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Mar 11 2013

Porn Stars Without Makeup

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We all know (or should) that porn is a fantasy. Today’s reminder comes courtesy of Melissa Makeup, an award-winning makeup artist in the adult industry. Ms. Makeup uses her Instagram account to post before and after photos of porn performers who she helps to transform from regular folks to fantasy figures. You can see a big gallery of 33 of her best portraits on Buzzfeed.

Feb 26 2013

Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

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Last week, we highlighted Sinnamon Love’s contribution to the The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. Now there’s a great interview on Salon with the book’s editor Tristan Taormino, discussing her experiences in the porn industry and the ongoing debates within feminism about the potential for porn. It’s worth reading. Also, check out this excerpt from a video interview with Taormino when she visited our store in 2011.

 

Feb 19 2013

Sinnamon Love on Beinga Black Feminist Pornographer

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A few years ago, I sat on a panel with notable feminist academics and a femi­nist pornographer—all of whom were well-respected. I was put on the spot when asked, “Do you consider yourself and your work to be feminist?” I didn’t know how to answer. I tried to steady my voice as I replied, “I’ve never really given that any thought.” The other panelists gave their view of my work and what they knew about me… but the question, which I had to answer for myself, remained: “Am I a feminist?”

Today’s must-read is a revealing article by Sinnamon Love on her journey in the porn industry. Check it out.

Oct 30 2012

Mommy Is ComingFriday At LA Transgender Film Festival

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The Pleasure Chest is proud to co-sponsor the Los Angeles Trangender Film Festival’s opening night screening of Cheryl Dunye’s Mommy is Coming at the Echo Park Film Center this Friday night.

Set in Berlin’s lesbian porn world, Mommy is Coming is a sexy screwball comedy starring  Lil Harlow, Jiz Lee and the Pleasure Chest’s own Papi Coxx. The screening starts at 8pm and will be preceded by two shorts. Tickets are only $10, or free to anyone under 21. But, since this screening is for adults only, you gotta be 18.

Friday night’s screening is the official kickoff of the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the LATFF showcases work by trans and genderqueer filmmakers. The festival runs through the weekend with shorts and features screening at three locations. Check out their complete schedule here.

See you at the festival!

 

Oct 19 2012

This Sunday is Fisting Day!

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Join us this Sunday, October 21st in solemn observance of Fisting Day!

What’s Fisting Day, you ask? It’s a global event created by queer porn icons Jiz Lee and Courtney Trouble to promote acceptance of vaginal and anal fisting. As they explain on the official Tumblr:

“Fisting Day began not only as a celebration, but a call for awareness – this sex act is banned and censored in most forms of adult entertainment, and that fear is reflected outside of the sex industry as well. We believe that sex-positive education, exposure, information, and discussion is an easy cure for this fist-phobia!”

We totally support this worthy goal, and want to lend a helping hand. To support Fisting Day, we’ll be offering 20% off your entire purchase on Sunday, October 21st.

If you’re coming into one our retail stores, simply mention “Fisting Day” to get 20% off your purchase. If ordering online, type fistingday into the coupon # box during checkout.

Need some pointers? Here’s our handy guide.

A Hand in the Bush is the ultimate, um, “handbook” on the fine art of vaginal fisting. It’s filled with practical information on how to get started. And it’s been approved by three fisting-friendly physicians.

The Oxballs Fist Plug is super realistic and made of soft, body-safe silicone. It’s got a nice wide base that’ll keep it snug in your butt.

When only a famous fist will do, try Belladonna’s Bitch Fist. This unique dildo is made from an exact replica of porn star Belladonna’s forearm and fist.

Whether you’re a first timer or an old hand, it’s a good rule of the thumb to use plenty of lube. And J-Lube is hands down the best lube for anal fisting. Simply mix a little bit of water with the J-Lube powder for a slippery good time. One bottle lasts a long, long, time.

If you plan on playing safe, we strongly recommend a pair of gloves. Unless you’re into medical play (and there’s nothing wrong with that), we recommend these fashionable black latex gloves.

If you want to watch vaginal fisting, we highly recommend the Crash Pad series, especially the kinky installment called “Rope Burn.”

Speaking of Crash Pad, they’ve got a great tutorial on their blog. Check out “Vaginal Fisting Basics”.

Oct 01 2012

Nina Hartley, Comedy & Our 2nd Erotic Art ShowFree Events in Chicago

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We hope you’re free this week, because we’re hosting Nina Hartley for a three night stand of sexy and informative workshops in our Chicago store. Learn about threesomes on Tuesday, oral sex on Wednesday and foreplay on Thursday.

Then, stick around all month long for lessons from our seasoned Sex Specialists, the return of our annual Erotic Art Show and another installment of our Performance Anxiety comedy night. And did we mention that all of this free? Join us!

Threesomes & Then Some with Nina Hartley
Tuesday, October 2nd @ 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’ll guide you through negotiations with your partner, flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Nina Hartley
Wednesday, October 3rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Adult actress & sex educator Nina Hartley shares tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. She’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.

The Art of the Tease with Nina Hartley
Thursday, October 4th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to learn the erotic art of seduction? Let Nina Hartley teach you how to tantalize and arouse your partner (and yourself) while bringing more excitement into your sex life. You’ll learn foreplay techniques to tease and please, including stripping, lapdancing and more.  

Toys for Boys with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, October 10th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Think adult toys are for women only? Au contraire! From prostate massagers and penis pumps to vibrating rings and sensual strokers, there are tons of toys to perk up your penis! We’ll introduce you to the best toys for boys, how they can enhance solo and partner sex, and how to “borrow” products that are marketed to women for your own personal pleasure.

 

 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, October 15th @ 8-10pm 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. The show will feature appearances by Kenny DeForestGoodrich GevaartKris SimmonsJoe McAdamand The Puterbaugh Sisters.

50 Shades of Pleasure with Antoinette
Wednesday, October 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Inspired by the Fifty Shades books, which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Erotic Art Show
Friday, October 19th @ 7-10pm FREE!

The Pleasure Chest presents the return of our 2nd Annual Erotic Art show, showcasing Chicago artists and their sexiest, most provocative work for your perusal and purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find… inspirational. Meet the artists over wine and cheese and shop for things that will help you discover your own art of sex!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, October 24th @ 8-10pm 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.

Sep 19 2012

Gloryhole 2012 Photos!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2nd annual Gloryhole party last Thursday night. This year’s party was bigger and wilder than last year’s. We’re not sure how many of you showed up, because we stopped counting at 1,700. We credit our success to our sponsors. Masque, Fun Factory, LA Weekly, Pink Taco, Screaming O and Dominion all pitched in to deliver a truly amazing party. Thanks also to our amazing hosts Lenora Claire, Luke Nero and  Andrés Rigal, and to the many, many performers who appeared both inside and outside of the Gloryhole.

This gallery is jam packed with our favorite pictures, but if you’d like to see more, be sure to check out the LA Weekly’s photos, and the shots taken in the Oh! Snap photo booth.

Hope to see you all next year!

Sep 03 2012

Spend September With UsFree Events in LA

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This month, our schedule is action-packed. We’ll have visits from special guests Anya de Montigny on Queering Tantra and Buck Angel on Sexing the Transman. Our own Sex Specialists will share their secrets on blowjobs, the G-Spot and roleplay. Plus, we’ve got two Performance Anxiety comedy nights and our 2nd annual Gloryhole bash. You might as well pitch a tent on the sidewalk and stay for the month. (There might be a joke in there somewhere.)

Queering Tantra with Anya de Montigny
Wednesday, September 5th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Craving more sensation and spirituality in your lovemaking? Curious about Tantra taught from a queer perspective?  Then this is the class for you! You’ll learn how to activate your pelvic floor muscles to extend orgasm and increase pleasure, move sexual energy throughout your body, use breath and touch together to create fuller, deeper sensations, discover new erogenous zones and more! This class is open to all people regardless of their sexual expression– you may be straight, bi, gay, fluid, or curious but identify within the queer spectrum. You can come single or with a partner.  Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move your body and engage in some light touching exercises, while clothed.

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

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, September 12th @ 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.

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut
Thursday, September 13th @ 7-11pm FREE with RSVP! 

The biggest party of the year.

Sexing the Transman with Buck Angel
Monday, September 17th @8-10pm FREE! 

Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of trans male sexuality, including video interviews with a variety of trans men and the people who love them. Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. We’ll explore how to affirm and acknowledge individual gender and sexuality, the effects of testosterone on trans men and how to let go of social constructs in order to become more comfortable and self accepting.

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah
Wednesday, September 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, September 25h@ 8-10 PM $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Comics TBA.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Alicia Cybulski & Kate Wednesday, September 26th @ 8-10pm 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.

 

Aug 28 2012

Join Us For Gloryhole 2012Thursday, September 13th

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Last year The Pleasure Chest turned 40 and we threw an epic party for our friends and customers. This year we’re back—bigger, better and dirtier!  The Pleasure Chest has joined forces with sponsors Masque, Fun Factory, LA Weekly, Dominion, Screaming O and Pink Taco to present Gloryhole 2012 on Thursday, September 13th at our West Hollywood store.

Gloryhole is a peek behind the red curtain, giving guests a chance to mix and mingle with the sexual glitterati. Equal parts tease and sleaze, Gloryhole will let the curious see what goes on after hours at one of Los Angeles’ most storied locations, on the very same floor where Joan Jett once shopped for leather gear and 70s gay porn movies were made.

Hosted bv Lenora ClaireLuke Nero and Andrés Rigal

A portion of the proceeds will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles

The night will include:

Check out LA Weekly‘s photos from last year’s Gloryhole for a peek at what to expect.

Attendance is free, but given the nature of the entertainment, the party is invitation only and restricted to those 18 and older. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com and tell us how many will be in your party.

Jul 23 2012

YouTube Censored Our Nina Hartley Interview

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Today we logged in to our YouTube account only to be greeted by the warning screen above. Our 2010 interview with adult film legend Nina Hartley had apparently been flagged for violating YouTube’s community guidelines. Upon review, someone at YouTube removed the video and issued us a warning that our account could be suspended or even terminated if we continued to violate this vague policy.

We’ve watched and re-watched our brief interview with Ms. Hartley and we don’t see how it violates the rules against “nudity, pornography or sexually provocative content.” We think it should be covered under YouTube’s exception for “documentary” content, since Ms. Hartley is discussing the popularity of “MILF porn” in a historical and sociological context, not describing sex acts or promoting any specific porn movie.

Readers of our blog may be aware of our past troubles with censorship, particularly on Facebook where a workshop on cunnilingus was flagged for removal and where the words “bondage” and “anal” have been  blocked in event titles. In October of 2010, we also learned that our company’s name was part of a distinguished group of words, phrases and names placed on the Google Instant blacklist, a mysterious list which, among other head-scratchers, continues to block suggestions for “bisexual.”

We know that Google owns YouTube and we appreciate they they want to prevent the popular video sharing site from becoming a porn free-for-all. But we must sincerely ask if our Nina Hartley video is really a violation of YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Judge for yourself. We’ve posted the banned clip on Vimeo. You can watch it above.

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