Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires…

Date: January 11, 2018

01) Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires

“What Google searches for porn tell us about ourselves…

Last year, I interviewed Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies, a new book that uses data on America’s Google habits as an insight into our national consciousness.

Two findings from the book dominated the conversation: America is riddled with racist and selfish people, and there may be a self-induced abortion crisis in this country.

But there was plenty more revelatory data in the book that we didn’t cover. So I wanted to follow up with Stephens-Davidowitz to talk about some of the other provocative claims he is making.

I was particularly interested in sexuality and online porn. If, as Stephens-Davidowitz puts it, “Google is a digital truth serum,” then what else does it tell us about our private thoughts and desires? What else are we hiding from our friends, neighbors, and colleagues?

A lot, apparently.

Among other things, Stephens-Davidowitz’s data suggests that there are more gay men in the closet than we think; that many men prefer overweight women to skinny women but are afraid to act on it; that married women are disproportionately worried their husband is gay; that a lot of straight women watch lesbian porn; and that porn featuring violence against women is more popular among women than men.

I asked Stephens-Davidowitz to explain the data behind all of this. Here’s what he told me.

There’s a lot of variation in what people like. Probably 30 percent of people exclusively watch stuff that you would find disgusting.

It’s a book about human nature. Sex is a big part of human nature. Some reviews of Everybody Lies have criticized me for being obsessed with sex. Everybody is obsessed with sex. If they say they’re not, they’re lying.

There are still sexual preferences that people hide today, even in socially liberal places. About one in 100 porn searches are for the elderly. Hundreds of thousands of young men are predominantly attracted to elderly women. But very few young men are in relationships with elderly women.

It’s interesting. Some sexual preferences I first learned about on The Jerry Springer Show, which featured really poor, uneducated people. People attracted to animals or family members or the elderly. But, now from seeing porn data, I realize those preferences also exist among wealthy, educated people. Wealthy, educated people are more cognizant of contemporary social norms, which means if you have such an attraction, you hide it.

If you define being in the closet as picking partners based on what society wants rather than what you want, many people are in the closet. For example, I am certain a large number of men are more attracted to overweight women than skinny women but try to date skinny women to impress their friends and family members.

Yeah, basically. Some people respond to Indian men wanting to be breastfed and are like, “Indian men are so weird.” That’s not the right response. The data from porn tells us that everybody is weird. Thus, nobody is weird.

Less than 20 percent of porn watched these days features vaginal sex to completion among two people who can conceivably have a healthy baby. Cartoons, anal sex to completion, oral sex to completion, foot sex to completion, incest, elderly porn, tickling, animal porn, sex with objects, etc.”


…Everybody has a sex kink, they want nobody to know about.

It would be interesting, if this were applied to child erotica…Those numbers I would be interested in knowing.

5 thoughts on “Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires…

  1. americanrifleman09

    The fact that they left out teen or child searches makes me doubt the legitimacy of that entire article and any book they cite if the book also left those out. Maybe a lot of young men like fat elderly women, but I think the majority prefer young in shape teens.

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      That’s fair…

      …And, as I already referenced in the post…I, likewise, would want to see statistics on interest in child related content of this nature.

      It is clear that they avoided those two categories.

      I still think it is interesting, and relevant…even for just what it is…looking at “normal” people, and how they relate to the moderately taboo.

  2. Yure

    Sincerely, I am very attracted to fat people, ever since childhood. My first crush was on an obese kid, when I was seven. Well, almost obese. Even now, I get butterflies around fat men. It’s not something I actively hide, tho. Everyone knows. Then again, I have a history of not caring what others think of me.

    As for child erotica, I read somewhere that written fiction is okay, so much that Asstr survives with the amount of content they have, a lot of it would be illegal to act out in real life. Just ask them. What are they scared of?

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      Ah!…A “Chubby Chaser”!

      There is nothing wrong with that…I wouldn’t say I was turned on by obesity…but, it’s not something that repulses me, either.

      I had an obese girlfriend in high school…Mind you…I wasn’t concerned about her figure…I was too busy appreciating the figure of boys like Gregory…Damn, he was cute…

      Yeah…the written fiction…that should be one avenue, that could be explored.

      Probably a lot of people wouldn’t want to talk about it…but, there should be statistics on it.

      I’m thinking…the author likely wanted the average reader to relate to their article…and they probably figured that going into “pedophile territory”, would alienate those readers.

      1. Yure

        I figured so too. Exposing the real number could make people think that the text was normalizing pedophilia. Or that it was a “call to arms” of sorts.
        I have friends who also prefer fat people. All of them, including myself, are skinny. Plato said that we love what we lack. So there you go. Maybe I like fatties because I am not one of them. And I tried. I tried ruthlessly to gain weight, but it seems like my body wasn’t made for this.

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