Book Review: Bonk by Mary Roach


Author: Mary Roach
Title: Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex
Publication Info: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
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Summary/Review:

Mary Roach, the popular science writer who has the sense of humor of a 12-year-old, investigates medical research of human sexual intercourse.  There are some guffaws, and Roach even volunteers for some experiments with her husband, but this book is surprisingly a straight-forward account of historical research and current studies of sex. Roach draws on the writings of famous sex experts such as Alfred Kinsey and Masters & Johnson, and interviewing and observing today’s researchers. Along the way she details with sex machines and penis cameras, erectile dysfunction treatments, artificial insemination, and the mysteries of the female orgasm.  It’s an interesting account but it doesn’t feel like vital read.

Rating: ***

Movie Review:Decoding Desire (2014) #atozchallenge


This is my entry for “D” in the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Throughout April I will be watching and reviewing a documentary movie from A to Z. Some other “D” documentaries I’ve reviewed are Dark DaysThe Day the Series StoppedThe Day the Series StoppedDolphinsand Don’t You Forget About Me.

Title: Decoding Desire
Release Date: 2014
Director: Ryszard Hunka
Production Company: Merit Motion Pictures
Summary/Review:

This short documentary made for The Nature of Things on CBC investigates the science behind sexuality and sexual attraction in animals and how this relates to human sexuality.  A key takeaway – and one obvious to anyone who gives it a moment of thought – is that the traditional understanding of sexual desire is biased by men who didn’t try to understand female sexuality in humans or other animals.  In addition to the typical interviews with experts and film of various animals getting it on, the documentary is peppered with humorous animated segments.

What Can One Learn From Watching This Documentary:

Like many documentaries, Decoding Desire is a basic introduction to a complex questions and asks more questions than it answers. But they are big questions right up to trying to understand the reality of love.

Source: I watched this movie on Netflix streaming.

If You Like This You Might Also Want To …: 

Reading Out of Our Minds might give you a more expansive look into understanding human consciousness. Meanwhile, Thumbs, Toes, and Tears explores traits believed to be unique to humans, including kissing.  The Botany of Desire provides a plant’s perspective on desire and the relationship with humans.

Rating: **1/2