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What Do Women Want?

What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

Daniel Bergner

Women are the monogamous sex.

Women crave intimacy and emotional connection.

Women don’t want sex with strangers.



Could ‘the fairer sex’ in fact be more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

In What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, critically acclaimed journalist Daniel Bergner looks at the evidence. Recent research, he finds, dismantles the myths to reveal 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.  


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Daniel Bergner
About the Author

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...

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Praise for Daniel Bergner
andWhat Do Women Want?

‘Daniel Bergner has written a keenly intelligent book about a subject that often exceeds our intelligence: What Do Women Want?’

‘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.' 

‘Accesible and informative prose…this page-turning book will have readers questioning some of their most ingrained beliefs about women, men, society, and sex.' 

‘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.’

What Do Women Want? adds both steam and explosives into the national conversation—or preoccupation—with what it means to be a woman today.’

‘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.’

‘This book should be read by every woman on the planet.' 

‘[Bergner] subtly exposes the stereotypes, social condition and fear of female sexuality that have constrained women’s lust.’

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