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The 6 best alternatives to porn: Masturbation inspiration

For many people porn can be a great source of stimulation and sexual excitement, enhancing self-pleasure. But if like me, porn isn’t your cup of tea, there are loads of amazing alternative sources of arousal to inspire and amplify your enjoyment when getting into the mood or during masturbation.


With guidance from Polly Rodriguez, CEO & Co-founder of Unbound Babes and Career, Pleasure and Spirituality coach Juliet Lippman as well as my own experience and research, here is a guide to some of the best alternatives to porn…


Happy masturbating!


1. Sexually Empowering Podcasts


(Photo Credit: Juliet Allen)


This may seem an unlikely place to look for masturbation inspiration but amazingly there is a growing niche of podcasts that focus on ways to improve your sex life and increase your own passion and pleasure! Whether you’re looking for sex education or stimulation there are so many different options to choose from! Here are a few recommendations from myself, Polly and Juliet:


The Authentic Sex with Juliet Allen

Recommended by Juliet Lippman and now a firm favourite of my own, The Authentic Sex is an incredibly sexually empowering podcast, covering all-things sex, pleasure and relationships, hosted by Australia's leading sexologist, Juliet Allen. Although more on the educational side, this podcast does provide great insight on ways to reconnect with your body and explore what feels good to you. Whether you are at the start of your self-pleasure journey or already well on the road, this is a great source of inspiration that’s sure to spark your desire to masturbate.


Dipesea’s praises were sung by Polly Rodriguez and after giving it a listen, I can certainly see why. This podcast a la porn hosts a vast number of sensual stories for every taste and desire that are sure to ignite your imagination and set the mood for self-pleasure!


Although not strictly focused on self-pleasure, ReWilding - another recommendation by Juliet - has some truly exceptional episodes on sexual awakening and exploration bound to help you feel more sexually empowered and in control of your own pleasure. Particular favourites include ‘Sexual Healing, Freeing Your Pussy & Divine Masturbating w. Grace Hazel’ as well as ‘Sexual Liberation, Self Acceptance & Finding Your Purpose w. Africa Brooke’.


I highly recommend this podcast to anyone looking to feel less afraid of masturbation and realise it’s totally normal! This highly comical and thoroughly enjoyable journey into ‘women who do themselves’ provides a comical and sexually empowering look into how masturbation fits into everyone’s lives and shapes our well being.


2. Self-Pleasure Apps


(Photo Credit: Ferly)


Apps are a slightly limited field but the few that are out there provide a brilliant source of sexually arousing content and education that is great for improving your sex life with yourself and others! Below are a few of Juliet, Polly and my favourites:


This incredible app, offering a beautiful introduction into the world of self-pleasure comes highly recommended by both Polly and myself. Ferly offers an entire universe of guidance and stimulation to help spark your desire, practice sexual self-care, build intimacy, boost your sexual confidence and cultivate mindful sex.


If you are looking for pure sexual arousal to enhance your masturbation. Maeve offers gorgeously sensual guided audio sessions for your self-pleasure. Maeve’s philosophy is to not just destigmatise masturbation but to give women the tools and a space for fulfilling self-exploration.


Emjoy is a wonderful source of highly personalised exquisite guided audio practices that enable you to centre and prioritise your pleasure and tune into everything your body desires.


Don’t be put off by the cutesy appearance of Happy Playtime. This adorable app actually provides a highly educational and thoroughly enjoyable journey into not only techniques to please yourself but also how others experience masturbation, making you feel a little less alone and a lot more sexually empowered!


3. Erotic Art


(Photo Credit: Alpha Channeling)


This might seem like an unusual source of inspiration but depictions of sex and sexuality have been used to arouse and entice women and men to masturbate for hundreds if not thousands of years! Recently there has been an explosion of highly erotic and arousing artworks on social media, below are a few of the best I’ve seen to enhance and inspire self-pleasure:


Natalia Lvova’s hot and heavy works of art are a beautiful source of sexual awakening and arousal. Brimming with brightly coloured bodies intertwined and bound together in sexual intimacy, each piece is almost like a lustful landscape.


Smooth, simple yet sensual drawings are the signature of this erotic artist whose illustrations are bound to arouse your desire to self-pleasure. This page is full of joyful couples and individuals passionately locked in the heat of pleasure.


Chiara Liki’s pastel pink illustrations embody the fun spirit of empowered self pleasure. Each image is an unashamedly sensual exploration of sexual arousal and exploration bound to turn you on!


Alpha channeling creates an exquisitely soft and sensual range imagery in a range of media. I’m a particular fan of the gorgeous sexually charged watercolours depicting couples making intimate love.


4. Sexual Education


(Photo Credit: Grace Hazel)


Whether you’re not sure where to start with masturbation or already well rehearsed in the practice of self-pleasure there is a wealth of sexual wellness education out there for you to enhance your sexual experience. These are just a few of Polly, Juliet and my top choices:


It would be remiss not to mention our very own Juliet Lippman, the woman who in fact inspired my own journey into the world of sexual wellness. Juliet offers incredible high-performance women's leadership coaching weaving together sexuality, spirituality and career, including orgasm courses which can provide an entirely new and nourishing window into the world of your self-pleasure.


I have long been more than just a little bit in love with Grace Hazel and her work to enable women to reclaim their bodies, sexuality and power. Women’s healing and sexuality witch/mentor devoted to women’s Pussy’s worldwide, Grace hosts beautiful workshops and one to ones on reconnecting with your body and embracing your sexuality. She also offers an incredible array of free advice and meditations on masturbation on IGTV.


A fantastically insightful resource highly recommended by Polly, O School offers an incredible array of highly educational and medically accurate videos, articles and live streams on sex and self-pleasure to help us all build sexual confidence. This is a great place to start, inspire and feel safe in guidance along your own self-pleasure journey!


Unfortunately, I can’t afford to subscribe to OMG Yes just yet, but according to Polly and based on the reviews I researched this is a wonderful and scientifically based resource to explore practical ways to enhance your own pleasure.


5. Erotic Films



I’m not talking about your classic porno here, but female focused and very real erotic films that have the same if not more power to arouse, while thankfully lacking the superficiality of porn. Here are a few favourites of my own and recommendations from our self-pleasure guides, Polly and Juliet:


Erica Lust creates truly breathtaking sensual adult films that provide a health f**k you (pun intended) to the mainstream porn industry. If you are looking for video content that will really amplify your pleasure and not only spark the desire to masturbate but share true intimacy with your partner or partners, Erica Lust’s films are the perfect inspiration


Make Love Not Porn is an entirely unique way of experiencing erotic film, a type of social media platform if you will, where real couples can share their intimate moments. If you are looking for a truly realistic depiction of sex that you can connect to on a personal level, look no further.


6. Fantasy



Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, our minds can be an exceptionally powerful source of inspiration and innovation when it come to sex and masturbation. Whether you think about sexual experiences with your current or previous partner or even purely new imagined ones, you are the greatest creator of your own pleasure and fulfilment.


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