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The Science of Sex

Monday, June 16, 2008

The science of sex is studied in labs, brothels, MRI centers, farms, and sex-toy companies. Science writer Mary Roach has spent two years following the study of sexual physiology; she writes about what she found in her new book, Bonk.

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Comments [6]

Gene

Yes, Briann, that sort of intermingling is vitally important; which is why I'm always amazed--the subject is virtually ignored in general tomes as a vital and fascinating aspect of human history.

And yet subgroups do still remain, the intermingling isn't universal. Certainly Spanish and Aztecs intermingled, yet today there is a large Aztec population treated miserably by the Mexican establishment.

Indian/black co-mingling was also apparently quite common.

It seems half explorers' landings lead to feasting and sexual relations, half to slaughter by one side or the other.

Then there's the religious aspect . . .

It's all just really amazing to me.

Jun. 16 2008 01:46 PM
Briann from Brooklyn

For a lot more information, and very accurate info at that visit www.sheriwinston.com

And an aside to Gene. That's why humans are still on the planet. Sex makes us mingle, which makes more of us. Otherwise, we'd all be brothers/sisters in a very badly interbred way.

Jun. 16 2008 01:28 PM
Gene

I'm continually amazed by how much inter-cultural sex has taken place in history, how quickly alien peoples would sexually intermingle, from Jamestown to 1920s Greenland (see Rockwell Kent's amazing "N by E")

Jun. 16 2008 01:22 PM
Stephen from Brooklyn

According to Foucault, the Victorian era was more sexually promiscuous than the current era of an alleged sexual revolution. Foucault saw in the evidence of a culture obsessed with talking about sex as an example of a self-policing restraint and policing.

Jun. 16 2008 01:11 PM
Leon Freilich from Park Slope

POSTED

You know the honeymoon's over

Along with the itch

When the sign goes in the backyard

"Beware of bitch."

Jun. 16 2008 01:04 PM
hjs from 11211

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2008/04/22

Jun. 16 2008 12:34 PM

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