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Porn's effects on women users


I was directed here from the above listed TEDX talk. The Great Porn Experiment, which is in fact a response to this TED talk.

There's a lot of talk about how internet porn affect men, who are the majority users, I'm curious if there are any studies (and hopefully talks) about effect on women users. I know how porn have effects on porn actresses, but I'm asking about effect on how porn affect women who watches porn.

Or perhaps there's no effect, or social effect for that matter, since the number is too insignificant to have a study done to it. But women do represent half of humanity, and I'm sure such a study would present some interesting insights to how porn affect human, and not just men.

What do you think/know about this topic?


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    Nov 26 2012: From what I've seen and heard, there is very little firsthand social effect on women. I think you're right about there being a small sample size, but it's more than that. There are fewer female watchers of porn, and those who do watch do so less often on average, because the majority of what's out there is simply not geared towards women. It's harder to get addicted to a product that's just not being marketed to you, or made with your interests in mind.

    On the other hand, I think the secondhand effect is enormous. If straight male sexuality is being affected, you can bet that straight female sexuality is, too. (Also see Cindy Gallop's talk: http://blog.ted.com/2009/12/02/cindy_gallop_ma/)
    • Nov 26 2012: That's exactly what I meant when I said small sample size. Sorry for not being clear. But yes, I agree with what you said, I asked just in case someone is aware of things being otherwise. Though I do know that there are porn targeted towards women, and as other commentators have pointed out, fantasizing about sex is not limited to internet porn, and women do in fact do so in other mediums.

      I am nevertheless still interested in such a study if it exist.

      Great link by the way.
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      Dec 2 2012: Thanks for the recommendation Morton, and thanks Carl :) Do email cindy@makelovenotporn.com for an invitation into the beta of https://makelovenotporn.tv/

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