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    Why is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters) (Paperback) By (author) Jared M. Diamond

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    DescriptionWhy are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year, including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females one of the few mammals to go through menopause? Human sexuality seems normal to us but it is bizarre by the standards of other animals. Jared Diamond argues that our strange sex lives were as crucial to our rise to human status as were our large brains. He also describes the battle of the sexes in the human and animal world over parental care, and why sex differences in the genetic value of parental care provide a biological basis for the all-too-familiar different attitudes of men and women towards extramarital sex.

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    Why is Sex Fun?
    The Evolution of Human Sexuality
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jared M. Diamond
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9780753801543
    ISBN 10: 075380154X

    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PD, VFVC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHMP, PSX
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000, HEA042000
    DC21: 599.936
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000
    Libri: B-026
    Thema V1.0: JHM, VFVC, PSX, PD
    Illustrations note
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    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    16 August 2001
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    Author Information
    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.
    Review text
    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)