Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Study: female porn stars are happier and have higher self-esteem

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Carmen Valentina and Stormy Daniels
According to a new study published in The Journal of Sex Research, as a whole female porn performers were found to have higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality than women outside the industry. Also, porn performers were no more likely to have been sexually molested as children than other women. Researchers believe these findings challenge the myth that women get into mainstream porn because they are psychologically damaged.

Conducted by researchers from Shippensburg University, Texas Woman’s University, and the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, this study examined 177 women between the ages of 18 and 50 who had all been paid to perform in at least one sex scene. Of the porn stars studied, their average career span was 3.5 years. About 44 percent described themselves as single and two-thirds labeled themselves as bisexual compared with seven percent of women in the general population.

Less surprisingly, these female porn performers also claimed they enjoyed sex more and they started having sex at an earlier average age — 15 as opposed to 17. Excluding on-screen co-stars, they reported having had sex with an average of 75 partners compared to five for women outside the industry. Porn stars also reported greater drug and alcohol use, which the researchers suggest could be linked to sensation-seeking personality types.

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