Porn and erotica study shows many women imagine themselves as male during sexual fantasies

Posted by ap507 at Jul 13, 2018 09:49 AM |
Research explores women who produce and consume m/m erotica and visual pornography

Issued by University of Leicester on 13 July 2018

  • Research is a culmination of a 5-year long project looking at women who produce and consume m/m erotica – from slashfic, to erotic texts, to visual pornography
  • Over half the women (55%) from a survey of over 500 women imagined themselves as a man during the course of their sexual fantasies
  • Study examines how women’s use of gay male erotic media fits in with their perceptions of gender and sexuality
  • Launch event for book to take place on Monday 16 July at College Court, Leicester

The majority of women who like gay male pornography and erotica imagine themselves as men during their sexual fantasies, new research has found.

Among women who engage with m/m content – from slashfics, to erotic texts and other forms of visual pornography – many imagine themselves as a man during the course of their sexual fantasies.

The research, which has been conducted by Dr Lucy Neville, a Lecturer in Criminology from the University of Leicester, is the culmination of a 5-year long project, the findings of which have been published in a new book titled ‘Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Women and Gay Male Pornography and Erotica’.

The book, which interviewed and surveyed over 500 women recruited through platforms such as social media and pornography websites, examines how women’s use of gay male erotic media fits in with their perceptions of gender and sexuality.

Key findings from the book include:

  • Over half the women interviewed (55%) imagine themselves as a man during the course of their sexual fantasies.
  • Many women were keen to find a way to look at men and appreciate male grace and beauty. There was also a desire to flip the ‘male gaze’ prevalent in both porn and mainstream cinema.
  • Unlike heterosexual porn, m/m porn means women don’t have to feel guilty or worried about women performers.
  • There was a general feeling among those interviewed that men do porn because they like sex and enjoy participating in pornography.
  • For women who like hardcore kink and BDSM, two or more same gendered participants (m/m and/or f/f) also removes some of the potentially off-putting gender power dynamics from a scene.
  • For a subset of women who were rape and abuse survivors, m/m was one of the few types of sexually explicit media they could enjoy without feeling triggered or re-traumatised. 

Dr Neville said: While some meet the existence of women enjoying m/m sexually explicit media with surprise, there is growing acceptance that it is perhaps not quite as uncommon as first thought.

“For example, m/m was the second most popular choice for women visitors to PornHub for the last two years of viewer data and PornHub estimates women make up 37% of its m/m porn viewers – suggesting that women represent viable secondary consumers of m/m porn.

“By drawing on a piece of wide-scale mixed methods research that examines these motivations, an original approach is taken with my research that serves to explore and contribute to this under-researched area.”

A launch event for the book will be held on Monday 16 July at the College Court conference centre in Leicester between 5:00PM – 7:00PM.

The event will feature a panel discussion with experts from the Universities of Sunderland, Middlesex and Birmingham City, who will discuss their own research into sexuality and masculinity in the porn industry.

More information about the book launch is available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/girls-who-like-boys-who-like-boys-book-launch-tickets-45767471740

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