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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 behavioral 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.

Editorial Reviews

“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

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

“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

“An indispensable map for a journey that most of us take without one. Brilliant, funny, and brimming with insight…an important book that every parent should read, and then read again. Jennifer Senior is surely one of the best writers—and wisest moms—on the planet.”

Daniel Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

Author Biography

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of several 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.

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Reader Biography

Charles Pasternak is a television and voice actor. He has appeared in several episodes of the television series A God Named Pablo and is the narrator of the audiobook What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner.

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