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on Sex Statistics and Porn Percentages…

Because my job is better than your job, I spent all day reading about sex and looking at porn. Awesome huh?

Ok, So I’m currently reading Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacida Jetha. It’s an anthropological history on sexuality, monogamy and non-monogamy… because my job is awesome.

Anyway, they’re talking about human male predisposition to enticement by group sex fantasies (yeah… yeah… yeah…  I know…  not YOU… of course… you’re all evolved and sophisticated and shit…  I’m talking about the rest of us savages). So anyway… at the point in the book where I am now, they’re talking about preoccupation with group sex porn and they said something that kind of surprised me:

“Researchers have confirmed what porn producers already know: men tend to get turned on by images depicting an environment in which sperm competition is clearly at play (though few, we imagine, think of it in quite these terms). Images and videos showing one woman with multiple males are far more popular on the Internet and in commercial pornography than those depicting one male with multiple females. A quick peek at the online offerings at Adult Video Universe lists over nine hundred titles in the Gangbang genre, but only twenty-seven listed under Reverse Gangbang. You do the math. Why would the males in a species that’s been wearing the shackles of monogamy for 1.9 million years be sexually excited by scenes of groups of men ejaculating with one or two women?” (231)

In other words, at least according to their research MMF porn is more common than MFF porn. That surprised me. I expected it to be the exact opposite. So I decided to look into it myself. Luckily, I live in 2017, decades after Al Gore decided to invent a global network of computers with the main purpose of delivering porn on demand right to my screen without even having to leave the house. And so to the Pornhub machine!

Pornhub is actually pretty good about tagging their content. They also publish a lot of stats and stuff on their special blog at https://www.pornhub.com/insights/. Unfortunately, they’re not great about just leaving a ton of raw data around for you to look at. So I decided to pull a few things myself. I made a list of categories that I could search for that implied group sex. and counted the videos that were available for each:

Category Videos
Threesome 66872
Orgy 27763
MMF 1057
MFF 841
Gangbang 23717
Reverse Gangbang 1059
FFM 1058
FMM 1112
2 girls 1 guy 868
2 guys 1 girl 1033
1 guy 2 girls 1153
1 girl 2 guys 1180
All M+ 4382
All F+ 3920
Threesome M+ estimate 5350(23405)
Orgy M+ estimate 24848
Threesome F+ estimate 61522(43467)

Since the videos are tagged by users at upload time, it’s hard to get standardization. For the most part, if someone bothers to tag something MMF, MFF, FMM, FFM, or some combination of 2+1, you get exactly what it says, so you can kind of aggregate them together (M+ or F+). The threesome category is MUCH harder. I wasn’t about to go and watch 66,872 porn videos in a single afternoon to figure out what the gender breakdowns were. So instead I sorted by most viewed videos and counted penises in the most recent 400. SCIENCE!!! Turns out that 8% of the threesome videos have two or more penises. Or if I use the most recent videos, 35%. All things being equal, that means between 5350 and 23405 of those are M+ threesomes and the other 43466-61,522 being F+ threesomes. As a note, only 3% of those I surveyed were FFF threesomes. None happened to be MMM but I know for a fact that there are around 2227 all male group sex videos tagged on the site. I just didn’t hit any in my sample (I actually think it’s possible you can’t see gay MALE porn unless you specifically ask for it). It’s also worth noting that a LOT of things labeled threesome aren’t. They’re just straight up one on one heterosexual porn. Maybe 10 percent of them. I guess people are just trying to game their views by tagging them threesome when they aren’t,

So is there validity to this? Is porn hub representative? There’d still be significantly higher F+ than M+ but not nearly as much as I’d expect, and certainly not when it’s well tagged.

34 comments for “on Sex Statistics and Porn Percentages…

  1. avatar
    April 5, 2017 at 3:22 am

    “So I decided to pull a few things myself.”

    Wakka wakka

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