It might seem like a form of entertainment that belongs to the past or strictly to Jane Austin novels, but female erotica, or sexy stories as I like to call them, are still very much present, and we are searching for free erotic stories by the millions on Google every single month.
Yes, we’ve all at one point dabbled in the Fifty Shades of Grey mania, but did you know that Cosmopolitan has an entire section on its website dedicated to free adult erotic fiction and stories? And what I’m here to find out is not whether the form of women’s erotica is relevant today (when PornHub is but a scroller click away and tech products are here to help us survive our horniness) but what this genre of erotic stories is all about.
I mean… it is quite self-explanatory, but the genre of erotic fiction is all about typing up a hot storm—typing and reading being the definitive words here. That’s right, the magic of words and our pure imagination still works a charm for millions of people around the world, serving up fresh naughty fiction en masse and helping us all create the perfect fantasies in our minds (and bodies).
Obviously, as it’s 2020 and we’re all living our best lives, sexy stories have endless categories. From lesbian erotic fiction, fantasies about getting with your ex, bisexual threesomes, first time and fetish to group sex and pansexual erotic stories set in space, the realm of women’s erotica has your back. And when demand rises, you best believe the internet serves.
With the limitless possibilities online offers, the categories for erotic stories are pretty much endless. For every one of us out in the world, there sure is an advocate. And by advocate I mean a whizz with a keyboard and a sexy story in their past typing up a dream come true and pressing publish.
Lush Stories, for example, is an online community for the literary erotics among us. At the time of writing this, the website claims to have a community of “467,486 members, 3,252 online now, 89 in chat rooms.” And that since its beginning, it has published “56,921 stories, shared 432,720 images, made 220,661 blog posts and written 3,504,103 forum posts.” Now that’s quite a few sexy stories.
As already mentioned, the women’s media publisher Cosmopolitan is a master of erotic stories. A quick browse through its endless female erotica section and I am suddenly four paragraphs into A Fresh Start: “The best way to get over an awful ex? By hooking up with someone you’ve wanted for years,” and I cannot lie to you, I’m hooked.
There is also the website Smile Makers Collection that markets itself as “based of real women’s fantasies, erotic stories by women for women,” where you can find an array of real life stories for whatever mood you might be in.
Whether you enjoy reading erotica in your free time, it’s not hard to see why hot sex stories, or generally sexy stories for all genders and sexual preferences, is making a big comeback today. Platforms like Pornhub and YouPorn brought us free porn—a whole lot of it—but they also oversaturated our minds with unrealistic expectations. Sexy stories might not always be based on true events but they state it loud and clear; they’re all about letting your imagination run wild. And when these stories happen to be real, well it almost feels like an exciting bonus.
I’m not saying erotic fiction is for everyone, but why not give it a go? You might even end up writing your own fantasies.
Gay for pay has been a porn sensation for nearly two decades now. I personally found myself enamoured with it since early adolescence. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, gay for pay stands for porn featuring men who identify as straight but perform gay sex in exchange for money. The advent of websites like OnlyFans and JustForFans made this phenomenon even more ubiquitous, with thousands of ostensibly heterosexual men dabbling in gay action for pay.
Many believe that this trend accelerates the shattering of gender stereotypes and is an indication of our society’s discarding of sexual labels. But is this truly the case? Or does the gay for pay obsession only solidify our toxic relationship with masculinity and deep-rooted homophobia?
Nearly all the major gay porn studios today, including Sean Cody, MEN.com and Corbin Fisher, produce enormous volumes of content portraying supposedly straight dudes getting tricked or lured into having gay sex. Other websites, such as Broke Straight Boys, are dedicated exclusively to making films featuring young heterosexual bros reluctantly engaging in gay action for money (seeing their bewildered faces as they begrudgingly accept a stack of cash has been a relentless turn-on for me as a teenager).
On platforms like OnlyFans and JustForFans, where people have the ability to produce their own adult content, men who identify as straight produce all sorts of content directed at gay people—whether by experimenting on their own or doing collaborations with other men (most of whom also classify themselves as heterosexual).
Some argue that by allowing themselves to experiment with other men, even though it’s supposedly strictly for financial purposes, these guys break the rigid conventions around masculinity. In an article titled The straight men doing gay for pay on OnlyFans and JustForFans published on Dazed, journalist Josh Schot writes that men performing gay for pay sex “are proof that there are innumerable expressions of heterosexuality,” adding that, they are “contributing to a rupture in the expectations that are placed on heterosexual men.”
It is true that many interviews conducted with gay for pay porn actors reveal an overall casual approach by the actors to their work. Straight men running OnlyFans and JustForFans accounts seem to especially represent a shift in attitude toward male-on-male action—describing it as a no-big-deal type of thing that they do not bother hiding.
Yet for all the supposed ‘sexual-liberation’ promoted by gay for pay actors, claiming that they “detoxify masculinity,” as stated by Schot, seems to be a bit of a stretch, considering that the actors’ perceived heterosexuality is their biggest selling point and allure. The entire emphasis in this type of porn is placed on the guys’ professed straightness and willingness to engage in a sexual activity that they don’t ordinarily find appealing. This is particularly evident in OnlyFans and JustForFans content, where guys proudly announce that they’re ‘pushing their boundaries’ by performing gay sex. This implies that same-sex action is still very much taboo; a boundary, as they say.
What’s more is that gay for pay content overwhelmingly features broad-shouldered, muscular men who are dripping with testosterone, almost invariably refer to one another as ‘bro’ and never miss an opportunity to flex their muscles and bounce their pecs at the camera. It seems to me, then, that these guys don’t so much “rupture the expectations” placed on heterosexual men as they overcompensate for violating them. To a great extent, gay for pay porn doesn’t upend mainstream tropes of masculinity, but rather reinforces them.
But what is at the root of queer men’s obsession with guys identifying as straight performing gay sex? The most obvious explanation is the fantasy that’s associated with it—the thrill of attaining what is supposedly unattainable or, to some, even forbidden.
It could also be seen as an indication of internal homophobia entrenched in the psyche of many queer men, and a primal desire to win the validation of the alpha male. Our glorification of textbook machismo and rejection of any type of behaviour that is visibly queer or feminine as inferior and unappealing could be viewed as testaments to lingering and unresolved shame about our identities.
There’s no denying that our society is becoming increasingly tolerant of diverse expressions of gender and sexuality, and the fact that more men who identify as straight allow themselves to engage in gay sex is certainly a byproduct of this unfolding change.
But claiming that these men or porn studios are the impetus of this shift in consciousness is downright misleading, for by emphasizing the actors’ heterosexuality and masculinity so bluntly, gay for pay porn perpetuates restrictive perceptions of gender and the classification of queerness as taboo and fundamentally flawed. After all, gay for pay is still all about the labels.