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Mar 20 2013

Harry Reems, RIP

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Today we learned about the passing of porn legend Harry Reems who starred in the breakthrough adult film Deep Throat. Born Herbert Streicher, Reems, a former Marine, starred in over 100 adult features, but Deep Throat was his most notorious film. Reems was paid $100 for a day’s work on set. When the film’s release created a nationwide controversy, Reems was federally prosecuted “for conspiracy to distribute obscene material across state lines.” The conviction was later overturned.

Reems always wanted to cross over into mainstream movies and was even cast in Grease before being fired due to his past.

“Acting was my true love, and I buried that possibility by going into adult films,” Reems told Dave Itzkoff for a 2005 New York magazine piece. “The writing was on the wall. There was no place for me in conventional entertainment.”

In the 80s, Reems moved to Park City, got sober and reinvented himself as a real estate broker. Reems kept his porn name.

“The past, is the past,” he would tell clients.

Read his obituary at the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. 

 

Mar 18 2013

Straight Outta Bavaria: Lederhosen Porn

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“Close your eyes and ears,” warns an off-screen voice, “because here comes a sex comedy that’s all about bonking and banging.” Then Bavarian character Sepp appears on screen. As he assumes a wide-legged stance in an Alpine pasture, a cow gazes awe-struck at the fly of his lederhosen. Thunderbolts shoot out of his tight leather shorts, bulging with excessive man-power.

That’s the opening for this fascinating article on the 70s genre of softcore “lederhosen porn” in Bavarian cinema. Read about the amazing career of Austrian auteur Franz Marischka at Der Spiegel and be sure to click through the gallery of NSFW images from some of his films.

h/t Violet Blue

Mar 15 2013

Scientists May Have Found “Functional Cure” for HIV

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You may have heard about the baby who was recently cured of HIV. French scientists are now saying that they’ve found a “functional cure” for 14 adult  patients living with HIV.

“They still have HIV, it is not eradication of HIV, it is a kind of remission of the infection.”

The patients were all treated with a combination of antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of being infected with HIV. Though they still technically have the virus, they were able to discontinue drug treatment after an average of just three years. Read more at the BBC.

Mar 14 2013

Amsterdam’s Oldest Twin Sex Workers Retire

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Louise and Martine Fokkens, twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam for over 50 years, have retired. The pair were the subject of a documentary released last year called Meet the Fokkens and are currently working on a book. This brief article in the Daily Mail hardly does their storied careers justice, but the Fokkens have some interesting observations about how the sex trade has changed in Amsterdam since legalization.

Louise will continue to see one kinky older client. “‘I couldn’t give him up. He’s been coming to me for so long it’s like going to church on a Sunday,” she said.

Mar 08 2013

Tonight! I Have a Headache!

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Researchers in Germany have discovered that sex may actually cure a headache.

“Our data suggest…that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients,” wrote the authors of the study, published Feb. 19 in Cephalagia.

The scientists studied 800 patients who suffered from migraines and 200 who reported chronic cluster headaches. One third of respondents admitted to having sex during their episodes. 67% of those with migraines reported a partial or total alleviation of symptoms, while  37% of cluster headache patients said sex helped lessen the pain. Sex didn’t work for everyone and seemed to help men more than women. But the results are promising.

Do you suffer from headaches? Does sex make you feel better or worse?

h/t CBS News

 

Mar 06 2013

Does Size Matter to the TSA?

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When travelling with sex toys in your carry-on bag, does size matter? After reading this piece in NY Mag, we’re still not sure. They quote a New York Post article which says:

“The TSA acknowledges that there’s nothing illegal about traveling with the devices. Vibrators and dildos are OK in carry-ons, as long as they’re under 7 inches long, TSA rules say.”

But when NY Mag contacted the TSA for clarification, the spokesperson said there was no 7″ rule. So which is it? We’ve had our own frustrations trying to get answers from the TSA (We’re still waiting). The author suggests packing toys that feature a travel lock, so they don’t activate in your bag and trigger a bomb scare. And we know for a fact that the Njoy Eleven is considered a no-no.

Until we get straight answers, we’re going to assume that there’s always a risk of public embarrassment when traveling with sex toys. Luckily, some folks are into that sort of thing.