Fan Fiction Friday: Glee’s 10 Hottest Lesbian Sex Scenes

I have crafted a pie chart that explain the catalysts for my own personal queer awakening, and this is what it looks like:fan-fiction-chart-2

A long time ago, in a cubicle far away, I was pretending to crunch numbers but was instead lurking on the Television Without Pity forums. Someone in the forums mentioned the old British primetime soap called Bad Girls and linked to some fan fiction about Helen Stewart and Nikki Wade, the prison warden and inmate who fell in deep/desperate homosexual love during the show’s first two seasons. I clicked on over to read about Helen and Nikki, thinking I would learn a little something about Her Majesty’s Prison System. Instead, I learned a little something about breasts and clitorises and the magical things that happen when they are pressed against one another. When I left my office that afternoon, my imagination had gone completely berserk and was never, ever, ever shifting back to normal.

Do you ever wonder why there’s such a shameful stigma surrounding fan fiction? If I learn to play the guitar by pinging out classics from the Eagles, no one judges me. If famous artists cover classic recordings, no one even blinks. It’s completely socially acceptable to play around artistically in the sandboxes created by musicians — but when we do the same thing with the art of storytelling, we’re branded as a bunch of weirdos.

I think the reason is twofold: Fan fiction is a female-dominated dimension, and fan fiction is a sex-positive space. The world has been trivializing women and shaming them for their desires for forever, and so of course society is going to ridicule a hobby where women are working out their sexuality and gender, and exploring a million ideas about the intersection of those things, and being encouraged by other women to not settle in relationships or settle in the sack. Fan fiction is a lust-filled town along the path to freedom where millions of sexually-satisfied women have gathered to break the chains of the patriarchy.

Also, it’s just a lot of fun and is a rewarding way to explore the full lives of queer TV characters when networks and showrunners and producers refuse to do it.

So. Starting today, I am going to review femslash fan fiction from every fandom under the sun. I’m kicking it off with Glee, because fandom has written these characters better than the writers of the actual show since all the way back in season one. Here are the 1o sexiest fics I could find.


10. Triune

Pairing: Brittany and Santana and Quinn, hey-o!
Plot: The Unholy Trinity are made for each other, in every way.
Hotness level: Sizzling
Show, Don’t Tell:

“Santana,” Brittany whined. “No fair.”

Santana grunted, and when she pulled away she had Quinn’s bottom lip caught between her teeth. She let it drag roughly before she finally released it. It made Quinn suck in a hissing breath and she flicked her tongue over it, tasting the way it was swollen and hot.

Brittany sat down on the other side of Quinn and her heart knocked in her chest, filled with anxiety. She kept sucking on her lip and she looked between Santana and Brittany, a little bit intimidated by how confident and easy they were, just sitting there in their underwear. Brittany’s was bubblegum pink with white polka dots and Quinn stared at the muscles on Britt’s stomach.

“Get comfy, Quinn.” Santana said, and she stood up quickly and pulled Quinn’s cardigan off. It left Quinn wearing a loose, billowy white top with tight black leggings underneath. She looked up helplessly at Santana and then over at Brittany, who only smiled at her and tucked a loose lock of Quinn’s hair behind her ear.

“Santana gets bossy sometimes,” Brittany explained. She shifted up and crawled towards the head of the bed, where Santana had a mountain of pillows. She patted the blankets until, reluctantly, Quinn followed. She shifted and sat until her back was resting against the pillows and Brittany began running her fingers through Quinn’s hair.

“Don’t act like you don’t like it,” Santana said, and she and Brittany shared a look that Quinn couldn’t penetrate.

“We have to be easy with Quinn,” Brittany said in response. “She’s like a delicate flower with a baby tree troll inside.”

Outsider Observations: Brittany, Santana and Quinn are the only triad relationship outside of Harry, Ron and Hermione that I could ever really see working. And now I have compared to Glee to Harry Potter. Feel free to hit me with a Cruciatus curse.


9. I’ll Teach You to Dance

Paring: Brittany and Santana
Plot: Britt and Santana meet in college and study a lot of anatomy.
Hotness Level: First time timid sweetness
Show, Don’t Tell:

“I’m serious,” I said reassuringly. “I feel so good when I’m with you.” I kissed her neck again and started to trail my fingers under her shirt.

“Hey, no, its okay,” she muttered. “We should…” She trailed off when I pressed my hands against her chest, over her bra. “Should…get…back to…studying.”

“You can’t tell me you’re not turned on right now,” I muttered against her throat. I felt her gulp and I smiled. “Why don’t you quiz me?” I wiggled my legs beneath her, wrapping one hand around her back as I lifted the other up under her shirt to her shoulder and easily flipped her onto her back. I started to attack her neck again and she groaned.

“God, Brittany,” she muttered. She had lifted her hand to her forehead and her other hand was scratching my bare side soothingly. “I can’t even remember anything.”

“Mm,” I said, licking her lips. She fell back into the pillow and let me slide my tongue into her mouth. I think we forgot about her needing to quiz me, because I stayed and made out with her for a while. It wasn’t until she twisted and let me run my tongue over her neck that she said anything at all.

“Where’s the… s-sternum?” she asked. She sounded so quiet and small, I barely heard her. But I moved down to her chest and ran my tongue over the ridge between her breasts.

“And th-the thoracic arch?” she groaned. I lowered, sucking and kissing every inch of skin between her sternum and the arch were her ribs ended. I felt her shudder beneath me as my fingers fumbled with her pants.

Outsider Observations: One of my favorite Glee things, both on the show and in real life, is how Brittany is the only one who makes Santana act as sweet as a basket of kittens.


8. drowning in your dizzy noise

Pairing: Rachel and Santana
Plot: Rachel and Santana hurt each other’s feelings about Finn/Quinn and Brittany all the time and make it up to each other with some breastplay.
Hotness Level: Slow-simmering deliciousness
Show, Don’t Tell: 

Santana finds herself staring—only noticing Rachel’s slowing words in the vaguest sense—close enough now to see the flashes of pink tongue behind even white teeth. Such a waste, so much turmoil over Finn. A mouth like that…

A few seconds later, the heat of Rachel’s body occurs to Santana as an abstract sort of observation. It’s cozy and intimate and somehow pressed against the length of her own, her palms already cupping the girl’s cheeks. They’re warm, too, and she can feel Rachel’s jaw moving under her fingers as their lips brush together with slow pressure.

This isn’t even their first kiss.

It’s that thought that jolts Santana into breaking it. She pulls back dazedly to see Rachel staring back at her with wide eyes and her expression frozen in shock, salty tracks drying down to her chin as her mouth hangs slightly open. Santana can feel Rachel’s racing pulse under her fingertips as they stare at each other.

Her lips are shiny. She snaps her hands away from Rachel’s face like they’re burning as soon as it registers, stepping backwards unsteadily. Turning to put some much needed space between them, Santana bites down on her cheek to jolt some reality into head before she does something stupid, like suck that glistening lip back into her mouth.

What the fuck just happened.

Stray Observations: I’ve never really thought about Rachel and Santana as more than friends but now that I have, I can’t stop.


7. String Theory

Pairing: Brittany and Santana
Plot: Brittany thanks Santana, in public, for visiting her at MIT.
Hotness Level: Actual mention of scissoring! 
Show, Don’t Tell:

Her fingers skimmed up a little higher, her own adrenaline starting to surge as she felt the skin under her fingertips growing warmer and warmer. She carefully edged up so high, she could feel a damp heat coming from inside her underwear. The lean, corded muscles in Santana’s legs were twitching under her bold touches and Brittany subconsciously licked her lips, her tongue dragging slightly over the salty, sensitive skin of her palm. Her eyes closed for a moment, letting herself imagine it wasn’t her own skin she was tasting.

Santana’s leg jerked even harder, the muscles taut and straining now. Brittany glanced up curiously to see rich, chocolate brown eyes fixed firmly on her mouth and realized that Santana had seen the movement. Now that it had stopped, she looked up to meet Brittany’s eyes and her jaw clenched, because Brittany was very familiar with what Santana looked like when she was really turned on, and unless everything about her sex drive had changed in the last few months, Brittany was very sure that they were going to be doing a lot more than cuddling tonight.

Her eyes glazed over, caught for a moment in a mental montage of all the things she wanted to do. Since they were sixteen, they had never gone this long without touching each other. Despite their personal issues, other relationships, and Santana’s deep denial, they excelled in finding excuses and justifications to have sex. Lots of sex. Any and every way they could think of.

It was the comforting constant in her life. Her safe place. Santana’s skin next to hers felt like home. One of the reasons why she loved scissoring so much was because it let every bit of their skin touch that was possible (and Brittany had done extensive testing to be sure).

Outsider Observations: Does Brittany chew on her lips a lot on Glee? I never noticed, but she chews on her lips in every Brittana fan fiction. It’s kind of adorable.


6. An Honest Mistake

Pairing: Quinn and Santana
Plot: None, just straight up phone doin’ it
Hotness Level: Middle of the Night Quickie Sexy
Show, Don’t Tell:

“Are you thinking about it? Thinking about me lying between your legs, my tongue licking at you just the way you need, until you can’t do anything but lie back, close your eyes, and beg for more.” Santana groans at her own words, bucks up into her hand as she remembers the feeling of Quinn tense and trembling, knotting her fingers in Santana’s hair as she tried to guide Santana’s mouth into giving her more.

“Tell me, Quinn, do you want my fingers, too? Ask for them nicely.” Quinn lets out this strangled little whine, like she wants to tell Santana to fuck off, but can’t quite make the words come out. Santana closes her eyes, tries to regain a little control of her breathing before she continues. “You didn’t seem to have any problems begging me last time, Quinn. I think you liked it.”

Outsider Observations: It’s always hard to tell in one-shots if characters are in-character, but I really do believe Santana would do dirty talk better than potentially anyone on earth.

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle managing editor who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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67 Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure one of the lesbian kindle novels Amazon tricked me into loving, “Taking The Long Way” started it’s journey into the world as a brittana fan fic, too. Def worth the cup of coffee or less I paid for it.

  2. One of my greatest sorrows in life is the fact that ITYTD is discontinued, which is one of the worst things about fanfiction, that you fall in love with a story, and the author walks away from it.

    Also, I have read all but one of the stories you sampled. I don’t know why I’m proud of this, but I am.

    Also also, I too am one of those people who realized their love for lady-parts after stumbling on Hermione-centric femslash (Hermione-Tonks, to be exact).

    So to summmarize, fanfiction made me gay.

  3. So many of my all time favorites are on this list as well!

    I don’t know how I feel about that. But for now I’m taking it as, I have *excellent* taste in steamy glee fanfic. haha.

    (Shout out to: “drowning in dizziness”, “honest mistake”, “string theory”, and “got you stuck on my body”)

  4. Can we suggest fanfic pairings? My personal favorite, which is rather underrated in the sapphic community is Maegary/Sansa from Game of Thrones. Lemoncake lesbians is a fun tumblr dedicated to them.

    • I tried to imbed a picture but it didn’t work. Sad day.

      But there is also tons of other fun girl on girl ships in GoT, and I’d love for some one else to direct me to all the hot fanfic out there about them 🙂

      Excuse me while I go watch hours of shipper videos.

    • YES to Maergery/Sansa. I might also have a problem and ship Natalie Dormer with every girl she talks to, but in this case I really think that they’re characters wuold be perfect together (and super hot, ok yeah).

  5. THIS IS PERFECT OH MY GOSH

    I read through the list thinking to myself that if Room 47 wasn’t on this list I was going to have to comment, but it is! And also a weird therapist/client relationship…

    But I disagree that not all fic has Sam as being incompetent, there’s been some really stellar Brittany/Santana/Sam and Dani/Santana/Sam fic out there!

  6. So this is offically awesome times a billion. Like the distance from here to Saturn awesome. Fanfiction has been my safe place to explore myself and who I am. It was the only place I could feel that way. So I love that this is going to be a thing even if I don’t want Glee or PLL. This will give me some good stories to read in the least.

    Now I have to check out the OITNB page on fanfiction.net. Also you have to do Guiding Light. That page is basically Otalia with some Blake and Doris to make it interesting.

  7. Sex positive and female oriented? Wow, that’s uh the absolute opposite of my first exposures to fan fiction. Not getting into details let’s just say they were bad, bad enough to send me running back to Girls Gone Wild infomercials.

    Still I felt, and currently feel less guilt, over fan fic reading because a human made it for fun not to make money of the exploitation of drunk people.

    Last year I encountered a Stephanie Rogers and Antonia Stark femslash that got me misty eyed, then uh a month or so ago I encountered a Steve and Tony slash story that was an unexpected caliber too.
    So it’s ok kids I know the sex positive exists.

    This week and last week I’ve been retreating into fanfiction of the Marvel Avengers and Thor films like a bear retreats into a cave for hibernation

    I found one and only one fem Loki and Lady Sif femslash that had sex in it, but it was Loki’s groom. Lady Sif was one of the witnesses for the consummation.
    He was an ass, and knew she and his bride were “close”so he made a show of it at the end.
    Never has a version of “lesbian ends up with a man” has ever made me so angry before and it was just a ficlet.

    So uh here’s my suggestion of some Marvel movie femslash for a future review?

  8. Ooh, now this is a new topic I can definitely get into. You listed some great fics, and there are so many other great ones out there. A feel a little embarrassed admitting this, but I have a whole list of my favourites saved on my computer. While some fanfic is horrible, there are some truly great authors out there writing beautiful stories.

    • Don’t be embarrassed by what you enjoy, plus if it makes you feel better: i’ve been known to save entire fics (not just title/author in a list) to my g!docs or in .docx on my PC. Too many authors end up taking down their work, or ffnet does a ‘cleanse’ or whatever else. Can’t lose the good stuff! 😉

    • I do the same thing, leah! Otherwise they have a tendency to go ‘missing’.

      Here are some of the other ones that I love:

      * I need a Medic – Gorshenin
      * Her Smile Hears Me – mamatots (and the follow up Keep Me Where the Light Is)
      * (I’ve Got to Admit) It’s Getting Better – thefooliam (and the follow up Rhythms)
      * Clockwork – Gorshenin
      * A Different Life – hlnwst
      * Love, and other drugs – sailormoon19
      * Thunder, Clap Us Open – jellyfishheart
      * They Bring Me Back – wherehoplies
      * 2859 – Halfrobotchicken (and related follow up stories)
      * Blue Creek Lodge – slaves4hemo
      * Taking the Long Way – Lingering Lilies (and follow up Me and You and Daisies)
      * If Only You Could See What I See – FrogsRcook (and the sequel A View From The Fire)
      * Let Me Take Care of You – absedarian
      * Serendipitous – faithangel3
      * I’m Not Calling For A Second Chance – itainthardtryin
      * Dance On Our Graves – pleasant-hell
      * Where Are You Christmas – summerkid

      There are so many more – if you ever want any more recs, let me know

  9. My favorite Brittana fic would have to be Influence. I’ve read it a long time ago but it will always be the best for me. I guess it’s saying something because I’m not usually the type of person who goes for angst. Anyway, the list is good. 😀

    Looking forward for the PLL post and I’m hoping that Once Upon A Time fics get reviewed too.

  10. Also, just a word of warning. Parts of Glee fandom use the term “g!p”, which I’ve almost never seen elsewhere – it stands for ‘girl penis’, and despite that wording making me kind of uncomfortable from the get-go, I held out the extremely vain hopes that it’d be a sign of decent fic w/ trans women (because i am shamefully desperate for representation and those are extremely uncommon in the first place, let alone any that’re not horrible).

    IT’S NOT. It’s their fandom’s equivalent of ‘futa’ porn, and it’s incredibly fetishizing and transmisogynist and really frequently rapey.

  11. I just came to AS to browse while waiting for the fanfiction board I’ve been reading all morning to get over it’s technical issues and load properly and this awesome post is here!

    I have only ever really been into Buffy fanfic but yeah, those Tara/Willow fics definitely helped with the sexual awakening. And it’s nice to console your heart with after watching Seeing Red.

    Also can I just ask, why do people use the term femmeslash instead of just slash? In my experience slash had always been a gender neutral term.

  12. I am glad this is a thing, because fanfiction helped me realize my queerness as well. Oddly enough, I was really disappointed that Legend of the Seeker was cancelled a few years ago (mainly because of Cara and Kahlan), and was on the internetz looking to console myself and found Kahlan + Cara fanfiction which led to more fanfiction and more fandoms…yeah. Anyway. In relation to this particular installment, I mostly read Faberry. But I always appreciated the fanfiction dynamics between the characters that the writers of the show seemed to ignore in the actual tv show and the fandom could explore (usually) pretty well.
    My favorite favorite Glee fic though was a Faberry story that not only was discontinued, but taken down entirely!

  13. Holy crap, thanks for the nod! drowning in your dizzy noise was a birthday gift for my bff last year, and i’m flattered it was chosen for your hottest list. We’re kind of a shallow pool, the femslash corner of any fandom, and as such, a couple of my friends are on your list, too.

    There’s so so SO many more out there that are truly fantastic pieces of fiction. I’m endlessly amazed at the quality and raw talent that can be found in a totally free forum like this one, they (we) truly do it for the enjoyment and response. It’s also definitely a safe space for sexual exploration–my first forays into bdsm and kinkier topics came about first via fanfic. It’s very much an invaluable community for development in several aspects, from determining sexual proclivities, exercising safe emotional catharsis, not to mention improving the skill of composition, itself.

    Great article, and topic. 🙂 thanks!

  14. I just NEED to recommend the following Faberry fics because these were my faves when I used to read them:

    Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise
    A Million Miles of Fun (This also has Brittana)
    Crazy On You
    I’ll Be
    What Doors May Open

    • YES. Those are all so so good. I’ve also got a number of other favourites, but many of them aren’t smut-based or have any sex scenes.

      I am thoroughly disappointed that only one Faberry fic is even on the list (but at least it’s SHAFD) since that is a major ship in the fandom.

      • One of the hottest fics I’ve ever read was “these strange steps” – that *definitely* needs to be on this list. I don’t even really ship Faberry, but I read all 272,000 words of that.

        • Is that the one where they’re in Las Vegas and Quinn’s a stripper? I remember that the author changed the name of the story to “and isn’t this exactly where you’d like me” and it was perfect and wonderful but it’s no longer on fanfiction.net.

          • Yup, that’s the one. “these strange steps” is the current title; I think the other was the title before she basically rewrote the ending. And she did delete everything from FFN, but all of her completed works are still on AO3. (Her screenname there is also thememoriesfire.)

  15. First fanfic I ever read was ‘Blame it on the Heat’. Opened my eyes I tell you. Lurking on Afterellen.com, and crying at Skins episodes wasn’t enough to convince myself I was probably gay, but reading this story made me face things Id spent years looking away from. Bloody good writing, if memory serves me well. Anyone read it?

  16. Glee and it’s fanfiction made me realize that I was gay. The show isn’t all that great now but like a part of me feels the need to stick with it until the end. I think ‘Should Have Asked For Directions” was the first femslash fic I ever read. I don’t think I ever finished it, but it meant a lot to me. I realized I was gay in between seasons 2 and 3, and for some reason I cared a lot more about Faberry than I did about Brittana. Although it did become equal later on.

    Also I’ve never read femslash with Unique, but I have read like all of the Ryder/Unique fics on archiveofourown.

  17. Alex/Olivia SVU fanfiction on ralst.com (found through TWoP forum, because everything good in my life came from there). Mira’s Five Kisses, The Summary of Errors, and especially One Hundred Things That Might Have Happened are the best.

    If you feel like laughing, Del’s SVU fic is also amazing. Check out the “Silly Little…” series and Tease.

    Alex/Olivia fanfiction didn’t make realize I’m queer, but it sure did confirm it.

  18. “Do you ever wonder why there’s such a shameful stigma surrounding fan fiction? If I learn to play the guitar by pinging out classics from the Eagles, no one judges me. If famous artists cover classic recordings, no one even blinks. It’s completely socially acceptable to play around artistically in the sandboxes created by musicians — but when we do the same thing with the art of storytelling, we’re branded as a bunch of weirdos.” — *spoons this entire passage because everything in it is perfect*

    I could not be more excite that this is going to be a regular column if I tried. Seriously.

  19. I also discovered fanfiction via the TWoP forums, but in the beginning, before I realized I was queer, it was all Luke/Lorelai fics. If anyone knows of a femslash fic with Lorelai and a gender-flipped Luke, please direct that my way 🙂

    Heather, I don’t know if you’ve watched Rookie Blue, but that is another show where fandom writes better than the actual writers. Holly and Gail (Golly, Gailly, OfficerLunchbox, whatever they’re called) are absolutely the best thing about that show, and I got into Golly fanfic before ever even seeing a single episode, just on the basis of a couple of youtube clips and Valerie’s recaps. They’ve been my go-to for more than a year now, and I could easily supply you with 10+ fics for a list 🙂

  20. Really excited this is going to be a regular column! Fanfiction didn’t help me realize I was queer, but getting into the femslash community in tumblr (specifically in Glee fandom) and befriending some great writers there have me the motivation to try my own hand at fic writing. Some of my friends work is linked in this post, in fact. 🙂

    My very favorite Glee fic ever, though, is the “Eyes Closed to Fingers Crossed” series by thememoriesfire on AO3. If you want to be convinced that Santana and Rachel are made for each other and also be completely destroyed in the process, read this fic.

    Looking forward to PLL next week, too. If you have any Emily/Hanna recs I’d be super interested in those. Second choice Spencer/Hanna. Okay basically I just love Hanna.

    • Yesssss, the bible of Pezberry, ECFC. Seconded, that series is simply perfection for any fan of the characters in general, regardless of romantic attachments.

      I’ve never read any PLL fic, but i’m excited for a weekly column that will filter the good finds in different corners of fandom i’ve never explored. Honestly, that’s how i’ve ended up in several fandoms (Glee included)–reading a story i heard was good, long before ever consuming the media that inspired it.

  21. The pairing that really got me into Fanfiction were Tara/Willow, Buffy/Faith as well as different wrestling femslash pairs. I only saw Buffy for the first time fully like 4 years ago and Fanfiction was a way of keeping these pairings alive for me after the shows end. This is an interesting list also wish there was more Faberry though.

  22. The reason I left afterellen and became an autostraddle reader years ago was because AE virtually became a total Fanfiction fantasyland and unless you were totally invested in the same couples/shows/levels of unreality the editors & writers were living in, it was completely irrelevant.
    AS has always been relevant to reality and includes such a broad mix of culture, which is why I like it – So I really hope this stays one column and doesn’t permeate the rest of the site!!!
    That’s my experience with Fan Fiction- it consumes people and makes them utterly boring to others! Don’t go down that dark road AS!!!!!

  23. I’m totally looking forward to reading this column! I think fanfiction has a really unfairly bad reputation. I know that some of the lesbian fics read like they’re written by a teenage boy who watches too much gross porn, but there are some really good, well-written stories too. (Hopefully mine are somewhere near the latter category…)

    Unfortunately I don’t watch much current TV, so I don’t know if I’ll know many of the characters/fandoms covered in this column well, but I’ll be reading along anyway.

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