All of these questions have answers that are based in science, and author Jena Pincott explains the reasons for love and attraction, and to what extent our dating and mating lives are controlled by urges and instincts. Organized into three sections---Behaviors, Bodies, and Brains---Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? provides useful, funny, and accessible answers to these questions.
©2008 Jena Pincott; (P)2008 Tantor
Jena Pincott uses scientific evidence, anecdotes and case studies to inform listeners about a the most interesting aspects of our daily lives. The book is fast moving, well written and well read. Pincott answers +/1 100 questions related to sex and sex related issues. Each is clearly presented and rooted in the literature. She never misses a beat, keeps the listener intereseted always, and informs everyone. If you are going to listen to this adio in the car, think about the age and attitudes of other passengers within ear shot. The book isn't "dirty" but it is adult.
Contrary to one review I read, the narrator is very good. But then... I'm a man. I guess you'll have to read the book to know why that is significant.
Read this if you love to learn why we are the way we are. The author has cobbled together many lines of research and presents the findings in a compelling, light-hearted way.
As a man, it is nice to hear lots of justification for why we prefer certain women and that personality is definitely not the only meaningful reason to prefer someone. That goes for women too. Women will learn why they love to bury their faces in their lover's pillow or t-shirts. Why are high heels sexy? And how to tell if your date is going well by looking into your date's eyes and listening to the way they speak.
It is fascinating to learn how much our subconscious and deep down brain functions play a role in what we consider to be beautiful. One group was shown pictures for 13 milliseconds and still "accurately" judged the attractiveness of the subjects. In that amount of time, they didn't really even get a look at the faces they were rating, but they still could tell if they were attractive.
I like to know the "why" behind the action, and this book explains it in a very entertaining way. The author cites a lot of studies. I know I will listen to it again!
mostly nonfiction listener
Bad title but pretty good book. Pincott, and her book, are smarter then her title - and you can learn some pretty good science from this slim, well-written and enjoyable volume.
20 seconds into the book I found myself wanting to throw my Ipod across the room. The narrator's voice is probably the most annoying sound I've heard in a long time. She should find another line of work. It was almost distracting from the content of the book. Vocal fingernails on a chalkboard - seriously.
As far as the book goes - interesting information, most of which I'm sure we've heard at some point in time already. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and entertaining.
Very well written and well read study of all the various factors which contribute to people being attracted to each other. These include voice, hair, body mass and body ratios, and dozens of others.
While it does address the question in the title (using surveys and principles of evolutionary psychology, it explains what causes so many men to prefer blondes), the book goes way beyond that. In fact, the question about the preference for blondes is only one rather small part of this book. Instead, the book uses the field of evolutionary psychology to examine what some of the factors that determine mate selection and attraction are.
Gardening Geek/Fishing Freak/CADninja
This book is fun and informative, even though it is clearly geared towards women. I would bump it up a star if it lost some of the women's magazine feel. I also feel that men are unfairly characterized as brutish cavemen with little self control once the hormones kick in around an attractive women. This might be true of young twenty-something “dudes” wearing surfer style choker necklaces, heck it might have even been true of me twenty years ago, but most men quickly out grow this behavior and learn to think with the head on their shoulders. But all in all it was fun and credit worthy.
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