A book by Jennifer Verdolin offers penetrating accounts of courtship to orgasms
Published on May 2, 2014 by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions
Recently I wrote an essay about the evolution of kinkiness (“Can Evolutionary Biology Tell Us What’s Kinky?“), and now I have the pleasure of writing about a new book by Psychology Today writer and Duke University’s Dr. Jennifer Verdolin called Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships. I concluded my previous essay as follows: “And, judging from the incredible variability and broad range of sexual behavior among nonhuman animals for which Dr. Bondar’s lecture [“The birds and the bees are just the beginning”] gave us but a small taste, one better get ready for a wild ride if they’re going to outdo what we know about the sex lives of the fascinating animals with whom we share different niches on our magnificent planet. We can learn a lot from them, but I’m not sure the reverse is true.” After reading Dr. Verdolin’s book I stand by that conclusion. And, get ready for another wild ride.
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