Guest Reviewer: Mary Roach Mary Roach
is a popular science writer and is the author of the books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
, and Packing for Mars
As the author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
—available in paperback, CD audiobook, cassette audiobook, eBook, cortical implant, and semaphore—I feel the need to correct certain misleading passages in Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk
1. Page 56: The stages of The Human Sexual Response Cycle (Revised). Stage 24, "Lingering Trauma," should follow Stage 25, "Quick Snooze," not precede it. Stage 22, "Disentanglement from Drift Net" may occur sporadically throughout the cycle. Duh.
2. In the discussion of "Creative Grips for the Advanced Onanist," the authors have included several potentially harmful techniques. I do not wish to be alarmist, but the "Clashing Rocks" technique has, to date, landed sixteen men in US emergency rooms and merited mention in the "Good Golly" column of Morbidity and Mortality Monthly
3. Page 175. "Plugging Your Penis with Witch Hazel" does not prevent pregnancy. There is no known excuse for the existence of Witch Hazel.
Otherwise, all facts are correct and scientifically excellent.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A spot-on parody of earnest sex guides, Our Bodies, Our Junk is a hilarious and addictive page-turner co-written by The Onion staff writer Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks, writer-comedian Ted Travelstead, Daily Show veteran Scott Jacobson, and Todd Levin, who has written for Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Onion News Network. Their fictitious agency offers all manner of improper, inappropriate, and hilarious advice, including helpful pickup lines like "you might recognize me from your window," songs designed to help educate children about sex, such as "Doggy Honks the Horn (The Clitoris Song)," "Five Public Places You Can Masturbate Without Ever Being Detected" (including the pets department at Walmart), and "firsthand accounts of the alleged female ˜orgasm.'" Daring to answer such questions as "How Much Masturbation is Too Much Masturbation?" and offering sidebars on "Swinging: What Your Mailman Is Referring to When He Asks if You Party" and "Gorillas In the Mist: Navigating the Sexual Dynamics of a Health Club Steam Room," the team never miss an opportunity to skewer popular stereotypes and established facts in an acerbic, witty take on a prime subject. (Aug.) (c)
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