You might have already seen this article, but researchers at the University of Montreal conducted a study on how common certain sexual fantasies are. I find it pretty interesting, I admit. It’s fascinating to see what percentage of the population shares your fantasies, don’t you think?
Some of the most interesting data revealed is the difference between men and women in fantasy likelihood. For example, 61.2% of men, but only 27.5% of women, fantasize about interracial sex. I wonder why that is. Is it because women of color tend to be eroticized and exoticized in a way that men of color aren’t? I certainly can’t imagine that racism is the cause of such a discrepancy. And yet it has one of the larger differences, and most of those with larger differences are more sex-specific, such as “having sex with a woman with large breasts” and “giving fellatio.” (For reference, the fantasy that has the most similar number of men and women imagining it is “being masturbated by my partner,” with 71.4% of women and 71.7% of men saying they fantasize about that.)
I really do wish that I had access to the original data, though. The end of the write-up indicates that the researchers are trying to identify fantasy clusters, that is, groups of people with similar fantasies. For example, people interested in submissive fantasies also tend to be interested in domination fantasies. I’d love to be able to test the various fantasies for independence with each other. It would be intriguing to see which fantasies correlate with others and which are independent. I’m certain there’d be a few surprises in there.
I would also be interested in seeing whether the rarer fantasies tend to go together with other rare fantasies or not. That is, do lots of people tend to have one or two rare kinks, or do a few people have many rare kinks? I can see it going either way, to be honest. Although I suppose one’s own fantasies don’t seem that rare to oneself, so perhaps my viewpoint is skewed. Maybe I’ll try conducting my own survey one of these days so I can find out my own answers.