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.
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.
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