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Bitch: A Revolutionary Guide to Sex, Evolution and the Female Animal | Lucy Cooke
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'Beautifully written, very funny and deeply important - Lucy Cooke blows two centuries of sexist myths right out of biology.' PROFESSOR ALICE ROBERTS _______________________________________________________________ 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 The bitches in BITCH overturn outdated binary expectations of bodies, brains, biology and behaviour.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. __________ Praise for Lucy's previous book THE UNEXPECTED TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS 'Endlessly fascinating' - Bill Bryson 'A fabulous read' - Sue Perkins 'I cannot remember when I enjoyed a non-fiction book so much' - Daily Express 'A joy from beginning to end' - Guardian 'Best science pick: deeply researched, sassily written' - Nature
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Lesbian albatrosses in committed relationships. Killer whales with menopause. Bisexual bonobos. How King Julian from the Madagascar movie should‘ve been Queen Juliana. Female birds singing as the norm instead of exception. Virgin shark births in zoos. Sex changing fish...

Considering how long science overlooked the females of animal species, it‘s mind-boggling how much fresh knowledge is there to learn and still to discover.

4.5/5

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Fascinating and dynamic! Cooke reveals the way cultural biases and sexism have influenced science, resulting in a surprisingly limited understanding of the actual diversity and importance of the female experience in the animal world. Filled with wild anecdotes and snarky humor, this book makes science fun and filled me with wonder and curiosity! 🎧

BirdLaVie I love this review! 4mo
ICantImReading @BirdLaVie thank you for the recommendation! 💗🥰 4mo
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BirdLaVie
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Can I drop everything and become a zoologist? I think I found my new passion! This book gripped me from start to finish. I‘m left in a state of awe and shock about the animal kingdom. I had never thought about the deep entrenchment of society and culture into the scientific method…how it impacts the questions we think to ask, what we‘re able to see, and the answers we‘re willing to accept. My mind is cracked wide open in the most wonderful way.

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A really interesting book focused on the female of the species. This explores gender, biology and evolution and is written in an easily accessible style. Learned lots from this and wouldn‘t have minded it being longer!

ICantImReading I‘m listening to this right now - it‘s so interesting! 5mo
Cazxxx @ICantImReading It was really good! 5mo
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Daisey
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This was a fascinating listen. Lucy Cooke travels the world and describes various example of animal relationships that emphasize the power and flexibility of female animals. For so long, science has focused on male animals and disregarded examples of female dominance and choice. This book aims to show a different side of the amazing diversity in the animal kingdom than what has been widely acknowledged.

#nonfiction #audiobook #Librofm #ALC

Daisey *Audiobook received through Libro.fm Educator ALC program. Audio duration: 11 hours 54 minutes

Photos include moving round bales from where they were baled, Ivan (my niece & nephew‘s new kitten), and tiny sunflowers (dry weather has them growing very slowly). #BooksOnTheFarm
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tpixie Pretty field and bales! Adorable kitty 🐱 The sunflower 🌻 looks like basil 🌿 ! You book sounds very interesting. 6mo
Daisey @tpixie Thanks! It is an adorable and fun kitten. 6mo
tpixie @Daisey 🤍🐱🤍 6mo
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TFW
Got to my favorite coffee shop, ordered a latte for here, sat down excited to dig into the tagged book, and my e-reader goes "Not today Bitch" (for due to tagged book I should be reading)
E-reader will not reboot, the screen is frozen. A physical copy would never.

thereadingpal I'm sorry about the e-reader! 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @thereadingpal got it home plugged it in and all is right with the world now! 8mo
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A fascinating look at the female of their species their strength and courage,an in depth look at female animals.Funny real surprising.

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April reads summary

I've had to bail on the tagged audiobook despite being fascinated, I found the author'svoice distracting. I will pick it up again but in book format. It is a remarkable piece of work.

I discovered, joined and loved the #pemberlittens April reads.
I completed 2 lines, #bookspin and #doublespin for #bookspinbingo
I joined @Clwojick for her #thingsincommon challenge which was great fun.

AllDebooks Total books read - 13
Fic - 7, non-fic - 4, poetry - 1, essays - 1 My highlights were Queenie and Disfigured by Amanda Leduc
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sprainedbrain That‘s a great month! So happy to have you with the #PemberLittens! 9mo
AllDebooks @sprainedbrain thank you, I'm so glad to have joined. Really looking forward to this months reads too. 9mo
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