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Aug 05 2014

Free Workshops this Anal August
at The Pleasure Chest L.A.

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by Kate M.

It’s Anal August, and we have an ass ton of awesome workshops for your butt! As always, attendees get 15% off their purchases after each class, so get your ass in here and join us!

ninaBlow Jobs 2.0 with Nina Hartley
Sunday, August 10th @ 4-6pm – FREE!

Want to amp up your blowjobs? Sex educator and adult star Nina Hartley will teach you to suck it up and swallow your doubts, with enough tips and tricks to keep your lover begging for more. Plus, she’ll be celebrating Anal August by teaching you to incorporate ass play into your oral fun, for an experience that’s way beyond the average blow job.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 12th @ 8-10pm

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.

mary2Spank Someone Happy with Mistress Mary
Wednesday, August 13th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let Mistress Mary 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.

Butt Sex for Beginners with Kristen
Wednesday, August 20th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Ready to explore the final frontier? Our sex specialists have the knowledge you need to make your fanny happy, from positions to plugs to prostate play – and even how to access the G-spot anally. We’ll teach you how to warm up your butt for a good time, fill you in on the best toys and lubes for solo and partnered anal play, and address common concerns about comfort and cleanliness. Bums away!

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, August 26th @ 8-10pm

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.

Damon Holzum 3Advanced Anal with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, August 27th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

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.

And when Anal August is over, you can still look forward to this:

The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex & Aging with Joan Price
Sunday, September 14th @6-8pm – FREE!

Joan Price, author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex, shatters the myths and shares the most common questions that Boomers, seniors, and elders ask her. She’ll answer those questions, too—in the candid, upbeat manner that led the media to dub her “senior sexpert.”

Jul 31 2014

True Orgasm Stories
for National Orgasm Day

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by Kate M.

It’s National Orgasm Day! We hope that you’ll take a little time to celebrate it with your favorite partner(s), digit(s), and/or butt plug(s). In the meantime, some of the best minds in sex are here to tell you their orgasm stories. Enjoy!

Cunning Minx on Orgasms
Cunning Minx on Orgasms

Cunning Minx tells us about a time when her partner assumed she was faking it.

Sinnamon on Squirting
Sinnamon on Squirting

At first, Sinnamon Love felt ashamed of her female ejaculation and didn’t realize that it was related to her orgasm.

Megan on Orgasms
Megan on Orgasms

Megan Andelloux wishes that people would stop giving bad information about orgasms.

Want more orgasm stories? Check out Sex is Back, our sexy storytelling campaign.

Mar 19 2014

Conner Habib on Porn & Hatred

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by thepleasurechest

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In an article on The Stranger today, gay porn star Conner Habib takes on the arguments that people who are anti-porn use to attack porn performers. You know the ones: disease, objectification, what about the children?, etc. He uses the essay, called, “What I Want to Know is Why You Hate Porn Stars,” to break each of these arguments down to its emotional components, dismissing bad science and addressing people’s feelings instead. Between each argument, he tells a short anecdote about his time with an ex boyfriend who loved him but hated that he worked in porn. The article is, frankly, gorgeous. We wish that we could send it to everyone who has ever said anything hateful about a porn performer, but we’re going to have to settle for quoting it here:

I’ll talk on your terms.

Here are your terms: Men are too enthusiastic about sex. They like it more than women do. They don’t know how to control it. They’re like stupid babies about it. And when they get that way, all horny, they turn other people into objects.

Objects. See, it’s hard for me to hear from you that we’re responsible for objectification—that we objectify each other and help our audiences objectify us. It’s hard to hear because aren’t you the same person who won’t listen to us when we tell you we enjoy it?

Aren’t you turning us into objects that support your ideas?

Okay, let’s just skip that part, I already went over it, and I don’t want to tire you out by repeating myself.

How about this: Aren’t we part object? Isn’t there a part of us made out of stuff? What’s so wrong with appreciating that aspect of ourselves? Why is that “dehumanizing”? I’m not sure why you think bodies are such an unimportant part of being alive.

Read the whole piece here. Please.

Mar 05 2014

Free Workshops This Month in L.A.

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by thepleasurechest

hot sex dr jessHot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks with Dr. Jess
Wednesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Fulfill your lover’s wildest dreams with Hot Sex Tips, Tricks & Licks for both women and men. From seduction moves and dirty talk to hot foreplay and sizzling “finishing moves,” Dr. Jess will share her favorite techniques from her best-selling book.

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 11th @ 8-10pm

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.

nina-hartleyBlow Jobs and Beyond with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, March 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Get ready to celebrate Steak and a BJ Day in style! Porn star and sex educator extraordinaire Nina Hartley will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. The class will 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 for Curious Couples with Mary
Tuesday, March 18th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn skills of communication and negotiation around BDSM with your partner and how it can be an intensely romantic journey between two (or more) people. Bondage, role play, sensation play – all of these things and more can be enjoyed within a loving relationship, whether monogamous or open. Our Sex Specialists will cover safety, tips, tricks, and how to choose quality implements. For beginners and seasoned players alike. Singles welcome too!

sarah-tG-Spotting 101 with Sarah
Wednesday, March 19th @ 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!

 Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure  Chest
Tuesday, March 25th @ 8-10pm

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.

buttocks of a womanButt Sex Basics with Kate and Koko
Wednesday, March 26th @ 8-10pm – 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.

Jan 31 2014

Porn 101

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by thepleasurechest

porn 101

Have you considered working in porn?  The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, a group that includes some of the best-known porn stars out there, has put out a video for prospective performers. In it, working performers cover everything from on-set etiquette to consent, to STIs, to income, to what you can expect from your agent. Even if you have no interest in working in the adult industry, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Dec 04 2013

Nina Hartley® in Chicago!

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by thepleasurechest

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Author, educator and porn sensation Nina Hartley® will be teaching three workshops at our Chicago store next week! You don’t want to miss them.

Threesomes and Then Some with Nina Hartley®
Tuesday December 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn threesome decorum with sexpert and lifestyle non-monogamist Nina Hartley®. Nina and her partner enjoy true love, commitment, and an active swinging sex life. Using her personal experience and professional expertise, she will guide you through negotiations with your partner around flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

 

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50 with Nina Hartley®
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

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.

 

Finding your Dominance with Nina Hartley®
Thursday December 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

So, you want to take on a dominant role with your sweetie, but you’re not sure how to start? Don’t worry! Sex educator and adult film superstar Nina Hartley® will help you feel comfortable and excited as you experiment with life on the top side! She’ll also show you some amazing (and simple!) tips and tricks to help you take the lead – and the leash – both in the bedroom and in the dungeon.

Nov 18 2013

Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

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by thepleasurechest

tristan taormino porn

We were honestly surprised to see that Cosmopolitan recently featured an interview with wildly prolific educator, author and pornographer Tristan Taormino, in which she answered questions about feminist porn. Normally, Cosmo’s sex writing is more “Ten Tricks to Please Your Man” and less “What role do you think mainstream porn plays in the sexualization of men?” but this interview really impressed us.

Says Taormino,

Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued.

We recommend that you check it out, both as a primer on feminist porn and for Taormino’s recommendations for the feminist porn novice, including The Crash Pad series and her own Rough Sex films.

Then, if you want to hear more from Tristan Taormino, watch her interviews on Sex is Back, our new storytelling campaign.

Nov 15 2013

Tonight: Remembering Carlos A Fundraiser for April Flores

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by thepleasurechest

carlos batts memorial

On October 22nd, photographer and filmmaker Carlos Batts passed away unexpectedly. Tonight, you can join the Los Angeles arts community in a fundraiser to help his wife, April Flores, with the financial costs associated with his death.

Antebellum Gallery is hosting a silent auction featuring donated works from major contemporary artists  like Coop, Matthew Bone and Shepard Fairey, photographers including Gregory Bojorquez, Patrick Hoelck, Eric Kroll and Estevan Oriol, and adult film icons Buck Angel and Nina Hartley. April Flores has also donated works by Batts himself.

Antebellum Gallery
1643 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday, November 15, 2013
6 – 9 PM

If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the Carlos Batts Memorial Fund.