Why 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 ...
Why 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 sex is fun" as a title is more marketing ploy than serious reflection of subject matter. What is dealt with are miscellaneous aspects of human sexual evolution such as the function of male nipples and female menopause; subject matters hardly likely to stir much public interest. Not quite on the same level as "Guns, germs and Steel" or "Collapse", I still recommend this book both for its readability and because Jared Diamond remains such an original thinker.
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