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Jun 12 2015

Your Pride Hookup Kit

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by Kate M.

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Yes, Pride (or your favorite anti-corporate alterna-Pride event) is about celebrating our victories, affirming our awesomeness, engendering a sense of community, and gearing up for the fights ahead. Sometimes, it’s also about making out with cuties. If you find yourself in a position to do sexy things with a sexy person, you don’t want to get caught with your pants down. Okay, you probably do, but you want to be prepared, is what we’re saying. Here are some supplies for safety and pleasure that you can easily keep in a pocket or a purse, in anticipation of your Pride hookup.

Lumo RedLumo blue

Oxballs Lumo Led Cockring
$23.95
Your cutie spots you from across the dance floor. The after-party was out of glow sticks by the time you got there, so you pulled this light-up cockring out of your pocket and started waving it in the air. The cutie admires your chutzpah, and soon enough you’re back at his shockingly huge apartment — Who is he? Is he on TV or something? Should you recognize him? — and he’s pulling the thick, stretchy TPR ring over your balls, letting it rest at the base of your cock. As he kneels before you, his face is faintly illuminated by the Lumo’s blue light.

Jimmyjane Iconic Bullet

Jimmyjane Iconic Bullet
$16.00
You appreciate that this three-speed vibe is small enough to fit easily into the pocket of even your skinniest, most impractical jeans. More than that, you appreciate the way your cutie’s eyes light up when you pull it out. You’re especially glad that you brought a condom to drop it into, for easy sharing.

Pleasure Chest Condom

Pleasure Chest Single Condom
$0.95
“You shop at The Pleasure Chest?” the cutie exclaims when you pull out this stylish condom. “That’s so sexy to me!”

Midnight Nitrile GlovesSkyn condomsHot Dams

Latex-Free Safer Sex Supplies
MidKnight Nitrile Gloves ($2.95/6pk), Lifestyles Skyn Condoms ($4.95/3pk), & Hot Dam Dental Dams ($1.95)
“I love that you shop at The Pleasure Chest,” the cutie whispers in your ear, “but I have a latex allergy.”
“That’s cool, babe,” you whisper back. (When did you become a beach bro? Did you get too much sun? Should you be worried?) “I came prepared.”

Sliquid Ride

 Sliquid Bodyworx Lube Cube
$15.95
You slipped one each of the silicone, hybrid, and water-based lubes from this box of twelve pillow packs into your purse before you headed out this morning. You have sensitive skin, and you wanted to make sure that you were carrying hypoallergenic lube. Now, you’re relieved to find that the cutie you’ve been kissing prefers water-based. (You opened this silicone earlier and used it to make your hair look shiny.)

Entangle Ties Satin Love Mask

Travel-Friendly BDSM Gear
Pleasure Chest Silk Entangle Ties ($14.95) & Satin Love Mask ($9.95)
You may be hooking up in the back of your cutie’s van, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get kinky.

Jun 03 2015

Free Workshops in Chicago

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by Kate M.

Get hot this summer with free workshops to help you bring it in bed!

Strap On, Get Off with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 3rd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Antoinette 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.

janethardy3Queering Heterosexuality: Girlfaggery, Transattraction & Other Emerging Liminal Identities with Janet Hardy
Wednesday, June 10 @ 8-10 PM, FREE

In an era when the definitions of such common words as “male,” “female,” and “sex” are unraveling, how can we still be certain about concepts like “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality”? Janet W. Hardy, author or coauthor of eleven books about alternative sexualities (including the bestselling The Ethical Slut and her recent memoir Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals), will explore the ways in which girlfags, guydykes, transattracted people, androgynies, and others are expanding the boundaries of queerness and redefining the idea of sexual orientation.

GenderQueer Bondage: Rope for People “Between” and “Beyond” with Lee Harrington
Tuesday, June 16th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

Ever had to struggle with how to put a crotch rope on a woman who has a little something extra? Tied up a trans man who wanted chest bondage that didn’t make him look like a girl? Perhaps you just want to explore some hot ways to tie up your lovers to make them feel androgynous and exposed? Then this class is for you. We’ll be playing with crotch ropes and strap-on harnesses, alternative forms of chest and torso bondage (to emphasize and de-emphasize curves), and exploring a few other ties that can help us or our partner(s) feel seen as whatever gender they experience. Bring two or more pieces of rope, 25-30ft in length, for hands-on fun and exploration in this class for “the rest of us”.

Lee Harrington ropeSacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM with Lee Harrington
Wednesday June 17th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Using BDSM and Fetishism, you may already be doing sacred kink for your own magical, emotional, spiritual and energetic work without being aware of it! Exploring the eight major routes to altered states of consciousness, we will examine how we use the Path of Ritual for earning our leathers, Path of Rhythm for cathartic flogging, Path of Flesh for sensual bondage scenes, and so much more. Come learn how to be conscious of your own sacred kink workings, how these tools have been used for thousands of years, and how to incorporate new approaches to deepen your energetic connections in the future.

Twisted Knitters Knitting Night with Sex Geekdom Chicago
Tuesday, June 23 @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Come out and play with yarn and enjoy yummy snacks and great conversation with the folks from both The Pleasure Chest and Sex Geekdom Chicago!

Anal Fisting with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 24th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Fisting may seem intense, but it’s also an amazing (and amazingly pleasurable) way to connect with a partner. In this workshop, Sarah Sloane will talk to you about the anatomy of the ass, warming it up, and of course safety considerations. She’ll cover the perfect lubes for fisting, toys to help you get there, and the emotional and spiritual side of using your whole hand.

Jun 03 2015

June Workshops in L.A.

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by Kate M.

Summer is coming, and things are about to get hot at The Pleasure Chest! Come join us for workshops and comedy this June.

SeDamon Holzum 1x-Positivity for Gay Men with Damon Holzum
Wednesday, June 3rd @ 8-10pm – FREE!

This workshop will explore the sometimes complex ins and outs of creating a sex-positive love life for gay men (and those that love them).  Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or single and ready to mingle, this course will uncover the tools you need to have a hot sex life and explore your kinks. A wide range of topics will be included, such as: overcoming common road blocks to sex, being comfortable with communication, addressing intimacy hurdles with your partner(s), where and how to hook up, topping/bottoming, foreplay, common myths, and your risk factor spectrum.  This is a sex-positive environment where you’re encouraged to ask all your sexy questions and chat about anything and everything related to the joys of man-on-man sex.

Surefire Sizzling Sex with Judith & Frank
Sunday, June 7th @ 6-8pm – FREE!

Judith and Frank, co-authors of the award-winning book So That’s Why They Do That! Men, Women, and Their Hormones, will be joining us for a workshop on making sex a practice. They’ll share techniques for sizzling sex, how hormones influence your sex life, how to tell when your partner is ready to go, and what to do once you know! Although everyone is welcome, this talk is geared toward straight, partnered couples.

Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, June 9th @ 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 and Libby Thomas. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

midori 5Auntie Midori’s Practical Advice for New Tops & Dominants
Wednesday, June 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Are you just beginning to explore your top or dominant side?  Do you find all the information about BDSM out there a bit intimidating? Do you want to have successful kinky scenes and feel confident? Auntie Midori is here to help! She’ll share practical tips, easy ways to get started, and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn how to find out you and your partner’s desires and select the right toys to make them a steamy reality. Midori will teach you how to avoid harming your partner while keeping the thrill and answer all of your kinky queries. She may even share some tales of her spectacular, goofy bloopers too.

Hands-On Rope Bondage with Midori
Thursday, June 11 @ 8-10pm – FREE! 

Bring the pleasures of Japanese bondage into your bedroom with easy, sexy rope play. In this class, you’ll learn simple, elegant, effective and sensual rope skills that will thrill your partner. Midori, author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage and educator extraordinaire, will also teach you how to avoid clumsiness and minimize risks, including boring or harming your partner. Learn essential foundation techniques including four two-column restraints, safety, rope selection, and creative, sexy positions. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 15 feet and 2 of 25 feet of rope. Rope will also be available for purchase. Class size will be limited, so please arrive early to secure a space.

sex nerd sandra 1World’s Best BJ with Mary & Chris
Wednesday, June 17th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

BJ beginner? Want to shake up your oral routine? Our Sex Specialists will teach you to make every mouthful count. This class will cover all of the anatomy that matters, tips and tricks to keep under your belt when going below the belt, and of course, the legendary deep throat.

Snatch Attack: The Art of Common Sense Cunnilingus with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, June 24th @ 8-10pm, FREE!

Going down. Pearl diving. Whisper in the willows. Whatever you call it, the potential for pleasure can leave some speechless! Join sex educator and Nerdist podcaster Sex Nerd Sandra as she tears down misleading myths and dishes on easy ways to build up and expand your arsenal for amazing oral sex.

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.