Rub while you read.

By Gabrielle Kassel
February 14, 2020

Think about your fave sex scene from any movie. Instant ~heat~, right?

No doubt, video porn and movie sex scenes are arousal aids. But what if you feel like ditching the screen for more analog options, and swap video for words? The beauty of reading instead of watching sexy scenes is that you're able to fully imagine the scene according to your preferences since there aren't any visual cues of what actors look like, the vibe of the setting, and so.much.more.

"Erotica is all about you: What you want, how you want it, where you want it, who you want to do it with (if anyone)," explains Jessica McLaren, Head of Erotica at Bellesa, an online hotspot for all things sexy. The page is your smutty oyster.

"Erotica can also be a place to explore, discover, and push the boundaries of your fantasies, at a pace you choose, in the safest way possible," says McLaren. For instance, you may learn that reading about choking, sex swings, or the Dominant/submissive dynamic really gets you going. Of course, there's a difference between being turned on by an idea versus wanting to do it. Erotica can be your first point of sexual exploration with a particular subject, she says. (Keep in mind, if you actually want to try the salacious shenanigans you read on the page, it's not a replacement for sexual education and should be talked about with your partner before experimenting with something new.)

Beyond the sexy perks, enjoying written erotica offers you the same stress-relieving benefits of reading a book (Earth-shattering orgasm or not). "Generally speaking, reading is a meditative way to escape the stress cycle of life," says McLaren. Consider erotica's unofficial motto: "Why be stressed when you could get wet?"

Luckily, you don't need to hit up a bookstore or load up your Amazon Prime account to get in on the goods. (Praise be to the internet!) Erotica has even more online hubs than it does nicknames. We've saved you the Googling. Scroll down for a well-researched, carefully curated list of the best online erotica for women.

Best for... queer content, kink, and gender play.

Sugar Butch Chronicles

Want to salivate over stone-femmes and/or butches? Do you jerk it to scenes of (consensual) beatings, whippings, and floggings? Or do you prefer strap-on sex and gender play? Sugar Butch Chronicles, an award-winning sex blog from Sinclair Sexsmith, a queer butch Dominant, writer, and editor of Best Lesbian Erotica, is IT. Hands down (heh), it's the best destination for kinky queer sex stories on the internet. (Related: 4 ProDomme's Share Exactly What It's Like to Be a Dominatrix IRL)

Remittance Girl Best for... kink and fantasy.

Remittance Girl

If you saw erotic potential in Twilight (Vampires! Necking! Blood! Hickeys!) or think public sex is hot (either in theory or practice), Remittance Girl's work is for you. All of her stuff explores kinky themes like bondage, age play, dominance and submission, caning, and more. Unlike most erotica archives online, all the work on Remittance Girl is written by the same whip-smart (pun very much intended), provocative, intentional sex-word master. And consistency, as you may well know, is the key to a good climax...

Best for... audio, written, how-tos, real stories, and sexy rants.

Girl On the Net

Like Remittance Girl, Girl On The Net is entirely written and run by one person. Though Girl on the Net became popular during the spike in popularity of audio porn a few years ago, it originally began as a mecca for all things sex. Think: Quirky sex rants, how-to posts, real-life stories, and dirty fantasies. Don't stress, all of that climax content is still there! If it's strictly erotica that you're after, check out the "Girls I've Had" and "Boys I've Had" tabs.

Best for... kink, short stories, novels, and BDSM advice.

BDSM Cafe

The oldest BDSM fiction site, BDSM Cafe is an oldie and a goodie. Over the last 20 years, the site has garnered quite an archive of kinky content including stories about group sex, anal, female dominance, paddling, and (a lot of) submission. Admittedly, this site is less user-friendly than some. But (!!) the good content is really good. Scroll through the short stories tab for plots that have you climaxing in ten minutes or less. Peruse the novels tab for (free!) book-length stories with tons of build-up and multiple sex scenes. Then, after all is read and cum (if you don't have sex-brain), check out their resource tab for awesome intel on how to break into the BDSM scene IRL. (Related: The Beginners Guide to BDSM)

Best for... a massive selection.

Literotica

Literotica is a classic. And e-x-p-a-n-s-i-v-e. You could do away stop sleeping, eating, and exercising (please don't!) and spend the rest of your life reading Literotica (lol) and you'd never work your way through all of the stories they offer. For a sense of scale, there are over 5,000 stories about anal, 16,000 stories about different fetishes, and 11,000 stories about gender-play and cross-dressing. So. Much. Content.

That said, because finding a well-written story can be like finding a guy who's Not A Douche on Tinder (nearly impossible) I recommend sticking to the stories on their "Top" list, where you'll find the most popular stories on the site. Another option: Follow the one-minute rule. If after 60 seconds you're not into the story, search for another. (P.S. You may want to consider starting a sex journal as a way to explore your sexuality as well.)

Best for...vanilla, kink, and a bit of sex ed.

Aurore

With the tagline "erotica, updated", Aurore is serving up steamy stories that tease, educate, and help you get turned the eff on. The site divides its content into two types: vanilla and kink. As of now, there are still only a dozen or so stories in each category—but, trust, what's there is hot. Feeling vanilla? Check out "CEO Good" about a divorcée who gets courted by a much younger man on her business trip or "Paradise Found" about a transgender man reminiscing on his first time. Or, if you're feeling a little kinkier, check out "The Quiet Ones" about sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.

Oh, and do your Instagram feed a freaky favor by giving Aurore a follow. The posts are as empowering and aesthetically pleasing as the stories are. Plus (aspiring authors take note!) Aurore sometimes hosts workshops about how to write erotica, which they post about on the grid. (Related: How to Watch Porn with Your S.O.)

Best for... inclusive and feminist pictures, stories, and video porn.

Bellesa

Big on picture porn? You may have already found yourself on Bellesa—they've also got a pretty robust library of "woman-friendly" video porn (and also some cam girl/guy/person offerings). Regardless, if you're into erotica, you need to know about Bellesa's feminist erotica offerings. For starters, their website is super easy to navigate so you can find exactly what you want. Seeking some girl-on-girl action? Or is tonight more of an exploratory kinda night? Scroll through the categories on the homepage and decide. With additional sections like "Non-Binary" and "Bisexual," Bellesa is one of the most inclusive erotica offerings out there. (You didn't ask, but my fave stories so far are "Gym Daddy" and "A Second First Time." You're welcome.)

Best for... long-form content, books, and downloads.

Bookrix

If you're a nut about character development—in addition to sexy adventures—hit up Bookrix (a free, self-publishing platform) for erotic e-books. Here's how it works: Type "erotica" into the search bar and scroll down to get to the free online erotica. Use the keywords and descriptions to find a story that best fits your ~proclivities~, download it, and rub (er, read) away!

Best for... audio erotica, app lovers, and people willing to pay a little $$$.

Dipsea

The love-child of porn and Audible, Dipsea (available now on iOS) is an audio erotica app that houses the same sexy scenes as written porn—but it allows you to enjoy the storyline hands-free so you can score some two-handed solo fun. And, unlike erotica novellas that stop the second you close your eyes, porn for your ears keeps on going and going…

Sign up for a one-week free trial, plug in your earbuds, and play with yourself every night (or morning, do you!) for a week. Hooked? Subscribe for $9/month or $48/year. If audio porn isn't your thing, no harm, no foul. (Related: The Best Sex Apps for Spicing Up Your Intimacy)

Best for... a variety of audio erotica.

Aural Honey

Tell me a better name for an audio erotica site than Aural Honey. You can't. Another salacious audio option, Aural Honey cuts straight to the point (read: sex). And unlike Dipsea, which you'll have to pay for after the first-month trial, Aural Honey is always free. (Bless!) Here's how it works: Go to the site (either on your computer or smartphone), click to the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner, pick one of the (admittedly ambiguous) categories, and then feast your ears on other people having sex or talking about having sex in very breathy voices. Fun! (Speaking of breathy voices, here's how to have non-awkward phone sex).

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