Graphic: Frequency of usual and unusual sexual fantasies by gender

Reddit user IronyAndWhine made this graphic showing the frequency of 55 sexual fantasies by gender according to the study What Exactly Is an Unusual Sexual Fantasy? published on October 30, 2014, on the Journal of Sexual Medicine. It's an interesting look at human sexuality.

Note: I modified the graphic for readability.

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According to the authors—Christian C. Joyal PhD, Amélie Cossette BSc, and Vanessa Lapierre BSc, of the Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada—the "main goal of this study was to determine which SF are rare, unusual, common, or typical from a statistical point of view among a relatively large sample of adults recruited from the general population." They interviewed 1,516 adults (799 female; 717 male) on the internet, "who ranked 55 different sexual fantasies and wrote their own favorite sexual fantasy."

This were the results of the study according to the abstract:

Only two sexual fantasies were found to be rare for women or men, while nine others were unusual. Thirty sexual fantasies were common for one or both genders, and only five were typical. These results were confirmed with qualitative analyses. Submission and domination themes were not only common for both men and women, but they were also significantly related to each other. Moreover, the presence of a single submissive fantasy was a significant predictor of overall scores for all SF in both genders.


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Few observations:

Men fantasise about almost everything more than women, in some cases by huge amounts;

Personal third party anecdote gathering suggests that while it may or may not fit under the technical term of a regular fantasy, many of those supposedly less common fantasies have been at least tried by a lot more people than this suggests. So someones always fantasising about it enough to try it. I have a strong suspicion the same old issue of people being embarrassed to admit things is at work there;

12 yo is kinda of a lowball for a question like that. How would those figures change if you included ages below that of local age of consent, like 18 or 16. Find me a man who hasn't driven past an emptying high school with a keener than usual eye. We were all there once.