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Detroit Lakes Public Library 591.56 COO (Text) 33500013620166 New Checked out 07/09/2022

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  • ISBN: 9781541674899
  • ISBN: 1541674898
  • Physical Description: xxi, 369 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2022 by Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-352) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The anarchy of sex -- The mysteries of mate choice -- The monogamy myth -- Fifty ways to eat your lover -- Love is a battlefield -- Madonna no more -- Bitch eat bitch -- Primate politics -- Matriarchs and menopause -- Sisters are doing it for themselves -- Beyond the binary -- Conclusion: A natural world without prejudice.
Summary, etc.:
A leading zoologist takes a fierce and often humorous look at the females of the animal kingdom and subverts the prevailing opinion among evolutionary biologists who have insisted that males are more interesting.
Humans are locked in a battle over sex and gender: one side argues that evolutionary biology dictates how we should be, and the other that it's a patriarchal tool that shouldn't matter at all. Rewriting the science of evolution and sex, she shows how feminist biologists have uncovered nature's dizzying diversity of bodies, brains and behavior that evolution has created. With a new perspective on the female animal of a variety of species, Cooke reveals a new understanding of what being female can mean, and how evolution itself can work. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 April #2
    *Starred Review* Noted TED speaker and author Cooke dives into sex and gender across the animal kingdom, dispelling all the misogynist notions of females being the weaker sex. From the female mole's venomous saliva to female spiders that devour the male after sex, Cooke upends the Darwinian notion of female submissiveness with those "that deviated from the passive, coy and monogamous template by being vicious, promiscuous and unquestionably dominant." With humor and candor, she also discusses the diversity of female genitalia: the opossum's two ovaries, two uteri, two cervices and two vaginas; and the female hyena's eight-inch clitoris in which she has sex, and through which she gives birth. Other chapters discuss female promiscuity, female sexual aggression, homosexuality, reproduction by cloning, sex-swapping animals, animals that have three or more separate genders, and menopause (experienced only by humans and some whales). Cooke also places much-needed female faces to related studies, citing the work of Jeanne Altmann, Patricia Gowaty, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, and others. Their pioneering research shows that sex and gender have always been complex, innovative, and varied throughout the animal kingdom. This book elevates not just the science itself but the scientists that have been marginalized for too long. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lucy Cooke is the author of The Truth About Animals, which was short-listed for the Royal Society Prize, and the New York Times bestselling A Little Book of Sloth. She is a National Geographic explorer, TED talker, and award-winning documentary filmmaker with a master’s degree in zoology from Oxford University. She lives in Hastings, England.

Lucy Cooke is the author of The Truth About Animals, which was short-listed for the Royal Society Prize, and the New York Times bestselling A Little Book of Sloth. She is a National Geographic explorer, TED talker, and award-winning documentary filmmaker with a master’s degree in zoology from Oxford University. She lives in Hastings, England. 

Subject: Females > Miscellanea.
Women > Miscellanea.
Psychology, Comparative.
Evolution (Biology)
Social behavior in animals.
Sexual behavior in animals.
Sexual selection in animals.
Animal behavior.
Genre: Trivia and miscellanea.

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