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SEX FILES: Erotic audio stories can help release sexual tension

If you’re looking for ways to improve your sexual well-being during the pandemic, erotic audio stories may just be the answer.

Sarunas J. Jackson, the actor who’s known for his effortlessly sultry portrayal of Dro on HBO’s hit show Insecure, has teamed up with audio sexual wellness platform Dipsea (www.dipseastories.com) to co-produce and voice a three-part series titled Off The Record. Jackson worked closely with the Dipsea original content studio, the in-house team who specialize in creating sex-positive content that empowers listeners to tap into their sexuality on their terms. The result is a hot and heavy audio series that follows a budding sexual relationship between rebellious fashion designer Malcolm, played by Jackson, and a no-nonsense fashion editor, Nina who is tasked with interviewing him.

With over 800,000 downloads, the Dipsea app offers hundreds of highly-produced original audio stories that immerse you in erotic worlds. Dipsea meets listeners with all sorts of needs and desires wherever they are: whether it’s for solo pleasure, getting on the same sexual page as a partner, learning new ways to explore, or simply transitioning out of “boss brain” at the end of a long day. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it actually works.

According to Dipsea, 90% of their subscribers report that the app has improved their sexual well-being and it’s easy to see why. With erotic stories that place a focus on sex positivity, consent, inclusivity, and representation (read: realistic dialogue that’s both smart and hot), I was able to slow down, relax and engage with part of myself I thought the last few months had all but erased. The fact that Jackson’s voice that sounds like melted butter also doesn’t hurt.

When asked about why he decided to partner with the app, Jackson says, “I’m all about what Dipsea is doing; not being shamed or shameful about people being sexual, and being very sex positive, and it being run by women. It’s another way to express myself in a form of art, and a form of freedom.”

At a time when it feels like our lives are dictated by restrictions, finding new and safe ways to explore our erotic fantasies feels nothing short of liberating. In other words, you have nothing to lose. If you want to hear Jackson’s smooth delivery for yourself, you simply have to go to the Dipsea app and sign up.

Listen alone. Listen with your partner. It might just be the release you’re looking for. I know it was for me.

I’ve felt decidedly unsexy throughout the pandemic, as the grips of anxiety have all but strangled my libido. Turns out, listening to other humans act out their sexual fantasies and talk dirty to each other is the secret ingredient I didn’t even know was my missing from my sex life.

Over the past nine months of COVID-19-induced celibacy, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my sexuality: what works for me, what doesn’t and what I miss most about my pre-pandemic sex life. Here’s what I’ve discovered: for me, sex is rarely about just getting off. Even if I’m having a casual encounter, I crave passion and intimacy with my partners.

I think this is a huge part of the reason why I’ve never really taken to watching porn. Seeing two people have sex on screen (who may or may not even like each other) has always lacked a sense of intimacy for me – and don’t even get me started on the dialogue and acting. The things I crave most – intelligent yet flirtatious banter, real and passionate kisses, the sublime thrill of simply touching skin against skin – are rarely shown on-screen in any kind of satisfying way. Erotic audio stories however, deliver on all points.

The other night I took a shower, climbed into bed and pressed play on Dipsea’s Off The Record, allowing Jackson’s smooth and resonant baritone – a voice that is at once both deep and inviting – to fill my ears. Listening to the sexual tension build between the two main characters in the story, something very interesting happened: I felt my body temperature rise, even before any of the characters’ clothes came off. Alone with my earbuds, my senses were heightened as I took in every sigh and every moan. I wasn’t just watching this fictional couple’s sexual encounter, it felt like I was in the room with them experiencing it at the same time.

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