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Hey Boys Stop Masturbating to Blondes

The first results are in ! Here goes a quick analysis of the vocabulary used in the video titles on Pornhub.

The corpus is a collection of all the titles from the first 10 pages of Pornhub for the second week of August. Hopefully a regular collect of Pornhub data may lead to some chronological tendancies, but we aren’t there yet! Pretty much every graphical sequence between two spaces is considered a word, which gives us a whopping total of 1752 words. Keep in mind,that’s a relatively small amount! But, I suppose consumers aren’t really interested in the actual prose.

This being said, the porn world benefits from a surprising variety of vocabulary to describe what seriously seems like a rather repetitive scene changes.

Here’s the word cloud created by wordle.  The most prominent word that isn’t a grammatical link word, is well, not surprisingly “fucked”. All kinds of things get “fucked” in porn videos anything from pussy, ass, milfs, and a wide range of specified ethnicities. Following closely behind “fucked” is “pussy” which comes right after.  The word “cock” follows at the top of the list, as you can see in the numbers below.

Though “pussy” may seem pretty obvious, the fact that “cock” is at the top of list, just goes to further show what other lab studies have proved …. penis envy is a huge motivating factor in pornography. No matter what their sexual orientation, men love to see a penis 😉  even if they’d tell you otherwise.

The adjective at the top of the list is “big”, which is usually coupled with “big tits”, “big cock”, “big busty blonde”. Again size definitely matters when it comes to porn video titles!

Of all the potential racial, ethnic, or other physical specificities we could expect to see in porn vids, I was surprised that blonde was at the top of the list. Worse yet when I calculated the repeated segments (two words or more in sequence that are repeated two or more times in the corpus), the second most frequent segment was “busty blonde”.

Come on guys!!! Seriously! Can’t we do better than “busty blonde” repeated in 5 different video titles? You’ve also got versions “blonde teen” and “big tit blonde” in three vids each while poor brunette’s get only “big tit brunette” in three titles (I’ll never understand what it is you see in them … for having tested, they aren’t the best tasting girls out there!).

Your only saving grace is that “natural tit” is fairly high up on the list of most frequent repeated segments… the organically grown varieties seem to have some importance 😉

Black is the racial adjective that has the highest frequency (even when excluding the word used as a last name for some pornstars), followed by in decreasing order: latina, japanese, asian and last ebony (variation of black). In this corpus, other races weren’t represented which doesn’t mean they don’t carry their own importance in porn vids, just not in the ones collected that day. Future collections can tell us if this is a tendency or something particular to the second week of August.

Though I have harped on the high frequency of blondes in this corpus, the amount of one-shot vocabulary, words used only once, is huge compared to other genres of writing. This goes to show how much the imagination is greatly at work when creating porn vid titles. I haven’t even gone into status/age specifics like MILF or wife, teen etc. And have totally ignored interesting sex acts in this post, so do stay tuned!!

So show off your creativity and broaden your horizons to explore other pornographic figures than “busty blondes” …

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