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Bettina Arndt (born 1 August 1949) is an Australian sex therapist, journalist, and author.

Bettina Arndt
Born (1949-08-01) 1 August 1949 (age 70)
Penrith, England
OccupationWriter, editor, author
Alma materAustralian National University,
University of New South Wales
GenreMen's Rights Activism
Notable awardsCentenary Medal
Dennis Minogue
(m. 1977; died 1981)

Warren Scott
(m. 1986; div. 2007)
ChildrenJesse, Taylor and Cameron
RelativesHeinz Arndt (father)
Ruth Arndt (née Strohsahl) (mother)


Early lifeEdit

Arndt was born in Penrith, England, to the economist Heinz Arndt (1915 – 6 May 2002) and Ruth (née Strohsahl) (20 March 1915 – 20 March 2001), the youngest of three children[1] (brothers Christopher and Nicholas).


In 1971, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Australian National University, Arndt moved to Sydney where she trained as a clinical psychologist specialising in sexual therapy. In 1973, she completed her Master of Psychology degree at the University of New South Wales, where her thesis was on orgasm problems.[2]


Arndt came to prominence in the 1970s by editing Forum, an Australian adult sex education magazine, which led to frequent radio and television appearances. She was appointed editor in 1974 and remained in the position until July 1982. Her work in sex education also involved post-graduate courses, seminars and lectures for groups including doctors and other professionals. Following the death of her husband and business partner, Dennis Minogue, in 1981, Forum magazine closed.[3] Arndt moved on to writing about broader social issues for newspapers including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. During this period Arndt also had her own radio program on 2GB and regular radio segments in major cities all over Australia.

In 1986, Arndt married the American lawyer Warren Scott[4] and moved to New York City. She lived in Manhattan for five years, and while living in the United States wrote a weekly newspaper column syndicated through The Age in Melbourne (and published in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane). She had two books published featuring collections of her writings, Private Lives (1985) and All About Us (1989). In August 1991, Arndt returned with her family to live in Australia.

In 2007, the Australian television programme Media Watch broadcast allegations of plagiarism[5] by Arndt, allegations that were not disputed.

The Sex Diaries, based on the diaries of 98 couples talking about how they negotiate sex and deal with mismatched desire, was published in 2009, followed by What Men Want, another diary project published in September 2010.

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.

In 2018, Arndt interviewed convicted convicted sex offender, Nicolaas Bester, on her YouTube channel.[6] Bester had been convicted of grooming and repeatedly molesting his 15 year old student while he worked as a teacher in Tasmania,[7] and was found with 28 pieces of child pornography in his possession upon arrest.[8] Arndt labelled the student victim's behaviour “sexually provocative” and stated that school children “exploit their seductive powers to ruin the lives of men”.[9] The video was subsequently removed from YouTube after a complaint by Tasmanian police. [10]


  • Arndt, Bettina (1982). The Bettina Arndt guide to lovemaking. Woollahra, New South Wales: Tinmin in association with Murray Publishers. OCLC 215493735.
  • Arndt, Bettina (1986). Private lives. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. ISBN 9780140088502.
  • Arndt, Bettina (1989). All about us. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. ISBN 9780140128574.
  • Arndt, Bettina (1995). Taking sides: men, women and the shifting social agenda. Milsons Point, New South Wales: Random House. ISBN 9780091830588.
  • Arndt, Bettina (2009). The sex diaries. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press. ISBN 9780522855555.
  • Arndt, Bettina (2010). What Men Want: In Bed. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 9780522861389.
  • Arndt, Bettina (2018). #MenToo. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Publishing. ISBN 9781925642650.


Further readingEdit

Based on: Arndt, Bettina (2001). "As everybody knows". Sydney Morning Herald.

External linksEdit