Urban dictionary, your dirty-minded bestie, and a stack of erotic reads may come in handy when your mind goes blank mid-sexting. But next time words fail you, there’s another tool at your disposal: Sex emojis.
That’s right. Those little cartoon diddly doos have a place in your R-rated convos, according to clinical sexologist Megan Stubbs, Ed.D., who is a big proponent of emoji-use during steamy chats. “Sexting is another way to add pleasure and play to your sexual repertoire,” she says. “And using emojis while you sext puts an emphasis on the playful part.”
Beyond imbuing the convo with a sense of fun, emojis can actually enhance your communication. “Emojis are the sexting equivalent of ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.'” says Stubbs. Especially useful for shy pleasure seekers, “emojis give you a way to respond when you’re having trouble coming up with a cohesive thought or idea.” (See More: 8 Sexting Tips For Steamy and Safe Convos)
Best part? These tiny graphics are just a keyboard switch away. Meaning, they’re there for you day or night, and despite shotty WiFi. Whether you’re here to up your sexting game or, rather, just want to know the sneakily sexy meanings behind all your favorite emojis, read on for your ultimate crib sheet to sex emojis.
The Unofficial Sex Emoji Glossary
?? Angel Face: Fifty Shades of Grey fans, you can think of this as the Anastasia Steele of emojis (aka good girl? Nah, that’s just a guise).
?? Basketball: True, it’s not great. But this is as close as you kinky folk are gonna get to a ball-gag. (At least until the next keyboard update.)
?? Camel: In the words of the Black Eyed Peas, “My hump my hump my hump my hump my hump my hump. My lovely lady lumps.” In other words, yes, the camel emoji is really out here standing in for boobs.
All the Sex Emojis You Need for Perfectly Raunchy Sexting
?? Cancer Sign: Sorry, but just look at this graphic! It literally couldn’t be more suggestive if you tried! In sexting, it comes in handy when asking for mutual oral. (See More: Everything You Need to Know About the 69 Position)
? Daddyhunt search Chains: Kinksters, you can thank Rihanna – who really had us singing “chains and whips excite me” in seventh grade (sorry, Mom!), – for this inclusion. (Related: The Best BDSM Toys for Beginners)
?? Cowboy/girl/human Face. An easy response to, “What position do you want to try tonight.” Yee-haw! (Related: How to Nail the Cowgirl/Rider Sex Position)
?? Crying Cat: You could have your text-mate listen to all 4 minutes of Cardi B’s ‘WAP.’ Or, you could send this as short-hand. Think about it: water + an alternate name for cat. ( said it first!)
?? Devil Face: The most obvious sext-friendly face, this buddy screams: Horny. And also: I know the way I make your breath hitch, heart rate spike, scalp sweat, and panties drop.
?? Drool Face. In the middle of a sexting sesh, the drool face emoji is an easy stand-in for, “that’s so hot I’m drooling all over my phone.” At the end though, it could represent your mouth after a certain set of sex acts (ahem, oral sex). Graphic? Sure. But don’t be shy sweetie, you are sexting after all.
?? Eggplant: No sex emoji guide would be complete without the inclusion of the emoji now famous for its double entendre for penis. It can also mean dildo. (Related: The Best Dildos to Add to Your Collection)
?? Explosion: Yep. This little explosion is as close to depicting a climax as emojis get. If only there was an Old Faithful geyser option.