The XX Factor

What is The Desire Lab?

Welcome to the newly launched Desire Lab. In this space, which we’re envisioning as one part confession, one part research, Daniel Bergner, who wrote the fabulous New York Times Magazine story, “What Do Women Want?” will be moderating an anonymous conversation about sex and passion. He’ll regularly ask questions inspired by the current explorations of sex researchers and by your contributions. You can read his first question ( and respond! ) about erotic fantasy. His second question delves deeper into the role that fantasy plays in reaching orgasm.

Below you’ll see four of the answers Daniel has received. We’ll publish more in the coming weeks.