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Sep 05 2011

Chicago Celebrates 40 Years of Pleasure

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Did you hear? We’re turning 40 this month! Yes, we know we look young, but we really have been making life sexy since 1971. To celebrate, we’ve got a great lineup of free workshops and special events throughout September. Here’s what’s on the agenda at our Chicago store.

40 & Over Sex Secrets
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

If you’re like us—over 40 and still sexy—then this class is for you! Learn about the pleasure which only comes through experience. Spend an evening with our sex specialists as they demystify sex after 40, talk about the reality of our changing bodies, and how to leverage our skills & make the most out of the second half of our sex lives.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Craft Night
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks and giveaways. Get crafty!

Raunchy Bingo Night
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm -10pm FREE!

Chicago favorite Raunchy Royale will be making jaws drop as she hosts a notorious night of party games.  Stop by the store to play hilarious, audience-fueled fun like “Pervtionary” that will test your kinky skills. Just wait til you get a load of the prizes you can win!

40 Licks: Oral Sex for Every Body
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

We share our 40 favorite tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, 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 Specialist: Antoinette

Sirens & Studs
Friday, September 16th @ 9pm-11pm FREE! 

Join us for an evening of cruising and schmoozing with Chicago’s sexiest dancers, performers, and adults-only entertainers. Win a vintage-style Pleasure Chest “Leatherman” T-shirt and get your sexy pics taken in our own private SheShot photo booth. DJ All The Way Kay (Chicago Dirty Girls) will play all the sexiest hits from 1971 and beyond!

 

Groupie Love
Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm-10pm FREE!

Every 70s band had groupies and so does The Pleasure Chest. In fact, we’ve got Chicago’s own Cynthia Plaster Caster! Come pick up a “backstage pass” good for 20% off your purchase during the night, and learn how to make a plaster cast of your favorite band’s member. Rock out to music from the bands you fantasized about banging backstage and maybe even purchase one of Ms. Plaster Caster’s famous casts.

40 Seduction Tricks
Wednesday, September 21st @ 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 40 dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Sex Specialist: Jenae

Art of Sex
Friday, September 23rd @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Four of our favorite Chicagoartists including Rob from Smutcraft and Leon MonkeyFetish will show their sexiest, most provocative work for your prurient perusal and possible 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 get your creative juices flowing.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, September 26th @ 7pm-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Come to the inaugural gathering of our knitting circle; 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.

40 Kinky Nights: How to Kink Your Sex & Sex Your Kink
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

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.

Sex Specialists: Antoinette & Sarah

“Studio 69”
Friday, September 30th @ 8pm-11pm FREE!

Why stop at 54 when you can climb to 69? Help us wrap our 40th anniversary in style, with a DJ, drinks, kinky contests and prizes galore. The theme is sexy 70s, so wear your best bell bottoms for a chance to win our “Blast from the Past” costume contest!

 

 

All Month Long

  • Hitachi Rollback Sale! You can purchase the Hitachi Magic Wand, one of the most popular and powerful sex toys ever, at the same price we sold it for in 1971. (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)
  • $4 Pocket Rockets! Make any purchase over $10 and get your very own Pleasure Chest Pocket Rocket for only $4! (Offer applies only to purchases made in Chicago store.)

Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jul 27 2011

Buttsex, Blowjobs & Nina Hartley in Chicago

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What are you doing next month? Cancel all your plans, cause it’s Anal August at The Pleasure Chest. This means that we’ll be adding a couple extra butt-oriented lessons to our lineup. We’re also very pleased to welcome the legendary Ms. Nina Hartley for a two-night-stand, as she teaches the art of the blowjob and the science of spanking. Round out your education with us! Scroll down for a complete schedule.

Butt Sex Basics

Wednesday August 3rd @ 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.

Sex Specialist: Antoinette

The Ultimate O

Wednesday August 10th @ 8pm FREE! 

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.

Sex Specialist: Jenae

Blowjobs & Beyond with Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley, Aug 17-18

Wednesday, August 17th @ 8pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Learn the tricks of the trade with sexpert Nina Hartley. She will cover male anatomy, blowjob tricks, deep throating, and other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Spank Someone Happy with Nina Hartley

Thursday August 18th @ 8pm FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let Nina Hartley bring you into the wonderful world of erotic spanking and role play. She’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.

Advanced Anal Play

Wednesday August 24th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Specialist: Sarah Sloane

Jul 22 2011

Foot Nipples, Sexsomniacs & GDP Size Queens

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Here are our favorite links from the week’s feed.

Holy homoeroticism Batman!

  • i09 posted this picture of a statue of Batman and Superman recently, um, erected in Rome.
  • Gizmodo reported on the curious case of a woman with a full-grown nipple on the bottom of her foot. If you want to see, you’ll just have to click.
  • We shot this neat video at ANE of a representative from AL Enterprises demonstrating the CB6000 male chastity device.

  • This demonstration of Victorian-era undergarments proved that bodice-ripping was hard work.
  • Google Plus has been spreading faster than herpes, but Violet Blue warned that the site’s policies are not likely to be friendly to sexual content. Twitter remains a porn paradise.
  • “No, I’m not cheating on my husband, nor did I slip him a roofie. He’s the only man I have sex with, but half the time he doesn’t remember it. That’s because Leo suffers from a rare sleep condition called sexsomnia, which causes him to engage in sexual acts in his sleep.” SEXzzzz!
  • Check out the rogue’s gallery of sleazy singles submitted to Douchebags of Grindr. DO NOT WANT.
  • Indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg picked his ten favorite sex scenes from the movies. What did he miss?

  • This week, we also learned how to flirt. Apparently, it’s all about EYE CONTACT.
  • Stephen Colbert told queer and questioning youth that It Gets Better.
  • A news story found the silver lining in our economic recession. Adult toy sales are booming!
  • Size matters? A study from the University of Helsinki claimed a link between a country’s average penis length and its GDP.

  • Finally, we’ve seen a lot of PSAs for AIDS awareness, but none quite as fun as this animated (and NSFW) ad spotted by Queerty.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jul 18 2011

Funeral strippers, Navajo Buttsex Pillows & Sean Connery Nude!

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Here are all of our favorite links from last week’s feed.

Beat the heat.

  • USA Today illustrated a story on the summer heat wave with this highly suggestive visual aid. (h/t Boing Boing)
  • i09 reported on the unusual tradition of “funeral strippers” in rural Taiwan.
  • Researchers announced that the drug Truvada may help stop the spread of HIV. In one study, men and women taking the pill cut their risk of acquiring the virus by 78%.
  • Sociologists reported that women are more comfortable with “sexting” than men. ORLY?
  • A study of female twins suggested that sexual orientation and “gender conformity” are genetically inherited.

  • Japanese scientists unveiled a robot mouth that can sing. Your Fleshlight simply sucks by comparison.
  • When we discovered that someone had found our blog by Googling “Navajo sex pillows,” we decided to take a closer look at the odd search terms that drive traffic to our site. Bonus: We illustrated it with cats!

  • Also last week, a neighbor of ours dropped off a disc of Fantasize a gay porn feature shot in our LA store in 1984! Unfortunately we had to cut all of the naughty bits, resulting in 5 minutes of mostly wordless cruising and personalized customer service.

Dungeons & Dildos?

  • The dildos made by Phoenix-based Bad Dragon made us want to dust off our 20 sided dice. Pictured above: the Gryphon. Other offerings include The Tentacle and Razor the Doberman.

  • Jim Behrle shared his Kama Zzztra, new ancient sex positions scrawled on Post-it notes.

Sean Connery, art model.

  • Finally, Dangerous Minds wrote about the rare, surreal softcore Japanese anime Belladonna of Sadness and Fleshbot tipped us to this playful pictorial of two Super Gay Mario Brothers.
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Jul 13 2011

Sex Shop Studs in 80s Pleasure Chest Porn

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"Did you see the basket on that guy?"

One of our neighbors dropped off a disc of Fantasize, a gay porn feature shot at our West Hollywood store 27 years ago. If you’re curious about what our store looked like back in 1984 (we were!), take a peek at this video, with all the naughty bits removed for You Tube. Yes, it’s only five minutes long with the action missing, cause this movie had a lot of action!

The plot of Fantasize revolves around a group of hot dudes fantasizing about some hands-on customer service. All of the sex scenes were apparently shot elsewhere, though a bathroom encounter sure seems like it was done in our store. Enjoy!

A customer of ours dropped off a disc of Fantasize, a gay porn feature shot at our West Hollywood store 27 years ago. If you’re curious about what our store looked like back in 1984 (we were!), take a peek at this video, with all the naughty bits removed for You Tube. Yes, it’s only 4 1/2 minutes with the action missing, cause this movie had a lot of action!

Jul 11 2011

Masturbating water bugs, men who like to cuddle & women who love landmarks

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We’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and haven’t had much time to blog. Today, we catch up on our favorite sex stories and kinky links making their way around the interwebs.

  • Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 online activity. We’d like to point out that these are not mutually exclusive activities. Judging from our Twitter feed, there’s also plenty of porn on social media. No word on what took third place, but we’re willing to bet it has something to do with cats.

Gagged by Facebook.

  • In other social media news, we discovered that Facebook censors the word “bondage” in event titles. Regular readers might know that we’ve had similar Facebook problems with the word “anal” and with teaching about cunnilingus.
  • In a controversial essay, journalist Mac McClelland wrote about how violent sex helped cure her PTSD. McClelland didn’t discuss consensual sadomasochism, but we think many kinky people can relate to her story.

Flying the very friendly skies.

  • SF Gate reported that the TSA allows travelers to carry vibrators, whips, chains, leashes and even handcuffs in their carry-on bags. But don’t try to bring your Njoy Eleven on the plane. “We would call that a baton-like item,” said the TSA spokesman. “It could be considered a weapon.”

  • Scientific American reported on a French insect which is the world’s loudest known animal. The humble water boatman plays its 100 decibel mating call by rubbing its own genitals.
  • A team of researchers claimed that a man’s penis size can be determined by looking at his index and ring fingers. “The team found that, in general, the lower the ratio of the lengths of the two fingers, the longer the stretched length of the penis.” Only 144 men participated in the study (Insert “sample size queen” joke here).
  • In other science news, men like to cuddle.
  • In “Everybody Calm Down: Nobody Wants to Have Sex With Your Fiancé Anyway”, an anonymous stripper demystified the most infamous of bachelor party rituals.

  • The San Francisco City Clinic shared its archive of safe sex and anti-VD posters from the last 100 years. (Via Violet Blue).
  • Cory Silverberg taught us how to enhance our orgasms, while Sex Nerd Sandra schooled us on how not lose a toy in our butts.
  • Adweek ranked the 50 gayest ads ever made.

  • Finally, we stumbled across “Married to the Eiffel Tower,” an absolutely fascinating documentary about object sexuality. If you can tear yourself away from your Hitachi for an hour, it’s well worth viewing.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

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May 30 2011

Full frontal “dudity,” unambiguous gayness, sexy cow costumes & more!

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OK, so we took Friday off and never got around to wrapping last week’s best sex links. Here they are…

This is your brain on orgasms.

  • A study in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion reported that women find brooding and proud men more sexually attractive than happy ones. Supposedly, it works the opposite for dudes, to whom happy and confident women are a turn off. Really? The good news for gender parity is that both men and women find shame sexy.

  • On SNL, two bros went ambiguously gay for Lady Gaga.

  • It’s not just Gaga. Any fan of hip hop has heard the expression, “No homo.” Sketch comics Retar Crew went viral with this video on the gay panic in music.

  • People.com editor Janet Mock came out as a transgender woman, and told trans teens that it gets better for them too.

  • A fan of the indie band Bad Lamps made this music video entirely from non-XXX scenes from porn movies. We think it’s kinda sweet.

  • It’s still perfectly legal, however, to do this on a subway in New York City.
  • Hot, right? Rachel Rabbit White wonders why some women still find male bodies gross. And Jezebel asks why women’s bodies are sexualized in Hollywood movies, while full frontal “dudity” is usually a punchline.
  • Giving us fond memories of fetish subcultures before the advent of the interwebz (yes, we are that old), Dangerous Minds dug up some flyers from the Mary Tyler Moore Masturbation Society.

Got milk?

  • Speaking of fetishes, we learned a new word last week: inflatophilia. And the costumes are so cool, we’ve got fetish envy!

  • Finally, we don’t know if there’s a Grammy category for best song about anal sex, but we think Sherry’s Vine’s Adele parody deserves some kind of prize.

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Mar 01 2011

Forbidden gay kiss lost in the Bermuda Triangle of man love at the Oscars!

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The kiss you missed.

Did you watch the Oscars? We know, it was lethally dull. But do you remember that exciting part where Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem danced and then kissed? Missed it?

That’s because the show’s producers hit the gay panic button and went to Defcon 4, cutting away to an extended shot of the hetero-approved, object of lust, Penelope Cruz. We can’t pass up noting the irony that Ms. Cruz (once romantically linked to a certain Mr. Cruise) was employed as a quickie beard for the most painfully straight Oscars telecast in years. (And no, we don’t count James Franco’s drag gag as a victory for queer visibility.)

In other gay Oscar news, Best Director winner Tom Hooper said we has surprised to learn that the location used for his Best Picture winning The King’s Speech was previously the site of a gay porn set, but added: “It was the right set for me and it was the right set for them.” During his acceptance speech, Hooper credited the “triangle of man love,” between himself and stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush for the film’s success.  No gay panic there!

Let’s hope that someday the Oscars and Hollywood catch up with Hooper and the rest of America on comfort with gay relationships.