Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex

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Macmillan, Aug 14, 2002 - Nature - 308 pages
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A sex guide for all living things and a hilarious natural history in the form of letters to and answers from the preeminent sexpert in all creation.

Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation is a unique guidebook to sex. It reveals, for example, when necrophilia is acceptable and who should commit bestiality with whom. It discloses the best time to have a sex change, how to have a virgin birth, and when to eat your lover. It also advises on more mundane matters -- such as male pregnancy and the joys of a detachable penis.

Entertaining, funny, and marvelously illuminating, the book comprises letters from all creatures worried about their bizarre sex lives to the wise Dr. Tatiana, the only sex columnist in creation with a prodigious knowledge of evolutionary biology. Fusing natural history with advice to the lovelorn, blending wit and rigor, she is able to reassure her anxious correspondents that although the acts they describe might sound appalling and unnatural, they are all perfectly normal -- so long as you are not a human. In the process, she explains the science behind it all, from Darwin's theory of sexual selection to why sexual reproduction exists at all. Applying human standards to the natural world, in the end she reveals the wonders of both.
  

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Hilarious and educational. - Goodreads
I loved the quotations that precede "advice." - Goodreads
It's formatted like a love & sex advice column... - Goodreads
It's hilarious as well as educational. - Goodreads
Tatiana's" advice column is priceless. - Goodreads
... it is set up as an advice column. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I read this for a local library book club. It is something I would never have read on my own. It is about the reproductive differences, and they are legion, among animals, mostly insects. It was ... Read full review

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Biology made fun and enjoyable for non biology nerds. Read full review

Contents

A Note from Dr Tatiana l
1
LET SLIP THE WHORES OF WAR
7
A Sketch of the Battlefield
9
The Expense Is Damnable
21
Fruits of Knowledge
40
Swords or Pistols
60
How to Win Even If Youre a Loser
76
THE EVOLUTION OF DEPRAVITY
93
Aphrodisiacs Love Potions and Other Recipes from Cupids Kitchen
132
Till Death Do Us Part
152
ARE MEN NECESSARY? USUALLY BUT NOT ALWAYS
167
The Fornications of Kings
169
Eves Testicle
187
Wholly Virgin
212
Postscript
233
Bibliography
260

How to Make Love to a Cannibal
95
Crimes of Passion
105
Hell Hath No Fury
122
Acknowledgments
298
Copyright

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An alumna of Stanford with a doctorate from Oxford, Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and award-winning journalist who has published in The Economist, Nature, Science, and The Times Higher Education Supplement. She is presently a research fellow at Imperial College in London. Visit her on the web at www.drtatiana.com.

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