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The last time we checked in on Pornhub (NSFW), they told us that bible thumpers liked to watch people having sex on computer screens just as much as their atheist counterparts. Now, the third-largest porn site in the world has served up another plate of indecent data, this time about how residents in sexually-repressive nations watch porn.

There are a few interesting trends we can pull out of Pornhub’s data dump: For example, in Indonesia, Yemen, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, “Gay” is one of the ten most-searched/viewed categories. And yet, these are all countries that recently voted against a UN measure to protect citizens from extra-judicial killing on the grounds of sexual orientation. Despite what their political and religious leaders might say, gay people do live there after all.

(Interestingly, residents of Vatican City enjoy the comic book form of pornography “Hentai.” Maybe it’s because they’re only drawings with no real-life sexual acts taking place.)

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Despite these findings, however, Pornhub also found that, with the exception of the United Arab Emirates, the percentage of people watching gay-themed videos in each repressive country was below the worldwide average. Perhaps repressive regimes do have an impact on porn-watching habits.

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While there’s no definitive list of the most sexually-repressive nations, porn censorship is a big issue in all of the countries Pornhub analyzed. A few months back, Indonesia blocked Vimeo on pornographic grounds (Vimeo isn’t exactly a pleasuredome for porn enthusiasts but okay). In Saudi Arabia, a group of 25 bureaucrats works to keep porn sites blocked, though citizens are obviously still finding ways to access it. And the most pornographic thing you’re supposed to be able to find in the Vatican are some erotic frescos painted by Raphael in the 16th century.

For Pornhub’s part, these charts are part of an interesting trend of tech companies releasing data not to spy on its users but to answer sociological questions about human behavior. OK Cupid used to be at the forefront of this movement, releasing a number of interesting findings, like that women who enjoy exercising have an easier time achieving orgasm, that as men get older they prefer rougher sex more and more, and that vegetarians are more likely to enjoy giving oral sex. Sadly, OK Cupid hasn’t updated the blog in over two years, but we’re happy to see PornHub, a site with even an more intimate knowledge of its users’ preferences, continue the tradition.

[Image via Nunsuch]