The familiar trope of "breaking the silence" on sexuality is one which Arndt recycles gleefully. Throughout her long career as a sex therapist, she has clung to the idea that everywhere there exists a sexuality that is silenced by a social Puritanism; specifically, a male sexuality that is simply waiting to be invited to express itself in openness and without fear. As Catharine MacKinnon phrased it in her essay "Pleasure, Pornography, and Method": "Male sexuality is expressed and expressed and expressed, with a righteousness driven by the notion that something is trying to keep it from expressing itself. Indeed, in announcing her findings, Arndt admits that she discovered exactly what she expected to find: "As I expected, women rationing sex took centre stage. In Sex Diaries , she tells us that the diaries were "brimming with intense erotic adventures, so very, very sexy to read".
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Bettina Arndt trained as a clinical psychologist before becoming a sex therapist and social commentator. As editor of the influential Forum magazine, she spent ten years talking about sex on television and radio. She then moved on to writing about broader social issues, working as a columnist and feature writer for leading newspapers and magazines. Subscribe to receive event invitations, special offers and the latest press releases in our email newsletter:. Melbourne University Publishing produces books that contribute to the conversation about Australia's political and cultural landscape. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which Melbourne University Publishing stands and we pay our respect.
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The cab driver was a chatty bloke and asked her where she was going. She explained she was off to give an after-dinner speech. Not just a bit, but the real thing. It had been an amazing decade. The highlights of her career in sex included not just having her own talk-back radio show and being banned for two years from live television and radio but becoming the person that everyone came to for advice about sex.