Sex: A Natural History

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Everything is sexual. Every joke is dirt, every pun a double entendre, every four letter word a part of the anatomy. Ads and magazine covers are embellished with full breasts and bulging pecs. And we all know which sites are making money on the Internet. Humans are obsessed with sex. But why? And what happens to us when we behave sexually?

In Sex: The Natural History, Joann Rodgers unearths both the roots of our sexual nature and the outcomes of our primal urges. Rodgers explains what it is that makes us male and female in the first place, and than explores the biology and physiology of flirtation, love, courtship, intercourse, fidelity, parenting, and nurturing. Drawing on a wide range of evidence from the laboratory to the natural world she argues that every aspect and kind of sexual behavior that exists today can be seen as an evolutionary and biological response to our powerful need to survive.

And significantly, Rodgers shows that "the battle of the sexes," is really a game of one-upmanship that is never intended to be won. The true purpose of our sexual biology is to get two strangers to a point of cooperation that enables them to bond, parent, nurture and maintain intimate relationships. The sexual strategies employed by men and women may be different but they are ultimately complementary, not antagonistic.

Presenting a view of sex that readers may not recognize--but won't soon forget-Sex: The Natural History illuminates one of the most powerful, and often misunderstood, aspects of human existence.

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Whoa! Hold onto your seatbelts, kids, because Joann Rodgers is gonna take you for a helluva ride. Thought you knew a thing or two about sex, did you? Well just wait--Rodgers will have you rethinking every darned thing you ever learned (or heard whispered).
-- Laurie Garrett, author of Betrayal Of Trust: The Collapse Of Global Public Health and The Coming Plague

By turns smart, funny and eloquent, Joann Rodgers makes one of our oldest behaviors startlingly new. This is a beautifully researched book and, more than that, a fascinating exploration of the biology that helps define who we are.
-- Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Sex on the Brain

Sex provokes more confusion and controversy than almost any other topic of popular discourse, exceeding even religion and politics. Joann Rodgers, one of our country's most distinguished science writers, provides a massive dose of clarity in her new volume by adducing the most recent and sophisticated biological research to explain the origins of what we have thought to be uniquely human behaviors. Most remarkably, she provides comprehensive, rigorous scientific presentation with verve and so lively a prose that her book is as gripping as a mystery thriller. This is a "must read" for any intelligent reader curious about this most important part of our lives.
-- Solomon H. Snyder, M.D. , Director and Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University and author of Drugs and the Brain

Everything you always wanted to know about sex* but didn't know to ask, but you're glad Joann Rodgers did! (*how it came about, what it's for, his and hers, why it feels the way it does and so much more.) It's a wonderful book.
-- Sandy Blakeslee, The New York Times and co-author of Phantoms in the Brain

About the Author:

Joann Ellison Rodgers is the author of six books, including Psychosurgery: Damaging the Brain to Save the Mind, and the director of media relations for the John Hopkins Medical Institutions. For eighteen years she was a reporter, then a national science correspondent, for the Hearst newspapers, winning a Lasker Award for Medical Journalism. She and her husband divide their time between Maryland and New Mexico.

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