A Couple's Guide To Porn

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Watching pornography is usually thought of as a private activity, maybe even something to be a little embarrassed about. When you imagine the typical porn viewer, some might think of a man, hunched furtively over his computer in the dead of night, leaving only a drift of dirty Kleenex behind. But, that's not the case.
First off, we watch way too much porn for it to only be solitary dudes. MindGeek, the home company of the well-known "tube" sites RedTube, PornHub, and YouPorn, is one of the top 10 consumers of Internet bandwidth worldwide. That's not even counting independent and feminist porn companies, webcam sites, fan-fic stories, and Netflix's occasional offering of Diary of a Nymphomaniac.
Secondly, it's definitely not just men who are porn consumers. Exact data are a little hard to track down, but one recent survey put the number of women porn-watchers at over 30%.
In other words, you're probably doing it. And, your partner is probably doing it. So, why the big secret?
Whether you want to watch porn together — and lots of couples do — or just be a little less hush-hush about that part of your sex life, read on. Here's a couple's guide to porn.