Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Mary Roach, “The f ...more
- Don't go to sleep.
- You are going to sleep!
- George, tell me something you did today.
- Um... I read a book.
- That's better! Move around a bit. Yes, that's right, put your hand there. Good. What book?
- Bonk. By Mary Roach.
- That silly book about sex?
- It's not silly! She's really got a lot of interesting things to say!
- Ah... I liked the bit about women's orgasms.
- Guess you don't know much about tha ...more
If this book is about anything I think it would be fair to say that it is about the absurdity of sex. ...more
DON'T go into this book thinking it'll get you in the mood. In fact, it may disturb the mood right out of you.
Did you know? Before Viagra, guys who couldn't maintain a good stiffy would often have "stilts" of some sort inserted inside of their penis skin, and they would essentially wander through life with a half-boner that never went away so they co ...more
Because I apparently already knew all the freaky weird details about sex... like almost all of them covered in this book.
In this case, I guess my love of sexual oddities and all things weird conspired against me because parts of this book felt, dare I say it, boring.
I still love ...more
This was like cup of cocoa sex. Sex is always good but sometimes you can't help hoping it will be over soon and you can have a cup of cocoa, maybe with cream. Marshmallows even. Maybe a sprinkle of cinnamom and some grated chocolate curls. Oh there I go, mind drifted off.
Read 13 Dec. 2013 and forgotten about until now. Now what was it reminded me. Friday night. Hopeful. And if not... there is always cocoa.
My first reaction: Sexay! My second reaction: sadness for the fact that for whatever reason, there are other girls and women who also lack the knowledge of basic sexual biology because, as I lamented in my ...more
I learned a lot, I laughed a lot. The latter helps with the squeamish and embarrassing bits. For exam ...more
My uncle and I have read all of Mary Roach's books together. We had stomach churning conversations about cadavers at dinner parties and discussed the after life at meant-to-be light-hearted gatherings. He approached me with red in his cheeks after he finished this. "It's raw. But good." And that was the end of our conversation.
This was the kind of book that kept me laughing so hard people around me had to ask, "What, what?" and then I would reitera ...more
There's nothing here I didn't already know. Should I be alarmed? Take heed: you can learn a lot about the science of sex from smutty books.
Roach is a very engaging writer. She does an incredible amount of research for her books and makes science approachable and FUN.
One tidbit; if you need a penis reattached, Thailand is the place to go:
Two of the wives flushed the penises down the toilet, forcing their husbands to grope for their lost manhood inside the septic tank. (Incredibly, both we...more
Plenty, but that wasn't what shocked ...more
That written, this book is not as interesting as Roach's book on cadavers. But before I'm called a prude, I want to make sure that all have the opportu ...more
Her research is exh ...more
I think that the best of this book – like Stiff – is acknowledging that life, death and sex are all a bit absurd and for that we really should be very grateful.
if you're looking for a forthright and humorous scientific break-down of erotic encounters, the clit, the g-spot, the erection.... well, this may not be the book for you.
roach focuses her special, special attentions on the sex resear ...more
Well, maybe it is, just a little bit.
As I've often stated here, I read very little non-fiction. Too dry, too dull, too fact-intensive. Just too. A couple of months ago, I read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Roach's good-natured obsession with researching anything and everything that interests her is infectious. Plus, I'm fairly morbid, so the topic appealed to me. Seriously, I can watch surger ...more
this is the kind of fact mary roach loves to ferret out of medical journals and research papers--and then, she loves to create puns and laugh out loud smarty-pants remarks about the sexologists and their crazy ideas and inventions. she's a science writer for the masses who footnotes like a fiend.
but hey, it's not all penis cameras, pyrex tubes and statistics about ER visits for 'object retrieval'. Roach visits implant surgeons in ...more
The thing that's fun about her is that she gets hands-on with her research. She visits corpse farms and goes into low-earth orbit. And there just wasn't as much of that here. I'm all "I just want to read about Mary Roach fucking things," I know, and why am I complaining? She nails her husband in an MRI tube! - but that's sortof about it, an ...more
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex is the third book in the #bangingbookclub, run by Hannah Witton, Leena Norms, and Lucy Moon. Check out the Twitter feed to see what everyone else is saying about Bonk and the other reads (last month’s was The Vagina Monologues ). This book club focuses on books ...more
This is my first Mary Roach book and I was immediately drawn to her writing style. I have never read her before, bu ...more
If you're interested in a scientific look at sex and how it works (or doesn't work, as is often so lamentably the case), then this is probably the book for you ...more
There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." Now I never gave that phrase much thought, other than requisite snort of derision, until recently when I began listening to the audiobook for Mary Roach's Bonk. It was only then that I understoo ...more
-A little history of studies on sex (Kinsey! Masters and Johnson)
-Use of erections in martial arts (go rent Iron Crotch!)
-Surgery for erection enhancement. (Graphic. It made my stomach churn)
-Dildos (or use of electric toothbrushes as dildos.)
-Orgasms (and a lady who has orgasms when she brushes her teeth… awesome!)
-Failure to orgasm (Princess Bonaparte blamed it on a distant clitoris for the ladies. If the clitoris is more than an inch away from the vagina, cha ...more
As open-mindedness is a notion too hard to comprehend, especially when banal practices and religions still largely dictate the forms of an acceptable profession, people who judge a book for its strong foul language will easily condemn to read this bo...more
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Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out in June 2016.
Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover ...more