Magazine article Newsweek

5 Things You Didn't Know about Female Sexuality, from Wednesday Martin's 'Untrue'; the Author of "Primates of Park Avenue" Has a New Book Suggesting the Sexual Desire of Males and Females Are More Similar Than Men Probably Want to Admit

Magazine article Newsweek

5 Things You Didn't Know about Female Sexuality, from Wednesday Martin's 'Untrue'; the Author of "Primates of Park Avenue" Has a New Book Suggesting the Sexual Desire of Males and Females Are More Similar Than Men Probably Want to Admit

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Byline: Anna Menta

Author and cultural critic Wednesday Martin made her name with the splashy and controversial 2015 best-seller Primates of Park Avenue, which had Martin infiltrating New York's Upper East Side wife-and-mommy set. Faulted for superficiality, the author approached her latest topic--female infidelity--with more rigor, while still making it personal. "I make no secret of the fact that I was very unsuccessful at monogamy in my 20s," Martin, now 52, tells Newsweek.

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free (Little, Brown Spark, out September 18) digs into the latest research on female desire and includes interviews with experts on "consensual non-monogamy," as well as women who cheat. "What we've been taught about female sexuality is untrue," she says of the commonly held assumptions she hopes her book will disprove. "The female libido, when measured correctly, is every bit as strong as the male. Women are sexually weirder than we ever thought--and that's normal!"

Here are five takeaways from Untrue.

According to 2013 data from the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey, the rate for women who admitted to cheating in heterosexual marriages shot up 40 percent from 1990 to 2010--to 14.7 percent--while husband's infidelity rate stayed the same, at 21 percent.

A 2017 study from PLOS One (a journal from the Public Library of Science) found that among 189 men and women between ages 25 and 29, the women were nearly twice as likely to have gone to a dungeon, BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism), swingers' or sex party in their lifetime. …

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