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Aaron N. Tubbs

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She Comes First is the book to which I was referring while complaining about meta-content. It is an egregious offender. Any chapter over two pages has a summary section. I won’t go into the details, but I’d wager over 60% of the book is meta-content. Trust in your reader to read! Don’t repeatedly bash them over the head with the same damn thing again and again.

Sadly, it is also perhaps the most complete and well-written (!!) book on the topic that I’ve come seen, and that elevates it above the For Dummies guide it tries so hard to emulate. With careful editing, this text could be amazing, but for now I think it does a remarkable job of collecting a lot of the information that’s out there, providing references, and not falling into the genre’s all-too-typical tendency to write at a junior high-school level; Ian Kerner at least elevates things to the level of high school composition class. The book is important and the best of breed, if in need of an editor to cut superfluous content and remove the jovial editorial voice.

I did learn something new. The skin’s nerve density (just talking, say, skin on an arm here) is much higher on a woman than a man, because the amount of nerve endings is similar, but the average amount of surface area is much smaller. This is also amplified by much less hair on a woman’s body. Ergo, sensations of touch are generally stronger for women. Sort of obvious when you think about it, but I for some reason assumed nerve density over skin area was relatively uniform across gender and so forth. Makes me wonder if, say, taller/larger people get the shaft in this area as well.