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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (2008)

by Mary Roach

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There's absolutely no doubt that Ms. Roach is an amazing Science writer who can keep any topic both entertaining and educating at the same time.

In this book, the author provides a scientific perspective of the sex and its associates/accessories. Knowing about the changes that happen in our bodies during sex was truly remarkable. "Hard" questions like 'what is an orgasm', 'what actually is an erection' are discussed at length.

The book takes us on a 'deep dive' on the female genitalia and how to actually 'impress' it. I had quite a few 'aha' and 'oh really?' moments while reading these parts. The paragraphs that show the similarities between the genitals of the two sexes was just mind blowing.

The book taught me a few things about me, my partner and the humans in general. The book ends by saying 'gays (female and male, in order) are the better lovers than heterosexuals'. We definitely have to learn things from them, I guess. ( )
  nmarun | Jul 27, 2014 |
Amusing and educational. I really enjoyed the results of Mary Roach's research and her sense of humor. I strongly recommend her book. ( )
  GlennBell | Jun 12, 2014 |
Refreshingly frank and often hilarious, this book takes sex out of the darkened boudoir and puts it on the table. While fairly scientific in nature, the language is playful and stripped of any embarrassment, showing how prudish earlier scholarly looks at sex really were. ( )
  emilyingreen | May 28, 2014 |
Entertainingly written, but not as good as her other books. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
I enjoy the dry humour of Bill Bryson and Lynne Truss, and the writing style of Mary Roach is similar. Even though I listen to Dan Savage podcasts there's always something new to learn about human sexy times (not to mention that of monkeys), though when it comes to the finer details (e.g. natural lubrication of the anal sphincter) I'm going to listen to Dan before Mary. Whether the clitoris is in fact a vestigial penis is still up for debate in other quarters, despite Mary's somewhat reluctant insistence that it is so. In short, I would read this book as entertainment. Though at times, some serious issues (in feminist world and in homosexual world) are given a light touch that I find almost disturbing, and I definitely had to skip over the section on penis modifications because I'm queasy. And I don't even have a penis. My phantom penis was in pain just reading about the things that go on in China.

This book makes much use of footnotes. Sometimes they fill half the page. This is part of the humour -- footnotes lend a pseudo-scientific flavour to a work designed to entertain, and they do achieve that. But footnotes are like parentheses -- whenever I read them I feel I've been taken out of the real story, and when they occur with such frequency it gets annoying, stopping mid-sentence before turning the page to read the footnotes. And these footnotes should rightly have been placed within the text, because you've really got to read them to get the most out of this book.

This is the first book by Mary Roach that I've come across, but now I'm fascinated by what she has to say about human cadavers. ( )
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Ms. Roach does, however, clutter “Bonk” with so many long, chatty footnotes that she underscores how spotty and disorganized her material is
Surprisingly fun & informative, best when enjoyed with friends/spouse/significant other

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A man sits in a room, manipulating his kneecaps.
The first prize must go to the Deodorizing and Sound-Muffling Anal Pad. The patent's background material details the sad decline of the human anal sphincter muscle, whose gripping capacity fades as we age. The absorbing Layer is said to "trap the sound of a flatus, " as though one might later drive it to a less populated area and release it.
There are also inflatable, rather than malleable, penile implants. Here you don't bend the penis, you pump it up. The surgeon implants a small bladder of saline or air above the pubic bone. This gets pumped into the implant by means of a hollow, squeezable bulb implanted in the scrotum and attached to the prothesis by a plastic tube. Inflatables are more popular because--unlike a malleable implant--they enlarge the girth of a penis, as would happen in an unaided erection. To many men, it seems more natural--except, of course, for the scrotum-squeezing aspect of the event
This book is a tribute to the men and women who dared. Who, to this day, endure ignorance, closed minds, righteousness, and prudery. Their lives are not easy. But their cocktail parties are the best.
Cheese crumbs spread in front of a copulating pair of rats may distract the female, but not the male.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393334791, Paperback)

“Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It’s compulsively readable.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.

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Roach shows how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

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