The Human S e x e s Discovery 6-part series

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Type?????..: documentary
Production???..: The Learning Channel (Discovery)
Author/Presenter?..: Desmond Morris


The Human Sexes ? In Short
Desmond Morris turns his highly trained zoological eye on the differences in men and women, comparing different aspects of male and female biology and behavior.Explore the human sexes and how we interact with each other. From issues such as monogamy, emotional equality, and love, take a detailed look at the human persona as never seen before. The Human Sexes was made in 1997 and wrote and presented for The Learning Channel, a six one-hour television programs on the relationship between men and women.
Author/Presenter ? Desmond morris

Desmond Morris was born 24 January 1928 in the village of Purton, north Wiltshire, UK. He is most famous for his work as a zoologist and ethologist and was educated at Dauntsey?s School, a boys? independent school in West Lavington, Wiltshire, and then at the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford. He first came to public attention in the 1950s as a presenter of the ITV television program Zoo Time. His studies focus on animal and human behavior, explained from a zoological point of view. He has written a number of books and produced a number of television shows. His examination of humans from a bluntly zoological point of view has attracted controversy. His book ?The Naked Ape? was one of the wonders of the 1960s, describing humans in the kind of language we were accustomed to use about the rest of the animal kingdom and explaining how we evolved to be the way we are. In 1994 he did a TV series called ?The Human Animal? on the same theme.

The Human Sexes ? the six part series

Although Desmond Morris allows that the way we look and act can be traced to a combination of genetics, biology and societal influences, he is especially on the alert for evolutionary factors. It is no accident, he argues, with examples from many cultures, that boys like to play football and girls like to play with dolls. Beneath roles that seem to be imposed by their cultures, he finds primitive needs.

For men, the basic need that the body remembers and transmits is hunting, and for women, rearing and food gathering. A lingering look at a topless beach makes the point in an agreeable way. Those fatty deposits so useful for childbearing and nursing also, happily, turn out to be stimulants to heterosexual romance. When women go in for heavy muscle building, the results displayed here are likely to seem grotesque to many viewers, perhaps a signal that this isn?t what comes naturally. He introduces us to the differences in the body and the brain, sex-specific rituals, sex and parenting roles and the status of the sexes in different societies around the globe.

Some of the material here is familiar, some surprising; some is plainly chosen for color, yet is revealing; some of it examines serious matters, some just fools around. If the result sounds like Anthropology Lite, that is not too far off the mark. Whether biologically conditioned or telegenetically adapted, The Human Sexes makes for very easy watching.

Part 1:
Will boys always be boys, and will girls always be girls? Will we ever really
understand each other? You may be shocked by your conclusions. Prepare yourself for an intimate, erotic examination of physical differences between the sexes, from body fat to brain power. See Turkish men demonstrate their suitability as mates by wrestling in olive oil. Celebrate Mardis Gras in New Orleans, where women bare their breasts to entice men to reward them with strings of beads. Observe women who flaunt their femininity as exotic dancers, and female body builders who develop their muscles to the point of masculinity. Examine brain scans that show that men and women even think differently about the same problems. ?Different But Equal? explores whether the amazing differences between men and women are based on biology or history.

Part 2:
How does boy meet girl? Is finding a mate ever easy? How do you send out a
signal that you?re available? There are as many ways to speak the ?Language Of The Sexes? as there are cultures. The Japanese build shrines to the male
phallus. Many Muslim women live behind veils. Ethiopian tribeswomen enlarge
their lips with ceramic plates, and some Chinese used to crush women?s feet to keep them tiny and delicate. Compare all this to America, where women practice gender amplification with silicone breast implants, collagen lip injections and tight high heels. It?s easy to see why the ?Language Of The Sexes? is so hard to understand.

Part 3:
How far would you go for love? Get ready to be amazed as you see people go
further than you ever thought possible. ?Patterns Of Love? will take you to a
brothel in Nevada, love hotels for married adults in Japan, and a bachelor
auction in Alaska. You?ll meet pop star Mongo Faya of Cameroon?and his 58
wives. Visit Istanbul?s Topkapi Palace, where the Sultans kept harems of
hundreds of wives. Fly to Moscow with a group of American men hoping to bring home just one wife. And check out technology?s answer to a troubled marriage: an automatic divorce machine that accepts all major credit cards. ?Patterns Of Love? may change your definition of love.

Part 4:
Does society treat men and women differently? You may not like the
unsettling answers you?ll find in ?Passages Of Life?. Compare the way
different cultures deal with boys and girls as they grow up. Some believe
male circumcision began as an ancient Egyptian snake worship ritual to
ensure immortality. In the Middle East, puberty brings a girl her first
veil; in Yemen, a boy his first grown-up dagger. Watch young women turned
into ladies at an etiquette school in England, and young men turned into
killers by the U.S. Marine Corps. Witness a marriage celebration in a
small Greek village ? where a dowry still makes a difference. Passages
Of Life might make you feel better about growing up? or worse.

Part 5:
In today?s world, is it rougher to be a mother? or a father? Will it
ever be possible to balance work and motherhood? No matter what you
currently believe, ?The Material Dilemma? will surprise you with new
insight. See working mothers in Japan and England who leave their
children at day-care centers. Discover the ?granny solution? in Greece.
Explore the ?paternal solution? with stay-at-home fathers in America.
Have dinner with a man from Utah who has several wives: some raise
children while others pursue careers. Compare women who work in fields
with babies at their side, to Western women trying to balance kids and
a career. It?ll soon become clear that The Material Dilemma is something
everybody shares.

Part 6:
Do you know what side of the Battle Of The Sexes you?re on? You might
be stunned by this eye-opening look at the recent struggle for equality
between the sexes. Originally, there was a primitive balance between the
sexes, but when people left the village for the city, the natural
balance disappeared. Find out the origin of honeymoons and other tools
of male dominance like wedding rings and female circumcision. Travel to
Finland for the annual wife-carrying contest celebrating the capture of
women from other villages. Follow the rise of feminism, from
turn-of-the-century suffragettes to the National Organization for Women.
Visit the front lines of the gender wars with female stock traders and
female firefighters who parachute into blazing California forests. Pay
attention: what you learn here may just help you survive ?The Gender