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Incest Porn Is More Popular than You Think

Incest Porn Is More Popular than You Think

In January, Pornhub released its annual “Year in Review” report, which highlights the top porn trends of the previous year, as measured by what people searched for on the site. Frankly, there’s nothing more this sex scientist turned journalist looks forward than perusing such data, especially as an indicator of how our sexual proclivities are evolving (or not). Surprisingly, the top trending search throughout 2017 was “Porn for Women,” followed by searches for Rick and Morty porn parodies—a testament to the show’s popularity—and fidget spinners, of all things. Across the entire site, however, the top six search terms of 2017 included “step mom,” “step sister” and “mom,” speaking to the growing trend of incest pornography known as “fauxcest,” or fictionalized incest. Within the United States in particular, “step sister”- and “step mom”-themed pornography ranked highest. Sexual interest in middle-aged people isn’t new. A paper published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in…

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