Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom

Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom

by Carin Bondar Ph. D.


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A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small, based on the author’s popular webseries "Wild Sex," which has received over 14 million views

Birds do it, bees do it — every member of the animal kingdom does it, from fruit flies to blue whales. But if you think humans have a tough time dating, try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable and life-threatening conditions. The animal kingdom is a wild place – and it’s got mating habits to match. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied, often incredibly violent — and absolutely fascinating.

In Wild Sex, Dr. Carin Bondar takes readers on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the diverse world of sex in the wild. She looks at the evolution of sexual organs (and how they’ve shaped social hierarchies), tactics of seduction, and the mechanics of sex. She investigates a wide range of topics, from whether animals experience pleasure from sex to what happens when females hold the reproductive power. Along the way, she encounters razor-sharp penises, murderous carnal cannibals, and spontaneous chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes.

The resulting book is titillating, exhilarating, amusing, petrifying, alluring — and absolutely guaranteed to make you think about sex in a whole new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775104
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,169,259
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Carin Bondar received a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia and has hosted a variety of online and television programs at Scientific American, PBS Digital Studios,
and the Science Channel. She is also the author of Wild Sex and lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Section 1 The Meet 1

Call me maybe 3

A little chemical help 6

What's your sign? 13

Plastic partners 18

Super Tramps 27

Monogamy, Really? 35

Trinkets and tokens 46

I'll have what she's having 51

Nice guys finish last 57

Fool me once 61

Secrets and lies 67

Sex or sick? 73

Section 2 The Sex 79

Ejaculate! 81

May the best sperm win 89

The last laugh: cryptic female choice 96

When a boy is a girl too 104

Sex thy self 114

The big O 120

Bestiality 125

Queer as fauna 134

Sexual coercion 144

Cannibalistic females and the males that love them 149

Chastity belts 158

Fifty shades of BDSM in the animal kingdom 167

Give the penis a bone 175

Girls with boy bits 179

Transvestites 186

STIs 193

Section 3 The Aftermath 205

Plastic parents 207

Go ask your dad 215

Extreme lactation 220

Set yourself up for success 227

Take my kids. No really, TAKE THEM! 233

You should not kill a child 241

Child abuse 248

Siblicide 251

Clutch piracy 258

Arrested development 261

Tired old ladies and dirty old men 270

Grandmamas 279

Postscript 287

Prefixes 293

Glossary 295

Bibliography 303

Index TK

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