What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

by Daniel Bergner

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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire by Daniel Bergner

In What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergne disseminates the latest scientific research and paints an unprecedented portrait of female lust: the triggers, the fantasies, the mind-body connection (and disconnection), the reasons behind the loss of libido, and, most revelatory, that this loss is not inevitable.

Bergner asks: Are women actually the less monogamous gender? Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to sex with strangers and multiple pairings than either science or society have ever let on? And is “the fairer sex” actually more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

While debunking the myths popularized by evolutionary psychology, Bergner also looks at the future of female sexuality. Pharmaceutical companies are pouring billions of dollars to develop a “Viagra” for women. But will it ever be released? Or are we not yet ready for a world in which women can become aroused at the simple popping of a pill?

Insightful and illuminating, What Do Women Want? is a deeper exploration of Daniel Bergner's provocative New York Times Magazine cover story; it will spark dynamic debates and discussions for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061906084
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 14.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of three previous nonfiction books: The Other Side of Desire; In the Land of Magic Soldiers, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and winner of an Overseas Press Club Award and a Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

1 Animals 1

2 Bodies and Minds 9

3 The Sexual Fable of Evolutionary Science 29

4 Monkeys and Rats 43

5 Narcissism 67

6 The Alley 87

7 Monogamy 109

8 Four Orgasms 151

9 Magic 165

10 A Beginning 193

Readings 199

Acknowledgments 209

What People are Saying About This

Gay Talese

“Daniel Bergner has written a keenly intelligent book about a subject that often exceeds our intelligence: What Do Women Want?”

Diane Ackerman

“At last, we have a new perspective on the wilds of female desire, in rousing tableaux, as women, men, sexologists, bonobos, erotic gurus, and many others provide frank, vivid answers to the question that has haunted [us] for far too long: What do women want? The answer will fascinate all.”

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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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KHaus More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a self-help book, this is not it. If you want to see how science is trying to help women with disappearing lust and sexual satisfaction this is it.  It may be a few years old, but the science and psychology, alongalong with the interviewed women's stories, is fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the author on the colbert report so i bought the book. Its an easy read and is all about sex
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother with this book.  It only offers a review of scientific literature on the topic of female sexuality, and it doesn't do a particularly good job of it.  One could simply find a recent article on the topic and read the review of literature at the beginning of the piece.  If still interested in more, you can just check out the original studies.  Also, the logic of this work is flawed.  Measuring vaginal secretions or the behavior of animals won't give much insight into what human females actually think, feel, want or will give in to.