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Quickie* – Women using porn

Via Feminist Law Professors, which I got to via the F-Word’s link round-up, a story from CNN about research that shows that women like porn.

Are more women OK with watching porn?

It’s an old story – 2009 – but I think it’s worth revisiting some salient points.

  • 1 in 3 women search for internet porn (according to Nielsen/NetRatings, so the stats are heavily skewed to North America, so bear in mind that the 1 in 3 figure almost certainly varies cross-culturally).
  • Women often seem to feel that they shouldn’t enjoy porn, so even when their bodies are aroused, their heads may send them a conflicting message.
  • It seems that women may be at least as stimulated by porn as men are.

I think that one of the best things about research into women’s use of porn is that it is ennabling. Someone who feels that she is weird and out of sync for liking porn is someone who is making an epistemic mistake. She may feel much more able to express her sexual desires with respect to porn and using porn if she realises that she is not the only one, and that a high proportion of her friends and colleagues and neighbours are likely to be using porn too.

Thoughts?

* Other blogs have ‘Quick hits’. I don’t like that phrase so much (too close to violence for my liking), and I figure that around here, ‘Quickie’ will go down well.

One response to “Quickie* – Women using porn

  1. Scar August 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I find it extremely difficult to enjoy porn, unless I’ve had a glass of wine or two and my inhibitions are a little lowered.
    It doesn’t comfort me at all that other women might enjoy porn, as I’m constantly bombarded with messages from certain brands of feminism that looking at porn proves that I’m really just a male, rather than a trans female.

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