What's the Latest Development?
In a new and controversial book, journalist Daniel Bergner argues that female sexual desire is just as strong and just as lustful as men's, unsettling conventional wisdom about sexual equality and monogamy. "Women want sex just as much as men do, and this drive is 'not, for the most part, sparked or sustained by emotional intimacy and safety.' When it comes to the craving for sexual variety, the research Bergner assembles suggests that women may be 'even less well-suited for monogamy than men.'" Bergner asks whether men are prepared to cope with female sexuality as it is increasingly decoupled from social roles which have assigned more passive traits to women.
What's the Big Idea?
In writing What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, Bergner said he had to strike a balance between treating female sexuality as something essential (suggesting that traditional roles were God-given) versus entirely socially constructed (thereby robbing women of a stable identity). "Though some women surely still want to play at passivity while men protect, provide, and perform, plenty more women want another 'p' word: partners. Flexible, unintimidated, and (as Bergner shows) playful partners in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and in public life."
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