The Top Porn Searches Of 2015 Reveal How Seriously Twisted We All Are

Now that we're a week into 2016, we can leave 2015 in the dust and finally dissect the past 12 months by revealing just how pervy we all are.

Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website, has released its 2015 Year In Review, providing an incredibly thorough breakdown of its viewership statistics as well as much of the planet’s porn consumption preferences for the past year.

"Another year has come and gone" notes their Insights and analytics page, completely missing the opportunity to make a puerile pun over the word "come" - seriously, how could they miss that?

Since we know you're dying to find out exactly how depraved the world is when it comes to porn, we asked sex-positive activist and founder of MakeLoveNotPorn.com, Cindy Gallop, to share some insight on what these results mean. So, let us break down what was searched the most on Pornhub over the course of the last 12 months. 

2015 porn search results show how sick we all are

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In 2015 ‘lesbian’ was the most searched term on the site

Not only was ‘lesbian’ 2015’s top searched term on Pornhub, but it also happens to be the category with the highest number of views. It’s a well-documented trope that straight men are into lesbian porn, and while girl-on-girl action has long been known to have a widespread appeal, it’s now officially the no. 1 preference.

Gallop says:

 

“Porn is a useful tool for exploring your own sexuality - and a very reassuring one if your sexuality is not considered socially acceptable in many communities around the world, as is the case for LGBT people.

If you are lesbian, you see very few manifestations of people like you and relationships like yours across popular culture generally. Porn is the only place where you can see your own sexuality reflected back, enjoy it, and know there are many, many other people like you.”

It’s worth noting, however, that actual lesbians aren’t quite as jazzed about lesbian porn as straight viewers are. Many have criticized mainstream lesbian porn for being unrealistic and unappealing, and still catering to the male gaze, regardless of the absence of a male orgasm. Of course, this applies to almost all porn -- think of it what you will, but it definitely does not accurately represent sex.

Female viewership has grown

...and they like to watch girl-on-girl most out of all the categories. "Lady-on-lady loving is also the type of content that happens to be the most popular among our female viewers and our female viewership has also grown over the course of the past year," says Pornhub's report.

Women's sexual fluidity has been a hotly discussed topic this year. A widely covered (and critiqued) study from the University of Essex claimed that "when it comes to what turns them on, the [majority of women] are either bisexual or gay, but never straight."

The study found that, regardless of their sexuality, women were aroused by both hetero and homosexual sex. Meaning, women's sexuality is more complex than our strict heteronormative understanding of sexuality.

Gallop says that "far more women watch porn than admit to it in surveys. Unfortunately they frequently have to watch porn made by men for men because it's difficult to find their way to porn made with them in mind," but the taboo surrounding porn makes it harder to find curated genres of porn outside of sites such as Pornhub. As Gallop puts it "there is no Yelp of porn.”

2015 porn search results show how sick we are

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Everyone seriously wants to f*uck your mom

For porn viewers all over the world over, this was the year of motherly love -- though not necessarily in the traditional sense. Family favorites ‘step-mom and son’ were the 15th most searched term on Pornhub, jumping an astonishing 71 places. Of course taboo topics will always rank higher for the simple fact that they're taboo.

Three out of six of the top searches were mom-related: “step-mom,” “MILF” and “mom” ranked third, fifth and sixth, respectively, and “step-sister” came in at number seven, continuing the familial trend. How very Cruel Intentions of everyone.

2015 porn search results shows how sick we are

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'Teen' was the second most searched, because there's something seriously wrong with us

Visit any top porn site today and you'll be spoiled for choice, but for as long as we've had internet porn, one category has stood as the most sought-after of all: barely legal teens.

Fascination with very young women, however, predates the internet – Playboy began its famous college girls series in the 1970s. The extraordinary popularity of the "barely legal" genre raises the obvious question of why are so many straight adult men so turned on by women just at the age of consent. Whatever the reasons behind the porn industry’s troubling fascination with "jailbait," it's worth nothing that the eroticizing of adolescents, particularly girls, is now widespread in fashion, advertising, and popular culture.

It would be nice to believe that the barely legal fetish has no impact on those sexualized, and those doing the sexualizing. Truth is, age isn’t just a number. The American Psychological Association, among many others, found that that the portrayal of girls and young women as sex objects harms girls' mental and physical health, and it harms boys by making them sexually violent.

So as long as this category is trending, everybody loses.

2015 porn search results show how sick we are

Is Stanley Kubrick's 1962 movie Lolita coming to life? (Photo: MGM)

We're still watching cartoons as adults, but in a very different way

Some new and evidently quite popular categories were added to Pornhub this year, namely ‘Babysitter’ sitting in at 12th place and ‘Cartoon’ in at number 20. Different from hentai, which is a subculture of Japanese genre of manga and anime, 2015 was the year the 'Cartoon' category became the new kid on the porn block. A desperate way to hold onto our childhood habits, perhaps?

"I like my girls BBW" - Drake

The most exciting development in the world of increasingly popular searches, however, comes in the form of something quite large indeed. The wonderful world of "giantess," which refers to larger women engaging in acts with noticeably tiny partners, garnered a massive 1,091% increase in search frequency in 2015.

Drake popularised the term 'BBW', which, as Urban Dictionary will tell you, stands for "big, beautiful woman," and has since then permeated into common discourse surrounding fat women. "BBW" was originally a porn search term, and subsequently indicates the sexualization of women, principally about the sexualization of fat women. While many have gained heaps of empowerment from the term, it's still largely criticized due to its ties to the porn industry. Nevertheless, it's interesting to note how diverse body shapes can get plenty of people hot and bothered.

2015 porn trends show how sick we really are

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Of course, not everyone in the world is getting off only at Pornhub dot com. In fact, 2015 saw an increase in the different ways people watched porn, from Tumblr to Twitter, all of which is not represented in this data.

Regardless of any shortcomings, this tells us quite a bit about the state of people's porn habits going into 2016, but Gallop points out that "porn is like any other entertainment industry: the vast majority of people watch what they are given.”

"The day we have a porn industry led, managed, designed and driven from the top by women just as much as men, is the day we have a porn industry that looks completely different: more innovative, more creative, more disruptive, more lucrative, and a better, healthier industry overall."

Gallop explains how the market wants what it is supplied with because it's been given no other choice, and that supply is driven by a syndrome she calls "collaborative competition" -- where everyone in a sector competes with everyone else by doing the same thing everyone else is doing. "Nobody knew they wanted an iPhone until Steve Jobs gave it to them," says Gallop.

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