Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Like Mary Roach's two other books, Stiff and Spook, I found this book about the history of sex research laugh out loud funny, as well as insightful and thought provoking. While the subject itself is fascinating, Roach is worth reading just for her asides, tangents, and foot-notes. Her sense of humor keeps what might otherwise be dry and difficult material very readable, yet she also tackles political issues like lack of funding for female sexual issues with tact.
Plus, having read this book, I now have many interesting and slightly scandalous factoids to share at cocktail parties. Like, Alfred Kinsey once put a toothbrush (bristle first) up, ahem, thingy. And scientific studies show that gay people have better sex than heterosexuals. Also, skin from the scrotum is one of the best for using for skin graphs. Once I start attending cocktail parties, I'm sure to be a hit.