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Feb 28 2012

Strap-Ons, Threesomes, Tantra & MoreUpcoming Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Spend this rare February 29th with us, learning new sex positions to make your Leap Year extra sexy. Then, keep coming back for more in March. We’ll host sex and relationships expert Reid Mihalko to discuss threesomes and blowjobs. Our resident Sex Specialists Antoinette and Sarah Sloane will share their wisdom on strap-on harnesses, G-spots and Tantra. There’s even another knitting night. We hope to see you here!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th, 8-10pm FREE! 

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th, 8-1opm 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.

Tuesday, March 13th, 8-10pm 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 trés bien!

Wednesday, March 14th, 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.

Wednesday, March 21st, 8-10pm 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.

Monday, March 26th, 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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 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!

 

Jan 31 2012

Dirty Talk, Sex Toys, Open Relationships & MoreWorkshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

February is here, and with it a full lineup of free workshops in our Chicago store. Whether you want to learn how to improve your oral (and aural) skills, incorporate sex toys, try new positions or explore open relationships, we’ve got a class for you. There’s even a knitting night! Check out our schedule below.

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 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 Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm 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.

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

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 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.

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

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Coming in March…

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 30 2012

Spanking, Butt Sex, Threesomes & MoreUpcoming Workshops in LA

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by thepleasurechest

Want to learn more about oral sex, anal sex or trying new positions? Curious about spanking, threesomes or open relationships? If you answered yes to any or all of the above, take note of these free workshops in Los Angeles during the month of February.

Butt Sex Basics with Sex Nerd Sandra
February 1st @ 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.

Suck it, Lick it, Love it with Alicia
Feburary 8th @ 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.

Positions for Pleasure with Jamye Waxman
Feburary 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-Spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We’ll also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Negotiating Successful & Sexy Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
February 21st @ 8pm 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 trios tré bien!

Plays Well With Others with Reid Mihalko
February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

With the dizzying array of relationship options available to people who’ve decided to “play well with others,” how do you, and your partner or partners (if you’ve got any), figure out what will work best? What is open to renegotiation? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise or when someone makes a bad call? Join sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko for a workshop devoted to single people, couples and multiple partners who want to learn how to create workable boundaries and agreements for playing sexually with others simultaneously.

Spank Someone Happy with Mary
February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and role play. 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 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!

 

Jul 20 2011

The Triumphant Returnof Performance Anxiety

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by thepleasurechest

Tuesday, July 26th @ 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.

Performers for this show include Chelsea Peretti, Brendon Walsh, Ryan Singer, Michelle Buteau, Jarrod Harris, Rob O’ Reilly and Greg Barris.

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!

Please enjoy Chelsea Peretti interviewing a couple she had a threesome with.

Jun 30 2011

July Workshops in Los Angeles

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by thepleasurechest

Summer school is now in session. From basic bondage and oral sex, to Tantra with Jaiya and Reid’s return, there’s something for nearly everyone.

Bondage for Beginners

July 6th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Using restraint doesn’t have to be boring! Learn the essentials of light bondage, communication and negotiation, spanking, sensation play, and dirty talk. Our kink connoisseurs will teach you how to incorporate BDSM basics (and then some) into your sex life.

 

Play Parties: How To Throw ‘Em and How To Attend ‘Em with Reid Mihalko

July 12th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

Whether you’d like to be the “Hostess With the Mostest” and throw your own event, or are just looking to spice up your love life, sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko will provide you with juicy tips and sound advice on how to make attending play parties or throwing ‘em yourself as simple and as powerful as can be. Whatever you level of experience, whatever your relationship status or orientation, Reid promises an informative evening chock-full of great communication and relationship skills!

Reid Mihalko, July 12th/13th

Plays Well With Others: Negotiating Relationship Boundaries & Agreements for Group Sexploration with Reid Mihalko

July 13th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!

With the dizzying array of relationship options available to people who’ve decided to “play well with others,” how do you, and your partner or partners (if you’ve got any), figure out what will work best? What is open to renegotiation? And what do you do when the inevitable challenges arise or when someone makes a bad call? Join sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko for a workshop devoted to single people, couples, and multiple partners who want to learn how to create workable boundaries and agreements for playing sexually with others simultaneously.

Jaiya, July 20th

Tantric Sex with Jaiya

July 20th, 2011 @ 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.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

July 26th, 2011 @ 8pm $7

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It

July 27th, 2011 @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

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.

Jun 21 2011

Summer in the City Upcoming Workshops in New York

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by thepleasurechest

Spend some of your hot summer nights with us. Our workshops are fun, free and held in our lovely air-conditioned store. Here’s our complete schedule of classes for the season.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers

Monday, June 27th @ 8pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, July 5th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Kinky Sex

Monday, July 11th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, July 19th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

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.

Safer Sex Techniques & Toys 201

Monday, July 25th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Condoms and dental dams are hot! Find out why at this safer sex workshop where our Sex Specialist will lead a judgment-free, open discussion. Learn how to use a harm reduction approach, while having fun safer sex and negotiating play when you or a partner is affected by an STI. We will also discuss STIs beyond HIV and communicating your status with partners.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Butt Sex Basics

Monday, August 8th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

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.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him

Tuesday, August 16th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialists: Brandon B. & Laura

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.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Monday, August 22nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

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.

Advanced Anal

Tuesday, August 30th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Krys Fox

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.

Suck It! Beyond the Blowjob

Monday, September 6th @8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Do you think that just because your partner uses or has a silicone cock, that they can’t experience a great blowjob? Think again! Get tips on how to receive and give mind blowing oral pleasure. Learn how to silicone-cock gulp and T-cock slobber your partner to an explosive orgasm. Let’s go down and share techniques for queers, trans folks and strap-on lovers.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Laura

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.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard

Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50

Tuesday September 27th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 


Mar 04 2011

We Dare. Turn On or Buzz Off?

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by thepleasurechest

In our last poll, we asked readers to sound off on the Pangao Breast Enhancer. The infamous vibrating bra got very little support. Most of you hated this gadget, and couldn’t wait to get it off of your chests! Only a pair of voters were hooked. So long, Pangao Breast Enhancer, and thanks for the… (No, we can’t even go there. Some puns are unmentionable.)

This week’s contestant on Turn On or Buzz Off is for the swingers among you.  Wanna put the “game” back in non-monogamy? Sick of the same old key parties? Check out We Dare, an adults only game for the Nintendo Wii and PS3.

Here’s the come-on:

“We Dare is a sexy, quirky party game that offers a large variety of hilarious, innovative and physical, sometimes kinky, challenges. The more friends you invite to the party, the saucier the game!”

“Use the Wii-mote and PS3 Move controller in unbelievable ways, as you’ve never imagined before…wave it around to the beat of your favourite tunes, old and new…put it in your pocket and act-out flirtatious actions…balance it to navigate precarious challenges…sometimes co-operative hugging helps, and it certainly doesn’t hurt. Enjoy the unique gameplay designed for the use of these motion controllers exclusively for We Dare.”

Ah yes, “cooperative hugging”– the first step to a successful orgy. Whatever happened to a couple bottles of wine and a game of strip poker?

Judging from its now infamous commercial, We Dare is aiming for a demographic that doesn’t already hang out at swing clubs or poly munches. It’s apparently being marketed to straight, vanilla couples as a fun way to ease in to partner swapping, with some light spanking, sofa snuggling, trivia and other games. In this sense, it reminds us a lot of the old school “icebreaker” board games like 7 Deadly Sins or Sexy Slang.

Even though the ad looks a bit cheesy (OK, like a big hunk of cheddar with a slice of Velveeta on top), the truth is we can imagine playing We Dare with the right group of friends. But what about you? Whether you’re a novice at non-monogamy or a seasoned swinger, we want to know what you think. Would you swap Pictionary (and your partner) for a night with We Dare?

Editor’s note: We realize that we’re playing fast and loose with some different terms here. For an excellent primer on the difference between polyamory and swinging, we recommend this video by Ms. Nina Hartley.

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