NCBI ROFL: Women's sexual and emotional responses to male- and female-produced erotica.

By ncbi rofl | May 4, 2012 7:00 pm

“Whether erotic films made by women are more arousing for women than erotic films made by men was studied. Forty-seven subjects were exposed to both a woman-made, female-initiated, and female centered, erotic film excerpt. Photoplethysmographic vaginal pulse amplitude was recorded continuously. Self-report ratings of sexual arousal and affective reactions were collected after each stimulus presentation. Contrary to expectation, genital arousal did not differ between films, although genital response to both films was substantial. Subjective experience of sexual arousal was significantly higher during the woman-made film. The man-made film evoked more feelings of shame, guilt, and aversion. Correlations between subjective experience of sexual arousal and photoplethysmographic measures of sexual arousal were nonsignificant. The largest contribution to female sexual excitement might result from the processing of stimulus-content and stimulus-meaning and not from peripheral vasocongestive feedback.”


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  • Anonymous

    Is that fact that this post has gone without any reader comments for this long somehow connected to that big line-up I saw at the adult video rental joint in my neighborhood?  

  • 1fearlessmind

    I suspect it has more to do with the fact that the article was written in science-speak, not English.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, things like “photoplethysmographic vaginal pulse amplitude” tend to scare some people off.

  • Phoenix

    Are these scientists saying that women prefer lesbian porn? 

    • Tardis42

      no, they’re saying women prefer porn where the writer/director/producer are female

  • DarienG

    No, scientists are saying what women have known all along…sexuality is more stimulating when it does NOT involve voilence or degradation of women.

    • Catherine Blakeney

      And also when there’s some story and build up and usually emotional involvement.  Romance novels do contain a lot of sex, but 75% of it is verbal foreplay.


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