Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battlesby Published 03 Jan 2006
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Published to acclaim and controversy a decade ago, Sperm Wars is a revolutionary thesis about sex that turned centuries-old biological assumptions on their head. Evolution has programmed men to conquer and monopolize women while women, without ever knowing they are doing it, seek the best genetic input on offer from potential sexual partners. In this book, best-selling author Robin Baker reveals these new facts of life: ten percent of children are not fathered by their "fathers;" less than one percent of a man's sperm is capable of fertilizing anything (the rest is there to fight off all other men's sperm); "smart" vaginal mucus encourages some sperm but blocks others; and a woman is far more likely to conceive through a casual fling than through sex with her regular partner. It's no wonder that Sperm Wars is a classic of popular science writing that will surprise, entertain, and even shock.
Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles Reviews
Oh my gosh this is cuckold porn disguised as a biologists view of the social realities of reproduction.
Even in his preface he admits there are many biologists who will view this book as a complete work of fiction, but the first time I read that did not have the same impact it had as when I was done.
The entire book is comprised of "examples" he gives about sexuality, and he then explains his point of view on what "transpired" in his imagination, he explains they are not "real" situations, but are there for him to explain his point of view on the subject.
After reading it and reflecting... yeah it's just a cuckold porn story book. There is no science, no figures, no statistical references, just a few stories, very lengthy and droning stories, about how he thinks life is exciting if you let your spouse "cheat" on you, that this is how life is, and it's so awesome. It's one big cuckold fetish book. I can't keep myself from smiling and shaking my head about what a waste of time this book was.
I've NEVER read a non-fiction book that has so much porn in it. I mean, I like porn, but this is just ridiculous; you think he is going to describe his reason for saying something, but he goes on and on, talking about how fingers go into holes and on and on, and rarely actually gets to his point, and NEVER actually produces any real data, it's all just his opinion, again and again.
Also, I have since learned he is the only "scientist" that promotes the idea of "killer sperm", and other biologists find many of his ideas comical.
This is a big issue for me; Sperm either kills other sperm, or it doesn't. Baker says MOST sperm kills other sperm (he claims 9 out of 10 sperm go and kill other "non self" sperm), I myself did an experiment in biology class, and ZERO sperm killed other sperm, in fact, nobody in my class witnessed any sperm killing other sperm, and we tried pig, bird and cow; nothing, not one single attack among 22 tests.
Our biology teacher proceeded to describe half a dozen studies, all of which debunk nearly all of Robin Baker and his ideas, then he told me he has done this experiment in his class for nearly a decade, and nobody has EVER witnessed a single sperm attack another sperm. Too bad I took this class *after* reading this awful book.
This guy is a nut job. It is clear in his preface that he intends to sway public opinion into believing that women should be allowed to cheat, because hey "it's natural". What a dork. He wrote a fiction book along the same lines that I zipped through, everyone gets stranded on an island and guess what? the girls all do it with tons of guys and the guys like it, meanwhile, his "non-fiction" book reads almost exactly the same!
This book gives you a dirty "What the heck did I just read" feeling when you are done, and throughout reading it. The only redeeming thing I can say about this book is that I feel amazed and dumbfounded he is an actual biologist, and that he is so much into his fetish that he writes books about it, claiming it is real science, and outright lies in the process. Total pervert with a very, very weird agenda.
This is the worst pseudo-scientific book I have read since The Naked Ape. It's hard to believe it can be called non-fiction. The copy I was given seems to be a vanity publication. The research seems opinion based and is not scientifically documented at all in the book. There are no references or citations and the fictionalized case studies are nothing more than soft porn. I wasn't surprised to find out that Dr. Baker has been completely discredited by his colleagues in evolutionary biology. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the basis for some of his theories are scientifically founded, but the presentation is ridiculous.
If one reads this book with an uncritical mind, you will be apt to find it very interesting, with many conclusions that make sense.
Yet it must be noted that this book lacks references, and anecdotal conjectures (for the evidence, read my other science-heavy publication!) aren't quite the same as scientific hypotheses backed by evidence.
A simple search disproves one of the more interesting claims (sperm specialisation) http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/197/1/..., so there.
Baker's main thread seems to be the body has plans the mind knows not of, which manifested in various sexual behaviours.
Best read with an open, but skeptical mind. Please please please do not regurgitate his findings without reading up more on your own first, that is how ignorance spreads.
Well this book was always going to split the field, what with it's open, frank and polemical discussions of rape and prostitution. This is a fascinating text that is well worth reading with an OPEN MIND.
There are conjectures made that seem to disgust some reviewers on this website. What they seem to consistently miss, however, is that our views on social conduct and our sense of right from wrong is a remarkably recent cognitive development when viewed on an evolutionary timescale. So these conjectures seem wildly savage and archaic, but that is rather the point. we are animals, the same as every other species, what separates us is our ability to appreciate that fact and process complex cerebral sequences. We are, however, still very much governed by really quite simple biological drivers.
We all have the desire to eat, sleep and reproduce stronger than any other desire for culture, material possessions etc. The desire for what makes us human has developed over several millennia, whereas biological urges have controlled us for millions of years. That we can read this book and disagree with the points raised is something we have only been capable of for a few hundred years. People who believe we are somehow above the urges explored in this book are really quite blinkered. Of course we are not. We just like to think we are, because we are civilized. If that were true, then people in society wouldn't commit the heinous crimes that they do, and atrocities such as rape and murder would be cast to the past with the savages.
We are, however, still animal and our desires are governed as such.
Regarding the comments about this being 'psuedo-science', it is clear that people are furnishing their protestations with such a defaming concept to give their opinions credence. There are no references to the primary sources of information because of the audience and purpose this book is written for; it is popular science, aimed at the layman, to be able to dip in and out of without needing an expert background. If you doubt the authenticity of the text, then check out the myriad of Robin Baker's publications in peer-reviewed journals that back up his claims.
I realise that many people will only read the first and last paragraph of a review, so- read this for yourself and make your own mind up. What you might find is, if you are willing to accept it, that you may start noticing some of the practices unfold in your own sex life, or even reflect on similarities of some of the stories with your own experiences.
It would have been interesting except some basic research indicates that most of the premises upon which this book was written are total crap. Very much of the 'women are evil cows after our vital essence' ideology with some penis envy overtones presented as scientific fact. Totally ridiculous book to have been written in this century.