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Oct 18 2013

No, That Toy Won’t Replace You

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by thepleasurechest

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Here at The Pleasure Chest, we hear one fairly common concern from straight men:

“If my wife/girlfriend buys a sex toy, will it replace me?”

The answer is, of course, a resounding heck no! As much as we love toys, they can’t make out with us, and they aren’t very creative lovers. We’ve been here a long time, and no woman has ever told us that a sex toy made her lose interest in sex with her partner.

What we do see a lot of is couples of all genders and orientations looking for toys to use together. After all, why not have as much fun as possible? A recent article in GQ makes a great case for this. Its author admits to being spooked by his girlfriend’s vibrator at first, but he quickly converts when they try incorporating one – the Jimmyjane Form 3 in particular – into their sex life.

“That first time with the vibrator wasn’t just some of the best sex we’d ever had,” he enthuses, “It was some of the best I’d ever had.”

Case closed.

Oct 08 2013

Teen Sex Talk, Minus the BS

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The Huffington Post has been running a series of articles by teens, about sex. So far, all of the stories in the series, called “Teen Sex: It’s Complicated,” cover the two topics that you’d expect them to – virginity and loss of virginity – but each perspective is markedly different, nuanced, and far more thoughtful than the media usually gives teenagers credit for.

Rather than making a sweeping statement about Teenagers And Sex Today, we’re going to let the authors speak for themselves:

“I don’t even feel comfortable talking to my doctor about it because she’s known my family for so long and thinks I’m sweet and perfect. I wouldn’t want her opinion of me to change.” – Paige, 17

” No matter how much he reassured me, I had a subtle fear my boyfriend would stop loving me. I also expected a monumental change in myself after sex. But afterward, I felt the same. I still loved him, he still loved me (to the teenage extent of love), and I felt okay with myself.” – Elise, 16

“Don’t have sex in the back of a car. Just. Don’t. Trust me.” – Michaela, 18

” I do wear a purity ring, but I never really know if I’m going to keep that promise. The consequences of premarital sex do worry me. I do, however, enjoy the thought of sharing a special moment of intimacy with someone that you do love.” – Jazmine, 17

“I realized I wasn’t ready to have sex and it was not the ideal situation (being on a futon didn’t help). But, in my perpetually practical and mature manner, I’ve dealt with it.” – Anna, 19

“I’m not some Puritan who wants to clap people in irons for the crime of premarital fornication and furrow my brow at “sinners.” I think everyone has the right to make their own choices concerning sex and I’m glad they respect my decision, even if they don’t agree with it.” – Grayson, 19

We encourage you to give each of these articles a read. We’re looking forward to the rest of the series.

If you want to hear more honest, unembellished stories about sex, check out SexIsBack.com, our new video campaign that features people telling us about their sex lives on camera.

For a truly hilarious-in-retrospect loss of virginity story, we present Maria Falzone on her first time.

Sep 27 2013

Sex is Back

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by thepleasurechest

We’re thrilled to be launching our Sex is Back campaign, which features people speaking candidly on camera about their sex lives. Interested? Take a look behind the scenes and meet the Sex is Back team.


Ever since the Pleasure Chest opened its first store in 1971, people have been confiding in us about their sex lives.

They tell us what they’re doing in the bedroom – and what they want to do. More than four decades later, we’ve met all kinds of people. We’ve heard their stories about discovering themselves, overcoming shame and finding sexual fulfillment.

Now we want to share some of those stories with the world.

Visit WWW.SEXISBACK.COM to start watching.

Sep 11 2013

Porn Without Porn

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by thepleasurechest

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In response to British prime minister David Cameron’s crackdown on internet pornography, freelance ad writers Henrik Düfke and Felipe Montt created Cameron Porn, a collection of “free sex videos: fully adapted to the U.K. porn ban.” (“Porn ban” is not entirely accurate, but these videos are meant to be compatible with the proposed internet content filters.) What this actually entails is an assortment of clips from particularly silly XXX movies, with any sex or nudity ham-handedly edited out. As far as political protests go, it makes for some fun viewing.

Please enjoy “A Handy Electrician” at work, in your living room, at a coffee shop, in a library, or anywhere else where actual porn would be inappropriate.


h/t Digiday

 

Sep 10 2013

Do Smaller Balls Make For Better Parents?

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by thepleasurechest

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In a recent study, seventy men from Atlanta were asked to look at pictures of their children while having their brain activity measured by an MRI. They were then asked about their daily involvement in their children’s lives. They also had their balls measured. Apparently, the more involved parents’ brains showed more activity in the area related to nurturing, when confronted with pictures of their kids. They also had smaller balls.

According to the authors of the study, “these results suggest that the biology of human males reflects a trade-off between mating effort and parenting effort.” So, bigger balls equals more semen produced equals caring about sex more equals caring about kids less. Sure. This level of simplification is pretty much par for the course for evolutionary psychology.

Before you jump to any conclusions about testicle size being the be-all and end-all of good parenting, remember that this is a study with a survey size of seventy, which is nowhere near large enough to say anything definitive. (Which is probably all for the best, since larger studies are just a bunch of Lotharios who don’t care about their offspring.)

h/t Time

Sep 09 2013

Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

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by thepleasurechest

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“Slither slither slither slither went the tongue…”

We love good erotica, but we won’t deny that there’s a unique pleasure in reading really, really bad smut. If you understand the joy of wondering, “Why would he use that metaphor? Why would anyone ever use that metaphor?” then you’ll get a kick out of The Telegraph’s compilation of the top ten worst sex scenes in modern literature.

Part of what makes this fun is that the authors whose work is being singled out are widely-published and even celebrated: the quote above is from Tom Wolfe. We feel okay poking fun at Tom Wolfe in a way that we wouldn’t feel if we were laughing at a stranger’s slash fan fiction.

Of course, bad sex – like all sex – is subjective. Still, “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” is, at the very least, memorable.

Sep 05 2013

All About Animal Sex

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by thepleasurechest

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When it comes to sex, the animal kingdom is endlessly entertaining. Did you know that dolphins do it in the blowhole, or that hedgehogs engage in oral sex? Out in nature, there’s an orgy everywhere you look. In case you don’t already see it, we recommend this collection of surprising mating behaviors We will never look at a goat the same way again.

If, on the other hand, you have kids to take care of, and you just want to be able to take them to the zoo without having to explain where the baby animals come from, you might be interested in this article. In brief, one zoo has engaged the services of a “birds and bees specialist” to answer children’s questions about mating animals. You can find her next to the sign that says “Animal Baby Making Zone”. Accurate and age-appropriate sex ed? We may be in love.

h/t Cracked, The Guardian

Sep 03 2013

More Fun With Maps!

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by thepleasurechest

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Since you got a kick out of the map of PornHub search terms, we thought you’d enjoy this world map of the average age of first sex by country. None of the sources we found were clear about how “first sex” was defined. (It’s usually safe to assume that people are using the narrow definition of sex as heterosexual vaginal intercourse, but hey, we don’t know for sure.) If you want to get a more detailed look, you can do it here.

h/t Lifehack, ChartsBin

Aug 21 2013

This Month in Online Dating

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by thepleasurechest

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Lately, we can’t go anywhere on the internet without hearing about a new dating site, hookup app, or some variation thereof. Folks who are looking for lasting love, a one-night stand, or something in the middle are spoiled for choice. We decided to make things a little easier by compiling the best few things we’ve read recently, so that you can stay savvy about virtual courtship. Enjoy!

Earlier this month, Nerve covered Hinge, an app that hooks you up with your friends’ friends, through Facebook. (For the awkward set-up that you engineer yourself!)

“This is the post-data revolution app, something that doesn’t play upon the information we’ve groomed for the public with a fine-toothed comb, but instead, it takes the information we’ve been voluntarily sending out into the ether of the web for years, for better or for worse.”

Now, we’re hearing about Pure, a new all-genders casual hookup app that cuts right to the chase. From New York Magazine:

 “On Pure, users designate their gender and the gender(s) of the people they’d like to sleep with, specify whether they are able to host or not, and are shown any other willing users in the surrounding area, each with an “Okay” or “No Way” prompt. When two users are mutually attracted, they’re given each others’ coordinates to meet up. There are no profiles, no lengthy chat sessions, and all unfulfilled requests vanish after an hour.”

For folks who prefer a more traditional dating site, in which you exchange messages before meeting up, advice columnist Captain Awkward offers the most practical advice we’ve heard on the subject. For example:

“When you write to someone for the first time, follow the alliterative trinity of:

- Short
- Simple
- Specific

Initial greeting script: ‘Hi, I really like your profile, especially (where you said x cool thing)(the fact that you like x piece of media that I also like)(the photo of you where you are doing or wearing awesome stuff). Where did you find your (cosplay element)(unique bookcase)(jazz record collection)(fancy shoes)?’”

We strongly encourage you to check out the rest, here.

Once you’ve chosen your site or app, you’ll usually have to make a profile. You could try to wow your potential mates with your wit, your collection of exciting hobbies, and your highbrow tastes in reading and viewing material. Alternatively, you could just use this random profile generator, which combines some of the most common elements of online dating profiles into… basically nonsense. We ended up with sentences like,

“Using my farmshare I’m just a regular guy I love the smell of down to earth Infinite Jest vinyl records.”

and

“Listening to music skiing feminism I’m not good at filling out these things.”

We think we come off looking pretty good.

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Did we miss anything? What are your go-to sites and apps for meeting partners online? Tell us below.