What about women and porn?

In light of last week’s post, it felt important to explore this topic, too. After we’ve answered this question, we’ll take a look at how women’s consumption of pornography is featured in Accounting for it All.

Let’s get right to it then:

Yes. Women, too, consume pornography.

If that’s surprising to you, well, get a grip. Further unsurprising perhaps is that a search for usage statistics among women turns up a number of fear-mongering pages about the scourge that is the increase in porn viewership among men and women alike. But what are the “actual” stats?

  • 1 of 3 visitors to adult sites is a woman
  • 70% of women keep their porn-consumption secret
  • 40 million American adults—regardless of gender—regularly visit pornographic sites

Why did I write “actual” above? Mostly because these statistics are taken from this site, which cites its source as “here are some statistics.” Disappointing? Yes, but a visit of a couple other sites that do cite their sources only seem to do so with one idea in mind: supporting the prevailing narrative about pornography as a menace to society.

Regardless of where we turn, however, the answer to this blog’s original question is apparent. If we break down the “actual” statistics mentioned earlier, we can conclude that nearly 13.5 million American women are regularly partaking in the consumption of adult content online, which matches up more or less with some of the other statistics provided at other pages above.

So what do we do about it?

Nothing. We let adults be adults.

Just as I wrote last week, I do want to make a point of saying I’m not here to suggest porn addiction isn’t a thing or that it can’t become problematic for some individuals. I continue to challenge, however, the notion that those who consume porn casually are destined for addiction or other ruin.

Women, Porn, and Accounting for it All

On the contrary, porn consumption (or production) can actually open up avenues for some people, something we see throughout Accounting for it All.

Granted, this is a work of fiction, but it’s informed by stories I’ve found elsewhere: stories of pornography providing a sense of liberation or, in some cases, self-discovery.

In Accounting for it All, for example, the story’s protagonist, Robin, stumbles into porn consumption by accident. Though not especially sure what she’s getting into when she finds it, the experience lays the groundwork for her eventual identification as bisexual.

Though Robin’s story isn’t a coming-out tale, the brief mention of Robin’s first encounter with porn consumption demonstrates one way in which it can add to an individual’s understanding of themselves and their desires regardless of gender.

Beyond this, Accounting for it All presents women like Jocelyn and Cee as leaders in the field of porn production, with the former considered to be one of the top directors in her industry, and the latter an entrepreneur who, after working as an adult actress herself for years, uses the money she’s earned from her exploits to start up a feminist-porn studio, Pornucopia.

Conclusion

In short, yes—women do consume and produce porn (at all levels, I might add), which I am hopeful was something you already knew before hitting the 534th word in this post. That women, men, or that anyone consumes porn should be unsurprising. It also shouldn’t require drastic action be taken to put an end to it.

Like with most anything else, let people be the people they need to be and the rest will take care of itself.


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