Trans Porn Rose 75% In Popularity This Year on Pornhub

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Trans-related porn is exploding at the same time trans rights are under fierce attack. 
Trans Porn Rose 75 In Popularity This Year on Pornhub
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when that company with an unfathomable amount of access to everyone’s personal data yassifies the numbers into a cute end-of-year roundup complete with charts and graphics. No, not Spotify Wrapped — we’re talking about the Pornhub Year in Review. And this year, it’s been reported that trans porn exploded in popularity, even as trans sex workers are increasingly losing access to the tools they need to survive and transphobia as a whole is increasing nationwide. 

In 2022, porn under the “transgender” category increased in popularity by 75% to become the 7th most popular category worldwide and the 3rd most popular in the U.S., according to the tube site’s report. In addition, “FTM” searches were eight times more popular than “MTF” searches. And men viewed videos tagged as “trans” 22% more than women. However, women on “straight” Pornhub viewed the “trans male” sub-category 115% more than men, lest we think that being a chaser is only limited to one gender or sexuality. Pornhub even noted that the most searched-for gender identities were “non binary,” “gender x” (whatever that means) and “androgynous.”

Interestingly, Pornhub appears to aggregate its data for PornhubGay totally separately, and not by gender. Over on PornhubGay, searches for “FTM” grew 202%, becoming the 20th of the top 20 gay searches, whereas it didn’t rank last year.

 

Trans porn’s popularity appears to be in keeping with the general trends of the past few years. Last year, searches for “trans” grew 141%, with views of the trans category growing by 23%. In 2017, Pornhub also published a report specifically on the popularity of trans porn; for the most part, and for better or worse, it found that the popularity of trans porn has been steadily increasing since the mid-2010s. 

This particular bump in the popularity of trans porn, in addition to last year’s growth, is of course happening at the same time that lawmakers have introduced the highest number of anti-trans and general anti-LGBTQ+ bills in history. That these two occurrences are simultaneous is probably no coincidence. Last year, an Alabama republican lawmaker who voted to criminalize doctors who provide minors with transition-related healthcare was caught liking trans porn on Twitter. And a study from Lawsuit.org additionally found that Google users in Republican states are overwhelmingly responsible for the popularity of certain trans-related porn search terms, like “shemale” and “tranny.” 

But this data also likely comes as a slap in the face to trans sex workers, who are facing an increasingly precarious future. In August, Visa and Mastercard announced that it would be suspending payment processing for the ad-buying arm of Mindgeek, the parent company that owns Pornhub, making it much harder for Mindgeek sites to generate revenue and in turn cutting off a revenue stream for the sexworkers who use it. That followed Mastercard’s 2021 rule changes, which stated that the payment processing company could suspend users at any time for selling content that violates its vague rules. That rule change led to OnlyFans’ controversial decision to ban adult content, although that decision was later reversed. 

These legal charges against Pornhub have largely been led by the Traffickinghub campaign, which was founded in partnership with the Evangelical Christian group Exodus Cry. And although the goal of protecting children from trafficking and grooming seems to be an admirable one, the vast majority of child exploitation actually happens on Facebook, with a Daily Beast sreport finding that the site recorded 20.3 million reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking in 2020. By comparison, MindGeek reported 13,229. As the rhetoric of the current anti-trans movement shows, “protecting children” is usually just a smokescreen for something far more unsavory. 

Since trans people are far more likely than cis people to rely on sex work for income, these issues disproportionately affect trans workers. And while you could make some pithy jokes about America’s Freudian obsession with trans people, the reality is that trans sex workers remain some of the most vulnerable in our community. 

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