1x1hr Documentary

Decoding Desire




CBC - The Nature of Things
(original air date: Nov 6, 2014)

Sex has been on the minds of scientists about as long as it has been on everyone else’s – but what about desire?  DECODING DESIRE unravels the mysteries of sex and desire and explores how sexual diversity and the experience of pleasure itself may be the key to species survival.

Traditionally, the common assumption has been that men are sexually dominant with strong desires, while females are more interested in security and monogamy. But is this really true? Scientists are increasingly looking at animals to reveal more about our own sexual behaviour. Decoding Desire features leading scientists who examine weird and wonderful mating behaviours – from preening peacocks to promiscuous primates – revealing research that shatters old assumptions and alters our views about human sexuality.


Whether exploring the brain chemistry of love and monogamy, the decreasing differences between men and women or the surprising truth behind what turns us on and why, Decoding Desire will challenge everything you thought you knew about sex and desire and leave you looking at men, and women, in a whole new way.

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In the Media

"Good Clean Fun" - Globe and Mail
"Animal world mating? It's always ladies night!" - Winnipeg Free Press
"surprising scientific discoveries about women and sex." -
"there are some surprising conclusions reached in the matter of arousal in the heterosexual female." - Globe and Mail