Title: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Author: Mary Roach
I wouldn't consider myself particularly prudish. In fact, I am of the opinion that people should be able to talk about sex openly and respectfully. I don't mean the locker room talk. That's about ego gratification. I simply mean that we shouldn't all be so embarrassed by the idea that sex is a significant element of human life. Learning more about it and being able to discuss it frankly with the important people in our lives is both healthy and responsible. I wouldn't say I'm always able to do that but I think it's a worthy goal as a society. As such, I think Mary Roach and the scientists she studied are to be commended for their contributions.
That is not to say the book didn't make me squeamish from time to time. For me, the discomfort had more to do with surgery than with sex. I'm okay with discussing body parts unless you're talking about cutting them open. Yick! There are plenty of leg crossing moments for both ends of the gender spectrum. I was tempted to skip a few particularly cringe-worthy passages but I soldiered on. Even with the occasional wince, I think I'd be up for more from Roach.
Be forewarned, the book is very funny. I would not be comfortable reading Bonk on an airplane - less for the subject matter than for my own incessant chortling. Roach's commitment to the project is total, even offering herself and her husband as study subjects. Her sense of humor about both sex and herself make for a highly engaging read.
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