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

by Mary Roach

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As always, Roach brings her delightful attitude to the scientific world, thus rendering it possible for me to understand said world. But the world of sex research I may have been following a little more closely than cadavers or ghosts, so I knew enough about the subject to not be super impressed by the contents of the book. But she's still really funny! ( )
  thepentheink | Jan 8, 2019 |
3.5 stars. Interesting stuff! ( )
  KristinaSimon | Nov 24, 2018 |
To repeat what previous reviewers have said -- I want to be Mary Roach's friend. The enthusiasm with which she throws herself into her studies is infectious and turns even the more mundane chapters into fascinating treatises on the more technical sides of sex.

She explores a variety of topics which draws the general conclusion of "Women are complicated" when it comes to the more intimate encounters; at times she even volunteers herself as a test subject.

Roach is an entertaining, readable author, and I look forward to seeing more of her publications. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Amusing and interesting. Slightly awkward to read on public transit. Removed the jacket and just told people I was reading a book on physiology when they asked. Generally, they didn't follow up on that.

An excellent book for those curious about how the science of sex is done and the difficulties in actually doing it. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 2, 2018 |
Un libro non pruriginoso ma rigoroso, eppure sempre leggero e divertente. Si scoprono cose "strane", ovviamente; ma soprattutto, si acquista consapevolezza su come sia difficile in tutto il mondo fare ricerca "dura e pura" sul sesso. Si ride, si pensa e ci si interroga sulla propria esperienza - inevitabile, questo. Eppure, basta essere adepti del detto "mal comune, mezzo gaudio" per tirare spesso un bel sospiro di sollievo! ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
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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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2 editions of this book were published by W.W. Norton.

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