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How Sex Works | [Sharon Moalem]

How Sex Works

Can twins have different fathers? From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.
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Publisher's Summary

Why are women biologically driven to find Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome? Can more sex help ensure a safe pregnancy? What effect does pornography have on a man's fertility? In this compelling follow-up to the New York Times best seller Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem takes us on a trip from prehistory to the forefront of cutting-edge medical research, and through a bedroom or two, to tell the story of how human sexuality has developed over time.

How Sex Works challenges common perceptions about our bodies and provides astonishing discoveries from the frontiers of science as it traces the transformation of sex across species and through time to its current role in human societies.

Find out the answers to such provocative questions as:

  • Can the birth control pill influence the type of men women are attracted to?
  • What do men and honeybees have in common when it comes to sex?
  • Why do hourglass-shaped women tend to be especially fertile?
  • When are women most likely to cheat?
  • Can twins have different fathers?

From the composition and function of human sex organs to the fascinating biochemistry behind sexual attraction, How Sex Works presents captivating new ideas and surprising answers to questions about contraception, fertility, circumcision, menopause, STDs, homosexuality, orgasms, and more. This is an entertaining, comprehensive exploration of culture, biology, and history that takes us far beyond our common understanding of sex.

©2009 Sharon Moalem; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 01-05-12
    Michael Stringer Melbourne, Australia 01-05-12 Member Since 2007

    I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.

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    "Excellent summary for senior students"
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    This book takes sex as a mechanism of evolution for its scope, and doesn't stray much beyond this. It covers all aspects of sexual reproduction, mainly from the perspectives of anatomy and physiology. It also covers some aspects of behaviour that arise directly out of physiology, but doesn't go into any depth about sexual behaviour beyond what directly relates to evolutionary theory.

    For example, the book's discussion on homosexuality considers how this appears to be a counter-evolutionary trait. It then analyses homosexuality from the perspective of how it may contribute to evolutionary success, or how it may arise as a byproduct of other genetic traits that bring evolutionary success. This is certainly a refreshing view, but probably controversial to some.

    Though the book does limit itself to only published academic research (almost), it presents many ideas that arises from only limited research, and thus must be considered as tentative knowledge. To be fair, Sharon Moalem does frequently make this clear throughout the book, along with her repeated statements that we are rational creatures not completely enthralled to our genetic urges.

    Overall, I recommend this book to senior secondary school and university students looking to round out their knowledge of sex.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-15-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "An interesting and easy listen"

    I like this the way this book was delivered. Seriously interesting subjects from the XY female, accessory nipples and nasal erections. Yep, erections in the nose, and more info about birth control than you ever wanted to know. Easy to follow for anyone. If you're interested in human biology you'll like this one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-17-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "A good Health Class refresher course..."

    This is a very good book with lots of study results and very complete. It pretty much gives you a refresher course of all Health and Planned Parenthood classes you have ever taken. I do recommend it for young adults and everyone who wants to learn about human sexuality from a biology/health professional point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vigen West Hills, CA, United States 09-17-09
    Vigen West Hills, CA, United States 09-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent & very informative"

    I recommend this book to whoever wishes to brush up or polish their knowledge of human sexuality. I enjoyed, learned and clarified my knowledge of sex. I will have my kids read it when they start college.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Bedford, NH, United States 05-14-12
    Clifford Bedford, NH, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Much Better Than Expected"

    I was interested in learning more about the physiology, but found the information on current sociological research to be thought provoking. This is worth reading, even if you think you know everything there is to know about how sex works.

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    Stan Mark Kaplan Bethesda, MD 04-30-12
    Stan Mark Kaplan Bethesda, MD 04-30-12

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    What would have made How Sex Works better?

    A waste of money. Uninformative, padded, and a mediocre narration. Spend your time and your money elsewhere.


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    P Pullman, WA, United States 01-23-12
    P Pullman, WA, United States 01-23-12
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    "interesting"

    It was factual, interesting and didn't seem to have an axe to grind. The reader was capable if a bit dry. Not up to the bar set by Sex at Dawn, but a worthwhile listen none the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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