Sex: A Natural History

Sex: A Natural History

by Joann Ellison Rodgers

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Overview

How much do you really know about sex? In Sex: A Natural History, Joann Ellison Rodgers guides us on a wide-ranging tour of the science and strategies of sex, explaining what it is that makes us male and female, and providing fascinating insights into the biology and physiology of flirtation, love, courtship, intercourse, fidelity, parenting, and nurturing. She describes scientists' discoveries about how the hormone that triggers labor contractions keeps prairie voles faithful to one mate, how the brain waves of female mice change when a male comes within smell range, and how Harlequin paperback romances can be arousing -- and what these findings tell us about our own sexuality. Sex: A Natural History illuminates one of the most powerful, and often misunderstood, aspects of human and animal existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805072815
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/11/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.01(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
1Sex Through the Eons1
2Genes and Gender42
3Where "It" Happens82
4Where "It" Really Happens116
5Some Enchanted Evening161
6The Dating Game199
7Kiss and Touch253
8Aphrodite's Drugstore289
9Orgasm: His, Hers, and Theirs304
10Now and Forever333
11Bad Sex393
12Alternative Sex441
Epilogue: The Compromise Between the Sexes469
Bibliography493
Acknowledgments497
Index499

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