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Apr 14 2015

April in L.A. — Free Workshops

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by Kate M.

From ass play workshops to laughing your ass off, there’s plenty to do at The Pleasure Chest this month!

performance anxiety flyer April14thPerformance Anxiety Fourth Anniversary Show
Tuesday, April 14th @ 8-10pm

Join us on Tuesday, April 14th at 8pm for a special four year anniversary edition of Performance Anxiety, the comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and Libby Thomas at our West Hollywood store. For just $7, you get free beer, 15% off your purchases and an evening with some of the best comics working today. This time, the free beer will be fancier, the special guests will be extra special, and we’ll be giving away some (sexy) prizes.

peggingBend Over Buddy with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, April 15th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for a pegging? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get strapped on and warmed up 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.

Opening Up Your Relationship with Dr. Erica Marchand
Sunday, April 19th @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Thinking about trying an open relationship? Dr. Erica Marchand will fill you in on essential tools, skills, and resources for making it work. She’ll take you through the necessary conversations with your partner, from broaching the subject of opening up, to terms you might use to describe your relationship (“poly”? “swinging”?), to what you should both decide before you date anyone else. You’ll learn essential emotional intelligence skills, self-care tips for coping with jealousy and insecurity, and resources for making opening up a positive and fun experience.

JimmyJane Presents Earth-Safe Sexy
Wednesday, April 22nd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

squilliciotti 025Did the Earth just move? Join us for an evening of eco-friendly tips for amazing sex, complimentary, locally-sourced, organic snacks from Wide Eyes, Open Palms and a selection of craft beer and sustainable wines, as well as a free Earth Day workshop. All evening, Jimmyjane will be on hand with an array of their versatile, powerful, and environmentally-responsible vibrators. At 8pm, our very own Sarah and Mary will be teaching Ultimate O: Expanding Your Orgasm Responsibly. We’re all making better decisions to do better by our bodies and the planet, and this class will address the same considerations, which can now be applied to our sex lives. Sex should be naughty, but in a decidedly natural way. Our sex specialists will cover our favorite tips and techniques for stronger, fuller orgasms, as well as recommending a variety of body-safe and eco-friendly products. Plus, Jimmyjane will make a donation to Tree People to plant a tree for everyone in attendance at the workshop!

i like dykesDyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Thursday, April 23rd @ 7-10pm – FREE!

Join us for a night of super queer fun(draising)! Get inspired by queer erotic readings, visit the spanking station, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, enter to win exciting raffle prizes, and mingle with the folks behind the city’s only free Pride event! 15% of all sales during the fundraiser will be donated to Dyke Day LA.

Spank Someone Happy with Koko & Chris
Wednesday, April 29th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Looking to make your sex a little naughty? Let our Sex Specialists 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.

Sep 19 2014

Disappointingly Realistic Erotica:
I Wanna Take You to a Gay Bar

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by Kate M.

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Pushing aside a stray lock of hair, I leaned in to murmur in my girlfriend’s ear. “Do you like this, my naughty girl? Do you like to watch?”
Turning toward me, so that our lips almost touched, she replied, “I really don’t. This is, like, the male gaze-iest.”
“Thank god!” I laughed, “I hate it too!”
“Why are their nails so long?”
“Dude, why is anything about this?”
“I can’t even with straight porn,” my girlfriend sighed, reaching for the remote.

***

“Bend over, baby, I’m going to pound your ass hard!”
“Can we not do that position? Today was leg day at the gym.”
“Uh…ok, then on your back!”
“Well, I get gassy when you fuck me like that”
“Okay… then suck it hard!”
“I had burritos for dinner and my acid reflux is acting up”
“Hand job?”

***

It was a quiet night at The Girl Cave, and the dance floor was empty. Priscilla leaned against the wall nursing a cold beer, letting the condensation from the bottle collect and drip between her fingers, its wetness reminding her distantly of passionate nights spent with her last love.

“Don’t think about her,” Priscilla reminded herself.

She caught the eye of a cute butch across the room.

“Why not?” thought Priscilla. “I’ll let her buy me a drink, she’ll ask me to dance, I’ll let her take me home, and I’ll forget all about that heartbreaker.”

Across the room, the cute butch was thinking exactly the same thing.

The dance floor stayed empty. For hours, every lesbian in the bar leaned against the wall, nursing a drink and sneaking furtive glances at each other. No one went home with anyone.

The Girl Cave closed down a month later.

***

“So, it’s my first time…” I looked down, suddenly shy now that I’d said it out loud.

“That’s okay, man, I’ll take care of you. So you’re a bottom?”

“Oh yeah, I’ve been fantasizing about getting fucked for years”

By way of reply, the handsome stranger reached into his jeans and pulled out the most enormous cock I could possibly have imagined. I gaped at it, thinking quickly.

“Well, maybe I’m really a top…”

***

I couldn’t look away. Before me, two lithe bodies pressed together, limbs entangled, teeth biting lips.
“God, I hate Jenny.”
“Eh, I hate her less this season. It’s her best haircut.”
“I’m so happy she dies,” my girlfriend sighed, reaching for the box of Franzia.

***

This installment of Disappointingly Realistic Erotica was co-written with Sarah Sloane. Check out previous installments here

Jun 09 2014

Sex is Back Weekly Pick:
Allison on Sexuality & Love

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by Kate M.

In celebration of Pride, we want to show some love to our most popular coming out-related video, in which Allison Moon (sex educator and author of books about lesbian werewolves (yes, lesbian werewolves (I know, right?))) tells us about going through a series of identities, starting at age 16, when she first realized that not everyone fell in love without regard to gender. Enjoy!

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Allison on Sexuality & Love

Jun 06 2014

Meet Us at L.A. Pride!

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by Kate M.

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Hey Los Angeles! Will you be at Pride this Sunday? Our illustrious street team will be spreading sensual rays of rainbow love on Sunday, all throughout the parade. We will be showering the crowd with sexy surprises and prizes. Post-parade, catch us at our rope bondage booth at Here Lounge, where we will be providing festival goers with complimentary naughty wearable rope bondage designs.

Be on the lookout for our fierce and furious spanking brigade of rainbow warriors!

Mar 22 2014

Are Bisexuals Real?????!??!

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by thepleasurechest

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Following yesterday’s New York Times Magazine article about “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists,” we just have to ask why.

Why do we need to prove that bisexuality* exists?

Okay, so some people think that it doesn’t exist. A lot of gay people once identified as bisexual in order to soften the coming-out process, or because they weren’t ready to face the idea of being gay, or even because they were interested in a wider range of people back then. That’s cool. Maybe you’ve been that person, or known that person, or dated that person.

Let’s say that you’re bisexual, and that person – the one who used to be bisexual before they realized that they were Actually Gay All Along – comes up to you and tells you that you are not bisexual, and that no one is really bisexual.

You argue with them. You roll out your sexual history, your crushes, your large archive of straight porn and slash fan fiction.

Why are you arguing with this person?

Okay, here’s another hypothetical. (Stay with us here.)

You’re a kid again. Another kid comes up to you on the playground.

“I saw your mom yesterday,” the kid says, “Eating dirt in the empty lot next to the laundromat.”

“That’s not true,” you tell the kid, “My mom was at home with me.”

“Don’t lie,” the kid says, “I know it was her. She was picking up fistfuls of dirt and eating them.”

“No, she wasn’t!” you exclaim, getting upset. “She was at home.”

“Prove it,” says the kid.

You have options. You could tell the kid exactly what your mom did yesterday, at home. You could say that you played crazy eights three times, and that she won twice. You could describe the meal that you ate together, where she burned the grilled cheese sandwiches.

But really: why are you arguing with this person?

You know that your mom wasn’t eating dirt. You know that you’re bisexual. The person that you’re arguing with is a bully, or is, at best, too invested in their own point of view to be worth arguing with.

The New York Times article includes a section about a study that the American Institute of Bisexuality is funding and that vomitous researcher J. Michael Bailey is running. In it, Bailey and members of the A.I.B. discuss what kind of pornography to include in a study that measures its subjects’ genital arousal while watching different kids of porn.

Why? When our own desires and patterns of arousal are so complex, so emotional, so tied to our individual memories and associations, why do we assume that someone can make a definitive statement about someone else’s sexuality just because they had increased blood flow in their genitals after looking at a few porn stars?

Want to prove that bisexuality exists? If you’re bisexual, keep being bisexual. If you want to come out, and you feel like you can come out, then come out. If you’re not bisexual, and someone tells you that they are, believe them. If the schoolyard bully tells you that you (or your friends, or your favorite TV actor) are not bisexual, tell them to stop being ridiculous and then go talk to someone better.

Do you want studies? That’s great, studies can be really interesting! Read about scientists measuring people’s genitals, pupils, whatever, but always take what you read with a grain of salt. Then, go read about people’s sexualities in their own words. What you read there will be less quantifiable and more true to life.

*We decided to use the same language as the New York Times, for clarity, but feel free to substitute in your preferred term (queerness, pansexuality, etc.). 

Feb 28 2014

Girl on Girl Arts and Crafts

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by thepleasurechest

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Maybe you’ve heard the axiom that queer ladies don’t like girl-on-girl porn because of the long nails. Basically, lots of queer women  enjoy fingering. Comfortable fingering all but requires short, well-groomed nails because otherwise OW. (If you love your nails, you can pad the fingers latex or nitrile gloves with cotton balls, and avoid stabbing your partner that way.) Many ladies who enjoy fingering take a look at the performers’ long nails in a lot of girl-on-girl scenes and say, “No thank you.”

There are a few ways that a person can deal with this. One is to forgo porn entirely. Another is to check out some of the fabulous queer produced porn that’s out there. A third, less intuitive option is to protest mainstream porn with a series of embroidered close-ups of long nails and vulvas. One Tumblr-er did just that, and it is amazing.

Sep 25 2013

Ready for Tomorrow Night? Reid Mihalko & AfroDisiac at Gloryhole

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by thepleasurechest

We’re proud to have enticed the best performers out there to join us for Gloryhole tomorrow night. For example, sex expert Reid Mihalko and the ever-versatile AfroDisiac will each have a scene in the gloryhole itself.

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Sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko of www.ReidAboutSex.com helps adults create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor and knowledge.

Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 40,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah’s Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil’s The Doctors on CBS, Bravo’s Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.

Also, he is using a condom as a pocket square. Delightful.

afrodisiac

Who is AfroDisiac? She describes herself best: “Queen & King! Negress Unicorn, Comedian, Actress, Chef, Underwear Model, Designer, Bending, Fluid!”

As a performer she has been featured in Hella Brown by Feelmore510 Productions, Crash Pad, and  Public School by Cherry.JuiceBoxxx Productions.

You can find both Reid Mihalko and AfroDisiac in the gloryhole on the night of the party.

To RSVP, email gloryhole@thepleasurechest.com.

Aug 13 2013

Victory for Transgender Students in California

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by thepleasurechest

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Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will require schools to allow transgender students access to the gender-segregated programs, activities and facilities that are appropriate to their gender identities. In other words, students’ eligibility for joining clubs and sports teams, their access to locker rooms and restrooms, and their state-mandated physical education classes will be determined by their stated gender identities, not by the sex listed on their birth certificates.

California is the first state in the nation to pass such a law, and we hope to see more states follow. It’s a big step in the right direction. You can read more about it here.

h/t Autostraddle