In the past couple years, lesbian porn has emerged as a popular search term for millennial women. It's the most sought category for Pornhub's female viewers, and of 4,000 readers surveyed by Cosmopolitan.com in 2014, 84 percent of straight women had watched lesbian porn, and 20.3 percent preferred it. We reached out to straight women who watch lesbian porn to see what draws them to the genre, and how it impacts their sexuality.
How old are you?
Woman A: 28-ish. (29 in three weeks!)
Woman B: I am 18
Woman C: 21
What's your relationship status?
Woman A: I am in an exclusive but undefined relationship with a dude.
Woman B: Single
Woman C: Single
When did you start watching porn?
Woman A: I don't remember the first time, but probably about four or five years ago. It started with sexy tumblr GIFs and morphed into the occasional full porn video.
Woman B: When I was about 11.
Woman C: Around 14 or 15.
What medium of porn do you use? Video, pictures, literotica?
Woman A: Video or erotica, sometimes both!
Woman B: I watch videos mainly, I enjoy reading erotica online too.
Woman C: Video.
Do you have a favourite site?
Woman A: I don't have a favourite site, but from what I gather from internet searches, Pornhub. rules the world.
Woman B: N/a
Woman C: Usually Pornhub.
When did you start watching lesbian porn?
Woman A: When I started watching real porn (not just GIFs).
Woman B: When I was 11, the first porn I watched was lesbian.
Woman C: Shortly after starting watching it at all!
What is it that attracts you to lesbian porn?
Woman A: Lesbian porn is much sexier to me because it tends to be less aggressive, more relatable (very vagina-focused and not all about the d, obviously), and "softer" in some senses. I'm not at all interested in watching men come all over women or anything like that.
Woman B: It's a lot more tender and romantic than straight porn. Straight porn tends to focus on the man's pleasure, but with lesbian porn it is solely the women's pleasure.
Woman C: Basically, it is extremely hard for me to find anything that is a man and woman and isn't extremely degrading and/or violent to the women involved. I always try to look for the most softcore stuff, but there's so little of it that I'm actually into and don't just feel uncomfortable watching.
Is there a particular genre of lesbian porn you prefer?
Woman A: Not necessarily, but I like seeing curvier women, or women that aren't super bleach blonde Jenna Jameson types.
Woman B: Not really, however I would much rather watch anal porn with lesbians then a man and a woman.
Woman C: Not really!
Did this porn preference cause you to question your sexuality at all?
Woman A: Not really, because I think it's pretty obvious why some straight women prefer lesbian porn to uncomfortable and potentially offensive straight-people porn.
Woman B: In a way, I like both lesbian and straight porn though, so it can be quite confusing.
Woman C: Yes! Especially when I first watched it, but I've since realised that I'm not sexually attracted to women in real life... don't get me wrong, I totally have "girl crushes" on celebs but I've never actually seen a woman who I thought "I want to have sex with her."
Have you ever had sex with another woman?
Woman A: I have not.
Woman B: I've never had sex with a woman, but I would like to.
Woman C: Nope.
Do you exclusively watch lesbian porn, or do you mix it up?
Woman A: I mix it up! Sometimes I like to watch straight porn, or threesomes.
Woman B: I like to mix it up. Because I would rather have sex with a guy, watching straight porn allows me to picture myself more within it.
Woman C: Mix it up, but like I said I honestly have a hard time finding heterosexual stuff that does the job for me.
Have you told your friends that you enjoy lesbian porn? What's their reaction?
Woman A: I haven't distinctly, but my best friend and I have discussed how it makes more sense for me (and maybe her) to enjoy.
Woman B: Yes I have told my friends, some of them agree and some are interested by it but haven't watched it.
Woman C: No, but it's less because of the lesbian aspect and more just the porn? I think it's really stigmatized among women.
Have you told your partners that you enjoy lesbian porn? What's their reaction?
Woman A: Nope.
Woman B: No I haven't, I'm actually a virgin so it can be confusing, as I don't actually know what I like within sex.
Woman C: Not yet.
Has watching lesbian porn changed how you approach sex with your partner? How?
Woman A: Not to my distinct knowledge, but it might have! I feel like I enjoy sex more and am better at it now, but that might be a "practice makes perfect" thing, and not a direct connection to lesbian porn.
Woman B: N/a
Woman C: I'm just not into pain or super aggressive sex, which aligns with the reason I watch what I do.
From: Esquire US