It was sex that made Bettina Arndt famous. One of Australia’s first sex therapists, she spent her early career talking and writing about this fascinating topic before moving on to broader social issues. She’s still out there, speaking to audiences all over Australia and appearing regularly on television and radio.
As a twenty three year old, such issues were daunting but Bettina quickly learnt that people came to her because they had nowhere else to go. She travelled regularly overseas to meet sex researchers in the US and Europe who were just beginning to find answers to some of these puzzles. She taught medical students, doctors and other professionals and talked endlessly about this fascinating subject to audiences all over Australia and overseas.
By the 1980s she’d had enough of a good thing. She gave up sex -professionally speaking – and moved onto writing and talking about broader social issues and particularly the changing relationships between men and women. As a respected social commentator she was invited onto government advisory committees covering issues from family law to childcare and ageing.
But after nearly twenty years writing and talking about social issues, she returned to her first love and wrote an internationally best-selling book about sex. The Sex Diaries looks at how couples manage their sex supply, dealing with their ups and downs in sexual desire. Ninety-eight couples kept diaries for her, writing about their daily negotiations over sex. Bettina followed this up with an exciting diary project on why sex means so much to men leading to her latest book, What Men Want.
Bettina now spends most of her time on the speaking circuit, travelling across the county keeping audiences enthralled with her stories. She writes for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines and appears regularly on television and radio. She’s also involved in an exciting new venture – she’s working as a dating coach, giving advice to men and women on online dating, helping with writing their profiles and increasing their chances of meeting the right match.