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L'animale donna. La complessità della forma femminile

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  422 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Sappiamo come la pensa Desmond Morris: vorremmo credere di essere angeli caduti dal cielo, ma in realtà siamo scimmie senza coda. Donne comprese. E così, dopo il famoso bestseller degli anni Settanta, La scimmia nuda, tocca alla femmina umana farsi "spogliare" dall¿etologo più famoso. Morris diventa il cicerone d'eccezione di un dettagliatissimo tour guidato del corpo femm ...more
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Published 2005 by Mondadori (first published 2004)
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Jun 26, 2007 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All women! And anyone interested in biology.
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Desmond's theories blew me away. They just make so much sense to me! I love it. I loved his thoughts on hair in particular...

Human hair just doesn't make any sense at all when you compare us to the other primates.

His explainations always sound reasonable and what's more - he can put his thoughts down in an interesting and fun way.
Andrea Ellis
everyone should read this to know how and why we are the way we are - extremely interesting!
Christopher Roth
As usual, Morris shows very sloppy thinking in how he handles the interaction between nature and culture, a flaw he shares with many primatologists and evolutionary psychologists. When he discusses cross-cultural or historical differences in body image patterns and practices, he never questions whether universality or large statistical preponderance among cultures is sufficient to say that an attitude or practice is evolutionarily dictated or not. The only exception to this is his invocation of ...more
Shannon Vyff
I recommend owning this book, along with The Naked Man -so you can read them at the same time. The chapters about the various parts of the body are in the same order, and it is great to go back and forth comparing the evolution of features in men, with the same features in women.
Victoria Haf
Si has leído el mono desnudo, no tiene caso leer este, es muy repetitivo, pero si no lo has leído puede ser interesante, aunque considero el mono desnudo y el zoo humano mucho más interesantes por abarcar un área más grande, también es un poco raro que un hombre caiga en describir a la mujer porque hay pequeñas cosas que no siento que sean verdaderas, quizá sea porque ya no son tan actuales, por ejemplo dice que la danza del vientre es una danza masturbatoria para hacer que el sultán eyaculara y ...more
The Naked Woman by Desmond Morris is a book every woman should read at least once. It explores the females body through its different sections. Morris describes the female frame in much detail literally from the hair to toe. But this is far from a boring anatomy read that it looks to be. The book entertains: be it through “women protruding their naked buttocks at the front door in the hope of warding off storms” or through other absurd stories about women offering males apples laced with armpit ...more
Zöe Yu
it's a nice book. but too many general information.

also it reminds me Susan Sontag's "against interpretation" and "illness and its metaphor", there are too many things currently with metaphor. what if every part of our body is just the way it should be, no extra metaphor.
Desmond Morris is a bit of a dirty old man - after reading this I felt I needed to take a shower, although there are some truly interesting insights into the female body if you can stand the grubby and voyeuristic tone.
Sehar  Moughal
I have ambiguous feelings about the explanations provided by Desmond; I love that his text made sense and almost everyone would understand because of the simplicity in his writing. Yet, I cringed at every generalization made.

I would describe the book as a wok filled with food; every time you shake it, variety of food comes to the surface. The text is rich and colourful. It is filled with history, ancient tales and beliefs, biology and theories of why women are the way they are...Oh, and there a
Nearly as good as "Naked Ape", but not as far reaching.
Siobhan O' Sullivan
great book, some really obscure trivia! well worth the read
Dec 18, 2008 lucie is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
everybody needs to read this book
"L'Animale Donna" è l'ultimo libro di Desmond Morris, grande etologo inglese che oltre ad aver studiato il comportamento animale si è dedicato per anni allo studio di quell'animale più unico che raro rappresentato dall'uomo.Dopo "La scimmia nuda", in cui ha iniziato questo viaggio di scoperta, "Il comportamento intimo", in cui ha approfondito i rapporti intimi tra esseri umani e "Lo zoo umano", dove ha analizzato le società moderne, lo studioso ha deciso di lanciarsi nella disamina di quella che ...more
Earlier this year before I graduated from my community college, a classmate in my Comparative Animal Behavior class recommended Desmond Morris to me (specifically this book and also the Naked Man).

The book was interesting and Morris did explain the technical terms he used. One thing with biology in terms of evolution is the explanation of not only how something came about but also the why. Morris does delve into his opinion of the why of the human body, but sometimes he doesn't lay it out all a
Mutlu Cankay
Yazar, niyetlendiği şeyi yapıyor... Kadın bedeninin tüm önemli bölgelerinden bahsederek bize tekrar tanıtıyor. Başlangıçta kadın ve erkeği tarafsızca kıyaslayarak metnine giriş yapan yazar, ırk oluşumunun temellerine inerek 2 paragrafta ırkçılığı paramparça ediyor. Fenotipik farklılıkların önümüzdeki yüzbinyıllarda ortadan kalkacağını savunan yazar, çok sayıda hayret uyandırıcı fizyolojik bilgi veriyor. Kendimizi, bedenimizi tanıdığımızı sandığımızı ama ne kadar cahil kaldığımızı gösteriyor. Sos ...more
The Author was undecided about wether the human female was or was not a perfect creature but I still love the book. Demond Morris describes the human female as an mazing piece of art, which I loved because I always thought that the human female is a master piece and the most beautiful creation of nature.
For many years I thought about and I admire her but I never could have describe her the way Demond Morris did. If you feel the human female is a priceless gift of mother nature this book makes y
For those of you who judges a book by its cover and think that people reading this is a pervert, let me tell you that it's not what you think. There are some topless female in it, but they are there to represent female anatomy. I purchased it for the sake of curiosity; to understand better about women (as they are such complicated creatures). The (male) readers can understand how the brain of a female is wired, and how their distinctive emotions influence them through the course of their lives. ...more
Not being familiar with the author I expected something completely different, perhaps a bit more poetic journey trough the art and looks of femininity. Despite having some elements of that too, this book largely delivers a surface anatomy of female body in very anthropological terms. Each chapter examines one distinct part of female body in terms of its evolution, medical function and use, sexual appeal, gesturing, and finally its metaphorical meaning that penetrates our subconscious thinking, a ...more
Librarian Kate
I read this as a companion piece to Morris's book "The Naked Man" (which was donated to the LGBT library I volunteer with), and although I'm a big fan on Desmond Morris in general, I thought this book was fascinating. He covers, literally from head to toes, the aspects of the female human body that are unique and amazing, and discusses the social and historical impact that different cultural attitudes toward each body part.

For anyone who is interested in human cultural history, or who wants to
I'm interested in evolution and biology, and this book is a nice extra to my collection. I have to admit that Mr. Morris is not always so accurate, and I doubt some of the things he claims. However; a substantial part of evolution is guessing, and some of his guessings make sense. I learned something about the female body, so I'm a happy man. I won't use it as a bible though. Next to that; the book is pleasantly written (read it in Dutch), no jargon so it's easy to read, and I like his style.

Bummer. Desmond Morris has always been a fascinating, if controversial, observer of human nature and evolutionary history. But he really discredits himself as any kind of "scholar" with this book. Just as an example (because this section particularly irked me), his section on bellydance is an offensive, poorly researched combination of western bias and misinformation about middle eastern dance. Interesting information on the female body, but take it all with a grain of skeptical salt.
Ram Kishor Poddar
A concise masterpiece on Anthropology. Mr Morris is not only an authority on the subject but also knows hows to narrate it well. A very eye opening read. I would recommend it to be read chapterwise along with another book in same line " The Naked Man".This gives a wholesome picture on anatomy of both the sexes. A google search here and there while reading, throws some awinspiring aspects.
I have always been a big fan of Desmond Morris and hats off to him for yet another masterpiece.
At 80 years old, Desmond Morris is still at it. He began his career as a zoologist and was curator of Mammals at the London Zoo. His book, The Naked Ape, was an international best-seller that sold more than a million copies in 15 different languages.

I generally find his stuff interesting and informative.
Desmond Morris is one of those writers that make you think so hard that your world is turned upside down. By lucidly explaining the Human animal, it's anatomy and juxtaposing it with Historical evidence, he manages to create a fairy-tale like narrative. Loved this book. Much recommended.
Elizabeth Moffat
I enjoyed this as I did the naked man before it. Entertaining, interesting and at times controversial I've learned things that have surprised and enlightened me.
Interesante aproximación al cuerpo femenino lastrada por un punto de vista desfasado, aunque no puede negarse la fascinación del autor por el tema que trata.
Quick and interesting book around female body. For people who want to know more about the different parts of our body, explained with a good background.
A tratti colpisce con qualche curiosit, per enciclopedico e un po' barboso... Ma riuscivo a leggerlo in un periodo stressante. ...more
For anyone who likes zoology directed at humans this would be a good choice. very interesting, though more depth is needed.
Goya Champuru
Not as groundbreaking as the naked ape...but an interesting read nonetheless.
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