The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body

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Following on the international success of The Naked Woman, Desmond Morris investigates another intriguing evolutionary success story. The Naked Man is a study of the masculine body from head to toe, examining biological features of the male anatomy in illuminating detail and describing the many ways in which these features have been modified, suppressed, or exagerated by local customs and changes in social fashions. This is the natural history of man, viewing him as a fascinating specimen of a far-from-rare, but nevertheless endangered species.

The Naked Man is written from a zoologist’s perspective and packed full of scientific fact, engaging anecdote and thoughtprovoking conclusions, including a controversial chapter examining male sexuality. It is an altogether intriguing read.

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DESMOND MORRIS was educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities. He became the curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1959, a post he held for eight years. In 1967, he published The Naked Ape which has sold over ten million copies worldwide. An accomplished artist, teleivision presenter and film maker, Desmond Morris’s works have been published in over thirty-six countries.

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This follow-up to Morris's 2005 The Naked Woman rambles aimlessly around each part of the male body, beginning with hair and working down to the feet, jumping from evolutionary matters to strange, tangentially related social ones. Discussing the mouth, for instance, Morris begins with the unusually fleshy human lip, proceeds to the teeth and soon digresses to why women visit the dentist more often than men and the latest trends in false teeth. Bits and pieces of the book are entertaining, but Morris regularly falls back on anecdotes rather than scientific evidence for his arguments. And while he espouses equality for both women and homosexuals, he can still express the view that it is men, not women, who have been driven on by their genetically installed ambitions actually to take the great steps necessary to build our towering civilisations. And current scientific evidence runs counter to his view that from an evolutionary standpoint, there is only one valid biological lifestyle for the human male and that is heterosexual. Morris's writing is simple (perhaps too simple), clear and occasionally entertains, but it makes for poor science. Photos. (Aug.)
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