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Jun 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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

  • Up, up and away! We began the week by enjoying this clip of a Seattle man taking a hot air balloon ride while suspended from flesh hooks. Has Werner Herzog seen this? (h/t Boing Boing)
  • After not one but two high profile lesbian bloggers were revealed to be men, The Awl published this delightful post from a real live lesbian blogger. We know she’s telling the truth because of all the “vagina licking” that goes on.

Make love, not riots?

  • The riots in Vancouver produced this now iconic photo of two lovers who appear to be kissing, oblivious to the chaos around them. The true story behind the picture isn’t quite so sexy. The young man says he was trying to comfort his girlfriend after they were trampled by riot police.
  • Trojan (of condom fame) released the US Sex Census, a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults. They concluded that Los Angeles has more sex than any city in the country. The average Angeleno does “it” 135 times a year. Unfortunately, it’s not the best sex. That honor goes to Philadelphia, whose citizens reported the highest levels of satisfaction. Los Angeles was also number one in vibrator use at 48%. We don’t know how scientific this survey was. 1,000 people isn’t very many. (Sorry, but we’re sample size queens!)
  • Scientific American took a look at the state of male birth control methods, and concluded that nothing is likely to replace the condom in the near future.

  • World of Wonder dug up this ad from a 1937 issue of some magazine called True Romance, reminding us that while beauty norms may change, the message never does.
  • In recent years, advertisers have increasingly targeted men’s insecurities too. Responding to a New York Times (!) article about intimate male hygiene, Jezebel investigated the wide world of products designed to combat “ball stink.”

Got prostatitis?

  • We don’t know about testicle deodorants, but we’d love to get our hands on a Dila-Therm! (h/t BoingBoing)

  • Also from Jezebel, we learned about the PBS documentary Two Spirits and its investigation of the four recognized genders in Navajo culture.
  • Earlier this month, census takers in Nepal began to recognize a “third gender” to account for its transgender population.
  • A study from the Netherlands concluded that as women gain social and economic parity, they cheat at the same rate as men. But, Anna Holmes wonders, do women cheat for the same reasons?

  • Finally, we’re not much for 80s nostalgia, but one of our Facebook friends sent us this amazing link to a vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

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

Jun 13 2011

Vintage Lesbians, Futuristic Hotel Sex & Jon Stewart’s Silicone Weiner!

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Here’s a look back at our favorite viral videos and sex stories from last week.

The Daily Show – C#@k-Blocked Roundup – Yemen
Tags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

  • Why yes, that was a Tantus Hank dildo purchased from our New York store on The Daily Show last week! And true to its fine reputation, the Tantus silicone withstood quite a beating on the “Cockblocked” news wheel.
  • Speaking of runaway penises, The Guardian chose last week to sound off on “the media myth that says men are the feckless passengers of their own insatiable sex drives.”

Looking sharp!

  • Congratulations to Staysha Randall who now holds the Guinness Record for the most body piercings in one sitting. 3200 of them, to be exact. Bravo!

No recess.

  • As summer heats up, the Village Voice reminds us that women can legally go topless in the state of New York. Let’s hear it for a public nudity law without sexist double standards!
  • On the other hand, occasionally the double standard works in women’s favor.” That’s Gawker reporting on the case of a New Zealand woman who keeps beating a flashing charge because there’s no proof she’s physically aroused. Say the cops: “If a man drops his trousers, it is easy to see he is excited, but with a woman that is not possible.” O RLY?
  • Why do women fake orgasm? It’s not just to protect your fragile ego. They might also be afraid of intimacy.
  • A study commissioned by Travelodge claims that by 2030, we’ll all be having amazing sex in cheap hotels. “Futurologist” and engineer Ian Pearson predicts:

“Video, audio, smells and tactile experiences produced using our bed or bed linen will play a key role in helping to make our dreams feel real,” said the report.

“We will be able to replay our favourite dream from a menu just like choosing a movie. Also, we will be able to link into dreams with our partner or family and friends and enjoy a shared dream experience.”

Remote virtual love making would allow individuals to “connect with their partner” while away from home, although lenses could be worn to adjust how their partner looks.

“This will enable people to change the image of their partner on a regular basis, and only they will be aware as their lover will not be able to tell what they are looking at,” the report added.

  • Finally, in honor of Pride month, here’s a lovely message from the International Gay Rodeo Association. Buck up, gay cowboys and cowgirls. It gets better for you too.

 

 


Jun 10 2011

We Send a Lucky Reader Packing With a New Pete

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Pete "Freestyle"

Congratulations to Mary from Los Angeles, the winner of our Pete promotion. We asked readers to tell us which of the four sexy Pete designs from SpareParts HardWear fit them best. Here’s what Mary had to tell us:

I would love to get my hands on the Pete freestyle!

I’ve hit a point in my life where I’m deciding to live more masculine and am trying to kind of jump into this over the summer. My main social outings and things involve time bottoming at BDSM events and I would love to be able to wear this so I can keep my ass exposed for impact play while covering my lady-bits and being able to pack a little something.

I think having this to pack with + my finally having a heavy duty sports bra and top to help minimize my chest will allow me to experience things differently and find a new level of comfort for myself.

Ooh, packing plus impact play! Sounds like a fun summer. We hope you love your new Pete Freestyle packing undwerwear, Mary!

To all those who didn’t win, please keep an eye on our Facebook fan pages for another Pete giveaway soon.

Jun 08 2011

Wear your Pete with Pride!

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Pete Trunks.

Last week, we introduced you to Pete, the revolutionary underwear for packing, created by the folks at SpareParts HardWear. Pairing form and function, Pete is designed to keep your packer in place. Like the strap-on harnesses from SpareParts, it’s made of flexible, breathable and machine washable material. Pete’s unique multi-panel design and flexible opening can handle most brands and sizes of packers. Best of all, this unique apparel comes in four different sexy cuts. You can rock the traditional briefs, slip on some trunks, go Commando in the jockstrap style or try the sexy sheath in the Freestyle design. Whichever you choose to rock, Pete is built to provide the maximum support in the style you want.

To get you and Pete more acquainted, and to help kick off Pride month, we’re giving away a pair to one lucky reader!

How to enter

Simply post a comment here telling us which style of Pete you want to win and why! On Friday 6/10 at noon PST, our favorite entry wins their pick of Pete.

 

 

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.

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

May 30 2011

June Workshops in Our LA Store

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Hello Los Angeles. It’s starting to heat up out there and in here! Come check out one of our steamy and informative free workshops. Here’s a complete schedule for June.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Wednesday, June 1st @ 8pm

Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play. Discover the difference between sensation play and psychological spanking. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the pros and cons of floggers, whips, bare hands and other instruments of discipline.

Strap on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

Wednesday, June 8th @ 8pm

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 14th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Advanced Anal Play with Damon Holzum

Wednesday, June 15th @ 8pm

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.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Wednesday, June 22nd @ 8pm

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Performance Anxiety: Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

Tuesday, June 28th @ 8pm

Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller present Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at The Pleasure Chest happening the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month! For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Comics to be announced.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, June 29th @ 8pm

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 blow-jobs. 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.

May 26 2011

For Those About to Pack…Meet Pete!

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Pete "Commando"

This week, we unpacked a very special shipment from our friends at SpareParts HardWear.

Meet Pete, a unique line of underwear, designed to keep your packer in place. Pairing form and function, Pete offers the perfect fit for packing. It’ll accommodate most packers, regardless of size or brand. The multi-panel design, stretchy opening and elastic strap ensure stability throughout the day, until you’re ready to slip off your pants and play.

Like the revolutionary dildo harnesses from SpareParts, Pete is made of flexible, breathable, machine-washable material. And with sizes ranging from small to 3X, there’s a Pete to fit most any body.

Pete "Briefs"

Pete comes in four sexy cuts. You can go Commando (pictured above), rock the traditional briefs (pictured to the right), slip on some trunks or even go Freestyle– a design that keeps your packer front and center in a sexy sheath. Now that you’ve met Pete, why not get more acquainted?

May 20 2011

Best of the Chest

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Here’s what we liked, shared, Tweeted, Tumbld and LOLd about in the week’s sex stories.

  • SNL reunited the Ambiguously Gay Duo in an episode called “The Dark Clenched Hole of Evil.” Very funny, even though, as Queerty points out, this fabulous franchise need some schooling in male bisexuality.

Speaking of ambiguous gayness…

  • Another watershed in gay rights: Cuba in transition. Check out this slideshow from the island nation’s 2nd annual Miss Trasvesti drag beauty pageant.
  • After tabloid reports that an A-list celebrity is being sued for spreading herpes, Salon explored the awkwardness of disclosing (and not disclosing) one’s STD status. Honesty, no matter how difficult, is always the best policy.
  • While we’re on the subject of lying, no good men, WTF made us LOL.

Want some bling for your thing?

A Cat-5 o' nine tails?

  • To accessorize those naughty fantasies, Boing Boing suggests this whip for all the kinky computer nerds out there.

  • “My vagina prefers male pronouns.” So begins this provocative poem/affirmation from vlogger Simon.

  • Feminist Frequency examines the Evil Demon Seductress in popular culture. Sexy? Or just sexist?

  • Artist Debbie Grossman: “Imagine an America in which all-female families survived the Great Depression raising children and farming homesteads in the absence of men (and in the absence of today’s detractors to gay marriage.)”
  • WebMD reported on the health benefits of sex. In response, Dr. Ruth tweeted: “I hate when people ask me how many calories are burned during sex. If that’s a reason for having sex, then you’re missing out big time.”

Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

 

Apr 07 2011

Spring Workshops in Chicago

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Here’s the complete lineup of workshops through the end of June in our Chicago store. All of our classes are free and open to everyone. They’re also a lot of fun. Join us!

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, April 12th @ 8pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks

Monday, April 18th @ 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 dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Thursday, April 19th @ 8pm 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!

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, April 20th @ 8pm 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 blow-jobs. 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.

Butt Sex Basics

Tuesday, May 10th @ 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.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Monday, May 16th @8pm 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!

Sex Toys 101

Tuesday, May 17th @ 8pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Blowjobs & Beyond

Wednesday, May 18th @ 8pm 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 blow-jobs. 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.

Secret Male Erogenous Zones with Midori

Wednesday, May 25th @ 8pm FREE!

Blow his mind by expanding his potential for pleasure well beyond the genitals. Consider this your initiation into courtesan sensuality skills. You’ll learn about the 5 zones of the male lover and how to bring him to a place of erotic presence to deepen your intimacy. You’ll also learn about the male G-spot, sexual pressure points, exciting touch skills, and the pleasure map of the male body. Midori, with her trademark humor, will give you lots of great techniques to take home, so that you can rock his world!

How to Top: Beginners Intro to Kinky Fun with Midori

Thursday, May 26th @ 8pm FREE!

Interested in kinky sex but not sure how to start? Do you want to be the dominant in S&M games but feel uncertain? Not sure how to read your partner’s desires or limits during play? In this class, Midori will help with some simple but effective tips on tools, communication, planning a scene, reading your partner, avoiding mistakes and maximizing fun for both of you.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom

Tuesday, June 14th @ 8pm 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.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, June 21st @ 8pm 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 blow-jobs. 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.

Queering Your Sex

Wednesday June 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or nontraditional power play into their sex.  The class covers communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, pumping, oral pleasure, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation

Tuesday, June 28th @ 8pm 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!