It would be difficult to generalize or summarize. But in general, men are hard wired to the moving images (porn), while women would generally tend to go for the written word (sex stories).
How many Men would be interested in reading Enid Blyton and her soft romance? Very few I presume. But adult fiction is catching on. Many women would have read the trilogy by EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, and would have devoured the sexy, kinky underworld of the submissive heroine in the Novel, which shows that women are turning to erotic stories to get their sexual thrills instead of their partners.
Some of our Lady Members would have read “ The Bride stripped bare” or the “Fear of Flying” by Erica Jong or Lady Chatterley’s Lover. If they have not, I suggest they do.
Some poll results show that nearly half of women prefer to read sexy literature rather than indulge in their own sex lives. It is easier to read about someone else’s sex Life (even if it is a story) than mess up your own. So why do women prefer reading sex stories? Often it is easier to read than to indulge, often it is a lack of energy and sometimes lack of imagination in the bedroom.
With technological advances, women can download and read such stories on their Kindle and Notepads and do not have to visit the Library and ask for such Books. They allow women to explore some of their own feelings about sex and fantasy. It is believed that women who read erotic literature have an astounding 74 per cent more sex with their partners than those who don’t.
Author Gabriel Marquez, says that everyone has three lives: the public life we show the world, our private life, that we show our family and friends, and the secret life, which is the world of our minds. And it is this erotic fiction, that many women love, since it is about living through the words of others.
Men respond to the shape of a breast, or the shape of a leg, or a woman's bum. Women are much more turned on by what is said, what they read and what they hear in terms of them turning on that desire button between their ears.
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