Monday, July 28, 2014

Book: What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner

Bergner, Daniel. 2013 What Do Women Want? Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. Ecco / Haper Collins.

What Do Women Want? is a popular science book that reviews recent studies from a number of fields that challenge the view that women are less interested in sexual variety than men because they need a stable partner's support to raise children, while men just want to spread their genes around to the greatest extent possible. The research summarized in the book is interesting and clearly described, as are the back stories of the researchers and how they ended up doing research on sex-related topics. My favorite bits of research covered in the book concern how the number of sexual partners reported by women changes when you ask them the question when they are hooked up to a fake lie detector and how the number of women who request a second meeting in speed dating varies with whether the women get up and move around to different men or the men get up and move around to the different women.

Recommended if you are in the mood for such things.

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