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The Sexual Brain

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In this slim and elegant volume, LeVay explores why we are sexual animals, what brain mechanisms produce sexual behavior and how they differ in men and women. He asks What determines sexual orientation? Genes, events in the womb or nurture?' - a work of stunning scientific scholarship enhanced by gracious style and modesty."
-- Avodah K. Offit, "Los Angeles Times
Published July 25th 1994 by Bradford Book (first published 1993)
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This was published fifteen years ago, and I read it ten years ago. It's by the scientist who did the study however long ago that found that gay men had differently sized hypothalymuses than straight men. This book is great - an argument for homosexuality's being nature, not nurture, using animal studies as support - the animal studies are fascinating.
This book, while interesting, was a bit dry and not quite as accessible as a pop science book ought to be. LeVay managed to keep it from sounding completely like a text book by dropping in a few quips here and there, but on the whole this book wasn't as enjoyable a read as Queer Science, his later book that discussed the history of scientific inquiry into homosexuality. Regardless, this book was quite interesting and is a must read for those with an interest in the subject, though I would sugges ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Interesting book to those with a medical background but probably dry as heck to others. LeVay discusses studies looking at the effects of hormones on the differentiation if the body during pregnancy and after birth as well as later in life. He also discusses scientific examinations of possible differences that could explanation the differences between gay and straight individuals, looking at the size of brain structures as well as theorizing on the hormonal influences versus environmental factor ...more
Worth reading, for those who like studies of why we are who/what we are.
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Dr. Simon LeVay is a writer and lecturer with a background in neuroscience. He is best known for his research on the brain and sexuality, but has also spent many years studying the visual system. He has written or co-authored several books on sexuality, and coauthored books on such diverse topics as earthquakes and volcanoes, extraterrestrial life, and Parkinson's disease. He has even written a no ...more
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