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Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality
     

Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality

by Jared M. Diamond
 
Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the day of the year -- including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years or between her fertility cycles? Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? Why do we differ so radically in

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Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the day of the year -- including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years or between her fertility cycles? Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? Why do we differ so radically in these and other important aspects of our sexuality from our closest animals and ancestors?

There is no more knowledgeable or compelling authority than Jared Diamond to answer these intriguing questions. With wit and fascinating scientific expertise, he explores the mystifying evolutionary forces that gave shape to our sexual distinctions and shows how they contributed to what it means to be uniquely human.

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Library Journal
This book speculates on the evolutionary forces that shaped the unique aspects of human sexuality: female menopause, males' role in society, having sex in private, andmost unusual of allhaving sex for fun instead of for procreation. Through comparative evolution, biologist and science author Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies, LJ 2/15/97), poses credible and thought-provoking yet entertaining factors: the lengthy period of dependency of human infants, sex for pleasure as the tie that helps bind a mother and a father together, and menopause as an evolutionary advantage that, by ending the childbearing years, allows females to pass wisdom and knowledge on to society and succeeding generations. Recommended for most libraries.Gloria Maxwell, Kansas City P.L., Kan.
Booknews
Why are we one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do human females go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? Diamond (physiology, UCLA Medical School), author of "The Third Chimpanzee" looks at the importance of aspects of our sexuality such as recreational sex and the rarity of male lactation to our evolution, explaining how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465031276
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author


Jared Diamond is professor of physiology at UCLA Medical School and the author of The Third Chimpanzee.

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