Since the beginning of time, human beings have been engaging in the act of sex — for pleasure, for reproduction, or just to pass the time. And since what feels like forever, there has been a double standard when it comes to sexuality: Men have been afforded the freedom to fornicate as they please, while women are hushed and pushed aside for expressing the same sexual needs.
The truth is, many women like sex just as much (or more!) as their male counterparts. But when it comes to initiating the act, it’s often the man who’s “supposed to” make the first move because it’s not “ladylike” for a woman to make her sexual desires known. But, according to Daniel Bergner’s new book, What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire, this might not be a problem in the world of the female rat.
The book also reveals that when graduate students stroked female rats’ clitorises (which apparently look like little eraser heads) and then stopped, the rats would tug on the students’ sleeves and beg for more. “This,” writes Bergner, “went on and on.”