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.
Thailand's Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) plans to produce an affordable, generic anti-impotence drug and says it will be available in the marketplace from Oct 15.
GPO chief Witit Artavatkun said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given permission to the GPO to produce Silagra - a Viagra equivalent that contains generic sildenafil, the same drug that powers Viagra. Dr Witit said:
This will help deal with counterfeit drugs. There are also many elderly people in the country, making this type of drug more popular, but it is less accessible because of its high price.
The generic drug will come in tablet form in dosages of 50mg and 100mg. A 50mg tablet will be sold at 25 baht each and a 100mg tablet 45 baht. Viagra is currently priced about 200 baht a pill in the market.
How about an alarm clock that wakes you with pleasure?
The Little Rooster Alarm Clock Vibrator is worn inside your panties, but outside your body, explained Tony Maggs, inventor of the device.
Little Rooster's vibrations start gently and sensually. Then they slowly get stronger until you wake up, smiling, he said.
Little Rooster is innovative, beautifully designed, gorgeously packaged and is silent with 27 levels of vibration. It has a snooze function, a snorgasm function, a play mode, a travel lock, and is USB rechargeable.
Little Rooster is available from LittleRoosterStore.com for £ 69 and from other retail outlets.
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.
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.
The Mojowijo is the very latest in sex toy technology. Billed as the toy that has transformed cybersex, the Mojowijo vibrator can be connected wirelessly to a laptop and controlled remotely, meaning that those forced to say goodnight via Skype
could now see their late night calls suddenly spiced up.
The Mojowijo is a sex toy of two parts - one, a traditionally shaped pink vibrator for the ladies, the other, a blue ring-shaped device. Both attachments are fitted to a handle that can be attached to the accessory port on a Nintendo Wii remote
Using Motion2Vibration technology, the device is able to transform the movements performed by each user into vibration signals and send them to another selected device, either in the same room or over the internet.
Couples simply dial into each other's laptops using Skype, and the presence of both Mojowijos is picked up. Using the motion of their own remotes, the users can then play with the settings on their partner's vibrator, upping the frequency or
taking it down as required. So the more one partner moves their wand, the more the other partner's will vibrate.
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.