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Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters Series)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  3,280 ratings  ·  205 reviews
Why are humans one of the few species to have sex in private? Why do humans have sex any day of the month or year--including when the female is pregnant, beyond her reproductive years, or between her fertile cycles? Why are human females the only mammals to go through menopause? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large? Why do we differ so radically in these and other ...more
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Published September 25th 1998 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published 1997)
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I had forgotten just how good this book actually is. I’ve read most of the popular stuff Diamond has written and enjoyed all of them. My favourite is Guns, Germs and Steel, but this one is also very good.

Although this one has a particularly fine title I have to say that it does make me want to ask another equally important question – why are there so few really good television documentaries that come out of the USA. I mean, there was Cosmos, which was mind-blowing, but there have been few that r
খুব বোকার মত পরশন হয়ে গেল,না?

আপনি হয়তো ভাবছেন,আরে বযাটা মদন,সেকস করা কঠিন পরিশরমের কাজ। সেকস যদি আননদহীন নীরস কোন বযাপার হত,মানুষ সেকস করার চেয়ে দশতলার উপর এক ডরাম পানি তোলার কাজকেই বেশি পরেফার করত।তাহলে কি আর আজকের পৃথিবীতে আর কোটি মানুষ আর এই মানবসভযতা থাকতো? ইভোলিউশনারি সটরাটেজি হিসেবেই তাই সেকস পরিণত হয়েছে এক চরম আননদময় কাজে।
বুঝলাম। কিনতু চারপাশে একটু তাকিয়ে দেখুন,আশেপাশের সবার চেয়ে তো বটেই,বিবরতনীয় পারিবারিক সমপরকে আমাদের কাছাকাছি আতমীয়দের চেয়েও আমাদের যৌনজীবন বড় বেশি উদভট।

Jen Estrella

While sort of dating somebody that was very, very ill suited for much that I was absolutely certain that we had no future, he would never be introduced to my family, et cetera et cetera, I really started being interested in the subject of sex. Attraction. The difference between women and men's approaches to it, the difference between pure physical attraction and what people call "chemistry." Pure, simple sexual attraction and then the kind of attraction that develops. While ultimately I
Mar 28, 2010 indri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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baca itu seru!
baca ini saru!

Begitu mungkin yang ada di pikiran orang-orang ketika membaca buku ini, dilihat dari judulnya ‘Mengapa Seks itu Asyik’. Sesudah membaca buku ini, aku merasa buku ini bisa dihadiahkan pada anakku ketika nanti dia menginjak masa remaja, dan organ reproduksinya tumbuh sempurna. Namanya juga punya anak perempuan, jadi harus dijaga baik-baik.

Seperti dijelaskan di pengantarnya, buku ini tidak akan mengajari anda posisi-posisi baru dalam menikmati hubungan seks, nam
Why is sex fun? Who the eff cares??? It just IS...if you're doing it right, that is. Ha!

I thought the book had a lot of promise, but it failed to deliver on many, many levels. Diamond's lack of footnotes really irked me and I was left questioning a lot of his research. I mean sure, learning about the number of hermaphroditic fashion models really boosted my self-esteem, but hello? Source please! I don't have time to go digging around through his entire bibliography looking for relevance. Ultimat
It seems that Jared Diamond got better and better with every book he wrote. With practice he got exceptionally good at making comparisons between species, cultures, etc. He also developed a better focus on the subject with every book.

However this book was written before any of that. While it is easy to read, it contains little info and has strange examples. It also alludes too often to the author's sex life in a "Look at me I'm a successfully married man with a sex life...horay!" way. Diamond tr
Emily C.
This book was fascinating and so engaging and easy to read for a book based in biology. In it, Jared Diamond brings up numerous facts about human sexuality that we all take for granted. Humans have sex for fun whether or not they are fertile, at any time of the month or year. Human females experience a distinct decline and then abrupt stop in fertility around middle age. Women usually have little idea of when they might be ovulating (unless they are using some form of modern technology to tell t ...more
Arnab Paul
নামটি খুবই রগরগে। মাতৃভাষায় এবিষয় নিয়ে লেখায় শবদচয়নটা বেশ বেসামাল হবে, টের পাচছি।
Why is Sex Fun?: the evolution of human sexuality; Jared Mason Diamond এর বই,মানুষের যৌনতার বিবরতন নিয়ে, পৃষঠার।
আডডার ছলে বইটির শুরু,সেভাবেই বলে যাই।ধরুন আপনার পোষা কুকুরকে বাগশকতি আর আপনার মত একটা উননত মসতিষক দেয়া হল।এখন তাকে যদি মানুষের যৌনপরবৃততি নিয়ে পরশন করা হয়,
তো অপার বিসময়ের সাথে তার মনতবয যা যা থাকবে :
মানুষের যৌনতার কোন নিরদিষট ঋতু বা সময়গময় নেই,
সনতান না হবার সমভাবনা থাকলেও তোমাদের যৌনতা থামেনা
সবাভাবিক উ
Shame on Mr. Diamond for luring me in with this clever title. What this book really is is a scholarly tome for the serious anthropology student. It is interesting that, when it comes to sex, humans do a lot of things very differently than even our closest animal cousins. The book looks at why men have nipples, why humans continue to have sex even during pregnancy when there's no chance of additional procreation, and how various species evolved with obvious or hidden signs of ovulation (complete ...more
অনার্য সঙ্গীত
চমৎকার বই। সহজ এবং সাধারণ। বিবরতনের পরাথমিক ধারণা থাকলে বইটা পডতে বেশি সবচছনদয হওযা যায বলে মনে হলো। বিবরতনের মূল ধারনাটা না থাকলে বইটা পডতে অবাক লাগবে হযতো।
সবার পডা উচিত।
3.5 stars

I must admit that I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't come to know of Jared Diamond's brilliant writing in his other book: Guns, Germs and Steel. Although human sexuality is an endlessly fascinating topic, books attempting to scrutinize it are all too often filled with nothing more than bumbling rhetorical questions and weird, irrelevant anecdotes. So knowing how amazing Guns, Germs and Steel was, I was fairly confident Jared Diamond would not disappoint in Why Is Sex Fun
I was enjoying it up until he started discussing human lactation which immediately revealed that he knows just about nothing about the subject. "Human lactation is energetically very expensive," and nursing mothers eat like men?

This is hardly the same as eating like an active man: "Studies have shown that most healthy breastfeeding women maintain an abundant milk supply while taking in 1800-2200 (or more) calories per day." "Breastfeeding your baby, on average, burns 200-500 calories per day" -
Kevin Cecil
Jared Diamond does not posses Carl Sagan's gift of enriching all he writes with a grand sense of poetic wonder; he also lacks the verve and wit of a science writer like Phil Plait. Diamond's books, however, are absolutely essential for those seeking to understand our universe and ourselves because he invariably chooses such fascinating topics. From the development of civilizations in his masterpiece GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL, to their potential decline in COLLAPSE, Diamond leaves one with a deeper ...more
You get the feeling reading this that the author has a fair amount of potential. He promises a lot, and sort of delivers. The most interesting bit for me was about why there might be selection pressure for menopause. (This may be disturbing for some to read.) Basically, for most of recent evolutionary history, as a woman gets older, childbirth is more likely to kill her. Because human children are helpless for so long, this will likely kill some of her children too, if she's given birth at all r ...more
Alison Buck
Thought-provoking across the board and convincing in some places, Diamond makes a evolutionary biology argument that posits part of human distinctiveness arises from our unusual reproductive characteristics: concealed ovulation, recreational sex, and female menopause. Diamond's meditations on how menopause may have been selected for and why men don't breastfeed their children were compelling and carefully argued. When he ventured into the territory of human social arrangements; however, Diamond ...more
Alan Bevan
I always enjoy Jared Diamond's books and this was no exception. It can't be compared to Guns and Germs and Steel because it lacks the depth and breathtaking perspective of that book. Nevertheless, it is an intriguing exploration of the evolution of human sexuality and makes a strong case that we are the animal with the weirdest sex life.

Diamond explores questions I had never previously considered, such as why men don't lactate. That question is of itself interesting but I also found myself refle
This is the first evolutionary biology book I have ever read and I am mostly new to the subject, so I don't have much to say whether it lacks scientific rigor or not, but it definitely caught my eye and lured me to read more about the subject( neglecting the evident reason that I am a male undergrad!).

His arguments sounds convincing to me as long as they matched my intuitions but I actually never looked for detailed scientific references of his claims.The writing is attractive enough for a read
Who is the the animal with the weirdest sex life? Yup, human sex is WEIRD because we do it for fun, anytime, even when we're not ovulating or fertile, in private, and females have menopause. These points are made in the preface and the first chapter. After that, the content is strictly for anthropologists or cocktail party chat.

The titillating title leads one to expect a book on humans, especially given his physiology background. But the book is written for students interested in how & why a
Dec 04, 2010 Andi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andi by: Roos
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Isi tidak semenarik judulnya. Seks[ualitas] 'manusia' diperbandingkan dengan 'kerabat-kerabat'nya di dunia hewan. Terlalu banyak fakta yang [terus, terus... dan terus] diulang. Sayangnya, homoseksualitas, masturbasi dan juga 'jumping gender' [sebagai bagian dari evolusi seksual] pada beberapa hewan yang disebutkan dalam buku ini tidak ikut terbahas.

Typo dan terjemahan yang kaku membuat buku ini [agak] membosankan untuk dibaca.
Sergio Flores Niklitschek
Un libro muy entretenido y del cual se aprenden muchas cosas útiles e interesantes. Eché de menos un cierre del libro que sintetice las ideas más importantes. Eso hizo que algunas ideas no quedaran bien adquiridas en mí.
Por otro lado, creo que el libro debería llamarse "particularidades de la sexualidad humana", más que "por qué el sexo es divertido". El libro no se preocupa mucho de responder esa pregunta, sino que de responder aspectos particulares de nuestra sexualidad. Eso está bien. Sólo di
Jennifer Lavoie
If you're looking to read this book thinking it's going to give you tips or something, put the book down now. Wait, don't. Keep reading anyway because you will learn something about the evolution of human biology and how and why we evolved sexually to what we are today.

The book presents a fascinating look to a human's biology, and though I was skeptical at first - especially since this is required reading for a literature course - I was soon completely engrossed in the information presented.

Vô cùng ấn tượng và thích thú với cách đặt vấn đề cũng như cách dẫn dắt hành trình khám phá của tác giả Jared Diamond trong tất cả mọi tác phẩm của ông, "Tại sao tình dục lại thú vị" cũng không phải là một ngoại lệ.

Chủ đề vốn rất nhạy cảm, nhưng khi được nhìn dưới ánh sáng khoa học lại trở nên hết sức hấp dẫn, tự nhiên. Nhiều ví dụ sinh động về đời sống tình dục của các loài động vật, nhiều giả thuyết khoa học giải thích cho hành vi tình dục "kỳ quặc" của loài người được đan xen rất lôi cuốn, th
Jared Diamond e’ un fisiologo. Il libro affronta alcuni aspetti della sessualita’ umana (tendenza monogamica, ovulazione non manifesta, ruolo del maschio nella famiglia, menopausa, segnali sessuali) dal punto di vista della biologia evoluzionistica, ma pescando abbondantemente nella fisiologia e nell’antropologia. Il risultato e’ a mio parere una certa mancanza di rigore, poiche’ l’A. apporta a sostegno delle proprie tesi evoluzioniste ora la biologia, ora l’antropologia, ora la fisiologia, seco ...more
Spoiler: This book is not explicitly about the act of human copulation, which was actually a big relief for me (cuz you know, ewwww). I felt the topics the book did cover were far more interesting, such as why do female humans mask ovulation? Why would curtailing female reproductive capacity via menopause be an evolutionary successful strategy? Just what are men good for? I liked how Diamond presented each evolutionary question with at least two competing hypotheses and the supports and pitfalls ...more
Daniel Hammer
Jared Diamond is a favorite target of criticism from anthropologists. This is not because Diamond is an ornithologist who has chosen instead to write almost entirely about human behavior, which he does not himself research. Instead, it is mostly because Diamond loves to oversimplify complicated ideas and make grand statements on the world. The grand statement of this book is that we can learn a lot about human sex from observing how sex operates in the animal world. Compared to his overreaching ...more
A nice little book with nice speculation. Certainly meant to be for a popular reader but won't satisfy the more scholarly or experienced evolution readers, even for popular content. First, the title is a marketing ploy. Sexual pleasure doesn't figure into the discussion, though the sub-title is an accurate reflection of the content. The focus seems to be on women, which is nice if you are a woman and used to being ignored or grouped into male discussions without a thought. From menopause to lact ...more
Kylie Gatse
The book I read was Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality. I first chose this book because of its title. It seemed like a fun, and interesting topic for a college student to read. But as I started reading the book I realized it was nothing like what I had expected to read. Although many may also think this is going to be fun learning about sex this book goes beyond humans just having sex for pleasure and compares our sex lives and patterns to other animals and species.
The book starts
Jared Diamond logically argues and reasonably concludes that the evolution of humans has had direct implications for the development of our current culture, in terms of sex practices and sexuality. He demonstrates the interconnectedness these things with the physical traits and characteristics determined by genes, which have evolved over time. His comparisons to other species are enlightening, and his refutations of the most valid objections to his theories are logical, even though sometimes the ...more
Kathleen Brugger
I have read a number of Jared Diamond’s books and am a great fan. After reading this book I felt like the title was chosen by someone in his publisher’s marketing department. Mr. Diamond was probably chagrined by it. He’s a scientist, and he spends a lot of time discussing animal behavior and speculating about how the distinctive features of human sexuality evolved. There’s not much talk about why it’s so fun.

The basic points he discusses are: 1. Males and females have different investments in

The title is a lot more fun than the book.

I have read many books by Jared Diamond. All of them have kept me in wonder and educated me, except this book. I was really hoping for more. There are large tracts of the book that actually get repetitive and quite boring.

If you had read a little bit about this subject, you are really not going to learn much from this book. Like we all know, women because they only has a limited amount of eggs are going to take more time and care in selecting a mate. Wh
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Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. He is Professor of Geography at UCLA and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has dedicated this book to his sons and future generations.
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