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Oct 18 2011

Join Us for Performance AnxietyTuesday, October 25th

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Get your laughs and lube in the same place.  Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today.

Confirmed guests for this show include Brent Weinbach, Fortune Feimster, Nick Thune, Dan Levy, Barbara Gray, TJ Miller and Eli Olsberg.  We’re also expecting an appearance by a secret special guest you won’t want to miss. Buy advance tickets to guarantee a seat.

Please enjoy Nick Thune’s “Masturbation Song.”

Sep 23 2011

Tuesday Night: Performance AnxietyA Very Special Evening of Free Comedy

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Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a special night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Beth StellingKumail NanjianiAngelo BowersHampton YountAhmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

We’ll announce the special guest on Tuesday on our Twitter account. We’re not taking reservations for this event, so be sure to plan on arriving early to claim a seat!

Sep 14 2011

Gearing Up for Our Sex Scandal Bike RideSaturday at 4pm!

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If you live in LA and you’ve got a bicycle, tricycle or decent pair of skates, cruise on down to The Pleasure Chest this Saturday at 4 for our Sex Scandal Bike Ride.

We’ll take a magical, low key tour of the storied streets. Learn the raunchy rumors and lusty legends of Hollywood lore! We’ll visit sites where people in the public (and not-so-public) eye have gotten themselves into a pickle or two. Wear your sexy or sleazy best in our costume contest. Our tour will go at a nice and easy pace, with plenty of stops and no big hills. There will even be two bike mechanics in case you catch a flat.

Our 90 minute plus ride includes exciting trivia and naughty prizes, ending at The Pleasure Chest with tasty BBQ hot dogs (including turkey and veggie options), and ice cream and music provided by the Sweet Beats Ice Cream Truck. If you don’t have a bike, simply join us at 6, for a champagne toast to 40 scandalous years of making life sexy. More info on our Facebook event page!

Sep 12 2011

The Pleasure Chest on Entourage

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Last night, HBO’s Entourage wrapped up its 8th and final season. Love it or hate it, the show was an institution. Speaking of institutions, did we mention that we turned 40 this month? We’ll be sharing many of The Pleasure Chest’s pop culture cameos over the next few weeks. Check out this clip from season 6 of Entourage shot in our West Hollywood store. And no, unfortunately Sadie does not work here. Stop calling!

 

Sep 05 2011

Los Angeles Celebrates “The Big 4-Oh!”

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Yes, we’re turning 40 this month! It’s OK if you didn’t get us a gift. But, please do come to our party. Or, parties rather! Here’s a complete lineup of free workshops and fun festivities throughout September.

40 Tips, Tricks & Techniques to The Ultimate O
Wednesday, September 7th @ 8pm FREE!

We’ve got 40 years of experience in helping people achieve explosive orgasms. Whether you’re a first timer or an orgasm overachiever, this class has something new for you. We’ll teach you 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 our favorite tips and toys.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Craft Night
Thursday, September 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Break out the crayons and start sniffing the glue, cause it’s a very special Pleasure Chest 40th Anniversary craft night! We’ll be making “Anyway You Want It” provocative paper dolls from our brand new sexy Activity Book! Feeling experimental? Pick and choose the parts and pieces to build a paper doll with all the tasty bits you desire. Make your doll tasty, nasty, sassy or sweet! Keep if for yourself, or give it to someone special. We’ll also have free drinks, live music and giveaways. Get crafty!

Sleazy Saturday

Saturday, September 10th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Steve Agee, Kyle Kinane, Tommy Johnagin, Nikki Glaser, Sean O’ Connor, Renee Gauthier, Josh Adam Meyers and Cornell Reid.

We’ll also be giving some stuff away, including TJ’s new rap album, The Extended Play E.P., which drops that day!

40 Ways to Make Life Sexier
Wednesday, September 14th @ 8pm FREE!

In 40 years, we’ve learned a lot about sex. Let us share our 40 favorite pleasure principles for making your sex life sizzle. Together we’ll explore the wide world of sex toys, tips and tricks for solo and partner play, safe sex essentials, and ways to enhance your orgasm.

Sex Specialist: Mary & Mike

Sex Scandal Bike Ride
Saturday, September 17th @ 4pm-6pm FREE!

Bring your bicycle to The Pleasure Chest and take a magical, low key tour of the storied streets. Learn the raunchy rumors and lusty legends of Hollywoodlore!  We’ll visit sites where people in the public (and not-so-public) eye have gotten themselves into a pickle or two. Our 90 minute plus ride includes exciting trivia and naughty prizes, ending at The Pleasure Chest with tasty eats and a host of sexy people to serve it up! If you don’t have a bike, simply join us at 6, for a champagne toast to 40 scandalous years of making life sexy.

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 17th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday! We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Blowjobs & Beyond: 40 Succulent Skills to Satisfaction
Wednesday, September 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? In this special 40th anniversary edition of our most popular class, we’ll 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.

Sex Specialist: Jamila Dawson

Sleazy Saturday
Saturday, September 24th @ 6pm- close FREE!

It’s our 40th birthday!

We may be (gasp) middle-aged, but we’re still sleazy. Join us on Saturday night for complimentary booze and live DJs, while you stock up on your sex supplies. Spin our “Get Lucky” wheel and win a prize.

Performance Anxiety
Tuesday, September 27th @ 8pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same spot. Join us for a night of free comedy and free drinks, presented by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. You’ll see performances by Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelo Bowers, Hampton Yount, Ahmed Bharoocha and a top Secret Special guest you don’t want to miss!

Kinky Sex: Our Best Tips From The Past 40 Years
Wednesday, September 28th @ 8pm FREE!

For over four decades, we’ve built our reputation on bringing kink to the masses. Whether you’re a nervous novice or a bondage badass, there’s always something new to learn about the art of kinky sex. If your fantasies include blindfolds, bondage, roleplay, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, we’ve got a class for your ass.

Sex Specialist: Sex Nerd Sandra

Gloryhole: The Pleasure Chest Uncut
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, September 29th @ 8pm- 1am FREE!

A pervy party celebrating 40 years of making life sexy. Drinks, dancing, and a peek behind the red curtain. Details to come!

 



 

 

 

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.

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

Jul 20 2011

The Triumphant Returnof Performance Anxiety

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Tuesday, July 26th @ 8pm

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 Chelsea Peretti, Brendon Walsh, Ryan Singer, Michelle Buteau, Jarrod Harris, Rob O’ Reilly and Greg Barris.

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 Chelsea Peretti interviewing a couple she had a threesome with.

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 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 17 2011

Sexy LA, Sweaty Balls & Real Live Lesbian Bloggers

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

  • Up, up and away! We began the week by enjoying this clip of a Seattle man taking a hot air balloon ride while suspended from flesh hooks. Has Werner Herzog seen this? (h/t Boing Boing)
  • After not one but two high profile lesbian bloggers were revealed to be men, The Awl published this delightful post from a real live lesbian blogger. We know she’s telling the truth because of all the “vagina licking” that goes on.

Make love, not riots?

  • The riots in Vancouver produced this now iconic photo of two lovers who appear to be kissing, oblivious to the chaos around them. The true story behind the picture isn’t quite so sexy. The young man says he was trying to comfort his girlfriend after they were trampled by riot police.
  • Trojan (of condom fame) released the US Sex Census, a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults. They concluded that Los Angeles has more sex than any city in the country. The average Angeleno does “it” 135 times a year. Unfortunately, it’s not the best sex. That honor goes to Philadelphia, whose citizens reported the highest levels of satisfaction. Los Angeles was also number one in vibrator use at 48%. We don’t know how scientific this survey was. 1,000 people isn’t very many. (Sorry, but we’re sample size queens!)
  • Scientific American took a look at the state of male birth control methods, and concluded that nothing is likely to replace the condom in the near future.

  • World of Wonder dug up this ad from a 1937 issue of some magazine called True Romance, reminding us that while beauty norms may change, the message never does.
  • In recent years, advertisers have increasingly targeted men’s insecurities too. Responding to a New York Times (!) article about intimate male hygiene, Jezebel investigated the wide world of products designed to combat “ball stink.”

Got prostatitis?

  • We don’t know about testicle deodorants, but we’d love to get our hands on a Dila-Therm! (h/t BoingBoing)

  • Also from Jezebel, we learned about the PBS documentary Two Spirits and its investigation of the four recognized genders in Navajo culture.
  • Earlier this month, census takers in Nepal began to recognize a “third gender” to account for its transgender population.
  • A study from the Netherlands concluded that as women gain social and economic parity, they cheat at the same rate as men. But, Anna Holmes wonders, do women cheat for the same reasons?

  • Finally, we’re not much for 80s nostalgia, but one of our Facebook friends sent us this amazing link to a vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog.

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