• Bitch

  • On the Female of the Species
  • By: Lucy Cooke
  • Narrated by: Lucy Cooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A fierce, funny, and revolutionary look at the queens of the animal kingdom 

Studying zoology made Lucy Cooke feel like a sad freak. Not because she loved spiders or would root around in animal feces: All her friends shared the same curious kinks. The problem was her sex. Being female meant she was, by nature, a loser. 

Since Charles Darwin, evolutionary biologists have been convinced that the males of the animal kingdom are the interesting ones—dominating and promiscuous, while females are dull, passive, and devoted.  

In Bitch, Cooke tells a new story. Whether investigating same-sex female albatross couples that raise chicks, murderous mother meerkats, or the titanic battle of the sexes waged by ducks, Cooke shows us a new evolutionary biology, one where females can be as dynamic as any male. This isn‘t your grandfather’s evolutionary biology. It’s more inclusive, truer to life, and, simply, more fun. 

©2022 Lucy Cooke (P)2022 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

“Lucy Cooke blows two centuries of sexist myths right out of biology. Prepare to learn a lot—and laugh out loud. A beautifully written, very funny, and deeply important book.” (Alice Roberts, author of Evolution)

“Fun, informative and revolutionary all at once, Bitch should be required reading in school. After reading, this book one will never look at an orca, an albatross, or a human the same way again. And the world will be better for it.” (Agustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Princeton University and author of The Creative Spark)

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Fun narrative, fascinating facts, & new angle

This is a scientific narrative book on evolution from the perspective of sexual selection - non-human animal female sexual selection in particular. The stories are interesting, informative, and illuminative. I enjoy it thoroughly with plenty of chuckles and a-ha moments.

Traditionally, animal studies focus on the alpha-male or take a sex-neutral approach. Not this Bitch. This book tells the stories from the angle of the female of the species, as mothers, female members in the gang, alpha-females, and more.

Her first book, "The Truth About Animals", is light-hearted and fun. So if you are skeptical about this book because of the title or its focus on sexual selection, check out her first book first. Both books have similar writing styles - science-based, well-researched, fun narrative, and full of fascinating facts.

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Informative and Entertaining

Bitch is an informative and entertaining presentation of well reasoned and through study of sex and gender in the natural world. It is accessible for scientists and non scientists alike.

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Favorite Science Listen Ever

Scientist, author and amazingly wonderful and entertaining narrator: Lucy Cooke
She has brought us all new knowledge, understanding, and fascination with the genomic variation of the female/male paradigm. Science magazine (3 June 22 edition) lists it as one of their "Eight new books that entertain as they challenge assumptions". BITCH does it all!