A survey of 579 French women has been carried out by the IFOP polling institute in September to monitor attitudes towards porn.
IFOP's Francois Kraus told AFP:
In the space of a few years it has become an accepted thing for women to watch pornography, partly thanks to the Internet, and video-on-demand services that made porn more accessible and took away the shame factor.
62% of women said they watched porn to spice up their sex life with a partner, and 50% had also done so on their own.
Women are now consuming porn by themselves. That goes hand in hand with a widening of sexual behaviour, and changing attitudes towards sex toys or fellatio for instance.
And of course it raises the issue of masturbation, one of the great taboos of female sexuality. There is a real generational break, with women in their forties and younger much more willing to admit the practice.
So what do women make of the films on offer? Women attached most importance to a natural-looking cast, a priority for 40%, while realistic sex scenes were essential for 35%. Most women felt strongly that the industry caters only to male
fantasies, a view shared by 71% of women.
Likewise 72% felt the films on offer were highly degrading to women, and 57% said they were too violent.
Overall, women were still far less assiduous watchers than men, with only 5% of porn consumers watching frequently -- once a month or more. Another 13% watched a few times a year.
The study was commissioned by Marc Dorcel, a provider of pornographic content, to mark the launch of a new porn site targeting the women's market, Dorcelle.com.
The Hobbyist and the Girlfriend Experience: Behaviors and Preferences of Male Customers of Internet Sexual Service Providers
This study provides descriptive information about the background characteristics, sexual preferences, attitudes, and motives of men (N = 584) who locate and contract with female Internet Sexual Service Providers (ISSP) for paid sex acts through a
prostitute review site on the Web. The questionnaire-based findings showed these men preferred the girlfriend experience or GFE over all other personal qualities and behaviors. The study contributes to our understanding of a rapidly
emerging category of men who seek sexual services on-line and their desire for mutuality and excitement in a provider who is willing to replicate some aspects of a conventional, non-remunerative romantic relationship.
The present study provides information on the sexual behavior, motives, and characteristics of a highly elusive population of regular clients of prostitutes who consider themselves hobbyists. These men are part of an on-line community
based around prostitute review websites in which clients post reviews of their experiences and also communicate on-line with Internet Sexual Service Providers (ISSP) i.e. prostitutes who advertise their sexual services on-line. Hobbyists share
information within a forum of insiders and often come to know one another by user names or aliases. In contrast to customers seeking prostitutes on the street, the risk of arrest is extremely low. Although the sample of 584 men who participated
in the present study may not be representative of the majority of prostitution customers, it provides insight into a growing subculture of men who solicit indoor prostitutes almost solely by using the Internet. Our study yields a constellation of
findings indicating that many of these customers of ISSP seek a girlfriend experience, popularly abbreviated GFE, in which their interactions with providers mirror those often found in conventional non-remunerative sexual relationships.
A new XCritic.com and Vivid Entertainment survey has found that DVD porn buyers are big collectors, sometimes amassing stashes of more than 200 feature titles.
The fourth Sex Tracker survey conducted by the companies show that 28% of respondents have more than 100 DVDs in their personal porn collection. Of these, 40% say they've watched each 7% viewed them six to 10 times, but 24% can't remember
how many times they've watched them.
What surprised the XCritic.com editors, was that 57% said they do not watch porn on a smart phone or tablet.
The survey also revealed that the star of a movie is the chief purchase motivator for a whopping 61% percent of people who buy adult movies, while 15% buy them because of the story line and 10% buy them because they like a particular studio.
Price, the director, and a movie's special effects have little impact on a purchase decision.
Nearly 55% of viewers said they follow or interact with their favorite stars online and through social media.
Features with story lines mixed with sex are favored by 51% of the respondents, compared with 49% for all-sex movies.
This is a website run by Chauntelle Anne Tibbals Ph.D, a sociology academic who specializes in porn. Chauntelle takes a serious but positive attitude to porn to try to help people understand it.
She writes, Just like real life, porn is multi-dimensional and complex, and every discrete element is also part of a wider socio-cultural past, present, and future. PVVOnline/Porn Valley Vantage engages these complexities, connecting the dots
and offering readers a unique take on the adult industry.
Great for education at all levels of sexual sophistication!
This resource is the result of a two year research project,
The Regulatory Dance , looking at working conditions in the strip and lap dancing industry, based at the University of Leeds from 2010-2012 by Dr Teela Sanders, Dr Kate Hardy and Rosie Campbell.
This information is written for dancers and mainly by dancers as consulting with women who work in the industry has been at the heart of the research. We have also spent a lot of time working with Local Authority Licensing Committees to get
dancer welfare and working conditions on the agenda in terms of the licensing process.
The safety information was written in partnership with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, whilst we wrote the tax awareness information in association with HM Revenue & Customs.
Brook Campaign for Sex and Relationship Education (UK)
Brook have set out to educate the powers that be, on the importance of sex education in schools, through campaigns, petitions and debate. It is our belief that the earlier an individual has their questions about sex answered, the higher their
eventual sexual wellbeing, and that many of the crimes being committed stem from basic ignorance. Therefore, we feel that this Brook campaign is very important. We appreciate their enormous efforts and applaud their commitment to involving young
people in their campaign.
Ricci Levy (USA) runs the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, which campaigns for sexual freedom in the USA --- not an easy task these days! On Sexual Freedom Day (around the 22th September) they hold a conference in Washington and then
publish the enlightening content of the presentations. This initiative unites the individuals standing for sexual rights, and Ricci uses the research to lobby and combat prohibitionist trends. www.woodhullalliance.org
Edie Lamort (UK) is a striptease artist and campaigns for the rights of people to perform as they wish. Edie almost single-handedly took on a hostile gaggle of anti-stripper activists, including Beatrix Campbell, at a debate in
Tower Hamlets in October 2011, called Lap-dancing --- A Choice or Exploitation? . She has broadcast the outcome widely, to show everyone what is happening to these performers and their work places. Edie also contributed to Moron Watch's
Campaign for Womens' Rights to Sexual Expression and we applaud her as she continues with the fight.
The Sex Census 2012, surveyed almost 25,000 people in the UK about their sex lives and claims to be the biggest survey of its kind. Sponsors Ann Summers and Relate both hope to use the data gleaned from the survey to gain a better
understanding of what makes the nation tick .
Ann Summers hopes that the partnership and Sex Census will help it appeal to a broader audience and make sure the brand is associated with the serious side of a healthy sex life. Relate hoped to broaden perceptions of its brand and services
beyond relationship counselling to include sex therapy. Both parties hope to make the dual branded survey an annual census.
The Report is straightforward and informative without being preachy or judgemental. Eg on the subject of Pornography:
There is still a big gender split when it comes to pornography use: just 19% of women use it once a week or more, compared to 58% of men. And 41% of women use pornography once a month or more, compared to 76% of men.
For many years it's been said that women are more interested in pornography when there is a relational component – for example where there is a storyline that details part of a relationship rather than just images of sex – while men
are more visually stimulated by images; but our survey says differently. Although a significantly higher proportion of men use pornography regularly, the choices made by men and women are remarkably similar. There is almost no difference at all
between the genders when it comes to accessing pornography on the internet, while slightly more women than men use adult TV channels and buy their porn on DVD. The only variations are that women are still bigger consumers of erotic literature
and twice as many men access live sex cams from their computers or via their phone.
I found no relationship between being pro the legality of porn, or propensity to watch porn, and pro social behaviors e.g. volunteer work, blood donation, etc.
We can dismiss the feminist (and sociological) charges of porn increasing sexual violence and leading to sexism. The USA, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Japan were just some of the countries that suddenly went from no
legal pornography to quite widespread availability and consumption of it. These studies all found that greater availability of, and exposure to, pornography does not increase the rate of sexual assaults on women, and probably decreases it.
Japanese porn is quite frequently violent and yet even there rape decreased from an already very low base. It's interesting that an increase in porn exposure decreases sexual violence only, and has no effect on other crime. Economists would put
this down to a substitution effect.
Several countries have sex offender registers -- mainly of pedophiles. A wide variety of professions are represented on these registers. Members of professions that supposedly promote morality e.g. clerics or teachers, are
quite common on it yet conspicuously absent from such registers are men who have worked in the porn industry.
This study (See artilce) found no relationship between the frequency of x-rated film viewing and attitudes toward women or feminism. From the General Social Survey (controlling for IQ, education, income, age, race and
ideology) I found that those who are pro the legality of porn are less likely to support traditional female roles, more likely to be against preferential treatment of either gender, and to find woman's rights issues more frequently salient.
Although I found that women's rights issues are less salient to male watchers, and female watchers are less likely to think women should work, I also found that watching porn is unrelated to negative attitudes toward women and feminism.
In short exposure to and tolerance of pornography does not cause anti-social behavior (and may even reduce it in relation to sex) and does not get in the way of pro social behavior either.
The elusive female G-spot may not actually exist at all, according to scientists. The G-spot is said to be a small area of the female body where nerve endings are concentrated, with the capability to provide intense pleasure. '
After reviewing 100 studies conducted over the past 60 years, experts have concluded that there is no evidence for the fabled centre of female sexual pleasure after all.
Research leader Dr Amichai Kilchevsky, a urologist from the Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, blamed pornography, magazines and sex therapists for ruthlessly promoting the idea. While he admitted the concept merited further attention and
that modern investigative techniques might help, he said he hoped his conclusion would take the pressure off couples who had not located it.
Objective measures have failed to provide strong and consistent evidence for the existence of an anatomical site that could be related to the famed G-spot , he wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
His findings support those of researchers from King's College London, who questioned 1,800 women in one of the largest studies on the subject and concluded that there was no evidence for the existence of the G-spot.
Given the typical danger-oriented media coverage of pornography, it's easy for parents to feel terribly anxious about this issue. To listen to Newsweek or morality groups, you'd think that every American boy is in danger of becoming a
porn addict---an obsessive, aggressive loser who hates women, and eventually destroys himself.