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 behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.
This book could be summed up as "maybe women like a bit of strange, too..." and takes us on a tour of research and scientific studies that challenge our assumptions about sexuality.
This 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? 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 discussion for years to come.
Note: We found this book thought provoking and interesting, but strongly recommend that you read Come As You Are alongside it, as some of the ideas and experiments that are mentioned in this book have alternate and possibly more accurate explanations that are covered there. Read them both and make your own mind up!