At first, it might seem like podcasting is an odd venue for exploring relationships and sexuality in its many beautiful forms. But the enduring medium is home to all kinds of riveting erotic programs. (In fact, erotic podcasts are some of the best erotic media around.) Sure, sex is a predominantly physical (and in some cases, visual) thing. But it’s also an auditory thing. And the podcasting world is exploring that notion in exciting and innovative ways.
The erotic podcast landscape is about as vast and varied as sexuality itself. (Which is to say: It’s incredibly vast and incredibly varied with something for everyone.) Some erotic audio programs are so over-the-top sexy they may altogether replace the need to have sex (or at least, to watch porn). Other erotic podcasts focus on framing sex in frank, hilarious terms that help everyone feel less alone and more comfortable with how absurd it can be to be a sexual being in 2022 (pandemic loneliness, burnout and all!) . Others explore the more political sides of territory that can remind you that sexuality is political and the freedom to do what you want with your body as a consenting adult is a valuable one to protect.
Listen to one, or mix-and-match a few favorites (and maybe bring a toy along for the ride). With such abundant and diverse erotic podcast options at the ready, it’s TBH pretty hard to go wrong.
A version of this story was originally published in February 2018.
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‘Thirst Aid Kit’
A celebration of giddy crushes and good old fashioned free-range thirstin’, Thirst Aid Kit is an exploration of how and why we love our beautiful, symmetrically-faced celebrity objects of affection.
With episodes dedicated to celebs from Keanu Reeves to Henry Golding to Chris Evans (with occasional drop-ins from the thirst objects themselves), this podcast is a joyful appreciation session that inspires full-body cackles and will send you down many rabbit hole movie marathons. Sadly, they had their last episode this September, but long may the archives reign.
Less of a podcast and more of a sexy library of erotica (with some helpful educational bits thrown in), Dipsea is one of the hottest new additions to the list this year.
With a pretty and discreet app with a really easy to use search function, you can look for the audio erotica that speaks to your fantasies and desires and let the story take you away. The writing and voice acting is totally compelling and it’s a great way to change up your regular porn routine.
Voice-acted by Demi Moore, Dirty Diana follows the story of a woman who escapes her own sex-less marriage through her website where women (played by other famous voices) confess their own erotic families.
Unapologetically embracing pleasure and centering women’s sexual desires, the first season is a total must-listen.
With each episode, “Fangasm” brings sexy fan fiction to life. (At least, auditory life.)
Each season is dedicated to a fan-favorite show or movie. (Think: The Office, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter.) So you can reminisce on stories you loved, while envisioning a sexier future for all your favorite characters.
‘Sex Out Loud’
Each week, author, speaker, sex educator and filmmaker Tristan Taormino sits down at her podcast mic to chat about sexuality in its myriad forms.
As Taormino brings in a wide range of guests, from sex workers to adult film stars to authors to average Joes, “Sex Out Loud” is great to listen to if you’re curious about different niches of sex and sexuality but don’t know where to begin.
‘Girls on Porn’
If you’ve ever lamented the fact that no media outlet concertedly reviews porn, rest assured knowing such a thing does exist — and it’s the “Girls on Porn” podcast.
Each week, the podcast’s hosts review porn based on popular search terms. (And they specifically promote porn that’s as ethical as it is sexy.)
With the “unapologetically filthy” podcast “Probably True,” host Scott Flashheart offers a fun and engaging platform to LGBTQ issues.
Flashheart describes the project as “always interesting,” “definitely amusing” and “smutty-yet-charming”—which is really all you could ask for from a podcast, right?
‘Turn Me On’
“Turn Me On” is hosted by Jeremie and Bryde, married partners who identify as polyamorous. Each week, the pair unpack some facet of modern love — dating apps, anal play, kink, and more.
‘Sex with Strangers’
In each “Sex with Strangers” episode, host Chris Sowa gets an international perspective on sex, going deep into topics like sex and disability, sex with strippers, and what it’s like to pay for sex.
Things get explicit and informative. And the monthly-ish episodes cover a range of intersectional issues under the sexuality umbrella.
‘Where Should We Begin?’
Fans of Esther Perel’s seminal exploration of monogamy, “Mating in Captivity,” will be delighted to learn the widely respected therapist is now available in audio form.
In each episode of “Where Should We Begin?” Perel invites listeners to be a fly on the wall of a real couples therapy session. Somber, sexy and everything in between, “Where Should We Begin?” is a must-listen for anyone interested in the world of love and sex.
“Savage Lovecast” is one of the most popular (and insightful) sex and relationships podcasts around. Each week, advice columnist Dan Savage answers listener questions about love and sex. (He occasionally dives into sex’s political territory, too.)
Dying for Sex
Following the story of host Nikki Boyer’s friend Molly who took her terminal cancer diagnosis as a reason to change her life and shake up her approach to sex, “Dying for Sex” is one of the more intense podcasts on this list. With short episodes (under 45 minutes) full of real and heavy talks about life and death and sex along with more fun conversations about kinkier fun, it’s an inspiring look at how to live fully 100% in the now with your body and your sexuality.
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