Bettina Arndt

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Bettina Arndt
Born (1949-08-01) 1 August 1949 (age 67)
Penrith, England
Occupation sex therapist, writer, editor, author
Nationality Australian
Genre Sex therapy
Notable awards Centenary Medal
Spouse Dennis Minogue (d. 1981)
Warren Scott (1986–2007)
Children Jesse

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


Arndt was born in Penrith, England, to 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 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 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. 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 American lawyer Warren Scott[3] and moved to New York City. She lived in Manhattan for five years, and whilst living in the 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 aired allegations of plagiarism[4] 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.


  • Bettina Arndt (1982) The Bettina Arndt Guide To Lovemaking. Woollahra, NSW: Tinmin Publications P/L in association with Murray Publishers, ISBN unknown
  • Bettina Arndt (1986) Private Lives. Ringwood, Vic: Penguin ISBN 0-14-008850-4
  • Bettina Arndt (1989) All About Us. Ringwood, Vic: Penguin ISBN 0-14-012857-3
  • Bettina Arndt (1995) Taking Sides: Men, Women and the shifting Social Agenda. Milsons Point, NSW: Random House ISBN 0-09-183058-3
  • Bettina Arndt, Peter Coleman, Peter Drake, Selwyn Cornish (2007) Arndt's Story: The Life of an Australian Economist. Asia Pacific Press ISBN 0-7315-3810-2
  • Bettina Arndt (2009) The Sex Diaries: Why Women go off Sex and other Bedroom Battles Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press ISBN 978-0-522-85555-5

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Bettina Arndt". Talking Heads with Peter Thompson. ABCTV. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Overington, Carolyn (20 September 2010). "Ten Questions:Bettina Arndt". The Australian. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bettina M. Arndt marries a Lawyer". New York Times. 22 June 1986. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
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