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Jun 05 2012

Our NY Staff Discuss 50 Shades on Fox News

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The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is a full-on cultural phenomenon. It’s bringing kinky sex and bedroom bondage to the masses. And who better to lead the kink-curious safely into the wide world of bondage and discipline than us?  Here’s a great local Fox News (!) segment on how our New York store is meeting the demand,with a series of free classes for the masses. Featured in this clip are store manager Brandon and Sex Specialist Hana, who will teach the next Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop on Wednesday, June 11th.

Aug 12 2011

Ambiguously Gay Muppets, Sexy Superheroes & Cuddling with John Stamos

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During all the fuss over Anal August, we’ve been neglecting our weekly link roundup. Here’s a curated recap of our feed from the past few weeks.

  • With gay marriage legal in New York, many couples are finally tying the knot. This NYT slideshow of gay weddings made us very happy.

Just friends.

  • While gay activists continue to push for nationwide marriage equality, some cheeky folks started a campaign to let Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie get married. In response to the controversy, Sesame Street issued a statement asserting that Bert and Ernie are just friends, and furthermore, simply puppets! We say, leave the Muppets alone. But we’d love to see a campaign to get C-3PO to make an honest droid out of R2-D2.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you’ve got the hots for Luke Skywalker, here’s a must read on The do’s & dont’s of dating Mark Hamill.
  • What if male superheroes in comic books were posed like Wonder Woman? The result would probably look something like this.  Sexy!
  • Another sexy superhero: DallasVoice.com unmasked Zimmer Barnes, a gay crimefighter whose New York Initiative fights homophobia in the Big Apple.

  • Want to tighten your abs and strengthen your quads? Nah, us neither. But we could watch this 80s workout video all day.
  • Vice asked: Is anyone out there missing a bag of sex toys? 

  • We don’t want to kill your Anal August buzz, but Queerty had this reminder that sodomy is still illegal in 18 states.
  • “Right now, in one of the largest cities in the country, a six-foot-wide pair of white panties dominates one of the city’s most visible public spaces.” So begins this pithy piece of art criticism about a ginormous statue of Marilyn Monroe recently, um, erected in Chicago’s Pioneer Court.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

  • Postmodern Barney found these awesome vintage men’s underwear ads.
  • The Seattle Weekly profiled a blind man who was prosecuted for illegally downloading porn.
  • Vice published Richard Kern’s unusual photos of naked young women and their prescription meds.
  • Gizmodo reported on the Viberect,  a new FDA-approved male vibrator, which resembles a set of salad tongs. Tossing a salad will never be the same again.
  • An anonymous writer in New York  recounted a week of hot sex with her boyfriend. Their sexual marathon included a trip to the New York branch of The Pleasure Chest, which she called “a candy store of fucking.”

  • This woman helpfully defined 30 paraphilias in 5 minutes. Collect ‘em all.
  • Scientists reported on new brain scan data which maps womens’ orgasmic response, and found to no one’s surprise, that nipples are an erogenous zone.
  • Researchers in the Netherlands claimed that our romantic partners are not as hot as we think. They theorized that such “positive illusions” help keep relationships stable.
  • A survey from the University of Rhode Island said that four out of five teenagers are sexting. In our day, we had to write dirty messages on Post-It notes.
  • Another study of American teens found that boys who masturbate are more likely to practice safe sex. Wait, there are boys who don’t masturbate?
  • A study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior claimed that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to cheat on their partners.
  • A reader at Psychology Today asked “Who Invented the Blowjob?” The answer: Bonobos or barnacles, probably. (h/t Violet Blue)

Balls in your court.

  • The New York Observer noted a recent uptick in testicle-related litigation in American courtrooms.

Trick or treat? Hips or lips?

  • A reader at Dangerous Minds dug up this unlikely Al Pacino leatherdaddy costume from the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising.
  • John Stamos taught us how to cuddle.

  • Finally, Channel 6 Action News reported on a local man with too many cats.

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Jul 18 2011

Funeral strippers, Navajo Buttsex Pillows & Sean Connery Nude!

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Here are all of our favorite links from last week’s feed.

Beat the heat.

  • USA Today illustrated a story on the summer heat wave with this highly suggestive visual aid. (h/t Boing Boing)
  • i09 reported on the unusual tradition of “funeral strippers” in rural Taiwan.
  • Researchers announced that the drug Truvada may help stop the spread of HIV. In one study, men and women taking the pill cut their risk of acquiring the virus by 78%.
  • Sociologists reported that women are more comfortable with “sexting” than men. ORLY?
  • A study of female twins suggested that sexual orientation and “gender conformity” are genetically inherited.

  • Japanese scientists unveiled a robot mouth that can sing. Your Fleshlight simply sucks by comparison.
  • When we discovered that someone had found our blog by Googling “Navajo sex pillows,” we decided to take a closer look at the odd search terms that drive traffic to our site. Bonus: We illustrated it with cats!

  • Also last week, a neighbor of ours dropped off a disc of Fantasize a gay porn feature shot in our LA store in 1984! Unfortunately we had to cut all of the naughty bits, resulting in 5 minutes of mostly wordless cruising and personalized customer service.

Dungeons & Dildos?

  • The dildos made by Phoenix-based Bad Dragon made us want to dust off our 20 sided dice. Pictured above: the Gryphon. Other offerings include The Tentacle and Razor the Doberman.

  • Jim Behrle shared his Kama Zzztra, new ancient sex positions scrawled on Post-it notes.

Sean Connery, art model.

  • Finally, Dangerous Minds wrote about the rare, surreal softcore Japanese anime Belladonna of Sadness and Fleshbot tipped us to this playful pictorial of two Super Gay Mario Brothers.
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Jul 11 2011

Masturbating water bugs, men who like to cuddle & women who love landmarks

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We’ve been busy for the past couple of weeks, and haven’t had much time to blog. Today, we catch up on our favorite sex stories and kinky links making their way around the interwebs.

  • Social media has overtaken porn as the #1 online activity. We’d like to point out that these are not mutually exclusive activities. Judging from our Twitter feed, there’s also plenty of porn on social media. No word on what took third place, but we’re willing to bet it has something to do with cats.

Gagged by Facebook.

  • In other social media news, we discovered that Facebook censors the word “bondage” in event titles. Regular readers might know that we’ve had similar Facebook problems with the word “anal” and with teaching about cunnilingus.
  • In a controversial essay, journalist Mac McClelland wrote about how violent sex helped cure her PTSD. McClelland didn’t discuss consensual sadomasochism, but we think many kinky people can relate to her story.

Flying the very friendly skies.

  • SF Gate reported that the TSA allows travelers to carry vibrators, whips, chains, leashes and even handcuffs in their carry-on bags. But don’t try to bring your Njoy Eleven on the plane. “We would call that a baton-like item,” said the TSA spokesman. “It could be considered a weapon.”

  • Scientific American reported on a French insect which is the world’s loudest known animal. The humble water boatman plays its 100 decibel mating call by rubbing its own genitals.
  • A team of researchers claimed that a man’s penis size can be determined by looking at his index and ring fingers. “The team found that, in general, the lower the ratio of the lengths of the two fingers, the longer the stretched length of the penis.” Only 144 men participated in the study (Insert “sample size queen” joke here).
  • In other science news, men like to cuddle.
  • In “Everybody Calm Down: Nobody Wants to Have Sex With Your Fiancé Anyway”, an anonymous stripper demystified the most infamous of bachelor party rituals.

  • The San Francisco City Clinic shared its archive of safe sex and anti-VD posters from the last 100 years. (Via Violet Blue).
  • Cory Silverberg taught us how to enhance our orgasms, while Sex Nerd Sandra schooled us on how not lose a toy in our butts.
  • Adweek ranked the 50 gayest ads ever made.

  • Finally, we stumbled across “Married to the Eiffel Tower,” an absolutely fascinating documentary about object sexuality. If you can tear yourself away from your Hitachi for an hour, it’s well worth viewing.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 27 2011

Furries Invade Pittsburgh, Weird Al Goes Gaga & Gay Marriage Comes to NY

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Here are all the links we liked last week!

  • In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or chained to a bed (lucky!) all weekend you probably already know that the state of New York legalized gay marriage late Friday night. You could read any number of articles about this historic vote, but we prefer this animated report from the geniuses at Taiwan News.

Here comes the bride.

  • Speaking of marriage, we wonder what the creator of this “feminist wedding dress” thinks about tying the knot.
  • A new study claimed that women’s “gaydar” functions best during ovulation, while another suggested that women are more likely to achieve simultaneous orgasm when their male partners are hot.

  • From hot to cold. Nearly 400 people in Wales stripped off and jumping into freezing water to break the world’s record for the largest skinny dip and to raise funds for cancer research.
  • Our friend Jamye Waxman reported on five reasons why porn might be teaching you bad sex. And they’re not the reasons you might think.
  • Despite what you’ve seen in movies, time travel and sex just don’t mix. That’s what a new study of brine shrimp (sea monkeys!) indicated anyways.

  • Cracked investigated the ancient art of the dick joke, showing that penis drawings and potty humor are older than we think.

  • Over 4,500 furries returned to Pittsburgh last weekend for the 6th annual Anthrocon. The city expected to make $5.3 million from the event, and hotels were packed, with attendees sleeping four to a room at the Westin. Woof!

  • “When Shubin was a 17-year-old high school student, his stepmother became pregnant with twins. Doctors advised her not to engage in sex throughout the high-risk pregnancy—so Shubin’s father, Steve, nosed around for an alternative form of release. When Steve couldn’t locate a realistic stand-in vagina on the market, he began drawing plans to craft his own.”

    Yes, that’s the origin story for the Fleshlight, the world’s most popular male masturbation toy.

 

  • Food porn? Queerty dug up this clip from “Cooking with Beefcake Too!” a bawdy cooking video from the 80s, hosted by a lecherous Jaye P. Morgan.
  • Crystal at Autostraddle shared her top 10 lesbian romance novels.
  • The Beaver Whisperer talked about STIs in the lesbian community.
  • As numerous gossip sites informed us, Jennifer Love Hewitt is a proud customer of our LA store. But where is this Pleasure Chest “bar” the paparazzi are talking about? We’re thirsty!

  • Last, but by no means least, Weird Al Yankovic released his long-awaited parody of Lady Gaga, proving that he can out-queer the reigning queen of pop.

Got a link we need to see? Tell us on Twitter. Follow our LA, NY and Chicago feeds!

Jun 22 2011

LA: Get your Laughs & Lube Performance Anxiety on June 28th

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Join us for the return of Performance Anxiety, a bi-weekly comedy show at our LA store, presented by Eli Olsberg and Tj Miller. For $7 you get free parking, free beer, and performances by some of the best stand-up comedians in the country.

Performers for this show include The Sklar Brothers, Baron Vaughn, Ali Wong, David Huntsberger, Will Weldon, TJ Miller and Eli Olsberg.

Advance tickets are only available online, and space is limited. If there is space left, we will sell tickets at the door. Go here to purchase!

Please enjoy this clip of Baron Vaughn on buying condoms.

Jun 21 2011

Summer in the City Upcoming Workshops in New York

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Spend some of your hot summer nights with us. Our workshops are fun, free and held in our lovely air-conditioned store. Here’s our complete schedule of classes for the season.

Strap-on Sex for Lesbians, Dykes & Queers

Monday, June 27th @ 8pm FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, July 5th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Kinky Sex

Monday, July 11th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.

The Ultimate O

Tuesday, July 19th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

Safer Sex Techniques & Toys 201

Monday, July 25th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Condoms and dental dams are hot! Find out why at this safer sex workshop where our Sex Specialist will lead a judgment-free, open discussion. Learn how to use a harm reduction approach, while having fun safer sex and negotiating play when you or a partner is affected by an STI. We will also discuss STIs beyond HIV and communicating your status with partners.

Blowjobs & Beyond

Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Butt Sex Basics

Monday, August 8th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Brandon B

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s bff, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Bend Over Buddy: Anal Pleasure for Him

Tuesday, August 16th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialists: Brandon B. & Laura

Is your bedroom buddy just begging for some anal attention? In this workshop, we’ll teach you how to get your guy on-board for some ass loving. If you don’t know how to approach the subject (or their sphincter), we’ll give you tips on communication, the pleasures of perineum and prostate play, strap-on sex, anal sex safety, and the best toys and tricks to arouse him anally. This class will focus on bending over your boyfriend, but all genders and orientations are welcome.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More

Monday, August 22nd @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Jovan

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Advanced Anal

Tuesday, August 30th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Krys Fox

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Suck It! Beyond the Blowjob

Monday, September 6th @8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Do you think that just because your partner uses or has a silicone cock, that they can’t experience a great blowjob? Think again! Get tips on how to receive and give mind blowing oral pleasure. Learn how to silicone-cock gulp and T-cock slobber your partner to an explosive orgasm. Let’s go down and share techniques for queers, trans folks and strap-on lovers.

Pleasure Her Perfect

Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Laura

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

The Fine Art of Dirty Talk with Amy Jo Goddard

Tuesday, September 20th @ 8pm FREE!

Feeling shy about talking dirty? Wish you could open the door to dirty words without shame? This workshop will be a fun exploration of dirty talk, why we like it, what we want from it and how to incorporate it with partners. We’ll explore and practice what feels good for you, how to find common ground with your partners, and building a bigger dirty vocabulary. Attendees can decide how much to participate, but it will be guaranteed fun! C’mon and say it like you mean it!

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50

Tuesday September 27th @ 8pm FREE!
Sex Specialist: Ignacio

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 


Jun 06 2011

AIDS at 30, Colbert on Weinergate & Turn Of the Century Spooning

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Here are our favorite stories and links from last week’s Twitter feed.

  • After yet another HIV scare, the legal battle over condoms in porn may be going to a new level as lawmakers in California prepare to make them mandatory.

  • Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS by the CDC. Wired published this interesting map showing the distribution of HIV throughout the United States.
  • Timothy Brown underwent an innovative treatment for HIV and now shows no signs of the virus. Brown’s story gives scientists new hope for a cure.
  • A maverick Indian scientist may be revolutionizing birth control for men. Will RISUG (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance”) replace the vasectomy?

  • Carolyn Owlett isn’t a scientist or a statistician, but “Sexy Girls Have it Easy” is full of anecdotal evidence to prove what many women have long suspected.

 

  • Music fans might want to take care when downloading from the interwebz. A report on Boing Boing claims that Titan Media is disguising gay porn movies as music files in an attempt to shake down those who are engaged in illegal file sharing. Is that a Dire Straits album you just downloaded? Or is it “Cop Shack 101?”

Stephen Colbert has been hacked!

  • In other interweb news, Stephen Colbert spoofed the “Weinergate” scandal with a series of hilariously suggestive photos.

Eau de toilette.

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May 30 2011

Full frontal “dudity,” unambiguous gayness, sexy cow costumes & more!

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OK, so we took Friday off and never got around to wrapping last week’s best sex links. Here they are…

This is your brain on orgasms.

  • A study in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion reported that women find brooding and proud men more sexually attractive than happy ones. Supposedly, it works the opposite for dudes, to whom happy and confident women are a turn off. Really? The good news for gender parity is that both men and women find shame sexy.

  • On SNL, two bros went ambiguously gay for Lady Gaga.

  • It’s not just Gaga. Any fan of hip hop has heard the expression, “No homo.” Sketch comics Retar Crew went viral with this video on the gay panic in music.

  • People.com editor Janet Mock came out as a transgender woman, and told trans teens that it gets better for them too.

  • A fan of the indie band Bad Lamps made this music video entirely from non-XXX scenes from porn movies. We think it’s kinda sweet.

  • It’s still perfectly legal, however, to do this on a subway in New York City.
  • Hot, right? Rachel Rabbit White wonders why some women still find male bodies gross. And Jezebel asks why women’s bodies are sexualized in Hollywood movies, while full frontal “dudity” is usually a punchline.
  • Giving us fond memories of fetish subcultures before the advent of the interwebz (yes, we are that old), Dangerous Minds dug up some flyers from the Mary Tyler Moore Masturbation Society.

Got milk?

  • Speaking of fetishes, we learned a new word last week: inflatophilia. And the costumes are so cool, we’ve got fetish envy!

  • Finally, we don’t know if there’s a Grammy category for best song about anal sex, but we think Sherry’s Vine’s Adele parody deserves some kind of prize.

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May 20 2011

Best of the Chest

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Here’s what we liked, shared, Tweeted, Tumbld and LOLd about in the week’s sex stories.

  • SNL reunited the Ambiguously Gay Duo in an episode called “The Dark Clenched Hole of Evil.” Very funny, even though, as Queerty points out, this fabulous franchise need some schooling in male bisexuality.

Speaking of ambiguous gayness…

  • Another watershed in gay rights: Cuba in transition. Check out this slideshow from the island nation’s 2nd annual Miss Trasvesti drag beauty pageant.
  • After tabloid reports that an A-list celebrity is being sued for spreading herpes, Salon explored the awkwardness of disclosing (and not disclosing) one’s STD status. Honesty, no matter how difficult, is always the best policy.
  • While we’re on the subject of lying, no good men, WTF made us LOL.

Want some bling for your thing?

A Cat-5 o' nine tails?

  • To accessorize those naughty fantasies, Boing Boing suggests this whip for all the kinky computer nerds out there.

  • “My vagina prefers male pronouns.” So begins this provocative poem/affirmation from vlogger Simon.

  • Feminist Frequency examines the Evil Demon Seductress in popular culture. Sexy? Or just sexist?

  • Artist Debbie Grossman: “Imagine an America in which all-female families survived the Great Depression raising children and farming homesteads in the absence of men (and in the absence of today’s detractors to gay marriage.)”
  • WebMD reported on the health benefits of sex. In response, Dr. Ruth tweeted: “I hate when people ask me how many calories are burned during sex. If that’s a reason for having sex, then you’re missing out big time.”

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