Why Your Mother Was Wrong About Porn

In the past, studies have suggested that too much porn is harmful. Mainly these studies focus on the after effects of watching a lot of visual stimuli. However, a new study suggests that porn consumption may not be as bad as Momma told you.

Scientists at the University of California asked 280 men to record their porn viewing habits while tracking their libido. They found a positive correlation between the time spent viewing porn and sexual desire. Men who watched no porn were found to score just over 40 on the researcher’s arousal matrix, while men who do watch the nasty scored over 50.

Those who watched more than two hours of porn per week were found to have the highest level of arousal. They had more desire for ‘solo-sex’ and sex with a partner.

“This pattern suggests that those who view more visual sexual stimuli (VSS) are likely to have a higher sexual drive,” researchers Nicole Prause and James Pfaus wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. They also looked at instances of erectile dysfunction and found that the ability to get hard with a partner was not related to the amount of porn viewed weekly.

Now you should note that the men who were polled were in their 20s, so the results do not offer insight to a broad range of ages. It’s also arguable that men who watch porn do so due to a higher sex drive than those who don’t, so it is natural that they should have more desire for real life encounters.

And what about you gals?

Pornhub recently revealed that women make up a quarter of its audience. With smartphones, the barriers to porn are now gone; Women who didn’t have the gusto to dirty magazines or rent films can now feel private about porn on the ole trustworthy iPhone. By having this personal device means being able to discretely access explicit material – and that’s changed things for many women.

“The industry is taking women as an audience very seriously”

Women between 18 and 24 represent the biggest slice (35%) of Pornhub’s female audience, with those aged 25-34 not far behind. There is a wave of content aimed at female viewers, including whole new genres such as massage, that start off like an ad for a luxury spa, but end like you’d imagine. Women viewers are a small slice of the pie, but growing rapidly.

Oh, and then there’s this…

According to Pornhub, women are more likely to watch lesbian vids than heterosexual porn. What! The student Amy Hart,

Amy Hart, writing in the Nottingham Tab, describes herself as “straight as a ruler”. But, she says, “I don’t want to watch a girl being aggressively f— up the bum, it petrifies me. Lesbian porn is less threatening: it’s nonintrusive and, generally, fairly gentle.” Also, “girls constantly receive oral sex in lesbian porn”.

And how about this fact: Women search for cunnilingus on Pornhub 900% more than men do.

The Feminist Porn Awards began in 2013 to recognize films that represent female sexuality more truthfully . In the organizers’ view, “the answer to bad porn isn’t no porn – it’s to try to make better porn”.

Looks like we should all enjoy one every week!

 

 

 

 

 

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