Bettina Arndt

Bettina Arndt is an Australian sex therapist, journalist and clinical psychologist. She came to prominence in the 1970s by editing Forum, an Australian adult sex education magazine, which led to frequent radio and television appearances. Her work in sex education also involved post-graduate courses, seminars and lectures for groups including doctors and other professionals. After Forum closed in 1981, Arndt moved on to writing about broader social issues for newspapers including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and the The Age. She now writes features for the Australian Women's Weekly and used to a column in the Herald Sun. Her articles on sex and relationships often cause controversy because of their bold and unconventional statements.

Arndt has served on a number of committees advising the Australian government on policy matters, including the Family Law Pathways Advisory Group, the National Advisory Committee on Ageing, the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Review Team and the Child Support Review Reference Group.

She has published three books of collected columns: Private Lives (1986, ISBN 0-14-008850-4) and All About Us (1989, ISBN 0-14-012857-3) and Taking Sides (1995, ISBN 0-09-183058-3). Chapter 2 of Private Lives contains this apothegm:

Women hope men will change after marriage but they don't; men hope women won't change but they do.

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