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Apr 28 2014

Sex After 70

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by Kate M.


If you haven’t checked out Lynn Brown Rosenberg’s recent article on Salon, “My Sexual Awakening at 70” or her interview on The Huffington Post, you absolutely should. She describes her quest for sexual enjoyment later in life, including a trip to The Pleasure Chest:

“I drove to a specialty shop in West Hollywood. The name alone gave me heart palpitations: Pleasure Chest. But I was quite surprised when I got there. The products were laid out nicely. The salesgirl was helpful and easygoing. I almost felt comfortable.

There were so many items to choose from!  I decided on something called Budding Bliss. I bought a porn DVD. Why not? If I was going to stoop, why not stoop all the way?”

Lynn Brown Rosenberg’s book, My Sexual Awakening at 70 will be coming out soon. If you’re interested in learning more about Lynn’s journey, please visit her website, www.lynnbrownrosenberg.com and sign up for updates.

For anyone in a similar situation, we’d also recommend Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Sex After 60 by Joan Price, who also speaks about senior sex as part of our video campaign, Sex is Back.

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Jan 16 2014

Kink in the 1950s

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by thepleasurechest

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Catherine Robbe-Grillet, France’s most famous dominatrix, had a seriously sexy marriage. In 1958, her husband, writer and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, wrote up a contract – to which Catherine consented – detailing the rules and expectations for their BDSM scenes, in which he assumed the dominant role. He called it the Contract of Prostitution, since it included an agreement that he pay his wife “twenty thousand French Francs per session.” Recently, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, now a widow, allowed Vanity Fair to publish the contract in English, as translated by her current submissive partner, Beverly Charpentier.

The contract covers how long each scene will be (about two hours), and how often they’ll happen.

The date and time of each session shall be determined by mutual agreement of both parties. The date, once established, may be revoked by the husband alone. Furthermore, the husband may demand a minimum of three sessions per month.

The rest of the contract is kinky as hell, if written in adorably stilted legalese.

Furthermore, when her mouth or hands are required to fondle him, it shall be expected of her that she apply the greatest possible diligence to this task, regardless of whether the position in which she finds herself, or the torments to which she must submit, make the performance of her carnal duties arduous.

It also clarifies the payment element:

Monies thus earned shall be the wife’s sole separate property: she shall not be expected to give any account of their use and may even use them for amusements in which her husband takes no part, such as extravagant travel, any manner of personal acquisitions, costly gifts for her friends, etc…

Fifty Shades, eat your heart out.

You can read the full contract here.

Aug 16 2013

Masturbation for Better Menopause

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by thepleasurechest

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It turns out that vibrators are good for something other than making people happy and curing hysteria. Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, of Yale University School of Medicine, has been recommending the use of a vibrator to her menopausal patients who suffer from vaginal dryness. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dr. Minkin explains that vibration increases pelvic blood flow, which can help boost vaginal moisture. In particular, she recommends the We-Vibe 3 (pictured above) to her patients – and we have to agree. Says Minkin,

“I recommend my patients use a vibrator three to four times a week, but as Mae West said,’Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!’”

That’s a prescription we can get behind.

May 17 2013

Sex After 502 Chances to See Joan Price in LA

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by thepleasurechest

joanpriceOur Los Angeles store is honored to host author and educator Joan Price this coming Sunday and Monday for a pair of workshops on sex and aging. Price is the author of two acclaimed books, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex.

Price will present Sex After Fifty this Sunday, May 19th from 2PM to 4:30PM in a free workshop at our LA store. Geared to people over 50, the class will help attendees take home new tools, techniques, and attitudes to help them experience sizzling and satisfying sex –with or without a partner. She’ll follow up on Monday night from 6PM to 8PM with The 5 Biggest Myths About Sex & Aging, a discussion and release party for her new book, Ageless Erotica, a senior sex anthology.

As educators, we are committed to promoting healthy, pleasurable and fulfilling sex at every stage of life, and Joan Price’s workshops are invaluable to our mission. If you are 50 or over or plan to be, these workshops will help you understand the issues surrounding sex and aging. Both events are open to adults of all ages, regardless of gender, orientation, experience level or relationship status. We hope you’ll join us.