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Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6047-4369
Lund University, Sweden.
2024 (English)In: Sound Studies, ISSN 2055-1940Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the rapidly growing Swedish market of app-based audio erotic fiction through an analysis of two significant apps and publishers: Blanche Stories and Ava Stories. We explore audio erotica apps as devices of both literature, pleasure and intimate sonic connectivity. First, we discuss the specific affordances of the born-audio format, its flexible and mobile forms of listening and the consequences of this flexibility for audio erotica. Secondly, we move in on the content of these apps by taking a closer look at specific forms of erotization of books and literature present both in paratextual elements surrounding the stories, and in the stories themselves. Thirdly, we shift to a discussion of content regulation, marketing strategies and strategic framing of audio erotica apps as digital and sonic devices of pleasure. These apps and their content may be considered “safe” in a number of ways: They are framed as healthy and wholesome from a particular ethical, feminist standpoint by emphasising consent and disassociating with porn. They create intimate and, in a sense, private and safe spaces of listening. But they also carry interesting, queer potentials for mobile forms of sexuality and for public (or semi-public) sonic erotic experiences. 

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Routledge, 2024.
Keywords [en]
Audio erotica, bookishness, digital platforms, erotic fiction, sonic intimacy
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Specific Literatures Gender Studies Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53827DOI: 10.1080/20551940.2024.2335684ISI: 001195679100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85189829680OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-53827DiVA, id: diva2:1852087
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Digital sexual health: Designing for safety, pleasure and wellbeing in LGBTQ+ communities, Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01927Available from: 2024-04-16 Created: 2024-04-16 Last updated: 2024-04-19Bibliographically approved

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