Even Straight Women Love to Watch Lesbian Sex

We Asked a Sex Therapist to Explain Why

“Lesbian” is the most popular porn category for female viewers, according to a report.

By Samantha Lauriello 

Updated March 22, 2019

There’s no shame in watching porn, right? Seriously, lots of women do it. Sometimes it’s the only way to satisfy those sexual fantasies that for whatever reason you aren’t trying to live out IRL. You know, like BDSM, taking part in an orgy, or experimenting with the gender you don’t usually go for.

Turns out that last fantasy may be a major reason women visit porn sites. A recent PornHub report shows that “lesbian” is the most popular category for female viewers of this digital porn portal. The category was actually 151% more popular with women than with men. Surprising, right?

Of course, lesbian women probably account for some of that popularity. But the data suggests that a lot of straight women are clicking into it, too. A recent Gallup poll found just 5% of women identify as LGBT, which leads us to believe plenty of straight-identifying women are getting off on girl-on-girl porn. To find out why so many women love to watch other women get it on, we asked a sex therapist to weigh in.

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But first, let’s clear one thing up: Just because you watch lesbian porn doesn’t mean you’re sexually into ladies. Sure, some women might be, and that’s perfectly fine. But you can also just be in it for the fantasy, says Holly Richmond, PhD, a sex therapist in Southern California. The same goes for any type of porn, she adds. What you enjoy online could be entirely different from what you enjoy in the bedroom. But if you’re a straight woman and you find yourself digging lesbian porn, these four reason might explain why.

It’s not about the performance

We’ve all seen such hardcore porn that it’s made us think, Would that even be enjoyable? Richmond says the answer is usually no. “Most porn, especially hetero-normative porn, is all about the performance,” she explains. “It’s all about what it looks like and what it sounds like, not about what it feels like.” Lesbian porn is different, though, because it’s often written by women, for women, she adds. Plus, hetero porn tends to put the spotlight on the penis. In girl-on-girl scenes, the entire female body is the star of the show.

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Your pleasure is the focus

Hetero porn is typically centered around male pleasure, Richmond says, and it often involves super aggressive intercourse with the guy in control. But penis-in-vagina jackhammering isn’t what makes most women hit that high note. Instead, it’s more about clitoral stimulation, and there’s lots of that in lesbian porn. Oh, and hetero porn always seems to end when the guy ejaculates. Lesbian porn is all about women reaching that big O.

It’s way more relatable

“I always say porn stars are like our Olympic athletes of sex,” Richmond says. “There’s just nothing real about it.” She explains that lesbian porn tends to feature a wider range of body types than hetero porn, which makes it way easier to relate to the performers and the action they’re enjoying. You also won’t be looking at a female porn star’s body and thinking, Why don’t I look like that? Instead, you can just focus on what feels good. No distractions.

Female sexuality is more fluid 

Culturally, it’s more acceptable for women to experiment sexually with women than for men to play around with men. That’s not to say lesbian women don’t still face discrimination. But when a woman hooks up with another woman, it’s often seen as sexy; when a man does it, it’s seen as strange.

That’s one reason women are more sexually fluid, but Richmond says it’s also in our DNA. Studies have shown that women are turned on by a much wider range of things than men, she says. Why we’re hard-wired that way is unclear, but it’s something to embrace and enjoy.

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FIRST TO ARRIVE LOSES

Erin is a 38 year old department store clerk who likes to wrestle in her spare time; when she meets Sam, her desire to wrestle takes on a completely different meaning.

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Erin has dabbled in wrestling for a number of years. Taking both men and women, usually in the nude. Her fondness for the sport is more competitive than erotic, until she watches a video of a ‘first to cum loses’ match.

She searches a few web sites that cater to wrestling, both for men and women and finds a woman, user name catfiteluvr69. The two of them discuss their possible matchup and agree to meet at Erin’s house on a Saturday few days later. Erin waits enthusiastically for the day of the match,  when Friday evening at her work, an androgynous teen walks up to her counter and begins hitting on her.

The teen, Erin soon learns is actually not a boy as she first thought but rather a teenaged girl  named Samantha, dressed in stereotypical Butch Dyke clothes. Erin tries to humor the young girl and plays along until the little dyke. Just when Erin  has had enough of the girls big talk and tries to blow her off, Sam tells her that she is catfiteluvr69 and she’d see her Saturday.

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Edging, Peaking, & Surfing – Lesbian Fantasies

Jocelyn and Isaac have been married for several years, and the fire has gone from their relationship. Along comes Nichol, a lesbian friend of Isaac’s and she shows Jocelyn how to rekindle the flame. For another woman that is.

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A married couple are going through a rocky time in their marriage. The spark is gone, and their interest in sex seems to be nonexistent. That is until the wife, Jocelyn, meets one of her husbands co-workers who just happens to be lesbian and the first flickers of the flame begin grow.

Unknown to her husband, Isaac, Jocelyn and Nichol begin a torrid affair, as Jocelyn takes to lesbian sex like a fish to water. So overwhelmed by the sexuality of her lesbian affair, Jocelyn decides to find another partner to fool around with.

Jocelyn hooks up with several willing lesbians and learns something new from each, There is no limit to what Jocelyn wants to experience and each of her new partners is willing to provide all the kink she could ever ask for. At the same time she keeps these extramarital dalliances  a secret from her husband and her lesbian lovers. It becomes a question of how long can she hide the truth?

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EIGHT CRAZY LADIES

A Story Selection of Eight Crazy Ladies That Love Other Ladies

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1 Bumping Conquest

Former MMA fighter Rhonda meets a beautiful but inebriated blonde after one of her fights, and that sparks an attraction of the opposites

2 Royal Lust

Jenn idolizes Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn has moved on. In spite of that Jenn still dreams and fantasizes obsessively about one day reuniting with his Dream Princess

3 Mile High Thighs

Pam and Emma meet at a mountain lake resort, Pam is an intern at a local hospital and she falls for Emma the owner of the hottest bar in the resort area.

4 Unbearable Desire

Audrey Simms learns firsthand the true meaning of the old adage about ‘Your life passing before your eyes.’ when you are about to face death.

5 Grotesque Desire

Xavier, a married dentist comes home from work early and finds his wife in the arms of her lover. A woman!

6 Sam Gets It in the End

A married woman in an illicit affair with another younger woman and a police detective who had made it her own personal mission to get rid of each and every morally corrupt person in her city, find themselves on a collision course that’s sure to end in a gruesome murder.

7 Solitary Sensuality

A closeted 18 year old, Erin Slater, had lusted after her oblivious friend Jessica for years. It takes a personal tragedy for Erin to catch her friends attention.

8 Curiously Stimulating

Virginal eighteen year old Cinnamon Simmons, embarks on a journey that begins along the paths of a Renaissance Faire. There she meets a beautiful giant woman in a gold robe, offering her an exquisite ornate box. Her asking price, Cinnamon would learn later was much higher than she would ever imagine

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ALONE, ADRIFT & AROUSED – QUARANTINED!

Eve was just settling into a robust and active lesbian sex life when 2020 happened.

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Trapped in her home by a world on hold Eve reflects on her life and the little things she took for granted and longed for the romantic times of the past. Tortured by isolation, and loss of a loved one.

Her erotic memories play out in her mind like a technicolor film filled with romance, lust and women of all shapes and sizes. Occasionally she is dragged back to reality and the depression that is 2020. The only thing keeping her from deep depression is the torrid memories of love and lust of her previous life.

Surprisingly, she is inspired by a neighbor from her own building. Over time she watches as the older woman, seems to appear positive and it’s certain she is not letting the quarantine make her give up on life. Even when she realizes the older woman has suffered the death of her loving husband, she sees the woman push forward and live her life.

Eve begins doing what she has seen the older woman do, and the world starts to be less restrictive, motivating Eve to press forward herself. This new outlook in Eve bubbles over to the point, that the next time she see the older woman, rushed to embrace her now knowing she is no longer alone and adrift.

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Just Your Average XY Girl Next Door

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What it’s like growing up Intersex.

My earliest memory of this journey is my mom taking me to the doctor and having a pelvic exam at age thirteen.

She was worried because I was not developing breasts and had not started my period.

After a couple of visits to the family doctor they decided that I needed to go to a specialist at the hospital. I remember being taken into a room by two doctors and told to disrobe and put on a hospital gown.

My parents remained in the waiting room. Then they had me lay on the medical table, put my feet in the stirrups, and spread my legs at the knees.

I remember feeling so self-conscience. Then the two doctors started poking and prodding me, inserting fingers and medical utensils inside me.

I remember wincing in pain. I suppose this is how I lost my virginity.

Then they brought in more doctors to look at me and touch me. I’m not sure how many doctors ended up coming into the room to see my “abnormality”.  In my mind, it seems like there must have been at least twenty. When I close my eyes and think back to that day, all I see is a room was filled with white coats. I felt like I was a freak show.

Even now, many years later, just the sight of a white coat makes me anxious. Looking back, because I felt like I had no choice about what was happening, I consider this the first time I was raped. I know I really wasn’t raped, but that is what it felt like. After the doctors were done with me, they told me to get dressed and have a seat. I did as they asked. Only two doctors remained in the room with me. They sat in front of me and told me that I had abnormal ovaries that should be removed because they were pre-cancerous. I was informed that I could never have biological children, but I could have a “normal” sex life.

They brought my parents back and told them the same thing.  About then, I think I must have went into shock. I didn’t cry. I didn’t ask any questions. I didn’t respond. I couldn’t bring myself to speak for the next three days. Worse yet, I spent the next fourteen years of my life worried that the cancer would come back.

I am not sure how much time passed before I had my surgery. I think it was a couple of weeks. I was admitted into the hospital and was assigned a room in the pediatric ward. The two year old little boy in the room with me was a burn victim. He had pulled a pot of boiling water off the stove and on to himself. Any flowers sent for me had to be taken directly to my home, because there couldn’t be any pollen in the room.

I remember feeling so sad for the little boy. His parents stayed with him day and night. Secretively and selfishly, I was so glad that they were there because I was very frightened and I didn’t really know what was going to happen to me next.

I don’t remember much before the surgery, but I do remember being wheeled back to my room on the gurney after the surgery.

It felt like they were hitting every crack and hole in the floor. It felt like my stomach was being ripped apart. They gave me a shot for the pain when I got back to my room.  I fell back to sleep for a few hours. When I woke up they wanted me to empty my bladder. I tried, but I couldn’t. They inserted a catheter inside me to drain my bladder.

They kept me in the hospital for a few days before I could go home. I remember forcing myself to walk, wheeling my IV up and down the hospital hallway, each time trying to stand up a little straighter and not walk all hunched over. I was pretty much sliced from hipbone to hipbone across my lower tummy, so doing anything except lay on my side with a pillow against my stomach was pure agony. When I finally got home, my mom told me that the doctor said to tell people that I had my appendix removed.

She said that no one would understand what really happened, and people would make fun of me if they knew the truth. I couldn’t figure out why someone would make fun of me for having pre-cancerous ovaries, but I did as she asked.

After the surgery, I had monthly doctor visits to make sure everything was progressing the way they had hoped. Each time the doctor would do a pelvic exam and ask me if I had a boyfriend and if I was having sex yet. This led me to believe that I better get a boyfriend and have sex, otherwise the doctor would not think I was “normal”.

So I did just that. I found a boyfriend. It took a while to work up the courage to have sex, especially since I was so self-conscience of my body with the scar across my abdomen and the bald vagina between my legs.  Finally, at my 15th birthday party, my boyfriend who was a year older than me, told me that if I didn’t have sex with him he was going to break up with me.  I panicked because if I didn’t have a boyfriend the doctor would tell my parents that something was wrong with me.

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FEAR, LUST & MANIPULATION

Misty had been a lesbian since she could remember beginning with her exploits with an Asian girl, Nho her freshman year of college. She then meets another Asian woman Lau, when she gets older causing her erotic flashbacks to her time’s with Nho.

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Small town girl, Misty meets Nho during her freshman year of college, the two share a rather interesting fetish and because of that they became best friends that lasted beyond college.

At thirty, a Ph.D. candidate and college lecturer this new job meant leaving Nho and moving on, though still friends.  While Misty was settling in her new surroundings, she was realized she missed her best friend and decided she needed to go out and meet some people. She call Nho and tells her about missing her, and Nho encourages her to go out and meet some people.

She sits in the local watering hole for the college and works her way to a pretty good buzz and soon before she realized it was nearly closing time. It’s then she saw the attractive Asian woman she noticed earlier in the evening was about the only other person in the bar with her. During their conversation at the bar, Misty finds out that Lau is about her age, rich and quite mysterious. All the qualities that attracted Misty to her.

Lonely and horny Misty was an easy target for the Asian woman, whose name Misty learned was Lau Chen. Following a torrid night at Lau’s home, the Asian woman persuades Misty to live with her, and her house keeper Josie. She agrees, not in a million years knowing what she was getting herself into.

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FARM GIRL’S FREAKY FUN

Two bi-curious teenagers, Darcy and Phoebe are discovered  in Rita’s barn satisfying their curiosity. The older woman that her discovery as an excellent erotic opportunity.  

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Eighteen year olds, Darcy and Phoebe see an empty barn as an ideal spot to satisfy their lesbian curiosity. Unfortunately they are discovered in a very compromising situation and the farmer that owns the barn, Rita sees this as an opportunity to satisfy her own randy curiosities.

Rita promises not to tell the girls’ parents if they will help out around the farm and provide other services that Rita and her hired farm hand Jean might decide they need. The teens quickly agree to the arrangement and begin their duties immediately.

The teens soon realize they are turned on by the situation and eagerly go about their chores, and services with great enthusiasm that surprises even the two older women. One thing the two teen do know is that it’s going to be hot steamy summer before they head off to college in the fall.

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TEGAN’S LESBIAN LESSON

From her table at the bistro Tegan has watched,  the same beautiful  blonde for weeks, never mustering the courage to introduce herself and get acquainted. Today she vows to summon that courage once and for all.

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Lesley’s Booby Trap Bistro is a favorite drinking spot for Tegan and Nicole. Neither one knows the other but each have been watching each other for weeks. Once a failed attempt at introduction fizzles neither woman made any attempt to get acquainted.

Each woman sees the other as her dream girl creating sexual tension neither woman can ignore.  Finally, the tension has built to a boiling point and Tegan vows that the next time she sees Nicole she is going to introduce herself.

The introductions the second time goes much smoother than the first many weeks ago. The two warm to each other and soon the relationships moves to a sexual nature. Perhaps both women were hesitant to meet because of the deep dark lascivious desires each carries inside themselves would frighten or shock most women.

Once the self-inflicted barriers are dropped the relationship ignites fires in both Nicole and Tegan, and the both of them bare themselves to the other and share all the primitive animal lusts that drives each of them.

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A BREATHLESS SUBMISSION

Darcy had just ended the worst day of her career and decided to stop at a club and have a few drinks to drown her sorrows. Little knowing her worst day had just begun.

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Darcy stopped into a club to raise her spirits following the most humiliating day of her life. Before she can even order a drink, Brenda and Steve are sitting next to her and coming on pretty strong.

Realizing that they were hitting on her, she first though about leaving, then she thought maybe a little action with this couple might be just the ticket finish the day on a brighter note. She thought wrong. Steve and Brenda were kidnappers, and their plans didn’t include making Darcy feel better.

The couple force the cute redhead into a wide assortment of punishment and bondage. To cap it off the couple decide another female would add to the fun and they bring Sara, an loose woman willing to do about anything,

Sara shows Darcy some of the most excruciating methods of extracting pleasure. And it is her involvement with the debauched Sara, Darcy learns a possible skill she can use to her advantage in her career. Maybe her future is getting brighter.

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