Quotes from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Mary Roach ·  319 pages

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“It is the mind that speaks a woman's heart, not the vaginal walls.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Hormones are nature's three bottles of beer.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“The paper does not provide the exact number of penises eaten by ducks, but the author says there have been enough over the years to prompt the coining of a popular saying: 'I better get home or the ducks will have something to eat.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Sexual desire is a state not unlike hunger.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Footnote: In 1998, a woman in Saline, Michigan received a patent for a Decorative Penile Wrap...The patent included three pages of drawings, including a penis wearing a ghost outfit, another in the robes of the Grim Reaper, and one dressed up to look like a snowman. ”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



“Homo sapiens is one of the few species on earth that care if they’re seen having sex. The impala is unconcerned. The dingo roundly flaunts it. A masturbating chimpanzee will stare straight at you. To any creature other than you and I and 6 billion other privacy-needing H. sapiens, sex is like peeling a mango or scratching your ear. It’s just something you do sometimes.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Viagra isn't the only drug being prescribed off-label for women with arousal problems. Los Angeles urologist Jennifer Berman told me some doctors are prescribing low doses of Ritalin. Drugs like Ritalin improve a person's focus, so it stands to reason that it would make it easier to stay attuned to subtle changes taking place in one's body. 'It enables a woman to focus o the task at hand,' said Berman, managing, though surely not intending, to make sex sound like homework.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Masters points out that the heterosexuals were at a disadvantage, as they do not benefit from what he called “gender empathy”. Doing unto your partner as you would do unto yourself only works well when you’re gay.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Cheese crumbs spread in front of a copulating pair of rats may distract the female, but not the male.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Kinsey wanted Dellenback to film his own staff. There are three ways to read that sentence, all of them true.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



“This is what primate sex hormones do: “They make individuals perceive other individuals as more attractive than they’d normally perceive them.” Hormones are nature’s three bottles of beer.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Anne Marie's beauty and style belie a down-and-dirty education in the particulars of practical AI (artificial insemination). She has miked a boar of his prodigious ejaculate--over two hundred milliliters (a cup), as compared to a man's three milliliters--and she has done it with her hand. For, unlike stallions and bulls, boars don't cotton to artificial vaginas. (in part, because their penis, like their tail, is corkscrewed.) AI techs must squeeze the organ in their hand--hard and without letup--for the entire duration of the ejaculation: from five to fifteen minutes. "You should see the size of their hands," she says, of the men and women who regular ejaculate boars.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“All good research—whether for science or for a book—is a form of obsession.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Women who routinely have orgasm in intercourse without explicit clitoral stimulation all say that it makes little difference what the guy does, as long as he doesn’t come too soon,”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Monkeys offer an unadulterated demonstration of the power of hormones, as the females are not concerned about pregnancy or what their friends will think.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



“Last year, I was conversing by e-mail with an acquaintance who was investigating the black market in cadaver parts. She came into possession of a sales list for a company that provides organs and tissues for research. On the list was “vagina with clitoris.” She did not believe that there could be a legitimate research purpose for cadaver genitalia. She assumed the researcher had procured the part to have sex with it. I replied that physiologists and people who study sexual dysfunction still have plenty to learn about female arousal and orgasm, and that I could, with little trouble, imagine someone needing such a thing. Besides, I said to this woman, if the guy wanted to nail the thing, do you honestly think he’d have bothered with the clitoris?”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“heterosexuals failed to grasp that if you lost yourself in the tease—in the pleasure and power of turning someone on—that that could be as arousing as being teased and turned on oneself.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“If you try this yourself, I recommend doing so when no one is home. Otherwise, you will run the risk of someone walking in on you and having to witness a scene that includes a mirror, the husband’s Stanley Powerlock tape measure, and the half-undressed self, squatting.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Sex is one of those rare topics wherein the desire for others to keep the nitty-gritty of their experiences private is stronger even than the wish to keep mum on one’s own nitty-gritty.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Your genes want you to get pregnant, and hormones are their magic wand.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



“The only conclusion I feel sure of at this point,” he mused, “is that women are too complicated.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“The organism is driven toward nature’s singular goal—conception, the passing on of one’s genes—and anything that stands in the way is pushed into the background.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“The feminist in me, who is small and sleeps a lot but can be scrappy when provoked, took umbrage at this description.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Sipski defines orgasm as a reflex of the autonomic nervous system that can be either facilitated or inhibited by cerebral input (thoughts and feelings).”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“He simply believed that lame sex destroyed more marriages than did anything else, and that “considering the inveterate marriage habit of the race,” something ought to be done.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



“Téléclitoridienne means simply “female of the distant clitoris,” but it had a lovely, aristocratic ring to it—calling to mind a career woman in heels and sweater set, cabling reports from her home in Biarritz. At the very least, it had a nicer ring to it than “frigid.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“We were unable to obtain any lesbians,” Pomeroy says, as though perhaps they hadn’t been in season, or his paperwork wasn’t in order.)”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“This book is a tribute to the men and women who dared. Who, to this day, endure ignorance, closed minds, righteousness, and prudery. Their lives are not easy. But their cocktail parties are the best. p”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“I am of the opinion that the vulva of Your Most Sacred Majesty should be titillated for some length of time before intercourse.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


“Wallen, like Masters and Johnson, thinks it’s possible that a majority of the so-called vaginal orgasms being had during intercourse are in reality clitoral orgasms. But unlike Masters and Johnson, he doesn’t suggest that most women are having them easily. He believes, like Bonaparte, that the women having them—the paraclitoridiennes of the world—are an anatomically distinct group whose sexual response is different from that of the majority of women. And that maybe these women are “where the whole notion of the vaginal orgasm originally came from.”
― Mary Roach, quote from Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex



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Mary Roach
Born place: Etna, New Hampshire, The United States
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