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  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 10 Mar 2022, 08:14 IST

Is Watching Porn Bad For Women? Experts Shatter Myths Around This ‘Taboo’

Do you know that the number of women watching porn is increasing every year? Read the article!
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  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 10 Mar 2022, 08:14 IST
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Do women really watch porn? The answer is yes. Do women in India watch porn? Yes! Men and women around the world are born with desire. While we are vocal about the desires of a man, we find it shameful for a woman to express her intimate needs. We become uncomfortable when we are even remotely touching the topic of female desires.

Why Do Women Watch Intimately Graphic Movies?

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Image Courtesy: Seema Anand/Instagram

Women watch porn for the same reason men see it. Self-pleasure. Seema Anand, mythologist, kama sutra expert and storyteller, says in her blog, “Masturbation is one of the most natural things in the world – whether deliberate or involuntary – and everyone indulges in it, in some way or the other. But there has been so much taboo and disapproval around the subject that no one talks about it.”

Many people have the notion that self-pleasure is bad, it is harmful, and it can lead to blindness. However, Seema mentions in her blog that it was evil thought which was put into the brain of our ancestors, and the belief system of ancient people did not discuss the desires of a woman. It was not important enough for them to give it a thought.

She wrote in her blog that in the past, people were married off at an early age. Therefore, an act of intimacy with the partner was not sinful. However, today, the paradigm has shifted. The generation of today has set its priorities. Our focus is a career, then we think about marriage. People get married after 30 or 40 today. Therefore, an act of intimacy out of marriage or self-please by any means is sinful today.

Do we follow abstinence until then? Seema suggests in her blog we must become aware of our body, our thoughts and our desires. She says, “When desire builds up over a period of time and is consistently suppressed it will eventually find an outlet. If you don’t have a safe release valve it will explode, and you will no longer be in control. And that’s when things can really go wrong.”

She said in her blog that if your desires made you frustrated, it could impact the emotional and intellectual well being of the body. Therefore, it is a personal choice of a person to decide the options for self-pleasure. It is a part of women's health.

What Do The Numbers Say?

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According to a November 2020 report in Deutsche Welle (DW.COM), a survey of renowned porn sites stated that one-third of its audience was women. The share was seen increasing then. It says that both men and women have mirror neurons that make us feel things when seeing something through the magic of our eyes.

A study of 2,400 women in Hungry and the United States was conducted to study the role of porn in their relationship and satisfaction status. It stated, “Women who watch pornography tend to be younger and better educated.” Visually graphic videos help women to experience arousal faster and better organic pleasure. We must strive to break the stereotypes around the subject.

Women who watch porn face fewer problems during intimate sessions with their partner and climax. The xHamster’s survey stated that in the sample size of 100,000, 60% of the women believed that porn helped improve their intimate life. 33.8% of those women were in the age gap of 16 and 24. 

According to a 2018 report of the National Library of Medicine, 73% of women in the sample size of 1,036 people (both men and women in the age group of 18-35) engaged with porn on the internet. The most common choice was videos.

In 2019, Purnhub conducted a survey and found that 32% of its visitors were women. It was 3% higher than in 2018. Madita Oeming, a cultural scholar at the University of Paderborn, Germany, has specialised in the phenomenon of pornography, said, “Female viewers are still a minority compared to male consumers. The reason arguably lies within culture and society.”

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She added, "I'm not saying that men are sexually free, not at all. But the idea that women are sexually active beings, that women have a sex drive, that women seek sex not just for romance, intimacy or reproduction but also just for pleasure, is still something that is hard to wrap our head around as a culture, even in the 21st century."

A study in Semantic Scholar by college students states that 50% of the women from their sample of both men and women said they had watched sexually explicit material in one form or the other. 

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However, experts suggest that how much we expose our brains to pornography is a matter to think about. Too much watching of sexually explicit content is neither healthy for men as well as for women. It can instigate a sense of insecurity about n number of things. 

We might never understand whether it is a biological instinct to use porn for self-pleasure, but the number of women indulging in graphical images and videos is increasing. How a person chooses to pleasure oneself is a personal choice that every one of us must respect. 

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