, or just want to fine-tune your technique.

Jan 03 2014

The Man with Two Penises

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by thepleasurechest

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A man with a condition called Diphallia – which, yes, means that he was born with two penises – took to Reddit (using the name DoubleDickDude) for a no-holds-barred Q&A session about his unusual condition. Here’s our takeaway:

His attitude is awesome:

Worst [part of having two penises]? Briefs/underwear. I wear a small/medium in the waist (28-30″waist) so briefs that can hold it all together are too big, and briefs that fit everywhere else, i fall out of both sides.

Best? having two cocks.

His relationship is awesome.

I’ve been in a serious relationship with a girl and a guy for a while now. I call it monogamous because we are exclusive.

They were a couple before they mutually started dating me. She is straight, and he is bisexual and discovered he was when after four months of them both knowing me, they found out about my cocks. It clicked and we’ve been together since.

His mom is awesome. In reply to a question about memorable reactions from doctors:

Yeah, one grabbed like five others in the building. That was the last time my mom let anyone examine me for any reason besides personal check-ups. She said “my son is not a freak show” and slapped one of them.

His one medical problem could be a lot worse:

My prostate gets inflamed if I dont ejaculate enough. I’m probably the only guy with a legit reason to orgasm at least once every day or two days. My prostate gets stimulation from both cocks and creates a lot of seminal fluid.

It looks like some the more sexually explicit questions and answers have been deleted, but you can still read about them on Nerve. You can even check out a picture (NSFW).

Dec 02 2013

Polycules, Breeders & Bonobos

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by thepleasurechest

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We’ve been loving a recent series of articles from Slate, called “A Lexicon of Alternative Sexualities.” Each defines a few terms that are fairly-to-very common in alternative sexuality communities and relatively unknown in mainstream culture. Although the author admits that these are subjective definitions, we think that the series could be a pretty good primer for your straight, monogamous, vanilla friends.

It certainly covers a lot of ground: consensual non-monogamy, styles of non-monogamy, poly terms, kink, gender and sexual identity, and insults used to describe more normative folks.

We have just one question: has anyone ever actually identified themselves as a member of Team Chimpanzee or Team Bonobo to indicate whether or not they were monogamous? We had never heard of this before, and we are intrigued. Please let us know if you have, or if there are any terms that you wish that the series had included.

Oct 10 2013

BJs, Poly & Tantra! October workshops in L.A.

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by thepleasurechest

Are you ready for the Halloween parade? Don’t panic! Get schooled by our fabulous guest educators and receive 15% off of masks, body glitter, rhinestone bullwhips, and much more!

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Poly-Curious 101 with Reid Mihalko and Allison Moon
Tuesday, October 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Are you curious about polyamory but don’t know where to start? Reid Mihalko and Allison Moon will take you through the different ways you can make non-monogamous relationship work. You’ll learn how to negotiate your boundaries, navigate common poly pitfalls, and embrace jealousy as an asset. Show up with questions and leave with confidence!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, October 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Reid Mihalko will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. He’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, how to conquer your gag reflex, his signature “slow jerk” technique, plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have your partner begging for more.

MichaelsJohnsonTantraPMIntroduction to Tantra with Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels
Wednesday, October 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Tantra uses sexual energy for consciousness expansion. In other words you can think whatever thoughts, use whatever implements, and be with whomever you wish, as long as that gets you into a highly charged erotic state. This is where the magic can begin to happen. Join Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” for an honest discussion in which they will dispel some of the popular myths surrounding this ancient tradition. You will learn that elements of Tantric philosophy and practice can be easily applied to our modern lives in ways that do more than simply improve our sexual experiences. This class is for all relationship styles, configurations and gender identities. Singles are welcome.

Jun 04 2013

BDSM, BJs, Gay Sex & ThreesomesFree Workshops in LA

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by thepleasurechest

June is quite possibly our favorite month in Los Angeles. The weather is just getting warm (though not unbearable), the jacarandas are in bloom and the streets of WeHo are filled with anticipation for the annual Pride celebration. It’s also a great time to drop in to our store, where we’re hosting some of our most popular workshops, from BDSM and blowjobs, to gay sex and threesomes. Check it out!

bettieBDSM Basics with Kate & Shay
Wednesday, June 5th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Do you want to explore BDSM in the bedroom? Let our Sex Specialists show you how to plan a kinky scene, from negotiation to aftercare. We’ll discuss safety and communication, how to choose quality implements, and the basics of bondage, roleplay and more. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, June 11th @ 8-10 PM $7

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. Guests TBA.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, June 12th @ 8-10 PM 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.

damonholzum2Gay Sex for Men with Damon Holzum
Tuesday, June 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Come enjoy a discussion on the ins and outs of gay sex for men. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or single and ready to mingle, this workshop will give you all the tools you need to have a hot sex life. Damon Holzum will cover a wide range of topics including topping and bottoming, oral tips and techniques, foreplay, common myths, flagging and much more. This class is open to all genders and orientations.

 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, June 25th@ 8-10 PM $7

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. Guests TBA.

Negotiating Successful & Sexy Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, June 26th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trois très bien!

Apr 29 2013

Prostate Play, Vintage Vibes & MoreUpcoming Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

April has been action-packed, but we’re not slowing down. This coming month, our Sex Specialists offer free workshops on everything from prostate play and domestic sex tips to advanced BDSM, female pleasure and open relationships. We’re also hosting a special visit with Luke, a vintage vibrator collector, and another night of our popular Performance Anxiety comedy show. Pay us a visit!

shawneSusie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Shawne’

Wednesday, May 1st @ 8-10 PM 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.

Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 8th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

If you haven’t thought about your prostate, you’re behind the times! Unofficially known as the male G-Spot, the prostate is actually central to the male orgasm & can provide amazing pleasure, either solo or with a partner. Our Sex Specialists will explain the role of the prostate, both physically & sexually, and offer tips and techniques to bring out the best in your bottom!

ashBDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash
Wednesday, May 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to move beyond the BDSM basics? Let our Sex Specialists show you how to play harder & heavier while discovering  stronger sensations and deepening your power exchange. Find ways to refine and negotiate the boundaries of what you want to explore.  Learn about Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) and how to stay safe while you take it to the next level.

Sex Antiques Roadshow
Saturday, May 18th @ 1-4 PM FREE!

Today’s sex toys are sleek, sexy, and discreet, but they started out as medical and health appliances that were anything but simple!  Join us for a “show and tell” with Luke, a vintage vibrator and violet wand restorer and collector. Luke will present over a dozen examples of early- to mid-1900s sexual appliances and share the hidden history of the adult toy revolution.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, May 20th @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 22nd @ 8-10 PM 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.

sarahsloane2Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 29th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

What are open relationships and how do they work? From polyamory and consensual non-monogamy to swinging, we’ll explore how to negotiate these often challenging relationship models.  Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of open relationships, improve communication and discover how to find other non-monogamous people.

Mar 18 2013

Triad: A Poly Puzzle Game

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by thepleasurechest

Sharing a bed is already hard enough for just two people. But what happens when there’s a third person in the mix? And what if the cat wants to snuggle too? Now there’s a game to try your skill at solving this problem. Triad, created by Anna Anthropy and Leon Arnott, turns this poly puzzle into a nifty video game. It’s kind of like Tetris for threesomes.  Check it out!

Nov 21 2012

Sam Rosenthal Reads from “Rye”Los Angeles- December 10th

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by thepleasurechest

Join us on Monday, December 10th from 8pm to 9:30pm  at our West Hollywood store for an evening with Sam Rosenthal, reading from his new book Rye.

Brooklyn-based musician Rosenthal turns erotic novelist within the pages of Rye, a steamy, snarky and sensitive walk on the wild side.

Rye is a money-shot across the bow of outdated sensibilities. It takes a sexual somersault through the complexities of desire in a penetrating portrayal of twenty-first century intimacy.

Forty-year-old video artist and father Matt is seeing Rye, a willful and free androgynous thirty-one-year-old school teacher. Attracted to Matt’s kinkiness and groundedness, Rye develops a fetish for his cock and her submission. At a weekend SexxCamp retreat, Matt meets Rain, a snarky twenty-three-year old GenderQueer woman with both an attraction and aversion to sex. The unconventional sex-triangle develops as Matt expands his understanding of his own complexity and desire for connection.

Sam Rosenthal will be reading select passages, answering questions, signing books and hanging out at this free event. Come!

About the author

For the past twenty-six years, Sam Rosenthal has been the lyricist for the underground rock band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Their ten self-released albums have sold to tens of thousands of fans around the world. The band’s fans include filmmaker David Lynch and actress Sasha Grey. Sam’s 1996 debut novel, The First Pain to Linger, sold through its limited printing and is now a sought-after collector’s item.

More on Rye

Rye is available in paperback or for your Kindle. It’s GenderQueer, poly, kinky, sex-positive, top-bottom… all kinds of good stuff! Not intended for minors or squares. Read an excerpt from Rye on Amazon or at the book’s website.

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