Note To Self: Read a book in full before you choose it for your fledgling blog’s book club. Seriously. Huge fucking mistake!
Turns out Bound & Gagged: Pornography & The Politics Of Fantasy In America isn’t as much of a “mainstream public” kind of sociology book as I was told. The snotty “I’ve read Pierre Bourdieu and I’m going to reference him without explaining a damn thing” attitude is really not cool, lady. The whole book could benefit from photographic evidence supporting the author’s points, specifically in regard to Cindy Sherman versus transvestite porn and fat porn’s odd “hardcore” designation. And the chapter on Larry Flynt and Hustler is needlessly gross with non-sexual bodily functions. So for Fearless Friday, I’m switching horses mid-race and abandoning this book. Maybe I’ll come back to it later or maybe I won’t. Sorry to anyone who was playing along at home, but I alerted you within 30 days so if you purchased the book, you should be able to return it unharmed.
Instead, because sex sells, we are switching to one of my favorite books of all time, the hilarious Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Science & Sex by Mary Roach. Complete with lady bugs doing it doggy-style on the cover. Details below.
- Title: Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Science & Sex
- Author: Mary Roach
- Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
- Release Date: March 2008
- Hardcover, 320 pages
- My Rating: 5/5 stars
- Synopsis (as quoted from Booklist‘s Patricia Monaghan): “The New Yorker dubbed Roach ‘the funniest science writer in the country.’ OK, maybe there’s not a lot of competition. But even if there were thousands of science-humor writers, she would be the sidesplitting favorite. Of course, she chooses good subjects: cadavers in Stiff (2003), ghosts and the afterlife in Spook (2005), and now a genuinely fertile topic in Bonk. As Roach points out, scientists studying sex are often treated with disdain, as though there is something inherently suspicious about the enterprise. Yet through understanding the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of sexual response, scientists can help us toward greater marital and nonmarital happiness. Such altruistic intentions, which the book shares, aren’t the wellspring of its appeal, however. That lies in the breezy tone in which Roach describes erectile dysfunction among polygamists, penis cameras, relative organ sizes and enhancement devices, and dozens of other titillating subjects. Not to be missed: the martial art of yin diao gung (‘genitals hanging kung fu’), monkey sex athletes, and the licensing of porn stars’ genitals for blow-up reproductions. To stay on the ethical side of human-subjects experimentation, Roach offers herself as research subject several times, resulting in some of her best writing.”