What Women Want (From Their Porn)

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You'd be shocked to know how many women view porn ... and what turns them on about it.

A 2010 photo book series shows attractive men completing domestic chores such as vacuuming, folding laundry and changing a giggling baby's diaper. Its title? Porn for Women. The asexual joke is funny, but it's also a little troubling. Everyone expects men to either view or have viewed porn — in fact, a man would seem suspect if he said he never had. But what about women who are interested in porn, the real kind? Turns out, there are a lot more than any of us are admitting. In 2012, Nielsen/Net Ratings revealed that nearly one in three visitors to adult entertainment websites is female, and nearly 13 million American women search for online porn at least once a month.

Clearly, men and women both use porn to satisfy their sexual urges. But maybe those storied Mars-Venus differences also play out in X-rated online searches. Neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam interviewed 18,000 men and women and analyzed the results of nearly 400 million online searches for porn to figure out how men and women approach skin flicks and nudie pix differently. They published their findings in the controversial book A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire.

Though there's just about every kind of porn imaginable somewhere online, Ogas and Gaddam discovered that 80% of porn searches are comprised of about 20 sexual interests. The universal top five for both men and women: youth, gays, sexy mothers (aka MILFs), breasts and cheating wives. But things get interesting when we compare the top porn sites used by men and women. The top three most popular sites among men are the video-centric Pornhub.com, RedTube.com and XHamster.com. They see, they come, they conquer. The female sexual brain, however, enjoys multiple sexual stimuli, including character development. Women prefer erotica over visual porn. Their three most visited porn sites — FanFiction.net, StephenieMeyer.com, and eHarlequin.com — aren't quite traditional porn as we know it. Instead, romance novels and fan fiction are the most popular way for women to get turned on. Keep reading...

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