Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 319 pages
The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.Mary Roach, “the funniest science writer in the country” (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women—or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm, two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth, can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

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User Review  - SoubhiKiewiet - LibraryThing

Mary Roach is great. I loved Stiff, so when I saw Bonk at my library I couldn't wait to start it! Fun, informative, and mostly lighthearted, even though Sex is a serious subject. Loved it! Read full review

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User Review  - BoundTogetherForGood - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this scientific look at sex. What's almost as enjoyable as the topic, is Mary Roach's writing. She has a manner that is a bit quirky, and rather funny, given that she is writing non ... Read full review

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The Sausage the Porcupine and the Agreeable Mrs G Highlights from the Pioneers of Human Sexual Response
Dating the PenisCamera Can a Woman Find Happiness with a Machine?
The Princess and Her Pea The Woman Who Moved Her Clitoris and Other Ruminations on Intercourse Orgasms
The Upsuck Chronicles Does Orgasm Boost Fertility and What Do Pigs Know About It?
Whats Going On in There? The Diverting World of Coital Imaging
The Taiwanese Fix and the Penile Pricking Ring Creative Approaches to Impotence
The Testicle Pushers If Two Are Good Would Three Be Better?
The PrescriptionStrength Vibrator Masturbating for Health
The Immaculate Orgasm Who Needs Genitals?
Mind over Vagina Women Are Complicated
What Would Allah Say? The Strange Brave Career of Ahmed Shafik
Monkey Do The Secret Sway of Hormones
Persons Studied in Pairs The Lab That Uncovered Great Sex

ReMember Me Transplants Implants and Other Penises of Last Resort
The Ladys Boner Is the Clitoris a Tiny Penis?

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Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

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