THE NAKED MAN
A study of the male body
Published by Jonathan Cape. December 2007
[a sequel to THE NAKED WOMAN]
No life form has had a greater impact upon this planet than the human male. What is it that has made his legacy so utterly distinct from that of all other life forms, including even the human female? Following on from the international success of The Naked Woman, Desmond Morris investigates this intriguing evolutionary success story. The Naked Man is a study of the masculine body from head to toe, examining biological features of the male anatomy in illuminating detail and describing the many ways in which these features have been modified, suppressed, or exaggerated by local customs and changes in social fashions. This is a natural history of man, viewing him as a fascinating specimen of a far from rare, but nevertheless endangered species.
As with its companion title, The Naked Man is written from a zoologist’s perspective and packed full of scientific fact, engaging anecdote and thought-provoking conclusions, including a controversial chapter examining male sexuality.
Desmond Morris transformed our perception of human beings - and enraged feminists - with his 1960s bestseller The Naked Ape. Forty years on, and as controversial as ever, he talks to Stephen Moss about sexual politics, homosexuality, and his second life as a surrealist painter
If so,what will man do without their wars? and toys?
And what about this comment by Mr.Morris:
Women are much more suited because they are genetically more cautious and are not going to make stupid mistakes."
The downside, feminism-wise, is that Morris thinks that men, because of their natural risk-taking, will always be better inventors and artists
."For every one great woman artist, there are 100 men," says Morris.
"There are more male geniuses than female geniuses, and there are more male idiots than female idiots.