Do Women Watch Porn? [Facts & Statistics]

By Bedbible Research Center / November 29, 2023

Our research at the Bedbible Research Center, reveals that a notable number of women do indeed engage with adult content. We highlight key findings, such as 82.7% of American women having watched porn and women comprising a third of porn site visitors.

This piece offers an in-depth overview of how women interact with porn. You can find answers to the following:

Key Findings

  • 82.7% of American women have watched porn at some time.
  • 27% of American women watch porn weekly.
  • 50% of American women watch porn monthly.
  • 36% of visitors on pornhub are women.
  • Only 16.8% of women watch porn for the sexual excitement.
  • The average age, at which girls are first exposed to porn is younger than 15 years old (14.8).
  • Women are more likely than men to read written porn or listen to erotica.
  • 7 out of 10 women who watch porn lie about it.
  • Women are 86% more likely to search for BDSM porn compared to men.
  • Top 5 countries with the most female porn viewers:
    • Philippines (52% of women watch porn)
    • Colombia (49% of women watch porn)
    • Argentina (47% of women watch porn)
    • Mexico (43% of women watch porn)
    • Ukraine (42% of women watch porn)
  • Top 5 countries with the fewest female porn viewers:
    • Germany (28% of women watch porn)
    • Sweden (28% of women watch porn)
    • Netherlands (28% of women watch porn)
    • France (28% of women watch porn)
    • Italy (29% of women watch porn)
  • Top 5 Most popular porn categories that women watch:
    • “Lesbian”
    • “Japanese”
    • “MILF”
    • “Threesome”
    • “Mature”

How Many Women Watch Porn?

  • 82.7% of American women report that they watched porn at some point (voluntary or involuntary).
  • 82.7% of American women have watched porn at some time.
  • 27% of American women watch porn weekly.
  • 50% of American women watch porn monthly.

Interested in knowing how many men that watch porn? Check our new statistics on that topic.

Statistics on womens porn behavior

Source: MarieClaire

By Age

  • Early Adolescence Exposure:
    A significant increase in exposure to pornography begins at age 12, with 7.7% of girls experiencing their first exposure. This suggests the onset of early adolescence as a critical period for initial encounters with pornographic content.
  • Rapid Increase in Mid-Teen Years:
    There is a rapid increase in exposure from age 12 to 16. The percentages rise notably from 7.7% at 12 years old to a peak of 33.0% at 16 years old. This trend highlights the mid-teen years as a particularly vulnerable time for first exposure to pornography.
  • Decline After Peak:
    After reaching its peak at 16 years old (33.0%), there is a significant decline to 7.7% at 17 years old. This drop suggests that the majority of first exposures occur before the age of 17.
  • Minimal Exposure in Younger Ages:
    The data shows 0.0% exposure at ages 8 and 9 and only 0.5% at age 10. This indicates that first exposure to pornography is very rare in the early pre-teen years.
  • Average Age of First Exposure:
    The average age at which girls are first exposed to porn is 14.8 years old. This average age falls within the range where there is a high rate of first exposure, aligning with the observed trend of increased exposure during the mid-teen years.
Age at first exposure to pornGirls
8 years old0.0%
9 years old0.0%
10 years old0.5%
11 years old1.0%
12 years old7.7%
13 years old15.3%
14 years old12.4%
15 years old22.5%
16 years old33.0%
17 years old7.7%
Average age at first exposure to porn14.8 years old

By Country

  • As it appears from the stacked row chart below the Philippines (52%), Colombia (49%), and Argentina (47%) are the countries where most women watch porn.
  • Where Germany (28%), Sweden (28%), and the Netherlands (28%) are the countries in the world where women do not watch that much porn compared to the other countries.
Do women watch porn by country

What Porn Do Women Watch?

  • Women search 86% more on BDSM-related porn keywords. Some of the most popular phrases are (find the rest in the row chart below):
    • “Gay bdsm” – 163% difference in popularity compared to men
    • “Spanked and fingered” – 160% difference in popularity compared to men
    • “Dominant submissive” – 155% difference in popularity compared to men
  • The most popular category on Pornhub is “Lesbian” for women.
  • Women are 155% more likely than men to view the Scissoring category, 87% more into Solo Male, and 78% more into Pussy Licking. Women are 40% more likely to view Threesome videos and 37% more into Reality-themed videos.
  • Compared to men, women are 34% more likely to view Hardcore videos, 30% more into Bondage, and 29% more into Gangbang videos.
  • The pornstars most often viewed by women compared to men are gay or bi-sexual. This aligns with the fact that 46.7% of gay male porn is watched by female visitors.
  • Female visitors are 409% more likely to watch videos featuring Armond Rizzo, 291% more into Devin Trez, and 253% more into Dante Colle than men.
The most popular categories for womenRanking
Lesbian#1
Ebony#2
Japanese#3
MILF#4
Threesome#5
Mature#6
Anal#7
Amateur#8
Popular with women#9
Female orgasm#10
Gangbang#11
Transgender#12
BDSM searches by women
Viewed More by Women Compared to Men

Source: Pornhub,

How Does Porn Affect Women?

  • Studies show that women that watch porn find it easier to get horny, reach orgasm easier, and in general have a better sex experience when e.g. intercourse.
  • 51% of women think that porn has learned them something about sex whereas 29% said it made them feel attractive.
  • Most watch porn to get in the mood for sex and a mentionable part uses it as a form of foreplay. In 4 out of 10 times, it is the woman that suggests this.

Sources: Yahoo.com, Dw.com

Fun Facts

  • Women are much more likely than men to read written porn or listen to erotica.
  • Women are much more likely to visit porn chat rooms compared to men.
  • 70% of women who watch porn have never told anyone.
  • Women who watch porn self-report to have better sex.
  • 12% of women fantasize about making a porn video with their partner.
  • 36% of Pornhub’s visitors are women. That’s a 4% growth compared to 2021.
  • Women spend on average pr. day 1 minute and 14 seconds more to watch porn than men. The primary reason for this is that women on average take longer to orgasm.
  • Women prefer to watch porn alone. 66% say they never watch porn with their partner, and 3% say they watch it regularly with their partner.
  • 42.3% of women who have seen porn report that they did not look for it intentionally.
  • Only 16.8% of women have watched porn for the sexual excitement.
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