BDSM Searches Spike (Thanks, Fifty Shades Of Grey)

There’s no reason to be shy, ladies: You’ve been channeling your inner Anastasia Steele, haven’t you? According to a new report from website Pornhub (what you can find on their site is pretty obvious from the name) searches by women for BDSM-related terms have increased a staggering 200% since Fifty Shades of Grey debuted on the big screen this Valentine’s Day.  
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What is being searched, exactly? Action words like "submission" and "dominate" are among the most popular (up 50%), followed closely by potentially-more-intimidating terms like "flogging" and "chains," "whip," "master," and "leather"—which just happen to be some of the most commonly used words in the Fifty Shades novels as a whole. (Let us paint you a word picture.)
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Looking further at search terms by gender, the study reveals what Pornhub dubs some interesting “dominating female tendencies.”  Case in point: Searches by women for "bondage” are up 131%, while this same search term for men is up a mere 10%.
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So don’t hesitate. We'd argue that this is all part and parcel of what the Internet was made for. Go ahead and satisfy your curiosity, and have some healthy fun!
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