Dan Kohn (
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 16:27:53 -0700

Great post, Kristin, but Boo Hiss on your lack of an Amazon URL.
Remember, the point of FoRK is no longer knowledge; it is sales!
(There's a potential of getting some knowledge as a nice side

- dan

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kristin Buxton []
> Sent: Sunday, September 14, 1997 3:08 PM
> To: CobraBoy!
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: BOLLOCKS
> I read a book not too long ago by Robin Baker that was quite
> interesting.
> _Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex_ (ISBN = 0465081797) It's a look at
> how
> evolution has shaped our behaviors about sex in general, and
> specifically at
> the evolution of sperm (which has proposes is a bit more interesting
> that
> has been previously though in terms of function).
> from the back cover:
> "Less than 1 percent of sperm in the male ejaculate is designed to
> fertilize
> the female. The rest, what we have previously written off as
> "misshapen
> sperm," are there either to block the passage to the womb should other
> men's
> sperm approach or to engage other men's sperm in mortal combat.
> "Female orgasm heps a woman get pregnant by the partner of her choice.
> With orgasm, her retention rate climbs to as high as 90 percent,
> making female
> orgasm a tool through which the woman can tip the competition in favor
> of one
> gene contributor or another.
> "Approximately 10 percent of all children born to married couples do
> not have
> their "father's" gene. A woman is more likely to be unfaithful during
> her
> fertile phase. Moreover, she is less likely to use or insist on the
> man's
> using contraception on such occasions. The fact that the apeal of the
> stranger is solely genetic--and does not lie in his promise to provide
> support
> and protection for her and her offspring--may explain this finding,
> one of the
> strangest in this book.
> "Without sperm warfare, men would have tiny genitals and produce few
> sperm.
> Women would not have orgasms; there would be no thrusting during
> intercourse;
> no sex dreams or fantasies, no masturbation; and we should each feel
> like
> intercourse only a dozen times or so in our entire lives--those
> occasions when
> conception is possible and desireable. Life itself would be very
> different."
> On Sun, Sep 14, 1997 at 02:46:11PM -0700, CobraBoy! wrote:
> > SEPTEMBER 14, 1997
> >
> > The size of a man's testicles and his body symmetry are linked to
> his sexual
> > behavior, according to a recent study conducted at England's
> University of
> > Manchester. Evolutionary biologist Robin Baker discovered that men
> with
> > big balls are likely to have more sex and a greater number of
> partners than
> > their less well-endowed brethren. Baker also measured other body
> parts,
> > including men's fingers, ears, wrists and ankles, to determine body
> > symmetry. He found that men with highly symmetrical bodies were more
> > attractive to women and had sex more often and sooner than less
> > symmetrical males.
> >
> --
> Kristin Buxton <>
> Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned. -Heinrich
> Heine