Of those who do watch with someone else, 74% say they are comfortable with their preferences and don’t mind sharing with a partner.
Further analysis shows that the remaining women who don’t feel comfortable sharing their preferences with a partner tend to prefer scenes featuring BDSM/kink, gay male sex and taboo situations (incest, rape fantasies, etc).
The large majority (82%) said they watch porn to masturbate, which speaks to the arousing stimulation watching people have sex provides.
The survey revealed that 43.2% of women also thought of porn as something simply fun to watch, while 38.3 % of women said they watch porn to learn new tricks and techniques.
Women also report enjoying “ethnic” scenes, or scenes focused heavily on African-Americans and Latino/a-Americans.
This category had the biggest response, with 68% of the women indicating it is in their top three favorites.
This might explain why 53% of the women report enjoying lesbian scenes (at least two women, no men present) as one of their top three genres.
I also found that 14.5% of the women enjoy watching gay scenes (at least two men, no women present), and 30% of the women enjoy watching group sex scenes (several men and women) or gangbangs (one woman, several men).
“Porn provides an alternative way for women to satisfy their curiosity, learn more about sexuality, and explore sexual desires and sexual positions in the privacy of their home alone or with a partner,” says Ta Mara Campbell.
According to my own survey, 50% of women prefer to watch porn alone, most likely because they prefer to masturbate while doing it.
There’s a level of cultural affinity associated with the visual it seems, and if women are focusing on the fantasy aspect of porn, it might be easier to connect to the actors who are of the same race/ethnicity or women they’re used to seeing in their daily lives.
I also asked the women to choose their top two reasons for watching these movies.
Others just want something fun to watch or seek to satisfy a lingering curiosity.