Jared Diamond’s “Why is Sex Fun?” Is a book that explores the many factors that played a role in the development of human sexuality. Jared Diamond’s honest sense of humor, sound logic and reliable research keep the reader engaged and entertained throughout the book. He approaches each chapter with a question and then produces several opposing points of view and either resolves the question or shows why it is not so easily resolved. Diamond shows his thought process in order to make the reader feel as if he/she is discovering these answers and drawing conclusions with him. His book is mainly filled with speculations ranging from historical, anthropological, and emotional perspectives. Diamond doesn’t just give you the answers, he discovers them throughout the book and allows the reader to follow along in their discovery. Although we as humans are appalled when our dogs mount each other in the living room or when animals at the zoo have no problem going out at it in plain view of our children, Diamond spends the beginning of his book explaining how we humans are in fact the creatures with the oddest sexual practices. In comparison to the rest of the animal kingdom that is. These sexual oddities, along with many other aspects of both human and animal behavior, can be explained through the process of natural selection. According to Diamond, evolutionary necessity explains the never ending "battle of the sexes" or as he describes it the battle of who gets stuck with the baby. And who does get stuck with the baby? Pretty much whoever has the most invested or the most to gain. Diamond takes what seems like completely nonfunctioning sexual practices between males and females and explains their possible evolutionary advantage. For instance, a cannibalistic spider who eats her mates immediately after copulation might need the nutrition from his body which gives her future offspring a better chance for survival.
One of the oddest things about our human sexual...
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