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Oct 05 2010

Can Google read your dirty mind?

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by thepleasurechest

If you hadn’t noticed Google recently launched a search feature called Google Instant, which seems capable of reading your mind. That’s true, unless you have a dirty mind. As many people have noted, Google is censoring results that could lead you to porn. It seem that somewhere in the tangle of tubes and wires on Planet Google is a list of banned words and phrases. It’s not surprising to discover that bukkake and fudgepacker made the blacklist, but what about words like lesbian, latina, vulva, bisexual and adult? (Yes, the word “adult” is supposedly a gateway to porn!)

You'll never find the G-Spot on Google Instant.

Google claims that the blacklist is based on some top secret algorithm that identifies the most common porn searches. They also point out (accurately) that you can still do a traditional search for all of these banned terms– they’re just hidden in the real-time Google Instant search bar.

Searching for the "clitoris" may result in painful inflammation.

Fair enough. But a lot of the words on this list seem downright arbitrary. After a tip from Violet Blue’s blog, we took Google Instant out for a spin and discovered that Pleasure Chest and fellow sex toy merchants Babeland were both on the blacklist. Us? We’re downright wholesome, but we join a distinguished list of sex educators, porn stars, body parts and sex acts that are supposedly too hot for Google Instant. Hacker site 2600 is still building its master list. Find anything they missed? Search your dirty mind, and let ‘em know.

Sep 14 2010

Bottoms Up!

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by thepleasurechest

We learn today from our friends at  Carnal Nation about an innovative cocktail served recently at a gay bar in Finland. Selling for a cool 69 euros, this drink replaces ice cubes with a chilled, stainless steel butt plug from N Joy. Is this the first fusion of buttplugs and booze? We doubt it. But it got us to thinking about how to liven up our next cocktail party or sex toy social. How about a White Russian garnished with the classic Aneros? Or a very dirty Martini with a Kegelcisor swizzle stick? On second thought, this is a terrible idea.

Sep 08 2010

Santorum for President? Eew!

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by thepleasurechest

This is an irresistible news item. It’s the classic man on dog, man bites dog story.

It seems that former Pennsylvania Senator, and “family values” crusader Rick Santorum wants to run for President. But the man who once compared gay marriage to “man on dog” sex is himself dogged by a hilarious internet campaign. Back in 2003, when Santorum hysterically warned of the threats posed by gay marriage, sex columnist Dan Savage ran a contest asking readers to come up with a new definition for the Senator’s last name. The result:

santorum (san-TOR-um) n.
The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.

As in, “Gross, you got santorum on the sheets again!” or “Honey, can you please wash the santorum off the Feeldoe before putting it back in the toybox?”

Savage then encouraged his readers to use the new term as often as they could, spreading “santorum” everywhere. In the years that followed, Savage’s meme took the internet by storm, rocketing the new slang  and Savage’s site to the top of Google’s search results for “santorum.” Eventually, it surpassed Santorum’s own campaign website, hastening his humiliating electoral defeat in 2006.

As Mother Jones reports, if Santorum wants to stage a comeback, he’ll have to undergo the cyber equivalent of a hot shower, to wash the stink of santorum from his internet reputation. Savage, for his part, isn’t backing down from the coming fight. If Santorum really does run for President, he says, “I’m going to have to sic my flying monkeys on him.”

Well, we just did our part in sullying the former Senator’s name. Why not spread santorum all over your favorite forum or your Facebook & Twitter feeds? Oh, and remember to use plenty of lube when having anal sex. Silicone lube works best and makes the santorum extra slippery.

Sep 02 2010

Condoms & Porn- What do you think?

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by thepleasurechest

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation last week filed a complaint against Larry Flynt, claiming that Hustler’s practice of requiring unprotected sex in porn shoots is a violation of worker safety.  AHF wants Hustler to follow the lead of the gay porn industry and Wicked Pictures and make condoms mandatory. We want to know what you think! Take our poll.

Aug 26 2010

Bill O’ Reilly is into Doin’ “it” Live!

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by thepleasurechest

Pugnacious pundit and noted loofah enthusiast Bill O’ Reilly fancies himself an anti-porn crusader and defender of traditional values. This morning, however, the Boston Phoenix published a column revealing that while a grad student at Boston University in 1974, O’ Reilly penned a lengthy, and very sympathetic interview with Gerard Damiano.  The legendary director of Deep Throat was in Boston to promote the release of his second feature Devil in Miss Jones and O’ Reilly took Damiano out to lunch, to talk about the porn business, Linda Lovelace and Hollywood.

This is not the first time that O’ Reilly’s fixation on porn has gotten attention. His 1998 novel Those Who Trespass contains some steamy dialogue, including this line: “Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up.” You can even hear the author read his steamy prose in these audiobook clips generously hosted by the Village Voice. We look forward to the Fox News host excoriating  his youthful self for being a smut peddler on the next episode of The Factor. (Well, actually we don’t.) Instead we imagine things look a little more like this around O’ Reilly’s studio today.

Aug 25 2010

Porn stars play D&D!

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by thepleasurechest

Get ready for a total nerdgasm. Online gaming magazine The Escapist has launched a new webseries called I Hit it With My Axe. The show documents an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons between a group of porn stars, strippers and their punk rock dungeon master. That’s a lot of charisma points. The players include Kimberly Kane, Mandy Morbid and Satine Phoenix. If you’ve ever wanted to see Sasha Grey roll a 20 sided die, this is the show for you. Via Videogum.

Jun 09 2010

Not phallic: Fabulous! Not a vagina: Still feels fine(a)!

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by thepleasurechest

Yesterday I read an article on MSNBC about a sex shop in Bahrain. It was really fascinating to read about how this little shop is thriving in the Middle East. According to the store’s owner, sex toys are permitted in Islamic law between married couples as long as they don’t replicate “sensitive parts of the body” (I’m going to go ahead and assume she means genitals) but things like vibrating rings are ok. She says she hasn’t really had any trouble from the people and the government (a few things get tangled in customs), and it’s certainly refreshing to hear about sexuality and pleasure discussed openly, in any country.

Of course, we love our Shafts and Fleshlights like crazy here at The Pleasure Chest, but there are a lot of great toys that are more… discreet.

The newest of which are Tenga products from Japan, which look like bottles of lotion or shampoo but house a remarkably realistic and sensual-feeling masturbation sleeve, pre-lubed and ready to go. Sticking my finger in one of those things is right up there with waiting in line at Coachella on my “Times I Wish I Had a Penis” list.

Then there’s the new Better Than Chocolate vibrator by Nomi Tang. This luxury vibe feels smooth and silky in the hand, with an ergonomic shape (in your face, carpal tunnel!) and easy-to-use touch-sensitive controls. That’s right, the speeds go up and down and even lock with a swipe of your finger. It’s an iPad for your clit! Love.

Also, while I fully advocate sex toys for non-coupled (and non-married) people, it should be noted that both of these toys can be fun for two as well. Give your hand-jobs a hand with the Tenga sleeves, or nestle Better Than Chocolate between two bodies for simultaneous sensations. Fun for everyone!


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