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Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,701 Ratings  ·  229 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 May 14th 2014 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published 1997)
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Trevor
Feb 26, 2009 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jen Estrella
May 07, 2013 Jen Estrella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased

While sort of dating somebody that was very, very ill suited for me...so 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
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Safat
Jun 18, 2014 Safat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, evolution
WHY IS SEX FUN?
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।

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Nu-Jahat-Jabin
Jan 12, 2016 Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ঈদানিং নন ফিকশন পড়ে আসলেই মজা পাই । বয়স বাড়ার লকষন :/ আননদের বিষয় হল নন ফিকশন অ যে ফিকশনের মত মজার হতে পারে সেটা জানা ছিল না । এই বছর পড়া টা নন ফিকশনের ভিতরে এখন ও এই বইটা অনেকটুকু এগিয়ে আছে । হিউমযান ইভলিউশন বিশেষত মানুষের অদভত যৌনতা এর বিবরতন নিয়ে এক অসাধারন বই।
বইটার নাম কিছুটা রগরগে (সতযি বলতে কি কিছুটা না অনেকটাই ) শারীরিক সমপরক মানুষের খুবই কমন একটা জিনিস হবার পর ও এইটা নিয়ে যে কেউ কথা বলতে আলোচনা করতে দবিধা বোধ করবে । এই কমন জিনিসটাই ভয়াবহ রকমের আনকমন অনয সব পরজাতির সাথে তুলনা করতে গেলে ।
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indri juwono
Mar 28, 2010 indri juwono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: weni, dharwiyanti, ibutio
Recommended to indri by: GRI
Shelves: feature
#2010-27#

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
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Charity
Apr 18, 2016 Charity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ashley Reid
This was a mostly tedious book to get through. The only thing that stopped it from being 1 star was a few interesting facts and details that bumped the rating.
Taras
Feb 18, 2012 Taras rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emily C.
Oct 20, 2010 Emily C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2015 Arnab Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
Nov 15, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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।
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Irene
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
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Tristyn
Dec 11, 2013 Tristyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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" -
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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
Jens
May 16, 2009 Jens rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2011 Alison Buck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2014 Alan Bevan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Reuben
Jan 17, 2016 Reuben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you picked this book up thinking it was a 150 page Cosmo article you sure were in for something else.
Physiological expert Jared Diamond never fails to answer the questions that everyone asks but quickly dismisses. For a book based on human biology Diamond has the ability to make things simple and understandable for the dedicated reader. Sure he's no Carl Sagan, unlocking the secrets to the universe (unless you're reading Collapse, where he unlocks the secrets to the future of humanity), but
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Mani
Apr 02, 2014 Mani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Artem Huletski
Aug 25, 2016 Artem Huletski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
А вот здесь удалось: изложить идеи в научно-популярном стиле, не повторяясь, в небольшом объёме.
David
Jul 02, 2010 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s so much fun for the same reason that getting smashed is so much fun – you’re not in a normal mental state. Who in their right mind would want to stimulate a part of their body until it swells to bursting with blood, then stick it into a wet and slimy part of another person’s body and gyrate it about until some fluid is released? I think women should have had their vaginas situated on the left shoulder, with men’s penises a specially adapted forefinger. Then you could just politely and hygie ...more
Shreya Prakash
Oct 15, 2015 Shreya Prakash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why we are the way we are, is a unending infinite question. A life spent in chasing answers to this question is less. But fortunately there are people who still make it their lives' missions, our scientists, biologists, psychiatrists, to name a few. Jared Diamond is one such.
While we sometimes choose to treat sex as a trivial, frivolous topic, the other side of this coin is reproduction and what is more important than reproduction? It's raison d'etre and has been since the beginning of time.
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Marilyn
Mar 20, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Andi
Dec 04, 2010 Andi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andi by: Roos
Shelves: idn, science
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.
miha ha
Dec 09, 2015 miha ha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, za-razmišljat
zelo zanimiva, zelo všeč... sploh mi je blo fino vse primerjanje z živalskim svetom in kako smo mi podobni, različni in čudni v velik pogledih :)

lov na velike živali, se kot preskrbovanje s hrano precej manj splača kot redno vsakodnevno nabiralništvo, ampak so uspešni lovci še vedno bolj spoštovani kot "dolgočasni" nabiralci

Menopavza se pri živalih z redkimi izjemami skoraj ne pojavlja, avtor zagovarja da pa je pri ljudeh izrednega pomena za oddaljitev od opice in razvoj nas ljudi. Ena teorija j
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Brit Ta
The book is a quick and potentially interesting read. Diamond writes in a way that captured my interest although The book was not what I had expected. It was largely comparative biology cases between humans and our closest mammalian evolutionary ancestors with a few other animal species' cases in there. I felt it was evolution/anthropology-heavy but lacking some larger human sexual psychology themes that could make it feel more relevant given current gender movements, the way we use technology, ...more
Steve Wiggins
Jul 02, 2016 Steve Wiggins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that it's difficult to read without people thinking you're a pervert. Still, sexuality is part of being human and it remains an endless source of curiosity. Diamond's treatment isn't titillating, but scientific. It's not dull either. Comparing human sexuality to that of other animals can be very instructive. It shows not only our similarities, but our profound differences from other species. It is informative and brief, and worth the time it takes to read. I ventured a f ...more
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
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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.

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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