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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire Paperback – May 13, 2014
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“This book should be read by every woman on earth... a must-read for anyone with even a remote erotic interest in the female gender.”--Salon.com (Salon.com)
“...Shatters many of our most cherished myths about desire.”--The Atlantic (The Atlantic)
“Daniel Bergner has written a keenly intelligent book about a subject that often exceeds our intelligence: What Do Women Want?” (Gay Talese)
Totally engrossing.”--New York magazine (New York magazine)
“Fascinating.... Threatens to disrupt all the modern stereotypes of female sexuality.”--Slate (Slate)
“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)
“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)
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Critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with scientists and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.
As he explores the answers to a number of fascinating questions, Bergner debunks myths and looks at the future of female sexuality, including the possibility of a "female Viagra." He 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 debate for years to come.
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The gist of it as I gather:
1. our collective social story that women's sexual/arousal wiring is very different, if not opposite to that of men (i.e. their sexuality is emotional/security/relationship based, not promiscuous, not visual, etc.) is belied by the research (of involuntary chemical and anatomical reaction to stimuli...);
2. and, that women's sexual arousal is in large measure driven by observation of men's uncontrolled arousal with themselves as object -- what turns them on more than anything is observing how a man finds them so attractive that he loses control of himself (no news here...)
3. and, that the social programming is so strong that many woman are not consciously aware (i.e. have repressed...) of the underlying basis of their own emotional and sexual arousal.
Read the cliff notes...
As a heterosexual male I gained a great deal of appreciation toward the complexities of female sexuality and I believe this will help me be a better friend, partner and man.
It seems to give an unbiased look into female sexuality, what turns them on involuntarily...
It's not been done or presented this way before, and I found it fascinating.
It should have been written many years ago. It dispels many myths that "mom" probably told
them along with the same "myths" from religion.