Wow, Shocking! Porn Created By and For Women is Working!

Audio porn is the blossoming genre of erotica that caters to feminine desire. The increase in popularity over the past couple of years is proving that women are embracing sex positivity and demanding the porn industry follow suit. And it’s doing just that—women-led audio porn startups have raised $8 million in funding collectively this year. Aside from giving me a reason to wear my airpods in bed, what are the benefits of audio erotica and why is it being considered “feminist porn?”

Historically, porn has presented a disturbingly limited view of sexuality through the lens of heterosexual male desires. More often than not, the heavily scripted videos tell stories of male pleasure and satisfaction….meanwhile all of us women know damn well she isn’t getting an orgasm from that. As researchers continue to study the way that women consume porn, they are learning that we’re increasingly empathetic viewers. The Journal of Sex Research published a study which explains that not only were women mindful of the performer’s level of interest, but they also reported feeling less pleasure when the sexual activity in question seemed unrealistic. Pornhub is a lot of things, but realistic is not one of them. And that’s okay, too! People have their preferences with the type of erotica they want to inspire their fantasies, but mainstream porn faces issues that go beyond being historically male-centric. 

Morally speaking, websites like Pornhub and Redtube that offer mass amounts of free porn are also in a notoriously grey area. Often times, porn companies that are transparent about the way they pay and treat their performers charge subscription fees. And considering the wide variety of free content that exists on the world wide web, porn consumers are usually hesitant to pay for their orgasms. Amazing how we can turn a blind eye to the racism, sexism and exploitation in mainstream porn, all so we can watch a free 13 minute video called “this TEEN needs a JOB and will do ANYTHING.” Yikes, y’all really are horny.  

But just when we needed it most, audio porn swooped in and said “fear not, I am here to help all you beautiful, smart and empathetic women cum” But what is it? 

Audio porn can be categorized by a lot of things—so long as it’s audio only. Lengthy erotic narratives, sound bytes of intercouse, ASMR… if you can get off to it with your eyes closed and headphones in then honey, it’s audio porn! Popularized on tumblr and reddit, pages like Audible Porn and Pillow Talk Audio run on a submission basis by couples who share their most intimate moments with audiences of up to 20k. These communities of enthusiasts have existed for years, but now the genre is spiraling into an entire arm of the porn industry. Apps like Dipsea, Emjoy and Ferly are in the business of curating sexual experiences for millennial women who want to engage with porn that focuses on their desires, while also encouraging sexual exploration. 

But audio porn isn’t feminist just because Dipsea releases a 10 minute erotic narrative about a girl getting fucked by her yoga instructor in a snow storm. Studies show that 90% of women use mental framing as a way to reach an orgasm—aka using our imagination to create unique scenarios that result in arousal. Visual porn deprives us of this stimulation; it leaves us void of empathy and imagination. Which, coincidentally, is also the way I felt after spending four years in business school. 

Just like you have to take time finding the types of visual porn that you’re into, audio porn is similar. 

Dipsea is your high production value, oat milk latte of audio porn. With scripts written by established erotica authors, scenarios are specifically targeted to the desires of millennial women. 

If you’re looking to increase your confidence when it comes to masturbation and sex positivity, Ferly is an audio porn app that focuses on holistic sexual wellness to generate behavioral change. Users are encouraged to learn to ask for what they want and explore their curiosities in a safe, body-positive environment. 

Quinn is for all the DIY bitches in the building. The platform is a mix of amateur content (think: moans recorded on an iphone) and professional recordings performed by voice actors. I think Quinn is special because it gives amateur erotic content creators the opportunity to build a following anonymously while making money and engaging an entire community. “Oh your sponsored instagram reached an audience of 100k? I made 20 thousand people cum last night.” I mean, I’m sorry but I will never not stan. 

Audio porn takes the moral downfalls of mainstream porn out of the equation, and instead focuses on pleasure, positivity and sexual wellness. It creates a safe environment for women to explore their sexuality and their fantasies, in a way that’s natural to the way that they experience arousal. Isn’t it amazing that when women are included, even porn gets better? Obsessed! 

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