After six years editing the Erotic Review, I have lost count of the times I’ve been told glibly that women prefer explicit stories to explicit pictures. The truth is far more complex, as famed American sexologist Alfred Kinsey found 50 years ago.
Although women were likely to claim pornographic pictures did not stir them, due to the pervasive dictate that no nice girl could ever find pleasure in them, their physical response told another story.
A recent Stanford study had overwhelmingly similar results. But the key here is the nature of the pornography viewed.
Stanford used clips depicting couples engaging in foreplay and sex. They weren’t pseudo-lesbian romps between the vast-breasted blondes beloved of male pornographers.