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Sep 30 2013

Sex Manuals Through the Centuries

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by thepleasurechest

old time sex manual

Are you looking for a little guidance when it comes to your sex life? You could try a sex ed standard like The Guide to Getting it On or something a little lighter, like the comic-style Sex is Fun. Alternatively, you could go with the 1680 advice manual The School of Venus, whose illustration above may or may not depict an early sex shop. We hope it does.

For a brief history of this and other sex manuals throughout history, check out this guide from Nerve.

Aug 29 2013

Ye Olde Dirty Pictures

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When you look at this bathing-suited woman, don’t you feel scandalized? No? Not a little bit? Hm.

Annette Kellerman, the professional swimmer pictured above, was arrested for indecency in 1907 for her oh-so-revealing swimwear. If you, unlike early 20th century beach-goers, are not easily shocked by the sight of an ankle, you might enjoy this collection of images that were once considered terribly unseemly. Fetch the smelling salts!

h/t Nerve

Aug 26 2013

Marilyn Chambers, Revisited

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marilyn chambers and ron jeremy

In 1972, Marilyn Chambers starred in the iconic porn film Behind the Green Door - scandalizing a public that knew her as the face of Ivory Snow detergent – and secured her status as one of the major porn stars of the day. Now, apparently, she is largely forgotten. (That’s what we’re told, anyway. We’re confused by the idea that people don’t know who Marilyn Chambers was.) Recently, The Daily Beast featured a touching profile of Chambers’ life after porn. (NSFW for one racy picture and because you might not want your coworkers to see you cry.)

Aug 23 2013

Curious About the Clitoris?

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georgia o'keefe

Want to know more about your or your partner’s clitoris? Or do you just like winning arguments? (We do.) Either way, Em and Lo, authors of Sex: How to do Everything, have the facts. Did you know that the clitoris is the only organ that exists only for sexual pleasure? (We’re not sure which argument we’re going to win with that one, but we’re glad we know it.)

You can check out Em and Lo’s collection of clitoris facts here, and commence gloating over your new knowledge. If you want to get really fancy, use it as a jumping-off point to do some research of your own. For instance, some people would be willing to have a lively debate about whether 4,000 is an accurate estimate of the number of nerve endings in the penis (as opposed to 8,000 in the clit). There’s also a lot to know about Marie Bonaparte, who gets a mention for having some pretty extreme clitoris-altering  surgery. Not only was she willing to go to great lengths in pursuit of climax during intercourse, but she was also a psychoanalyst and a sexual researcher in her own right.

There are a lot of facts about the clitoris out there. Start with these five.

Jun 17 2013

The Curious Case of Playgirl

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The basic thinking was that by speaking directly to women we could appeal on some level to both markets: gay men would still buy it, since they were fine with, and maybe not even averse to, enjoying something not overtly aimed at them. But that, if we marketed it the other way, the reverse would not hold true: no woman was going to buy gay male porn.

That’s former Playgirl editor Jessanne Collins in a revealing interview with Salon to promote her new ebook on running the famous male nudie mag. Read about the challenges of appealing to a female readership and a largely secret gay following, and about the many hilarious euphemisms for the penis found in the company’s epic thesaurus. ” Purple-helmeted warrior of love” anyone?

 

May 13 2013

The Redhead Bedhead Visits Our NY Store

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We don’t like to toot our own horn. So, thank heavens for The Redhead Bedhead, a Portland blogger who did it for us:

This is what I LOVE about Pleasure Chest! This industry is constantly growing, changing, evolving, redefining itself and striving to improve and when you’re in Pleasure Chest, you get the idea that they are too!

Ms. Bedhead is on a Superhero Sex Shop Tour, highlighting her favorite adult boutiques around the country. She’s written a great piece on our New York store, with a bit of history, and an interview with our fearless manager Brandon. Check it out!

Apr 29 2013

Prostate Play, Vintage Vibes & MoreUpcoming Events in Chicago

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April has been action-packed, but we’re not slowing down. This coming month, our Sex Specialists offer free workshops on everything from prostate play and domestic sex tips to advanced BDSM, female pleasure and open relationships. We’re also hosting a special visit with Luke, a vintage vibrator collector, and another night of our popular Performance Anxiety comedy show. Pay us a visit!

shawneSusie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Shawne’

Wednesday, May 1st @ 8-10 PM FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 8th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

If you haven’t thought about your prostate, you’re behind the times! Unofficially known as the male G-Spot, the prostate is actually central to the male orgasm & can provide amazing pleasure, either solo or with a partner. Our Sex Specialists will explain the role of the prostate, both physically & sexually, and offer tips and techniques to bring out the best in your bottom!

ashBDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash
Wednesday, May 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to move beyond the BDSM basics? Let our Sex Specialists show you how to play harder & heavier while discovering  stronger sensations and deepening your power exchange. Find ways to refine and negotiate the boundaries of what you want to explore.  Learn about Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) and how to stay safe while you take it to the next level.

Sex Antiques Roadshow
Saturday, May 18th @ 1-4 PM FREE!

Today’s sex toys are sleek, sexy, and discreet, but they started out as medical and health appliances that were anything but simple!  Join us for a “show and tell” with Luke, a vintage vibrator and violet wand restorer and collector. Luke will present over a dozen examples of early- to mid-1900s sexual appliances and share the hidden history of the adult toy revolution.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, May 20th @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 22nd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

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.

sarahsloane2Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 29th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

What are open relationships and how do they work? From polyamory and consensual non-monogamy to swinging, we’ll explore how to negotiate these often challenging relationship models.  Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of open relationships, improve communication and discover how to find other non-monogamous people.

Apr 18 2013

Wacky Impotence Cures of the Past

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Men faced with ED have a lot of choices nowadays. There are penis pumps, cockrings, herbal pills and good old Viagra. But in the old days, treating impotence could involve everything from drinking garlic milk or stuffing fennel and ginger in your belly button to strapping on an electric belt. The Awl’s Michael Magnes describes 11 of the oddest cures from the historical literature. Read them at The Awl. 

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