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Sep 13 2013

A Less Awful Sex Ed

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by thepleasurechest

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Did you get sex ed in school? If so, you’re very lucky if was better than the usual scripts:

Fourth or fifth grade:

“Soon, you will start to grow hair in places. Your body will change in some ways. Do not be afraid. Here are some artfully-depicted naked grown-ups with no genitals. Also, here is some deodorant and/or enormous pads. Never, ever show them to anyone.”

Sixth or seventh grade:

“Here are some diagrams of fetal development.”

High School:

“This is a condom. You should use one if you have sex, except you should not be having sex. If you have sex, you will get lots of deadly infections. Here are some close-up photographs of all of the terrible, horrible, confusing things that will definitely happen to your genitals. Also, do you really think you’re ready to be a parent? Think of your future.

If you’re cringing with the memory of your own sex ed horror story, we suggest washing it down with The Frisky’s list of “10 Things Everyone Should Learn in Sex Ed.” We would love if schools implemented safer sex curricula that focused on empowering students to make informed choices about barriers, partners, and what they actually want to do. Still, even if your main source of sex ed was that one friend who told you that the hymen grows back every time, it’s never too late to learn.

How about you? What do you wish you’d learned? What would you add to a sex ed curriculum?

Jul 11 2013

Get Lucky (Updated)

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Update: Durex claims they had nothing to do with these. 

A few weeks ago, we showed you some of our favorite condom designs. And now, we have a new favorite rubber: the Daft Punk condom.

The French dance duo partnered with Durex to make these promotional prophylactics hyping their ridiculously catchy single “Get Lucky.” (Push “play” up above to hear it just one more time.)

No word yet on whether the public will be able to get their hands on these condoms. So far, Diplo is one of the lucky few.

 

Jul 10 2013

Jessica Drake Speaks Out

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“As a woman, I don’t like someone telling me what to do with my body, and as a performer, I feel very much the same way.” 

That’s our friend and occasional guest educator Jessica Drake in a wonderful profile on CNN.com (!) Read about how Drake got involved in porn, her feelings about California’s Measure B and the stigma associated with being an adult film star on CNN’s site. Also, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes photo gallery shot by Chris McPherson.

Jul 01 2013

Prostates, Pegging, Bondage & MoreJuly in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Hey Chicago. How was your Pride? Did you party as hard as we did? Rest up and join us in July for free classes on safer sex, bondage and G-Spotting. We’re also hosting  guest educators Dr. Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian with back to back workshops on prostates and pegging. Read on for our complete schedule in July and beyond.

charlie_aislinnThe Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure with Dr. Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian
Wednesday, July 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Curious about prostate play? We’ll discuss the common concerns that prevent people from exploring it (and how to overcome them), tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, prostate massage, choosing the best toys, pegging, and much more. Whether you’re just starting out or you already enjoy prostate play, come learn some new ways to make sex even better.

Pegging 101 with Dr. Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian
Thursday, July 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

“Pegging” (women using strap-on dildos with men) has become very popular, but it’s much more fun when you have the info to make it easy. We’ll discuss the different options for dildos and harnesses, how to pick the right lubricant, positions for prostate stimulation, ways to include hand jobs, roleplay and much more. You’ll learn everything you need to make pegging your new favorite way to play!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, July 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

sloane cigarSafe is Sexy with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, July 17th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Regardless of how much sex you have, what kind, and with whom, there are many ways to be super sexy while still playing safe. Learn how to negotiate for the safer sex you want. Discover the perfect toys and barriers for sharing the fun. Explore how to keep yourself physically and emotionally happy as you play the field. We’ll share all and bare all. Bring your questions and your ideas to this event, held in conjunction with the PORAE professionals retreat.

 

Basic Bondage & Sensation Play with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn the essentials of bedroom bondage and sensation play. Our kink connoisseurs will show you the ropes, including how to communicate and negotiate for what you want. You’ll discover quick and easy bondage techniques and how to use blindfolds, feathers, massage candles and other items to play with your partner’s sensations. People of all experience levels and orientations welcome.

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Ash
Wednesday, July 31st @ 8-10 PM 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!

Coming up…

8/7- Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette

8/12- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest

8/14- Down & Dirty with Antoinette

8/19- Warm Cheeks, Warm Heart with Janet Hardy

8/28- Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane

9/4- The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane

9/11- Tantra Techniques with Antoinette

9/16- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest

9/18- The Ultimate O for Her with Ash

9/25- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

10/4- The 3rd Annual Art of Sex Show

Jun 21 2013

Supreme Court Ends Anti-Sex Work Restriction On AIDS Funding

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by thepleasurechest

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While many of us anticipated a historic ruling on marriage equality yesterday, the Supreme Court weighed in another issue, vital to the concerns of sex workers and global health advocates.

The Supreme Court, in its 6-2 decision, said the federal government cannot require HIV outreach groups to sign an anti-prostitution pledge in order to get government funding. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the Court, stated that such a requirement violated the First Amendment. “The policy requirement goes beyond preventing recipients from using private funds in a way that would undermine the federal program,” he wrote. “It requires them to pledge allegiance to the government’s policy of eradicating prostitution.”

For the past 10 years, the controversial policy has complicated efforts to provide HIV/AIDS services to sex workers around the world.  The ruling is seen as a huge win for sex workers and health advocates.

Can we expect more good news from the court next week?

 

Jun 13 2013

Sex Work & the Global War on AIDS

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Ten years ago, the United States dramatically ramped up AIDS funding, but the funding came with this dangerous string attached: in order to qualify, non-governmental organizations must adopt an explicit policy opposing prostitution.

The US provides nearly 60% of the funds to fight the global AIDS epidemic, but as you can see from this infographic, aid is often prohibited from going where it is most needed. Namely to female sex workers in the Global South. Can the US fight a war on sex work and a war on AIDS at the same time?

More at The Nation.

Jun 10 2013

Plan B is Now OTC

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by thepleasurechest

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“The government intends to file with the Circuit Court notice that it is voluntarily withdrawing its appeal in this matter.”

With that single sentence, the White House and the Department of Justice have ended their legal challenges against Plan B, paving the way for the emergency contraception pill to appear on drug store shelves without a prescription. This is a big victory for reproductive freedom.