What Do Women Want To See In Porn?

Girl-on-girl action, apparently.

Fact: More women are watching porn these days. A study conducted by free porn site Pornhub this year has revealed that the percentage of female visitors to the site is at a worldwide average of 24 percent. And get this: The Philippines has the highest percentage of female viewers on Pornhub at 35 percent. That means that one in every three viewers from our country is female—one of them might even be your mom!

Kidding aside, in recent years, more porn has also been produced with the female viewer in mind. In fact, there is such a thing as the Feminist Porn Awards, which was established in 2006 and is now the “longest running celebration of erotica focused on women and marginalized people.” The Adult Video News Awards—considered the Oscars of porn—also introduced a Best Romance Release category in 2013 in response to the rise in films made by women for women.

These beg the question: What kind of porn are women watching? Below, what we discovered.


Girl-on-girl (and guy-on-guy?!) stuff turns us on.

According to the Pornhub report, the site’s Lesbian category is the leading category among the ladies, with females viewing the category a whopping 155 percent more than males. “Lesbian” also tops the list of terms most often searched by female viewers, with other related search terms like “lesbian scissoring” coming in at sixth and “lesbian seduces” at 11th. Just goes to show how fluid female sexuality really is.

It’s interesting to note that Gay (male) comes in as the second most viewed category by females. Maybe because double the peen, double the fun?

What else gets us off? Group sex.

The Pornhub report goes on to reveal that “threesome” is the second most searched term by females on the site. Landing at seventh on the list is “gangbang,” and hot at its heels at eighth place, “extreme gangbang.” You naughty girls, you.

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We can’t get enough of cunnilingus. (No surprise here.)

The Pornhub report shows that the searches “man eating pussy,” “guy eating girl out,” and “hardcore pussy licking” shot up 589% percent, 353 percent, and 228 percent respectively over the past year. And among the terms searched more by women than men, the top five are “guy licking pussy,” “man eating pussy,” “pussy eating orgasm,” “pussy licking,” and “eating pussy.” These terms are up to 934 percent more searched for by females than males. (Men, please take note.)


We prefer sex scenarios that look like the real deal.

Female viewers would rather see normal-looking women engaging in the act—and actually enjoying it—than big-breasted, fully made-up, dead-eyed chicks mechanically kowtowing to a guy’s every sexual whim. This is one thing female porn directors know all too well.

In an article in The Guardian, erotic filmmaker Petra Joy says, “Women want to see credible female performers, women of all sizes and looks who genuinely enjoy themselves rather than porn clones with fake nails, hairs, and boobs faking it for the camera.”

Another porn filmmaker, Erika Lust, shares in the same Guardian article, “To get excited, women want to see something that looks like us. We want to see independent women exploring their sexuality, who are not afraid, but are not sex heroines either.”

We want a story to go with all that sexing.

In porn, female viewers appreciate seeing a connection between the characters, a buildup to the fucking, a sensuality to the act, and pleasure felt by both parties—things you don’t get when a dude just rams away at a poor girl with no preamble.

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Joy tells The Guardian, “Women enjoy seeing a curve of arousal and like to understand why these people are having sex and how they got turned on.”

Female pornographer Jacky St. James, half of whose audience is made up of females, echoes the belief in an article in The Telegraph. “I like to have a relationship established before the sex,” she says. “Unlike a lot of hardcore where they met five minutes ago.”


And what do you know? This stuff is backed by science! Take it from computational neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, who analyzed the results of 400 million online searches for porn for their book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire. In an interview with Time, Ogas cites differences between the male sexual brain and the female sexual brain as the reason behind women responding to stories more than men do.  

Says Ogas: “One of the most basic differences is that the male brain responds to any single sexual stimulus. A nice chest, two girls kissing, older women—if that’s what they’re attracted to. Any one thing will trigger arousal in a male. Female desire requires multiple stimuli simultaneously or in quick succession. It takes more stimuli and more variety of these stimuli to trigger genuine arousal. For a guy, the most common form of [masturbation material] is a 60-second porn clip. For a woman, it can be a 250-page novel or a 2,000-word story… Stories have greater flexibility to offer a greater variety of stimuli.”

No wonder Fifty Shades of Grey is such a hit with the ladies.

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