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

by Mary Roach

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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 |
A wonderful book. Most people are curious to learn about stuff that might seem a taboo to lot. But this is not a taboo but a necessity to learn and know about how we reproduce and what might be the reason it is such a fun. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 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. From Da Vinci's imperfect grasp of how things fit together, to the benefits of stimulating sows, this book entertains more than it informs. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
Subtitled "The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex," this is a worthy follower to Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

Mary Roach spent two years writing this book.  The author and her husband even participated in some of the scientific studies described in the book - such as having sex in an MRI tube.  On page 15, when she talks about the stigma of researching (and writing about) sex, she gives a nod to librarians for dealing with her embarrassing interlibrary loan  requests.

It's full of amusing footnotes - which are really side note stories, sometimes not even really related to the main part of the chapter.  Funny (mostly stock) photos begin each chapter - such as the man in a white lab coat, peeping through window blinds for chapter 1, which is on the pioneers of the study of human sexual response, such as Robert Latou Dickinson (who I'd never heard of before).  Another appropriate photo is the "O" shape of a sparkler photographed being swung in a circle - for the chapter (11) on orgasms.

The book also has a 13-page bibliography, divided by chapter.  It was published in 2008 - it would be interesting to read of any advances or new studies in some of the topics discussed.

Here are a few interesting quotes from the book.  On page 248, she discusses the Female Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory operated by Cindy Meston at the University of Texas in Austin, in the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Building.  "So enthusiastic is the university about its new structure that at one point during construction, they set up a Seay Building Web cam, allowing interested parties to log on twenty-four hours a day and watch, literally, the paint dry."  All I can say is that given what goes on in that lab now, I hope the web cameras are long gone!

And some interesting facts I learned - for example, on page 90, in a section about sex pheromones, I learned that vaginal odors are affected by onions, garlic, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chili, curry, kale, sauerkraut, and pineapple.  And on page 292-3, "In addition to the smell of cologne, the women were turned off by the scent of cherry and of  'charcoal barbeque meat.'  At the top of the women's turn-on list was, mysteriously, a mixture of cucumber and Good 'n' Plenty candy."  There's no accounting for taste, but I can't imagine being attracted to a guy who smelled like that.

© Amanda Pape - 2015

[This book was borrowed from and returned to a cruise ship library. This review can also be found on Bookin' It.] ( )
1 vote riofriotex | Jan 24, 2015 |
(CEDUTO). Minore rispetto a 'Stecchiti', anche se l'impianto del libro è analogo. Pout-pourri di informazioni il cui filo conduttore sembrano link successivi su Google, il libro cerca di essere spiritoso, e vi riesce in modo limitato e forzato - l'unica battuta davvero ridanciana è relegata ad una nota, e non è farina del sacco della scrittrice. Il resto del libro è interessante come possono esserlo gli IgNobel (www.improb.com). ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
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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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