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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Overview

Critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergner 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: 9780061906091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 702,653
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(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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