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Ladies: this is what porn sites say turns you on

Porn isn’t widely perceived to be for women, so maybe we need more of it that’s specific to our needs

When you think of a porn enthusiast, the image that comes into your head isn’t usually of a woman, is it? According to some studies, only 30 per cent of women watch porn, compared to 70 per cent of men. Maybe this is because the majority of mainstream pornography appears to be aimed primarily at men. Pornhub and Redtube went looking for what women look for when they watch porn. 

Their stats confirmed a gender split in viewing habits; 24 per cent of their traffic worldwide came from women, compared to 76 per cent from men. The UK is actually below average, with 22 per cent of the traffic from the country coming from women. The Philippines contained the highest percentage of porn-loving women, with 35 per cent of their traffic coming from women. Still, it’s way below half.

The porn women searched for the most was lesbian porn. This could be because it focusses more on female pleasure, or the women who watch porn are more likely to be queer, or simply because women are prettier than men! Women also searched a lot for squirting, perhaps confirming that female pleasure really is what women want to see more of in porn. Other popular terms were "cartoon", "black", "lesbians scissoring", "gangbang" and "extreme gangbang". 

Interestingly, lesbian terms show up three times in the list of most searched-for terms. One of them was "lesbian seduces", which could show that a lot of women have same-sex gender curiosity when it comes to their sexual fantasies. Maybe porn producers should take note –  if you want to make a successful porno for women, you should actually focus it on women. 

The largest growths in porn searches for women in the last year are "real celebrity sex tape" (possibly inspired by Kim Kardashian, who is the most searched for pornstar among women), "real massage cam" and "man eating pussy". Again, there is a real focus on female pleasure here. 

Lesbian porn is the category most viewed by women, followed by gay (male) and "big dick". So your garden-standard hetero sex isn’t really the most ordered thing on the menu. Women in this sample were turned on by big dicks, Kim Kardashian and cunnilingus when it came to hetero sex. Something to think about, porn-making dudes.

Read the Dazed sex survey results here.