A jaw-dropping re-evaluation of everything we thought we knew about men, women, and sex.
Men are biologically programmed to want sex with lots of different women, whereas women are designed to stay true to one person, right?
In Untrue, New York Times -bestselling author Wednesday Martin reveals that we are just at the beginning of understanding women’s sexuality properly. From New York to Namibia to a conference of sex researchers in Montreal, she takes us on a journey to understand women who refuse monogamy, posing questions about why we became sexually exclusive in the first place.
Martin attends all-female sex parties where married straight women fulfill their fantasies; considers contemporary societies where women take many lovers; analyses how the invention of the plough suppressed female autonomy; and presents fascinating research about why women stray (their motivations are not so different from men’s).
Frank and myth busting, Untrue validates the desires of women everywhere, including the ‘silent majority’ in committed relationships who struggle with staying faithful.
‘If you have ever felt different, other, or just weird when it comes to love, sex, or intimacy, read Untrue. Wednesday Martin bulldozes the sexual stereotypes that have silenced women for eons. By bringing the voices of women who love in a range of ways to the surface, she shows us all that it's not us and our desires that are abnormal: it is a system that has constrained and shamed women. I love this book.’
Rachel Simmons, co-founder of Girls Leadership and author of Odd Girl Out
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‘Wednesday Martin understands female sexuality — from the #MeToo movement and polyamory to women's prehistoric and cultural heritage. She goes far beyond our current psychological understanding of women's infidelity to tell the real story of women's ubiquitous, tenacious, and primordial sexual strategies. And her writing is not only informative, timely, and refreshing but wonderfully engaging. Brava, Wednesday.’
Helen Fisher, author of The First Sex and Why We Love
‘For centuries, men have been telling the story of female sexuality. Unsurprisingly, it was was riddled with condescension, bias, and sheer ignorance. With Untrue, Wednesday Martin sets the record straight, shining a light on some of the female researchers reshaping our understanding of what turns women on, and why. This is an important story, beautifully told. Highly recommended.’
Christopher Ryan, co-author of Sex at Dawn
‘A simultaneously frothy and substantive tour of female sexual desire … An indispensable work of popular psychology and sociology.’ (STARRED REVIEW)
‘Wednesday Martin deconstructs many of the false beliefs that have negatively affected the way women's sexuality is viewed … This book turns everything we think we know about women and sex completely on its head, essentially undressing the falsehoods of female sexuality to reveal what lies beneath the layers of distortion women operate under.’
Kerri Jarema, Bustle
‘Chapters cover topics like infidelity, open marriage, polyamory, and even cuckolding to show that women are not the demure, sex-hating bearers of morality that history and long-standing research (by men) would lead us to believe.’
Kathy Sexton, Booklist
Stephen A Russell, The New Daily
‘Martin is a lively, witty and engaging writer … She is a natural storyteller. She moves seamlessly between suburban housewives, “rock star” academics, macaque mon-keys and indigenous tribes. Her narrative is studded with surprises and even some cliff-hangers.’
Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times
‘Wednesday Martin has torn up the old established manual about how the world believes women view sex and revealed what’s really going on … With this book, a new sexual dawn is breaking.’