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Own a vagina? Struggling with penetration? You're not alone.

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Hey all! I've found myself troubleshooting the same concern for a lot of people recently - Something so common and so distressing to many that they may even seek medical treatment (when there may not even be anything wrong with them at all!) Today, I want to give voice to a common potential contributor to painful penetrative sex.As a disclaimer: Certain medical conditions, such as vaginismus, can cause painful penetration, which can vary from pain on any kind of insertion of another object no matter how small to only experiencing pain from more intense stimulation. Whatever you're dealing with, if you're...

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Santa Cruz Pride 2017

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Santa Cruz Pride is slated to take place on Sunday, June 4 this year, beginning with a parade down Pacific Avenue. Denizens will recognize the procession as one of the most visible signs of celebration, having been hosted here for 25+ years!Pure Pleasure is doing its own part. We will have a booth at Pride featuring a raffle and some of the delightful merchandise we commonly feature at our store. This year we have a truly exciting selection of toys, lubes, erotica, and informative books, ranging from guidebooks on sex for seniors to fantastic erotica by and for the gender-nonconforming folks out...

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something... Blue?

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Hey folx! It's been an intense couple of weeks. First Friday was a blast - For the month of May, we are hosting a compilation of merkins, lovingly crafted by regular, down-to-earth people just like you - Some even within the comfort of our own little brick-and-mortar shop! Merkins have a really interesting history - We can talk about merkins, but for in this post, I wanted to talk about electrifying your sex life.Yes, you read that right! Don't worry - No meat hooks or "weird" torture implements here. Let's talk about using electricity to get off! Truth be told, I have a...

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Our Favorite Scientist Presents: The Sexual Spectrum

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Our Favorite Scientist Presents: The Sexual Spectrum

In the recent Santa Cruz heat, it's almost felt too hot to move. I've spent many days off work holed up in my house, trying not to melt all over the room and cause a mess. For those days when you are too sweaty and icky to move, Netflix is a godsend! In my Netflix travels, I discovered that Bill Nye's latest TV project has come to life! Enter Bill Nye Saves the World. Aimed at a more varied and adult audience than his earlier project, Bill Nye Saves The World retains every bit of his old-school campiness and charm. So what's this got to do...

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Traveling While Queer: Some Resources

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Traveling While Queer: Some Resources

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel outside the country with my lovely partner. Our primary itinerary was to Milan, Italy, and we had a layover both ways in Istanbul, Turkey. Both our families freaked out, worried for our safety. We didn't have the same concerns they did, but we did wonder: As a couple comprised of a constantly female-clocked NB and a fabulously-femme lady partner, how would we be received by the people at each destination? What resources and what sort of queer scene would we find abroad?As it happens, there is a large and esteemed LGBTQI* rights organization headquartered in each country where...

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