I Forced a Bot to Write a Sex Scene

What happens when you outsource erotic writing to robots?

Zulie Rane
OneZero
Published in
6 min readMay 20, 2021

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When I decided to try my hand at writing a novel this year, I got stuck on writing the sex scenes. I wanted to capture the romance, the passion, the feeling of being swept away by your emotions. Instead, I only managed to write stilted dialogue and awkward positions that somehow defied the laws of physics.

In a fit of despair that I’d never get the scene done, I outsourced the job to an AI bot.

Legions of ads thinly veiled as TikTok videos had recommended a tool called ShortlyAI. Impressed by their marketing budget, I chose it as my weapon of love.

If you prefer to watch, you can see what happens in my video here:

Here’s what I found.

1. AI thinks sex is toxic.

At first, I tried to lead up to the sex scene without getting explicit myself. The AI would never do it. It would dodge by making the characters flee in panic, pushing characters away after a brief kiss due to insecurity, reminiscing into past memories, and even introducing new characters such as “droopy-faced customers” in one memorable instance.

Highlighted text is author’s work. Unhighlighted text is AI. Highlighted text reads: “‘Sally. I love you. I’ve loved you since the day I met you. I hate running and I only want you.’ Sally’s mouth fell open in a little moue of surprise. ‘I… you love me?’ she said faintly. Anna stood in front of her, bare chest beating, and said simply: ‘Yes.’ She closed the distance between them. ‘I love you. I’m going to kiss you. Can I kiss you?’ Sally” and then the unhighlighted, AI-generated text continued: “was looking at Anna’s mouth now. Her eyebrows had gone up and she was nodding slowly. ‘The coast is clear,’ she said, pulling Anna close. ‘Yes,Anna. I…I loved you too.’ Anna’s breath caught in her throat. ‘Can we to go the beach? To be alone?’ ‘In the middle of the day?’ Sally said. She looked at the droopy-faced customers. ‘Is now really a good time?’

Exasperated, I took it a step further and actually named a sexual body part (a breast). At that point, the AI refused to show me the output, claiming it was too toxic to be seen by human eyes.

While there was some clothes-tearing and passionate kissing, the AI never wrote an actual sex scene.

2. The AI is somewhat heteronormative.

I tasked the AI to create a scene where an explicitly bisexual character named Anna is staying in a beach house with two other people, Harry and Sally. In the scene I wrote, Anna deliberates about the troubles of her…

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Zulie Rane
OneZero

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