Daniel Bergner has written a book called "What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire" that summarizes the recent research in this area. It challenges myths about female sexual desire and seeks to break the cultural belief that women are looking for a good provider for their children and not sexual satisfaction just like men.
There is a good article in Salon with the author The truth about female desire: It's base, animalistic and ravenous
. Our culture has narratives about male and female sexual desire that the research doesn't always agree with.