Harley Hahn's
Guide to Muds


Chapter 13...

Mud Sex

Mud sex refers to the acting out of erotic feelings by two people while typing a series of sexually explicit messages. (Mud sex is also referred to as Net sex or — on a TinyMud — tinysex.) Typical mud sex takes place between two consenting people in a private place, although, as in the outside world, there are significant and intriguing exceptions.

The goal of mud sex is the same as the goal of regular sex (without the babies): to bond temporarily in a way that is physically and emotionally satisfying. To do so, two people will exchange messages so as to lead one another into a high level of sexual arousal, culminating in a well-defined resolution. Most mud sex is also accompanied by the people masturbating at the same time.

Depending on your point of view, you may or may not consider mud sex to be an acceptable leisure-time activity. The choice is yours, but if you get involved, I want you to understand the implications of what you are doing.

Is mud sex common? Personally, I am too busy writing books to spend much time on recreational activities, but many of the people who frequent muds have at least tried mud sex at one time or another.

I won't go into a lot of dos and don'ts, because, with some thoughtful practice, I'm sure you can figure them out for yourself. However, I do want to mention three important points that might take you a while to figure out on your own.

First, do not confuse mud sex with real-life sex. If you ever meet a mud sex partner in real life, you must appreciate that there is no correlation between what you have done on the mud and what you might do in person. Any personal expectations during such a meeting are probably unrealistic and will most likely lead to disappointment.

Second, it is possible to use your mud client program to record a transcript of your mud session. (This is called a log). Be aware that there have situations in which someone has logged a session in which he has induced another person to have mud sex. Later, the first person has shown the log to other people, sometimes even posting it to a Usenet discussion group. For this reason, some people will not have mud sex with anyone they do not know well.

Finally, don't forget that the characters on a mud will not correspond exactly to the people in real life. In particular, what looks like a woman may really be a man.