Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal (Hardback)Lucy Cooke (author)
Captivating, revisionist and incisively argued, Cooke’s thrilling book dismantles outdated binary expectations about sexual identity and sexuality in animals by exploring the behaviours of females in various species.
What does it mean to be female? Mother, carer, the weaker sex? Think again.
In the last few decades a revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology. Lucy Cooke introduces us to a riotous cast of animals, and the scientists studying them, that are redefining the female of the species.
Meet the female lemurs of Madagascar, our ancient primate cousins that dominate the males of their species physically and politically. Or female albatross couples, hooking up together to raise their chicks in Hawaii. Or the meerkat mothers of the Kalahari Desert - the most murderous mammals on the planet.
The bitches in Bitch overturn outdated binary expectations of bodies, brains, biology and behaviour. Lucy Cooke's brilliant new book will change how you think - about sex, sexual identity and sexuality in animals and also the very forces that shape evolution.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
Lucy Cooke's Bitch shows just how far we have come in seeing nature's females for what they actually are.' - Simon Ing, Telegraph
Surprising sex lives of the animal kingdom: From bondage-loving spiders to 'Scrooge-like' lobsters who save their sperm for a female who's 'worth it', BITCH lifts the lid on kinky creatures - Claire Toureille, Daily Mail
Best books of 2022 so far: Zoologist Lucy Cooke's hilarious and enlightening book reclaims evolutionary biology for females of all species. - New Statesman
Mr Darwin, your time is up...This is the evolutionary reboot us bitches have been waiting for. - Sue Perkins
Brilliant ... Cooke is a superb science writer - Carol Tavris, TLS
Beautifully written, very funny and deeply important - Lucy Cooke blows two centuries of sexist myths right out of biology. - Professor Alice Roberts
A complete and precise exploration of sex , what a joy! - Chris Packham
Fun, informative and revolutionary all at once, Bitch should be required reading in school. This is a joyous, and often hilarious, romp in which Cooke simultaneously does justice to the actual data, gives voice to the substantive contributions of women scientists, and demolishes bias, blindness and ignorance about sex in the academy and in the public. After reading this book one will never look at a clownfish, a barnacle, an orca, an albatross or a human the same way again. And the world will be better for it. - Augustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Princeton University and author of The Creative Spark
Lucy Cooke's marvellous Bitch blasts the dust off stuffy old ideas to celebrate the true and wildly diverse influence of femal creatures throughout the animal kingdom, revealing them to be every bit as promiscuous, competitive, aggressive and dynamic as males ... In chapters fizzing with X-rated factoids, Cooke merrily demolishes myth after myth about our wild sisters ... Never mean or boring. It's exhilarating to zip through the world with her as she points out what has been missed or misinterpreted. - Helen Brown, Telegraph
A colourful, committed and deeply informed book. - James McConnachie, Sunday Times
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