You already know that everything under the sun is available as Internet porn. But in a new book, two scientists investigate what our online porn searches say about human sexuality. Their work isn't without its problems, but they turn up some pretty interesting data on age, body size — and dicks.
In A Billion Wicked Thoughts, Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam examine people's Internet porn preferences through data from search engines like Dogpile and AOL and porn sites like Fantasti.cc and PornHub. They also look at depictions of sex and love in fanfiction and romance novels. In addition to a fascinating array of charts and examples, they offer some pretty pat — and often unsupported — assertions about men's and women's sexuality. I could spend a whole post critiquing their statements on gender and the brain (many of which are called into question by Cordelia Fine's excellent Delusions of Gender) or poking holes in generalizations like, "Men do not have sexual cues relating to their self." But I'm less interested in what's wrong with A Billion Wicked Thoughts than in what's cool about it: a bunch of fascinating facts about porn. A sampling: