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Aug 08 2008

Tee Hee, You Said “Bonk”: The Blowfish Blog

Bonk-cover
I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog: a review of the new Mary Roach book, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. It's titled Tee Hee, You Said "Bonk", and here's the teaser:

If ever a book was tailor- made for me to enjoy, this is it.

I’m a huge science nerd. I’m a huge sex nerd. How could I not love a book called Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex?

Well, let me tell you how. Exactly.

First, I should disclaim for a brief moment: Bonk is not a terrible book. The subject matter — the history of the scientific study of sex, and some of the more interesting examples of its current state — is a compelling one, loaded with fascinating ideas both about sex itself and the appallingly/ entertainingly conflicted attitudes society has about it. And the author — Mary Roach, celebrated author of Stiff and Spook — is no slouch. She’s a thorough researcher and a clear, chatty writer, adept at taking complicated and potentially boring scientific ideas and making them accessible to the lay reader.

Please note that I refrained from making a childish, Beavis and Butthead- esque sex joke about the "lay" reader.

Which brings me to the problem.

To find out what my problem with this book is, read the rest of the review. Enjoy!

2 comments

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    questioneverything

    Greta-
    Totally saw your point from the excerpts.
    Although I admit I have not read the book, in taking your advice, I probably won’t waste my time.
    I especially agree with the cock-ring bit. not only are they nice for sustainment, the wife and I got one with a little battery-powered vibrating pokey-thing on the top. Very handy for her, and makes everything way easy for me!
    -Q

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    nina hartley

    Greta,
    I agree with your assessment completely. I liked it overall, but its shortcomings are just as you say.

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