Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? by Jesse Bering

Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

By Jesse Bering

  • Release Date: 2012-07-03
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 3.5
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Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does "free will" really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway?

In Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, the research psychologist and award-winning columnist Jesse Bering features more than thirty of his most popular essays from Scientific American and Slate, as well as two new pieces, that take readers on a bold and captivating journey through some of the most taboo issues related to evolution and human behavior. Exploring the history of cannibalism, the neurology of people who are sexually attracted to animals, the evolution of human body fluids, the science of homosexuality, and serious questions about life and death, Bering astutely covers a generous expanse of our kaleidoscope of quirks and origins.

With his characteristic irreverence and trademark cheekiness, Bering leaves no topic unturned or curiosity unexamined, and he does it all with an audaciously original voice. Whether you're interested in the psychological history behind the many facets of sexual desire or the evolutionary patterns that have dictated our current mystique and phallic physique, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? is bound to create lively discussion and debate for years to come.


  • Fab

    By TheDani74
    All I feel I can say is that this book is incredible. Hits all the topics in which people are too scared to read. Way to go. Great job!
  • Hilarious and informative...

    By borisvvz
    Read this on my last vacation and enjoyed it a lot. It has a lot more substance than the title would imply. Can highly recommend it.
  • Terrible book, dont bother!

    By jorci
    Terrible book, I can get more information/knowledge from my next door gay neighbor than this book.
  • Im reading the sample but...

    By therapynic
    This book is terrific! Im going to buy it. Most nonfiction books bore me but this book truly answers some interesting and thought-provoking questions. It uses some technical terms while still being fairly light and the voice is terrific! Definitely worth at least the sample.