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

by Mary Roach

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I wasn't as interested in this book as I thought I might be. I so liked Roach's Stiff book, but this one didn't catch my attention quite like that one did. It was so technical with so many words that assumed you knew genital anatomy. The title is spot on. This is all science. Nothing else. I listened to most of this book while doing yard work and never once felt distracted or embarrassed by the material speaking into my ear. So, I guess I got what I asked for, pulling this book off the bookshelf. Nothing else. ( )
  Kassilem | May 2, 2016 |
While a good read, I have enjoyed her other books more. I guess it wasn't quite what I was expecting. It is more about studying the people studying the scientfic mechanics of sex than studying sexuality in general. Interesting, but not what I was expecting. ( )
  bookwormteri | Mar 23, 2016 |
3.5 stars

In Bonk, Mary Roach looks at the science of sex. She looks at the history of studying sex, talks to various scientists and even participates in a few studies herself!

It was interesting. And, Roach is, of course, also humourous at times. I read the ebook, which unfortunately didn't work very well for the footnotes. They are all clustered at the end, so if you read through them at that point, you're missing the context. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 21, 2016 |
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach


This was an incredibly fun, although a sometimes awkward, book. I am not a big science reader (I barely passed in college, if at all) but Mary Roach has a way of making things fun and light and educational, all at the same time. I could not get enough of this book, even though at times I found myself crossing my legs as the descriptions alone made me feel pain. I definitely enjoyed Roach’s thoughts and commentary throughout; she had me laughing so hard at times. I found this book so amusing and enlightening that I actually read the entire book out loud to my husband, who also found it great – although I can only imagine what my surrounding neighbors in the complex, as they walked by my open window, were thinking as they heard me reading this one to my husband! This was my first book by Mary Roach but it definitely won’t be the last.
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  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
Science writer Mary Roach takes on the sensitive subject of sex in this well researched book. The anatomy of both male and female sexual organs and their responses to stimuli are presented with, at times, excruciatingly painstaking, and I do mean "pain", detail but always with a great deal of Roach's humor. To her credit she offered herself, and surprisingly her husband at one point, as a research subject several times. The book is full of respected scientists as well as quirky quacks and an amazing array of equipment, medications and toys used to enhance one's libido. This is my second book by Roach ("Stiff" being the first) and I will definitely read the rest of them eventually. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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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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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