Introduction The Phlogiston Theory of Sexual Relations, or Why This Book Will Change Your Life
1 Sex and the Single Cell: How It All Began
2 It's Not Merely Amusing -- It's Historical
3 Are You Male or Female? (Don't Be So Sure)
4 Men and Women Are Funny. Just Not to Each Other.
5 Pulp Friction
6 Cooking, Washing, and Irony
7 You and I Make Whee
8 Why We Are Screwed: The Inordinate Importance of Sex
9 The Body Impolitic
10 Why Do Fowls Fall in Love? (A Treatise on Desire)
11 Marriage: It Takes Two to Tangle
12 Infidelity: Get Out Your Hanky. And Your Panky.
13 Playing Dumb: Our Secret Pleasures
14 The Joy of Sexism (Part I -- Jokes That Offend Women)
15 The Joy of Sexism (Part II -- Jokes That Castrate Men)
16 A Short Commercial Break
17 Sports, Penises, and Other Extremities
18 Compatibility: Be Careful with That Match
19 Is Your Relationship Going Anywhere?
20 Movies: A Disagreement of Cinematic Proportions
21 Bathroom Humor
22 C'mon, Baby -- What Are You Afraid Of?
23 It's the Money, Honey (Part I -- The Challenge)
24 It's the Money, Honey (Part II -- The Test)
25 Fighting Like Cats and Doggerel
The Final Chapter Until We Meet Again
Gene Weingarten is a columnist at The Washington Post and previously worked at the Detroit Free Press, The National Law Journal and as editor of The Miami Herald's Tropic Magazine. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Gina Barreca is a professor of feminism and English literature at the University of Connecticut and a columnist for The Hartford Courant. She is the author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, and four other books. The authors have never met.
When Washington Post humor columnist Weingarten (The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life. And Death) paired up with Barreca (They Used To Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted), a professor of feminism and women's humor at the Univ. of Conn., to "plumb important sociological verities," the ensuing result is this fairly predictable but entertaining he-said, she-said, literary battle of the sexes. Marked by a lively, irreverent tone and presented as an extended transcribed conversation between the two writers, the book explores topics ranging from infidelity and finances to bathroom differences and body image, in a friendly teasing style. While the underlying premise-men and women are alarmingly different-wears somewhat thin and feels gimmicky by the end, the book makes up for it with comedic highlights such as a gender test to see where one falls on the Betty Boop-Jesse Ventura continuum. Also fun are the authors' poems, lists of favorite vacation destinations with reasons and signs that sex has become too important in your relationship. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Dave Barry This original, hilarious, brilliant book is a godsend to both sexes. For women, it offers invaluable insights into the obstacles that so often prevent meaningful communication in a relationship. For men: Fart jokes!
Fay Weldon Very, very funny. And terrifyingly clever.