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What Do Women Want?

Daniel Bergner

discusses

What Do Women Want?

Adventures in the Science of Female Desire

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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7pm
Harvard Book Store

This event is free; no tickets are required.

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Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome journalist DANIEL BERGNER for a discussion of his new book, What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire.

In What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, Daniel Bergne disseminates the latest scientific research and paints 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.

Bergner asks: Are women actually the less monogamous gender? Do women really crave intimacy and emotional connection? Are women more disposed to sex with strangers and multiple pairings than either science or society have ever let on? And is “the fairer sex” actually more sexually aggressive and anarchic than men?

While debunking the myths popularized by evolutionary psychology, Bergner also looks at the future of female sexuality. Pharmaceutical companies are pouring billions of dollars to develop a “Viagra” for women. But will it ever be released? Or are we not yet ready for a world in which women can become aroused at the simple popping of a pill?

Insightful and illuminating, What Do Women Want? is a deeper exploration of Daniel Bergner's provocative New York Times Magazine cover story; it will spark dynamic debates and discussions for years to come.


 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    No. He did not answer the question. But I'm willing to bet that every woman in the audience already knew the answer.

    July 12, 2013

    • Carol

      If we tell you Steve, we will have to kill you. ;-)

      2 · July 12, 2013

    • Steve Gluck § (.

      Oh ... well ... then tell Bergner, from what I read he deserves both the answer and the consequences - (and I'll keep doing my own independent study. After all that's what makes life so interesting). :-)

      July 12, 2013

  • Harold

    Five stars for the Meetup, zero stars for the speaker. He is very glib, his logical presentation was incoherent and did not remotely support his position. He tried to use the example of a single monkey's surprising behavior to this end. In the end, he never answered the question. I am rarely cynical, but I guess his strategy is to choose a provocative position and sell books.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I completely agree. The presentation was hardly even interesting.

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • Carol

      I agree, Harold and Dana. I came away not remotely interested in reading his book. Not only did he not shed any light at all on what women want, he did not answer any of the questions poised to him from a very intelligent audience. I found his glib attitude irritating. In answer to his question, "What do women want?"... this woman wants an author of such a book to make me believe he has a clue! ;-)

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Harold

    My take was that he is asserting that women have sex drives and are not intrinsically passive. The answer to "What do women want?" seemed to be: sex. But he didn't actually say so. He presented a few scientific observations selected to insinuate titillating possibilities, ignoring all antithetical arguments.

    My two cents is that individual women vary a lot in what they want and need, but some behavioral differences generally arise from differences in biology. And yes, women have sex drives! But Bergner seems disingenuous in contriving a hostile scientific history, then presenting this conclusion as a revelation and a blow for women's emancipation.

    I hope I'm not doing Bergner an injustice, but for me the talk was crafted to be tantalizing and provocative rather than illuminating.

    July 12, 2013

  • Steve Gluck § (.

    Remember: CMF Meet-Ups are member-driven; that is, if you would like to meet up with other members, it is up to you, as a member, to post your plans on the event message board. I am not able to attend every event, so if no one posts plans, then no one meets up

    July 10, 2013

    • Erik

      Anyone interested in grabbing a bite at Tasty Burger afterward?

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Shannon O.

    Wish I could make this one .... bound to be riveting discussions and surprising input!

    July 10, 2013

  • Harold

    At last, the answer to Man's eternal question. ;-)

    July 5, 2013

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