This bold and captivating journey into the world of female desire will fundamentally change the conversation about women and sex.
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.
Insightful, and illuminating, What Do Women Want? 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 in female sexuality? Are political gains for women (No means no) detrimental in the bedroom? And is the hunt for 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. It is sure to spark dynamic discussion for years to come.
Daniel Bergner is a staff writer for the New York Times and the author of three books of nonfiction, The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Realms of Lust and Longing, In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Bergner's writing has also appeared in Granta, Harper's, Mother Jones, Talk, New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.
'This book should be read by every woman on the planet.' Salon
'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, vidid answers to the question that have haunted [us] for far too long: What do women want? The answer will fascinate all.' Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love
'Accesible 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
'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
Suspicious of evolution-based assumptions about female desire such as the views that women prefer monogamy and that women find emotional connections key to physical satisfaction Bergner (The Other Side of Desire) looks to past and current scientific and social research, as well as interviews with everyday women, to uncover the truth behind female sexuality. In accessible and informative prose, the author addresses topics as wide-ranging as scientific studies of female rats and monkeys, the implications of biological differences between the sexes (does the fact that women have a limited quantity of reproductive material as opposed to men's regenerative supply of sperm offer insight into the discrepancies between the male and female libidos?), the role of narcissism in desire, the effects of orgasm on the brain, and what happens when women not men are the ones to switch seats during a speed-dating session. Bergner isn't afraid to take on the most taboo of subjects (such as rape fantasies), but he does so through a critical lens that seeks to reveal the why behind the phenomenon under investigation. This page-turning book will have readers questioning some of their most ingrained beliefs about women, men, society, and sex.