What Do Women Want?

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

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When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioural scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

This bold and captivating journey into the world of female desire explores answers to such thought-provoking questions as: Are women perhaps the less monogamous sex? What effect do intimacy and emotional connection really have on lust? What is the role of narcissism - the desire to be desired - in female sexuality? Are political gains for women ('No means no') detrimental in the bedroom? And is the hunt for a female Viagra anything but a search for the cure for monogamy?

Bergner goes behind the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking experiments on sexuality today and confronts us with controversial, sometimes uncomfortable findings. Incendiary, profoundly insightful, and brilliantly illuminating, What Do Women Want? will change the conversation about women and sex, and is sure to spark dynamic discussion for years to come.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 214 x 17mm | 244g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1782112561
  • 9781782112563
  • 123,687

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Explosive -- Zoe Williams * * Guardian * * Fascinating and controversial * * The Sunday Times * * This book should be read by every woman on earth. It should be handed out to pubescent girls... It is a must read for any person with even a remote erotic interest in the female gender... it is a revelation -- Tracy Clark-Flory * * Salon * * A new book that paints an unprecedented picture of female sexuality... [it] may strike fear in the heart of every heterosexual male * * Daily Mail * * What Do Women Want? adds both steam and explosives into the national conversation-or preoccupation-with what it means to be a woman today * * Vogue * * Bergner lays out the history of this brainwashing and then debunks it in his entertaining new book, What do Women Want?. He recaps ingenious studies that have plumbed our desires, including those we deny or hide from ourselves * * Elle * * Daniel Bergner has written a keenly intelligent book about a subject that often exceeds our intelligence: What Do Women Want? * * Gay Talese * * 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 -- Diane Ackerman * * author of A Natural History of Love * * Accessible and informative prose... this page-turning book will have readers questioning some of their most ingrained beliefs about women, men, society, and sex * * Publishers Weekly * * It's everything you wanted to know about sex but didn't know to ask. Daniel Bergner upends long-standing myths about women and sex - everything from nature of attraction and pursuit to prevalence of taboo fantasies to monogamy itself * * New York Post * * Knits together anecdote, case study and scientific discovery to overturn some tenacious assumptions -- Emma Brockes * * Guardian * * A must-read for anyone who is interested in understanding what makes women tick -- Suzi Godson * * More Sex Daily * * Bergner tumbles many fallacies...Yet it is Bergner's portraits of women agonising about their own thwarted or failing desire that truly illuminate the book. He is a tender and eloquent chronicler -- Janice Turner * * The Times * * The possibilities are endless * * Psychologies (August Issue) * * Fascinating . . . Threatens to disrupt all the modern stereotypes of female sexuality * * Slate * * Shatters many of our most cherished myths about desire * * The Atlantic * * An excellent, accessible study -- Aidan Moffat * * Quietus * * What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner cites a number of studies that throw water on the notion that women have less active libidos than men or need intimacy to enjoy sex * * Irish Independent * *
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About Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of four books of nonfiction: What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Bergner's writing has also appeared in Granta, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
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