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Jun 11 2010

Pornography Fridays

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by thepleasurechest

I chose to title this new feature, “Pornography Fridays,” because it has such a nice ring to it. Don’t you think?

Anyway, one Friday a month I’m going to write about an adult movie, either in-stock at The Pleasure Chest, upcoming, or newsworthy.

Last week we were all hit hard by the death of Rue McClanahan, an icon for so many reasons, but her later work in The Golden Girls was inspiring to women, older women, and sex positive people of all walks of life. Today the terms MILF, GILF, and cougar are pretty much household words, for better or worse, but Rue’s Golden Girls character Blanche Devereaux was a woman who loved sex unapologetically, and hearing an older woman talk about her sex life that way on tv was certainly ahead of its time.

Golden Girls: An All MILF XXX Parody was actually released in May, not timely with Rue McClanahans death (thankfully – that would have been somewhat awkward), and we’ll be getting it in our stores soon. I’m not super excited about the “turn a lesbian to cock” angle, but the trailer actually looks like the film could be quite humorous and entertaining.

Lastly, let’s look at a great moment from the actual show, where the Girls watch porn.

This show was just so, so special! RIP Rue, Bea, and Estelle.

Apr 14 2010

WTF Nonsexual Product of the Day

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by thepleasurechest

A new pearly-white nail polish by a brand called BLEACHBLACK is cleverly named “Jizz.” Personally, I appreciate the explicitness level, as well as the room for jizz-on-your-hands comedy.

Speaking of which, if you’re in LA, join us tonight for our Suck it, Lick it, Love it workshop from 8-10 pm. It’s totally free of cost, and our Sex Specialists will be serving up some sweet sex tips for better blow-jobs, hand-jobs, and cunnilingus.

via Jezebel

Mar 10 2010

Peeka-Bu!

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by thepleasurechest

I was extremely amused dismayed yesterday upon reading this story about a woman in Florida who caused a two-vehicle accident last week while attempting to drive while shaving her bikini line! Sometimes multi-tasking goes terribly terribly wrong, and while I’m all for grooming on the go, I draw the line at applying mascara on a city bus in stop-n-go traffic.

If only our friend the mobile muff-scaper had a Peeka-bu Intimate Grooming Mirror (in our stores now and coming soon online). Had that been the case, she could have taken care of business in any gas station or rest stop bathroom. Peeka-bu is ergonomically designed and made of eco-friendly plastic. Its powerful suction cup grips securely to any smooth, non-porous surface, like shower doors, mirrors, and even the inside of the toilet lid. It has a 1x magnifying mirror and flexible neck, perfect for hard -t0-see places like your bikini or mankini area, and is also great for shaving in the shower.

Jan 15 2010

The Pleasure Chest will donate 15% of sales this Saturday to Haiti relief

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by thepleasurechest

In response to the devastation in Haiti, 15% of sales nationwide in our Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York stores on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 will be donated to the organization Partners in Health.

We chose Partners in Health because they provide community-based health programs, including AIDS treatment and prevention, in Haiti and throughout the world. Haiti was the location of their pilot program, and they have been doing work there since 1998, so Partners in Health workers are rooted in the communities and their work there is incredibly crucial at this time.

Since 1971 Pleasure Chest has been dedicated to serving our communities, and at this time we wish to join the global community in giving what we can to aid the people of Haiti.

To shop in Chicago, visit 3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am. To shop in Los Angeles, visit 7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-2am. To shop in New York, visit 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014 Saturday, January 16th, 10am-12am.

Dec 30 2009

The Sexual Resolutions

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by thepleasurechest

According to the US Government website, these are some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Lose Weight/Get Fit
  • Save Money
  • Get a Better Education
  • Reduce Stress Overall/at Work
  • Take a Trip

I’m sure this list sounds familiar and somewhat tiresome, whether you’ve made them yourself or have a lot of resolution-inclined friends and family. Well, this year you can join me in your own version of my sexual resolutions, and feel free to declare them. At the dinner table. When company is over.

  • Get Fit Losing weight is fine and all, but studies show that if you just say “I will lose weight” without any fitness goals, you’re less likely to succeed. Instead of imposing size ideals on yourself, why not say “I will do 30 squats a night… on a penis or dildo”? Personally, I’m going to start each day at the office with 3 reps of 25 PC muscle exercises, which are  beneficial for all genders and fitness levels.
  • Save Money This is definitely one of my personal goals for the year, but one of my favorite parts about sex is that it’s free (usually) and enhancing one’s sex life doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my favorite toys I purchased this year is Pandora by Vibratex. It has vibration speeds and patterns to suit almost anyone and can be used as a g-spot toy, p-spot toy, an anal toy great for beginners, and worn anally during sex. Even better, since it’s silicone, it can be safely used vaginally, anally, and shared when properly cleaned.
  • Get a Better Education This one’s easy-peasy. Well, if “peasy” were a word, which it isn’t (see, learning already). At The Pleasure Chest, we have tons of how-to books and DVDs, and a ridiculously knowledgeable staff. We’re also having workshops all winter long, and most of them are free. I’ll be challenging myself to think outside, well, my own box by attending the Blow-job Mini Workshop with Midori here in Los Angeles on January 11th from 7-8 pm.
  • Reduce Stress Overall/at Work Stress sucks. It’s sneaky and quiet, then suddenly unbearable. I find that deep breathing, regular exercise, light massage, and hardcore fucking do the trick. What? It’s true. But seriously, it’s important to mind your stress level, because it’s pretty much impossible to have good sex when you’re all wound up about bills or how the hell the kids on “The Hills” have their own show and you don’t. Breathing seems oh-so-basic, but it’s surprising how calming and refreshing true deep breaths can be. For me, regular exercise means a brisk walk, but you can go to your fancy gym if you must, and nothing beats a sensual massage to relax and get in the mood. As for reducing stress at work, I have 4 words for you: extended wear butt plug.
  • Take a Trip Yes! Let’s all go have sex in exotic locales! Okay, so I really want to do it in St. Barts, but what we can afford is Las Vegas. It’s cool though, because I love Vegas, and en route car sex is way hotter and slightly less uncomfortable than airplane bathroom sex. So I hear. The point is, whether it’s Cancun or your coffee table, sexual adventure is totally attainable in 2010.

Well, that’s all from me this year. Everyone here at the Chest is looking forward to next year and all the excitement, sexual and otherwise, it will surely bring. Happy New Year to you and yours!

xoandmorexxx, A-F

Nov 10 2009

Tomorrow night in LA… ORGASMS!

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by thepleasurechest

This Wednesday, FREE! 8-10 pm

Uncovering the O: Female Orgasms and More! More! More!

Join sex educator and author Jamye Waxman, M.Ed. as she leads this workshop, open to all genders, designed to teach the ins and outs of pleasing the female body. Learn how to turn on female-bodied partners or, if you’re the proud owner of one, how to turn yourself on and how to bring yourself to a whole new level of satisfaction and comfort with masturbation techniques and frank talk about sex and anatomy.

Nov 02 2009

BDSM for Beginners

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by thepleasurechest

As I mentioned before, we have some exciting web changes coming soon. Until then, we’ve all been seriously busy (sex) bees curating, creating, and coming up with new ways to connect with our lovely clientele (that’s you).

Here is little taste of what’s to come in our expanded information and education sections of our website.

BDSM for Beginners

You’ve probably seen some form of BDSM depicted on television, in movies, or even snuck into an otherwise “vanilla” porno. Maybe it made you curious, maybe it turned you on, or maybe it turned your partner on and now you sleep with one eye open, afraid that some night you’ll wake up to get a glass of water and find yourself tied to the bed. Well fear not, adventurous friend, for BDSM is all about mutual consent and negotiated boundaries. There’s a whole lot to learn, and we carry several books and DVDs to help you along on your journey, but this is quick guide to get you started.

We hear a lot of questions from people about BDSM. Here are some common ones:

“Wait, what is BDSM again?”

BDSM is the commonly used catchall term for bondage, discipline, submission, dominance, sadism, and masochism. It can include role-playing with dominant and submissive roles, restraints, sensation play (exploring with ice cubes or hot wax, or deprivation with gags or blindfolds), impact play (such as spanking or flogging), and much more.

“Doesn’t all this hurt? Why would anyone like pain?”

The idea that BDSM is all about pain is incorrect, although most agree that certain things that would be painful in a street fight, like someone scraping their nails across your skin, can feel great and be totally hot in the right context. For many BDSM players, the pleasure is not only in the sensation, but the connection and intimacy between partners in a situation where communication and trust is of the utmost importance. The power dynamics involved in BDSM, whether you are playing master and submissive or calculus teacher and failing football star eager to get the grade, can be extremely erotic.

“Okay, so maybe I like it when my partner blindfolds me and tickles my feet no matter how much I try to wiggle away, but what if I REALLY want them to stop?”

In the BDSM world, players make up a “safe word” to let their play partner know when they need to stop or slow down. Words like “stop” or “ouch” don’t work well as safe words because, especially in the midst of intense power play or discipline, they can seem like part of the action. It’s important, for that reason, to pick a very specific safe word that you and your partner will remember easily. It can be as simple as “yellow” for slow down and “red” for stop, or you can get more creative, as long as it stands out.

“I’m really liking the sound of this. Uh oh, does that mean I’m a freaky sexual deviant?”

No way! The thing to remember is that the motto for the BDSM community is “Safe, Sane, and Consensual.” Sometimes, especially as depicted in the mainstream media, scenes of BDSM can seem intimidating at best and downright abusive at worst. This is not the case at all because, in real life, people involved in BDSM acts have discussed their boundaries, desires, and safe words ahead of time. They discourage or ban use of drugs or alcohol during play or playing with an unclear mind.

Keep in mind that enjoying BDSM doesn’t mean you have to give up your job at Pottery Barn and move into a dungeon. Some people are “lifestyle players” within their relationships or daily lives, but many choose to only bust out the ball gag late at night or bring out the suspension hooks on the weekends or simply add a little spice to their regular sex lives with a blindfold and ice cubes. You can incorporate as much or as little BDSM into your life as you want. It’s all about what turns you and your partner on.

“Wow, thanks! I totally feel so much better! Should I go out and get a leather face mask, bullwhip, and spreader bar right now???”

Enthusiasm noted and appreciated, but no. When beginning to explore BDSM, it’s best to start out slowly, not only for safety’s sake, but for your wallet as well, until you know a little more about what you like and how to use more advanced implements. Since communication is so important in the practice of BDSM, the first place to start, of course, is by talking with your partner. If you need some guidance, use the Yes/No/Maybe List, one of our favorite tools to get people talking about sex, desires, and boundaries. Depending on your comfort level you can try role-playing and begin to play with power dynamics.

Reading books like The New Bottoming Book and The New Topping Book, SM 101, or Fetish and watching instructional or erotic BDSM DVDs like the classic fetish extravaganza Fashionistas can help you learn new tricks and figure out what kinds of things tickle (or slap) your fancy the most. Speaking of a sexy slap session, spanking is a great place to start exploring. Use your hand at first so you have optimal control of the impact and stroke. Focus on fleshy parts like the ass and thighs, and eventually you can try something like a crop or slapper.

“Is there any other gear you’d recommend for beginners?”

As far as restraints go, we highly recommend using cuffs made of neoprene or leather that buckle at the wrist or ankle. You can attach them together using a piece of chain, rope, or an Under the Bed Restraints kit. Traditional handcuffs or silk scarves can tighten suddenly and cause pain and loss of circulation. We also love guiding absolute beginners to the PC Bondage Tape because it is safe and versatile. The vinyl tape sticks to itself but not your skin, so it’s sturdy but easy to remove. You can practice using it to bind hands, feet, as a gag or blindfold, even for total mummification without the fear of cutting off circulation or ripping off anything important when it’s removed. A light flogger, pinwheel, or adjustable nipple clamps are a great for exploring sensation play.

The most important thing to remember (aside from your safe word) is that communication and trust are key elements to enjoyable BDSM play, and any sex, really. It’s okay to experiment and have fun, just as it’s okay to have a deep spiritual experience. Our bodies and their varied responses to stimuli are what make sexual encounters so exciting and pleasurable.

Oct 16 2009

Big Bang in the Big Apple

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by thepleasurechest

The east coast leg of our Big Bang Sale kicks off tonight in our New York store with a FREE happy hour from 6-9 pm!

Life in the big city can be fast and hard, and maybe you like it that way, but there’s always time to catch a great deal. At the Big Bang Sale, you’ll get at least 25% off every single item in the store and save even more on last chance items. Not to mention paying a visit to a major site of New York cultural history; The Rabbit episode of Sex and the City was filmed here!

FREE happy hour cocktails Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 6-9 pm. See you there!