By: Molly Edmonds. If you're exposed to any form of American media, you may think that everyone is having an affair. The news is full of celebrities, athletes and politicians caught with someone other than their spouses. In prime time, you can watch the Desperate Housewives commit adultery, then flip the channel and find the Mad Men doing the same thing. Romance novels feature illicit trysts, and much of country music would have gone unwritten without someone's cheatin' heart. Is infidelity the norm?
Sperm Wars: Why Love is An Arms’ Race
Sperm Wars: Why Love is An Arms' Race | Power Dynamics
About the Author : Robin Baker studied zoology and earned his Ph. He later left the academic world to focus on his writing. Sperm Wars introduces lots of stories that go along with the theory. Some of the stories are interesting, some even funny and, some have noted, can also function as entertaining soft-porn reading. I will skip the stories for this summary. Sperm Wars paints a somewhat bleak picture for those like me who see genders as complementing each other. Instead, it shows Robin Baker shows how male and females in a relationship can have major incentives in tricking and deceiving one another:.
Do men and women cheat for different reasons?
Sperm Wars is a popular science book by evolutionary biologist Robin Baker about sperm competition. Through a series of short fictional stories and discussion following them, Baker proposes evolutionary functions for sexual habits, mostly on the principle of competition between sperm of different men for a prized egg. The book is controversial,  both because of its explanations of homosexuality , sexual assault , and prostitution, and because some critics have claimed that several of the hypotheses in the book are not supported by scientific research. The shape of the penis and the thrusting during intercourse serve to remove other men's semen. Baker also proposes that men adjust the amount of sperm they ejaculate based on the time their mate has spent away from them.
Evolutionary biology has been all the rage in the publishing biz over the past few years, as scientists have attempted to make their comparative studies of animal and human sexuality accessible to the general public. A lecturer in the biological sciences department at the University of Manchester, Baker is a man obsessed with sperm. Scientists long believed that the other billions of nonfertile sperm men produce were merely defective. According to Baker, women engineer conditions in which sperm from different men wage war within their bodies so that the strongest ones win, ensuring the survival of the fittest. For sperm warfare to take place, lots of people have to be having sex with lots of different partners; Baker insists this is more common than most people want to acknowledge.