Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human
In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays ...more
Jesse Bering is an evolutionary psychologist who studies sexual behaviour. So what we end up with is a book that would make your mother blush and your grandmother to either faint or laugh uncontrollably and give awkward sepia -coloured sex stories.
And while some part of me feels that I should give a warning that this isn't a book for everyone an ...more
The Good: Interesting tidbits of science conveyed with a bit of humor, along with some thoughtful ponderings on what it all -- or at least, what some of it -- means. The essays are short, meaning you can easily pick it up for a quicky as time permits, which leads to...
The Bad: This is a collection of previously-published essays. As such, there's a certain lack of narrative flow -- t...more
And so I reflected on it. Maybe, I theorized, evolution has dictated that female thir ...more
I loved all of the subjects for this book. Penises, bodies, the brain and sex, sexual preferences, homosexuality, suicide, and religion. This book was by no means an easy read, nor did I zoom through it, b ...more
Bering is a professor of evolutionary psychology, or something equally as fascinating and beyond the reaches of my full understanding. The book begins with a chapter where he does tackle the male genitalia in some detail (pun intended) bu ...more
“Why is the Peni$ Shaped Like That?" is the irreverent, thought-provoking and rather sensational book of essays on human sexuality. Dr. Jesse Bering takes us on a journey of surprising and even shocking peculiarities of being human. Using the latest of scientific research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and a naughty sense of humor Bering succeeds in enlightening the public on fascinating issues pertainin ...more
Also: I guess I was looking for something...not as all about the author's sexuality as it was? It was (like I said) a fun read, but you can only read someone writi ...more
I was tickled to revisit the work of many evolutionists that I have worked with through my involvement in the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program at Binghamton University (evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/ ...more
On the other hand, the book reads like a collection of previously published pieces, cobbled together under more or less logical headings, then sent off to the binder with a perfunctory introduction and littl ...more
And the book lacks the traditional visceral hatred of religion and traditional morality one might expect. The essays i ...more
The author is a GOLD STAR GAY. He wants you to KNOW. Every essay, every mention of female reproduction gets an explanation of HOW GAY Dr. Bering is. Great. Good for you. It's largely irrelevant. And now I'm ir ...more
Annoyingly, the author seemed to think the reader needed to know how much he loathed the idea of having intercourse with a woman. He mentioned it a few times in the book.
This book was more about the author's opinions and predilections than factual information.
I was deeply disappointed given I looked forward to a good non-fiction read.
On polyamory (multiple partners) being evolutionally hard-wired into humans: "But the amoral beauty of Darwinian thinking it that it does not - or at least should not and cannot - prescribe any social behaviour, sexual or otherwise, as being the 'right' thing to do. Right it irrelevant. There is only what works and what doesn't work, within context, in biologically adaptive te ...more
His righting is alright, "readable", although the humor and jokes aren't the best I've come across, even in scientific writing.
Its strong point was broadening my understanding on a lot of research done on sex-related studies, and this isn't the first book I read on the matter. It' ...more
Interesting little tidbits on sex, sex parts, sexuality- fetishes, orientation (including asexual), monogamy, orgasm, etc...-, suicide, laughter, green burial, etc... Really the book is a bunch of speeches or essays that were put together, so the book ends in one topic and then goes off into another, maybe related or loosely related topic, maybe not so much related topic. I think it might be called scientific researched based theories on sex, life and death. In his theories he quotes stu ...more
When I bought this book, it was with the intention of reading some scholarly/academic articles that explored the fun side of biology and psychology with some level of unacademic humor woven in throughout the text. Instead, I received what I would term as more of a "personal soapbox".
The essays I assume, and hope, have been significantly modified for the average reader's enjoyment, as they were almost juvenile in their scope and delivery which was rather disappointing. Although perhaps I should ...more