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Some of the most popular porn in the United States reflects sex that has little to do with viewers’ actual sex lives. According to statistics released by Pornhub, the largest pornography website, hentai was the second-most-searched term on the platform in 2017, gaining traction in the U.S., in particular. This type of porn, inspired by classic anime, typically features animated figures with fantastic or cartoonishly exaggerated physical features: huge, bulging eyes or breasts larger than their waist. Sometimes they’ll have horns or tails or cat ears—or multiple sets of genitalia. “It’s like most foods we consume these days: built for maximum craveability,” said the sex therapist Stephen Snyder. “Like a Cronut, or cream-cheese sushi. They cook this stuff up. None of it is natural.”

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