Sex is as fascinating to scientists as it is to the rest of us. A vast pool of knowledge, therefore, has been gleaned from
research into the nature of sex, from the contentious problem of why the wasteful reproductive process exists at all, to how
individuals choose their mates and what traits they find attractive. This fascinating book explores those findings, and their
implications for the sexual behaviour of our own species. It uses the Red Queen from 'Alice in Wonderland' - who has to run
at full speed to stay where she is - as a metaphor for a whole range of sexual behaviours. The book was shortlisted for the
1994 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books.
'Animals and plants evolved sex to fend off parasitic infection. Now
look where it has got us. Men want BMWs, power and money in order to pair-bond with women who are blonde, youthful and narrow-waisted
... a brilliant examination of the scientific debates on the hows and whys of sex and evolution' Independent.