As the long stretch of quarantine continues, the days are quick but boring, while the nights are painfully long. While you lay in bed at night, your imagination can take you to strange places, thinking about catastrophic future events or reminiscing the good old days. To stop the overthinking, the two options you’re left with to induce sleep are - leaving a show playing on Netflix as you fall asleep or masturbate to the same old porn clips until you orgasm.
The second one is actually a physiologically proven way to induce sleep and also, it feels great. But I’m sure we can all agree that watching porn whilst masturbating has stripped the idea of the sex of all its nuances and emotions as it only focusses on the mechanical activity of penetration.
Another issue with porn lies with the unflattering images on the websites that are borderline repulsive at times. To make things worse, you’re forced to sift through demeaning titles that objectify women in order to find a suitable video on these websites.
How do you do away with the guilt of watching porn? or stop being repulsed by it? Maybe, you just need to find the right websites or take a step forward and experiment with a newer type of porn. In fact, here’s a radical idea - instead of your eyes, stimulate your ears while you immerse yourself in the world of audio porn.
Imagine entering your fantasy and feeling every peripheral detail with the meticulously narrated erotica. This wordy and descriptive erotic audio can fill you up with exciting thoughts as you lay on your bed like a blank canvas. And with a sultry voice narrating, your body may feel sensations and tingles that porn could never incite.
Let’s face it -visual porn is predictable, scripted, and not to mention has terrible acting. But here are more reasons to make the leap from visual to audio porn.
Why should you take a break from visual porn?
Porn traditionalists can relax as visual porn isn't going anywhere - it's still as popular. India is the third-largest porn consumer in the world and as long as the internet exists, we will continue watching porn. However, people can find that intense pleasure in audio porn as well, maybe even more as it intentionally leaves a lot more to the imagination.
The Good Bits, an independently-run company, is a wonderful example of how erotic audio can ignite our dormant sexual desire by making us an active participant in the act. Audio porn encourages mental activity and overall, makes one use their creativity instead of lying there and half-heartedly stroking their genitals.
That’s why the Good Bits promises to “Inspire Desire” with riveting erotic programs even if you've been abstinent for months, as most of us have.
The Good Bits podcast offers sensually narrated and descriptive erotic stories
The erotic podcast company, the Good Bits, selects excerpts from erotic fiction books and compiles them into 10-20 minute-long podcasts for our listening pleasure. They believe that sex is a deeply personal experience which is why they provide stories that resonate with all kinds of identities people espouse.
They're the ultimate wet dream for the woke Gen Z who wants to see progressive content with queer inclusivity and importance given to female pleasure.
While visual porn does offer different categories for various sexualities, you can never fully customize the porn to add yourself to the story or the person you may want to fantasize as your partner.
Carol Queen, Good Vibrations staff sexologist and co-author of “The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone” tells Healthline, “We’re given a freer field to imagine characters and insert ourselves into the scene in different ways.”
So if on a particular night, you're having the hots for your college ex or Damon from The Vampire Diaries, you can insert them into the story and have them lust after you, in your mind, of course. With you starring in your own erotica, you define the rules. There's no perfect body type, no shaved vaginas, or uncomfortable high heels in the story.
A peek into the erotic podcasts by the Good Bits
To elucidate how the Good Bits evokes sexual desire through mere audio clips, here is a glimpse of the type of stories they have in store.
The first Good Bit: The first episode features an erotic excerpt from “The Fling” by Stefanie London which takes you through an empowering erotic experience of a woman and a voyeur. The story begins with a vivid description of her surroundings, “Pulling open the sliding door to the balcony, I almost sigh in relief as the cool air hits my skin. The rain has stopped and it smells glorious like - springtime and wet grass and jasmine and life.”
She notices a presence in the apartment next to hers belonging to a gentleman she calls Mr. Suit, who had declined her sexual advances the night before. Still, she finds herself peering into his bedroom and lusting for his touch.
Soon, they start a game of strip-teasing each other through their window and the story gets hotter. If this piqued your interest, listen to the whole episode on Spotify here.
The second Good Bit: The second episode is an excerpt from Madeline Ash’s “His Billionaire Bride” about the steamy erotic relationship between a powerful woman and a younger man and the exciting power dynamics between them.
In this story, we hear the woman describing her desire to explore her younger muse’s body, “Holding my breath, I pressed my palms into his shoulder blade and slid it slowly down his back. No reaction. Edging closer, I fanned my fingers and swept my touch outward along his side. My fingertips curved over onto his bare stomach.”
In this power play, she forbids him from touching her until she is done exploring every crevice of his body - creating immense temptation in him. You can listen to the whole episode on Spotify here.
The third Good Bit: The third episode is a lesbian fantasy from an excerpt from Fiona Zedde’s book, The Magical Femme. This is an erotic tale of two Black lesbian women enjoying a pre-dinner meal that ends up being more satisfying than any scrumptious meal.
Their chemistry is volatile and the protagonist cannot stop feeling turned on by her dominating and wildly attractive partner. She says, “My heart is beating fast. My panties are soaking. My lips tingle under the slow and firm caress of her fingers, a caress I feel an echo of between my legs. As much I love kissing, my lips are not this sensitive.” To continue hearing about their encounter, you can listen to the whole episode on Spotify here.
How the Good Bits wishes to change the way you look at sex and masturbation
The Good Bits is dedicated to giving you better writing, choosing the steamiest passages from romance novels or erotic literature. After all, you deserve better storylines than the boring pizza man, plumber, boss, and the cringe-worthy student-professor tropes.
The Good Bits doesn't feature Indian writers yet but they are on the lookout to feature writers from India so if you’re interested to showcase your erotica writings on an international platform, get in touch with them on their website!
Currently, it has titillating stories from New York Times bestselling authors Alessandra Torre and Sierra Simone and USA Today bestselling author Stefanie London. Other prominent authors featured from Australia and the US include Katrina Jackson, Fiona Zedde, Clare Connelly, Madeline Ash, and JL Peridot.
The company was co-founded by Carol Battle and Siobhan Fitzgerald. Two Melbourne mums, one a tech executive, and the other an advertising creative. They started the endeavor as they felt there was a need for more female sexuality-focussed content in the erotic podcast landscape online.
Carol Battle explains, “We know nearly 40 percent of women experience a lack of desire at some point during their lives, and The Good Bits wants to help them feel good — without feeling gross."
You might recall this feeling of grossness immediately after you orgasm or when viewing the homepage of porn websites. An erotica podcast will not leave you repulsed by your desires, rather you'll leave the fantasy as contently as you had entered it. Easy come, easy go.
Also, instead of wondering if the women are really enjoying the sex or if porn stars ever tire of having sex for the camera, you can focus on your pleasure.
They've recently launched their podcast in September and are still testing the waters. Battle says in an interview, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with iHeart Podcast Network Australia in this growing market, to extend the reach of our sexy stories, and to be able to provide some much-needed escapism and satisfaction right now.”
The Good Bits’ Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Siobhan Fitzgerald believes, “Sex is such an important part of the human experience and there’s no reason it should be sleazy. Our aim has been to present great sex in great style on a platform that can inspire authors, readers, and advertisers alike.”
Escape into audio erotica fantasies during the abundance of me-time during the quarantine
It's going to be a while before we can have the sex life we had before the pandemic, but we don't need to revel in our longing till the vaccine comes. We can vicariously live through sexual fantasies and regain our lost desire episode by episode.
Creators of the erotic podcast, the Good Bits think this is the perfect opportunity for them to connect with their customers as they have more free time and are more receptive to new messages at the moment.
The Good Bits has many stories on their website as well which are categorized as hot, hotter, and hottest so you can turn up the heat however you wish. Along with audio porn, they offer information about courses on sex and sexuality with links to sex-positive websites such as OMGYes, The Kink Academy, Helena Nista, and The Pleasure Mechanics.
If you're looking for one-on-one advice, the website has a dedicated page for suggested sex counselors who do online consultations.
The Good Bits podcast is available on Apple, Spotify, iHeart, Google podcasts, and various other podcast platforms. They've uploaded four ‘good bits’ or episodes till now. So, the next time you feel like you're in the mood, consider plugging into some sexy erotic audio - all you need to do is turn off the lights and let your imagination run wild. As the Good Bits founders say, "Because your imagination is where the fun lies."
Listen to The Good Bits podcast for great feels and follow their page, wearethegoodbits on Instagram to see artworks with a unique visual style and get updates on their podcast.