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

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The fact that scientific and medical study of women’s reproductive systems has over the last three centuries been a fun house of ethically questionable experiments and misogynistic pronouncements doesn’t weigh as heavily on this book as you might expect.
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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.

 

About Daniel Bergner

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Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of three books of nonfiction, including The Other Side of Desire; In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa, which was selected as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Ecco. 227 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Elaine Blair on Jun 13 2013

The fact that scientific and medical study of women’s reproductive systems has over the last three centuries been a fun house of ethically questionable experiments and misogynistic pronouncements doesn’t weigh as heavily on this book as you might expect.

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Reviewed by EMMA BROCKES on Jul 11 2013

If you can get past the studied jauntiness and occasionally histrionic style, Daniel Bergner's What Do Women Want? says some useful things about female sexuality.

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Kirkus

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on Jun 08 2013

Stylishly written and cogently organized, making it easy and rewarding for lay readers to understand and appreciate some fairly complex science.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Elayne Clift on Jun 04 2013

.. he fails to provide any footnotes, endnotes, or other sources to lend credibility to his investigations, so inaptly called “incendiary, profoundly insightful, and brilliantly illuminating” on the back cover of his book.

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