What Gets Women Hot to Trot?

Scientists and psychologists study female desire

By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User

Posted Jan 25, 2009 6:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Nearly one in three women lack sexual desire, and sexologists are trying to help, Daniel Bergner writes in the New York Times. They've hooked up female sex organs to machines and run sexy movies, showing that unlike penises, vulva are excited by a wide range of stimuli—gay men, women, and ape erections included. Which suggests that women need only an emotional bond to get it on.

But one sexologist dismisses such talk as too politically correct. It's narcissism, she says, that fuels female desire: “Being desired is the orgasm. Women want to be thrown up against a wall but not truly endangered." Whether bonding or self-love is what excites women, female Viagra is the loser: Pills can make a woman lubricate, Bergner writes, but her all-important brain remains unaroused.

The easy shift from heterosexuality to lesbianism in some women suggests that female desire is dictated, even more than popular perception would have it, by intimacy and emotional connection.
Thirty percent of women complain of deficient desire.
"Pills might promote blood flow and lubrication, but this doesn't do much to create a conscious sense of desire," writes Daniel Bergner in the New York Times.
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Women’s desire is not relational, it’s narcissistic—it is dominated by the yearnings of 'self-love,' by the wish to be the object of erotic admiration and sexual need.
- Marta Meana, professor of psychology at the University of Nevada

Women want to be thrown up against a wall but not truly endangered. Women want a caveman and caring. - Marta Meana, professor of psychology at the University of Nevada

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