Sex: A Natural History

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Macmillan, Feb 11, 2003 - Science - 544 pages
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How much do you really know about sex? In Sex: A Natural History, Joann Ellison Rodgers unearths both the roots of our sexual nature and the expression of our primal urges, explaining what it is that makes us male and female, and providing fascinating insights into the biology and physiology of flirtation, love, courtship, intercourse, fidelity, parenting, and nurturing. She describes scientists' discoveries about how the hormone that triggers labor contractions keeps prairie voles faithful to one mate, how the brain waves of female mice change when a male comes within smell range, and how Harlequin paperback romances and fantasies can be arousing-and what these findings tell us about our own sexuality.

Sex: A Natural History illuminates one of the most powerful, and often misunderstood, aspects of human and animal existence.
 

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Contents

Sex Through the Eons
1
Genes and Gender
42
Where It Happens
82
Where It Really Happen
116
Some Enchanted Evening
161
The Dating Game
199
Kiss and Touch
253
Aprodites Drugstore
289
Now and Forever
333
Bad Sex
393
Alternative Sex
441
The Compromise Between the Sexes
469
Bibliography
493
Acknowledgments
497
Index
499
Copyright

Orgasm His Hers and Theirs
304

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About the author (2003)

Author of five books, Joann Ellison Rodgers is director of media relations for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. As national science correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers she received the Lasker Award for Medical Journalism. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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