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Sep 05 2013

All About Animal Sex

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by thepleasurechest

fishes

When it comes to sex, the animal kingdom is endlessly entertaining. Did you know that dolphins do it in the blowhole, or that hedgehogs engage in oral sex? Out in nature, there’s an orgy everywhere you look. In case you don’t already see it, we recommend this collection of surprising mating behaviors We will never look at a goat the same way again.

If, on the other hand, you have kids to take care of, and you just want to be able to take them to the zoo without having to explain where the baby animals come from, you might be interested in this article. In brief, one zoo has engaged the services of a “birds and bees specialist” to answer children’s questions about mating animals. You can find her next to the sign that says “Animal Baby Making Zone”. Accurate and age-appropriate sex ed? We may be in love.

h/t Cracked, The Guardian

Sep 03 2013

In Praise of Erotica

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by thepleasurechest

commuter reads lady chatterly's lover

We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional editors. A book is not going to tell us to install updates right in the middle of the fun. Your digital copy of Delta of Venus is not going to smell like vanilla. (Don’t get us started on how good old books smell.)

Editor Winston Gieseke published a piece on Queerty recently that made a great case for erotica in general, and for the printed word in particular. He talks specifically about gay erotica, but most of the points he makes apply more broadly.

“Obviously, all types of reading provide us a respite from everyday reality, but sexy stories take the escape a step further, providing the safest possible environment — namely, your mind, which houses your most robust sexual tool, the imagination — in which to contemplate and explore the various fantasies you might not wish (or be able) to experience in real life.”

Besides, he points out, “a book is tactile. Which is important because many people like to “touch” when reading erotica, whether it be flipping pages, earmarking your favorite scenes, or something else.”

Not to mention that you’re definitely not going to read your Kindle in the bath.

Sep 02 2013

Look at Porn While You Look for Furniture

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by thepleasurechest

IKEA

Summer is coming to an end, which means that you have probably recently moved. (Seriously, everyone seems to move in the summer. It’s a thing.) If so, you’ve probably discovered that you need some new furnishings and decor. You could brave the crowds at your local labyrinthine Swedish prefab home goods store, or you could get exhausted even thinking about it and stay home looking at porn instead. Or you could do both at once.

The just another IKEA catalog tumblr marries internet porn with internet shopping, thereby guaranteeing that you never again have to leave your air conditioning. The blog is a collection of GIFs from amateur porn in which IKEA products feature prominently, captioned with the product name and price. Links below each GIF will send you either to the original video or to the product page on IKEA’s website, because nothing sells sheets like a money shot.

Time to start – ahem - shopping. (NSFW)

Aug 26 2013

Marilyn Chambers, Revisited

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by thepleasurechest

marilyn chambers and ron jeremy

In 1972, Marilyn Chambers starred in the iconic porn film Behind the Green Door - scandalizing a public that knew her as the face of Ivory Snow detergent – and secured her status as one of the major porn stars of the day. Now, apparently, she is largely forgotten. (That’s what we’re told, anyway. We’re confused by the idea that people don’t know who Marilyn Chambers was.) Recently, The Daily Beast featured a touching profile of Chambers’ life after porn. (NSFW for one racy picture and because you might not want your coworkers to see you cry.)

Aug 21 2013

This Month in Online Dating

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by thepleasurechest

anxious in front of a computer

Lately, we can’t go anywhere on the internet without hearing about a new dating site, hookup app, or some variation thereof. Folks who are looking for lasting love, a one-night stand, or something in the middle are spoiled for choice. We decided to make things a little easier by compiling the best few things we’ve read recently, so that you can stay savvy about virtual courtship. Enjoy!

Earlier this month, Nerve covered Hinge, an app that hooks you up with your friends’ friends, through Facebook. (For the awkward set-up that you engineer yourself!)

“This is the post-data revolution app, something that doesn’t play upon the information we’ve groomed for the public with a fine-toothed comb, but instead, it takes the information we’ve been voluntarily sending out into the ether of the web for years, for better or for worse.”

Now, we’re hearing about Pure, a new all-genders casual hookup app that cuts right to the chase. From New York Magazine:

 “On Pure, users designate their gender and the gender(s) of the people they’d like to sleep with, specify whether they are able to host or not, and are shown any other willing users in the surrounding area, each with an “Okay” or “No Way” prompt. When two users are mutually attracted, they’re given each others’ coordinates to meet up. There are no profiles, no lengthy chat sessions, and all unfulfilled requests vanish after an hour.”

For folks who prefer a more traditional dating site, in which you exchange messages before meeting up, advice columnist Captain Awkward offers the most practical advice we’ve heard on the subject. For example:

“When you write to someone for the first time, follow the alliterative trinity of:

- Short
- Simple
- Specific

Initial greeting script: ‘Hi, I really like your profile, especially (where you said x cool thing)(the fact that you like x piece of media that I also like)(the photo of you where you are doing or wearing awesome stuff). Where did you find your (cosplay element)(unique bookcase)(jazz record collection)(fancy shoes)?’”

We strongly encourage you to check out the rest, here.

Once you’ve chosen your site or app, you’ll usually have to make a profile. You could try to wow your potential mates with your wit, your collection of exciting hobbies, and your highbrow tastes in reading and viewing material. Alternatively, you could just use this random profile generator, which combines some of the most common elements of online dating profiles into… basically nonsense. We ended up with sentences like,

“Using my farmshare I’m just a regular guy I love the smell of down to earth Infinite Jest vinyl records.”

and

“Listening to music skiing feminism I’m not good at filling out these things.”

We think we come off looking pretty good.

forlorn with computer

Did we miss anything? What are your go-to sites and apps for meeting partners online? Tell us below.

Aug 19 2013

“Fuck” Through the Decades

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by thepleasurechest

chart of sex terms

We’ve been checking out this collection of charts documenting the popularity of some sex terms over others, in print. We’re not surprised to see that “fuck” didn’t show up much until the 1960s, but we’re curious about the drop in its usage since its peak in 2005. If “hook up” isn’t the next “fuck”, what will be? You can track the print lives of terms like “BJ” and “money shot” here.

Aug 15 2013

3D Cybersex is Here

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by thepleasurechest

3D cybersex

Sexting is so last year. Soon, you’ll be able to use Chathouse3D, a cybersex program that will allow its users to act out their dirty talk using 3D avatars. It looks a bit like The Sims, with a lot of hardcore sex. Users will be able to interact with each other, or go into “voyeur mode,” which will allow them to watch other users’ sex scenes, with or without being seen.

Chathouse3D is designed to be used with the (truly massive) Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for the full 3D experience.  You can check out a video of both the headset and the game itself, or even sign up to be a beta tester, here. (NSFW times a million.)

h/t Xbiz

Aug 12 2013

Robots Are the Future of Dating

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by thepleasurechest

foot sniffing dog

Today, Nerve posted a list of wacky new technological gadgets that can double as dating aides. These include the dog robot, pictured above, which checks your feet for unseemly odor before you head out the door. We’re probably the most excited about the enormous robot servant that uses motion-tracking sensors to accurately refill your cup as you reach for it. It’s perfect for when you want to take your sweetheart on a date to a sci-fi utopia, before the inevitable robot uprising. Cheers!