New Study Proves Women Are Just as Into Porn as Men Are

It turns out men aren't more "visual creatures" than women.

New Study Proves Women Are Just as Into Porn as Men Are
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There's an old saying that "men fall in love through their eyes, while women fall in love through their ears." Now, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenges the long-held belief that men are more "visual creatures" than women—at least where sexual arousal is concerned.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany analyzed 61 studies that had measured the brain activity of men and women of various sexual orientations who were presented with "erotic visual stimuli." Previously, self-reported studies have indicated that men are more aroused by pornographic imagery than women. But when the researchers looked at the actual brain scans, they found that the sexual imagery affected the brain activity of men and women in similar ways.

"At least at the level of neural activity … the brains of men and women respond the same way to porn," Hamid Noori, co-author of the study, told The Guardian.

The scientists theorize that previous findings may have overstated the divide between men and when when it comes to sexual stimuli due to small sample sizes and stigmas about female sexuality. "For the woman there are secondary inhibitory effects that keep them away from expressing what they really feel," Noori said. "At least at this moment, our study indicates that men and women are not that much different."

This study is the latest in an increasing body of research that indicates that, contrary to popular belief, women are just as interested in sex as men. For example, one recent study found that women now report having almost as many sex dreams as men. And other recent research has shown that, despite what people might think, women often get bored with monogamy even faster than men.

"There are decades of biased pseudo science about female sexuality out there," Wednesday Martin, a cultural anthropologist and the author of Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free, told Best Life. "This new study is one more nail in the coffin of the ridiculous belief that women are the 'naturally less interested in sex sex.'" And for more on the science of sex, check out The Surprising Added Benefit of Having Sex.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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