- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Diane Books Publishing Company (June 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788160044
- ISBN-13: 978-0788160042
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex
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If you've ever looked upon sperm as a little army of white-coated soldiers setting off to sack and pillage a barely pregnable fortress . . . well, you'd be right, according to this fascinating new book. Dr. Robin Baker, who has studied sperm and cervical mucus in much greater detail than anyone would've thought necessary, has come to some startling conclusions: that less than 1 percent of sperm is actually designed to fertilize an egg (the rest are there to block other men's sperm), and that 4 to 10 percent of all children born to married couples are in fact the offspring of other men, usually of higher socioeconomic status, with whom the mother had a short-term relationship. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The major force in the shaping of human sexuality, claims British biologist Baker in this highly unorthodox study, is "sperm warfare," the competition among sperm from two or more men competing inside a woman to fertilize the egg. In this theory, biological imperatives shaped by evolution dictate sexual behavior. Male sexual behavior is driven by each man's need to prevent his female sexual partner from exposing his sperm to competition; or, failing that, to give his sperm the best chance of winning. A woman's sexual behavior, meanwhile, reflects her urge to maneuver her partner or to influence which male's sperm will have the best chance of succeeding. Baker views infidelity, group sex, partner-swapping, even rape and prostitution as risky strategies that nevertheless may enhance an individual's reproductive success compared with long-term monogamy. Men, he says, pursue four reproductive strategies: bisexuality, pursuit or avoidance of sperm warfare and a balancing of this pursuit/avoidance. Just which strategy a male is programmed to adopt will depend largely on his rate of sperm production. Baker's treatise unfolds as a series of graphic, fictional sex scenes, each followed by interpretive commentary. Its reliance on evolutionary biology to explain human behavior is reductionist, much in the manner of the writings of "selfish gene" proponent Richard Dawkins, but it is also challenging, intellectually provocative and likely to raise considerable and deserved debate.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book give a few example but that is only a small part of the book. The book goes into great detail about the science of sex and is highly recommended for anyone that has an interest in science and biology.
Overall a great read and a good book to get.
I don't exactly have a religion and the book doesn't insult me at all.
-- That something beyond is called: Love, Courage, Honesty.
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