9780465031276

Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters Series)

Diamond, Jared

ISBN 10: 0465031277 / 0-465-03127-7
ISBN 13: 9780465031276
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:
Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? There is no more knowledgeable authority than the award-winning author of THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE to answer these intriguing questions. Here is a delightfully entertaining and enlightening look at the unique sex lives of humans.

Review:
Many of us pursue fitness because we want to remain attractive to partners and potential partners, and we stay healthy so we can continue to have sex with those partners. But why do people care so much about sex? This book, written by an evolutionary biologist, explains how all the weird quirks of human sexuality came to be: sex with no intention of procreation, invisible fertility, sex acts pursued in private--all common to us, but very different from most other species. Why Is Sex Fun? asks us to look at ourselves in a brand-new way, and richly rewards us for doing so.

About the Author:
Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in phsyiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee (which won the British Science Book Prize in 1992) and Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years, also a winner in 1998. Emilia Fox, born in 1974, is the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David. She appeared in the BBC dramas Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Shooting the Past and David Copperfield. Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in Rebecca, David Copperfield and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has recently taken over from Amanda Burton in the TV series Silent Witness. Other Orion audiobooks read by Emilia are The Magical Chidlrens series by Sally Gardner and Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse.

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