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Survey Finds More Than 1 in 3 Women Watch Porn at Least Once a Week

By February 20, 2020 No Comments
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More than a third of women watch pornography at least once a week, a survey found, as reported by The Independent. By now, these numbers are a few years old, but we think they’re worth paying attention to. This issue is underreported, but what numbers we do have are eye-opening.

This research by Typeform for Marie Claire also shows how the digital age has made porn more accessible: 90% of the 3,000 female respondents said they watched it online, and 2/3 said they watched it on their smartphones.

The survey was part of a documentary project carried out by photographer Amanda de Cadenet and the magazine, Marie Claire. The photographer said she wanted to embark upon the project because women’s relationship to porn has been “hugely underreported.”

Related: What Kind Of Porn Do Women Watch?

“Porn is here to stay, and we have to learn to negotiate it, as sexual beings ourselves, who may or may not be viewers, and as partners,” she said.

Porn may be here to stay, but does that mean it’s healthy to consume?

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Revealing survey numbers

In the survey, 31% of the women said they watched porn every week and another 30% said they did so a few times a month.

When asked what kind of porn they gravitated towards, they answered the following:

63% Heterosexual

44% Lesbian

31% It’s a mixed bag

28% Hardcore

26% Softcore/”artsy”

13% Gay male

13% Not listed here

Related: Popular Porn Site Reveals Women Search For Hardcore Genres More Than You Might Expect

The majority of the women preferred to watch porn alone, with two-thirds saying they never watched it with a partner. Of the respondents, 70% were aged between 18 and 34. More than half of them were in a relationship.

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Sex stats on women’s habits

The world’s most popular porn site released analytics from their site not long ago, showing that the site’s total porn consumers are comprised of 29% women, and that these are spending much longer watching porn, staying on the site for an average of almost 11 and a half minutes. Shockingly, women were 108% more likely to search out “gangbang” porn as compared to men, and 72% more likely to search out “rough sex.”

This fits with what we’re learning about women’s porn habits, today—they’re surprisingly immersed with violent content.

Related: I’m A 17-Year-Old Girl Addicted To Porn

Obviously, the statistics show that females are watching more porn, more frequently than ever before. However, society still seems to be a little outdated on this subject. Think about it—when was the last time you saw a movie where a girl is deleting her browsing history as her boyfriend walks in the door? Or a woman caught with stacks of porn magazines under her mattress while her husband makes the bed? Or fighting with her partner because they learned about her secret porn habit?

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A German sex study shows even more of what we already know: women are just as easily at risk of becoming dependent upon porn as men. The study—though a couple of years old—showed that as many as 17% of women consider themselves addicted to porn, and that half of the women surveyed were internet porn consumers. We expect those numbers are higher, now, in 2020.

Another study found that about half of young adult women agree that consuming pornography is acceptable and 1/3 of young women reported watching porn. But what about that age-old argument that men are more visual so they get more of a pass for getting hooked to XXX content? Recent research might surprise you.

Women are just as visual, study says

Recently, the study found that “at least at the level of neural activity… the brains of men and women respond the same way to porn.” Basically, sexual arousal at the neuron level is no different between males and females, though it was found to be related to sexual orientation.

So, neurons work in the same way in both sexes. What’s the big deal? We hear you. Here’s why the news about these neurons matters.

Related: Survey Finds More Than 1 In 3 Women Watch Porn At Least Once A Week

Previous self-reported studies suggested that men responded more strongly than women to sexual stimuli due to the way their brains process the content on a neural level. It was proposed that the way sexual information was processed led to different sexual responses between men and women and therefore different subjective evaluations of their arousal. Translation? Certain neuron processing leads to arousal. Before, it was thought this processing was different between men and women, meaning the arousal in each sex was different from the same stimuli.

This new study says not so.

This study shatters some popular misconceptions about porn and how it affects men and women. It reviewed hundreds of reports and databases, and conducted statistical analysis on all 61 significant neuroimaging studies that studied responses to sexual stimuli, concluding that the type of stimuli used was the most important predictor for classifying response, while biological sex was the least.

So what’s the bottom line?

Why this matters

Society’s stereotype is all wrong when it comes to this issue. It’s time for society to finally come to the realization that porn is no longer just “a guy thing.” With the increased availability of internet porn in the last decade, women are becoming just as active on porn sites as men. This isn’t just a guy problem. It’s a human problem.

Related: “Fifty Shades” Phenomenon: Women Search For More Violent Fantasies Than Ever, But Why?

We need to update our perceptions of this issue in order to help this generation understand the real harmful effects of porn on the consumer, for both men and women.

Need help?

For those reading this who feel they are struggling with pornography, you are not alone. Check out our friends at Fortify, a science-based recovery platform dedicated to helping you find lasting freedom from pornography. Fortify now offers a free experience for both teens and adults. Connect with others, learn about your compulsive behavior, and track your recovery journey. There is hope—sign up today.

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