Why Women Are Watching More Porn Than Ever Before

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Does porn match your fantasies?

Do women watch porn?

One of the world’s most popular free sites, Pornhub, which is visited by 156 million people every month, recently revealed that women make up a quarter of its global audience. So more women than ever are watching porn

What is even more interesting is the kind of porn women are watching and how they are watching it.


In an article in Marie Claire, contributing editor Amanda de Cadenet helped create a survey about the modern relationship between women and porn. She asked the question, "How often do women watch porn?"

And the result was that 31 percent of women stated that they watch it every week or so and 10 percent said daily.

When asked what kind of porn do women watch and gravitate toward this was the results were.

  • 63 percent heterosexual
  • 44 percent lesbian
  • 31 percent it's a mixed bag
  • 28 percent hard-core
  • 26 percent soft-core/"arty"
  • 13 percent gay male
  • 13 not listed

These statistics are not that surprising and most likely the number is even higher. When asked the same question about watching with a partner, the results indicate that women watch less porn with a partner.

  • 66 percent said "Never"
  • 31 percent said "Yes, occasionally"
  • 3 percent said "Yes, regularly"

This indicates that watching porn for women is mostly a solo adventure, not to mention once in a long-term relationship watching porn at all goes down considerably. 

Most women say that they feel uncomfortable once in a relationship and they rely on their partners to fulfill their sexual needs rather than through masturbation. 

Women enjoy watching porn for some of the same reasons men watch porn but they tend to watch different types of porn. Much of porn is still made for a male audience, but this is changing as well, with more of a demand for better quality porn as well as more female-driven story plots. 

As a clinical sexologist, speaking with single, millennial woman as well as women in their 40’s and up there are diverse types of needs depending on age and relationship status, there is no one size fits all. 

As with the sex toy industry and the sheer volume and variety of new sex toys that present themselves each year to women, it is not surprising that women watch the amount of porn that they do. 


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What is surprising is how little pornography is geared towards a female audience. I believe that in the years to come we will see an increase in female produced porn, focusing on women’s fantasies as opposed to men’s fantasies. 

Another area where women are more apt to purchase video’s when in a relationship is in the sex education category which is making a comeback, produced by The Alexander Institute and various Youtube channels such as Sex Counseling.

I think that the availability of pornography on the computer has changed the way millennial women view sex. 

In some ways, it is positive because it takes the curiosity out of things that they may think they want to try but then realize after watching it they don't. 

Some of it is negative because women see situations where sexual practices are done that most women would not want to be done to them, but some women feel as though there may be something wrong with them if they do not try it such as deep throating, being tied up, spanked, anal sex, and gangbang. 

There is a need for more sex education videos to bridge the gap between what is healthy as compared to what is just a sexual entertainment video. 

Another aspect is that women want to watch porn that taps into to their own fantasy rather than men's.

An example could be a scene where she may want the man to take her and tell her what to do, but there is a lead up to it an understanding between the two of them (a connection), which differs from a porn video where it may show no relationship at all and the man ordering her to do certain sexual acts on him. 

Women enjoy watching porn that can tap into her fantasies rather than his fantasies as is seen with the vast amount of sex toys that are available and made specifically for women. 

It shows clearly from the record amount of sex toy sales to women that women are interested in sex and masturbation but need material that is made for them.


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Dr. Dawn Michael is an international certified clinical sexologist and relationship expert.  She is the co-owner of The Sexual Health and Wellness Center in Southern California.  Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Huffington Post, Fox News and NBC News. You can reach her at The Happy Spouse and follower her on twitter .

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