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

by Mary Roach

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This book explores human sexuality backwards and forwards, up side down and inside out. From the pioneers in the field such as Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson who published openly to little known, third world researchers such as Ahmed Shafik, who had to do his research under the covers (literally) through crazies and crackpots Ms. Roach manages to unearth them all. Nothing is off limits in this book, with Ms. Roach going so far as to involve her husband and herself in some experiments. But, if you are looking for a sexual how-to this is not the book to read. This is more of a tale about the difficulty of doing research about human sexuality; the difficult guidelines about what is acceptable and what is not, the difficulty in getting funding and the creativity of people seriously involved in the field. It answers some interesting questions and uncovers some little known facts throughout the history of human sexuality.

Ms. Roach approaches this book with her usual sense of humour and relaxed writing style, but most certainly does not skimp on her own research. She plowed through patent office records for information on sexual “aids” and “toys”, attended fetish meetings, visited sex museums and observed experiments involving artificial insemination of sows. She combed history books and science texts, spoke people who worked with Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, endlessly trying to get in touch with Virginia Johnson herself, and traveled the world to speak to participants in various testing and research. She literally left no stone unturned.

In reading this book it was very clear that sometimes her findings left her scratching her head in confusion or mystification and she shares that too! As entertaining and enlightening as I found this book to be, I did feel that a few less pages could have been devoted to subject of the sows … interesting, but definitely more than I ever needed or wanted to know about Norwegian animal husbandry practices.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Often funny, occasionally academic, and generally informative, this book does a good job of summarizing how the scientific study of sex has developed over time. In probably the most honest and numerous section, the author talks her husband in to participating in a coital MRI--then describes it. However, after awhile, the reading was boring and clinical. My second Roach book, always well researched and written. ( )
  buffalogr | Jun 25, 2015 |
Sex, science, and Mary Roach. Three great tastes rolled into one. Roach has honed her craft and goes from chapter to chapter in very smooth fashion. The book is hilarious in and of itself, but her footnotes are simply fall down gut-busting and a style I'd like to mimic. As for the sex and science, both get a rigorous workover and her total personal immersion in the former is mildly shocking, but hey, journalistically responsible! Highly recommended for those interested who don't mind being caught reading this on the train.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
This book was very entertaining and informative. At some points, I took careful mental notes. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Everything you wanted to know (and a lot you didn't) about sex research. This light-hearted and whimsical tour of research methods and theories about men and women and how they come together will enlighten and amuse by turns. There are a few wince-inducing moments but you'll come away with so much fascinating and practical knowledge. Believe me, you won't regret giving this one a whirl (probably). ( )
  Juva | Mar 25, 2015 |
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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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