In Honor of Mother's Day, Here Are the States That Are Obsessed With MILF Porn

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This Mother's Day, most people will pay respects to their moms by sending them a card, or maybe giving them a call. But some people are apparently commemorating Mother's Day in a decidedly creepier way: by searching for MILF porn on Pornhub.

In honor of the May 8 holiday, Pornhub shared exclusive insights with Mic about who's searching for MILF porn in the United States. As it turns out, millennials are particularly obsessed with mom porn — especially in the Midwest, for some reason.

Source: Pornhub Insights
Source: Pornhub Insights

According to Pornhub Insights, mom porn is more popular in Iowa than any other state, followed by Vermont, West Virginia, Nebraska and Texas. 

Stepmoms are also a hot topic among Pornhub viewers (ostensibly because the search term has less of an incest taboo). Last year, "stepmom" replaced "lesbian" as the United State's most popular Pornhub search, with popular words like "mom" and "MILF" also ranking among the top 20. 

As Mic has previously reported, millennials are the driving force behind the rising stepmom porn trend. Pornhub visitors between the ages of 18 and 24 are 23% more likely to search for "stepmom" porn than any other age group.

Source: Pornhub Insights
Source: Pornhub Insights

So why are millennials obsessed with mom porn in the first place? New York sex therapist Rachel Klechevsky believes it might have to do with their journey into adulthood. 

"Men 18 to 24 are just beginning their adulthood, wanting to be taken care of but still acknowledging their sexuality," she said in a phone interview. "Being independent can be scary." By searching for stepmom porn, Klechevsky said, millennials are looking for "the nurturing that Mom brings," while avoiding the taboo associated with straight-up incest porn. 

Klechevsky also said that increasing interest in the age-old MILF fantasy could be prompted by the growing number of mothers in the workforce. (Which is, like, LOL, but she actually might not be too far off: according to 2013 Pew Research Center data, a record 40% of mothers are breadwinners for their households, as opposed to 11% in 1960.)

"As things [in society] change, we'll see more sexual appreciation of moms," she said. 

Correction: May 4, 2016 
A previous version of this article misstated the most mom-loving region in the U.S. Two of the top five states, including the winner, Iowa, are in the Midwest.