- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; First edition (May 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780805063325
- ISBN-13: 978-0805063325
- ASIN: 0805063323
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
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Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex Paperback – Unabridged, May 1, 2003
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“Captivating . . . An evolutionary biologist with interesting and amusing things to tell us.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“Funny and blissfully original . . . Dr. Tatiana's science is first-rate.” ―The Economist
“Erasmus Darwin titillated 18th century London with his poem 'The Loves of Plants.' He never new the half of it. Dr. Tatiana knows how the other half loves, and it's much kinkier than anybody imagined. Never has science seemed more like daytime television.” ―Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
“Human? Lucky you! You rate a delightful romp through the weird, wild world of animal sex, with a guide who really knows the, um, ins and outs. Eavesdrop as Dr. T consoles her clients, from frustrated fruit flies to lovelorn golden pottos. You think you have problems? You could be a green spoon worm who's just inhaled her husband, or a peacock ashamed of his fifth-rate feathers. Count your blessings, primate. Then read, learn, enjoy.” ―Melvin J. Konner, author of The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
“Perhaps the most original advice manual ever written . . . Judson has pulled off the rarest coup: a science book that's actually fun to read.” ―The New Republic
“Whimsical, irreverent and illuminating . . . A most amusing and educative book on animal sex.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Judson's witty, well-researched vignettes are a guilty pleasure, natural history that goes down as sweet as a trashy tell-all.” ―Outside
“Wonderfully entertaining and authoritative . . . A stimulating feast of extraordinary sexual practices.” ―Nature
“More positions than the Kama Sutra-but don't try this at home!” ―Steve Jones, author of The Language of Genes: Solving the Mysteries of Our Genetic Past, Present and Future
“Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation is a thoroughly engaging and exhaustively researched account of the numerous different kinds of sexual behavior that biologists have observed in the natural world. By human standards, much of this behavior is quite kinky (my favorite is the description of blow hole sex among Amazon River dolphins). However, as Olivia Judson explains, it is quite natural within its own context.” ―Richard Morris, author of The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul
About the Author
With a bachelor of science from Stanford and a doctorate from Oxford, Olivia Judson is an evolutionary biologist and award-winning science journalist who has been published in The Economist, Nature, Science, and The Guardian, among other publications. She is currently a research fellow at Imperial College in London.
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For example, a yellow dung fly wants to know how to make its sperm more attractive; a fig wasp wonders why all the males she knows bite each other in half; an elephant is worried because its penis has turned green; a mother manatee frets because her son appears to prefer other males.
It turns out that homosexuality is common in the animal world, that femals are mostly promiscuous and that monogomy is exceedingly rare in nature, (she calls it one of the most deviant behaviors in biology) and that the battle of the sexes is real and can be brutal (and the females often win).
This book is a breezy read. Tatiana is a witty raconteur with an apparently inexhaustible font of knowledge about the weird and wonderful world of sex. The point of existence, she maintains, is to survive and reproduce. Genetic mutations and behavioral modifications that confer an advantage in pursuing these goals will flourish. Species that do not adapt will die out.
Though written in a jokey way, this is a serious book. It provides a wonderful picture of the sheer vast variation of the natural world and the dynamic pace of evolution.
Perfect for the teen interested in science (and sex) and for all curious adults.
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Mother Nature's been having some fun.
Take nothing for granted! Remember,
You won't find any rules -- not a one!"
And not just regarding gender (where, by the way, there are more than two) -- DR. TATIANA'S SEX ADVICE TO ALL CREATION shows that species are coloring outside the lines in every aspect of sex, including seduction; mating; fertilization; monogamy and promiscuity; nesting and child-rearing ... showing that anything that leads to propagation of the species (and explaining why it does) is fair game for an evolutionary adaptation.
In an advice-column Q&A, fretful letters submitted by anthropomorphized creatures (from micro-organisms to mammals) are answered by Dr. Tatiana (aka evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson), in a voice that's an amusing mix of Dr. Ruth and Miss Manners. An assertion that damselflies have evolved "some of the fanciest penises around" caught my attention early on, and nature's inventiveness just got more interesting from there. The content is surprisingly substantive, and the light style keeps it terrifically accessible.