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Why is Sex Fun?: Evolution of Human Sexuality

Why is Sex Fun?: Evolution of Human Sexuality

Hardback

By (author) Jared M. Diamond

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  • Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 229mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 14 July 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0297817752
  • ISBN 13: 9780297817758
  • Illustrations note: Line drawings 6

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How human sexuality came to be what it now is. Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jarad Diamond Argues that our stange SEX lives were as crucial to our rise to human atatus as were our large brains. Among the usual aspects of human sexuality siscussed are female menopause, the role of men in human societies, our having SEX in private, our often having SEX for fun rather than procreation, and the explanation of women's breats even before use in lactation. These features might seem too natural to require explanation, but on reflection thay prove surprisingly difficult to account for.

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Jared Diamond is Professor of Physiology at the Medical School of the University of California, Los Angeles. Trained in phsyiology, he later took up the study of ecology and has made fundamental contributions to both disciplines. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee (which won the British Science Book Prize in 1992) and Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the last 13,000 Years, also a winner in 1998. Emilia Fox, born in 1974, is the daughter of actors Edward Fox and Joanna David. She appeared in the BBC dramas Pri

Editorial reviews

The Science Masters series here links the sexiest subject of them all with a big name science writer, a former winner of the Rhone-Poulenc Prize. According to Diamond, human sexuality is 'even by the standards of our own closest relatives the great apes... bizarre.' We indulge in sexual activity more often than other mammals, and extend the period in which we are sexually active throughout our lives. All this, he claims, is as important to the way we have evolved as more commonly cited characteristics. Diamond's assertion that in hunter-gatherer societies men were really sent out hunting to keep out of the way while women did all the work has already angered other anthropologists, and is typical of the sideways way he looks at evolution. A hugely entertaining book, but not one to accept as gospel truth. (Kirkus UK)