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Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality - Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jethá
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
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Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science--as well as religious and cultural institutions--has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and... show more
Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science--as well as religious and cultural institutions--has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages. How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can't be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book. Ryan and Jethá's central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is. Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity. With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jethá show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. They explore why long-term fidelity can be so difficult for so many; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why many middle-aged men risk everything for transient affairs with younger women; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality. In the tradition of the best historical and scientific writing, Sex at Dawn unapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061707803 (0061707803)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Tannat
Tannat rated it
3.5 Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá (audiobook)
This book had a lot of interesting information, but I can understand why Mari Ruti criticized the last few chapters in The Age of Scientific Sexism. It's like the authors forgot everything they had just been saying about women's sexuality in the previous few chapters and focused solely on men. That ...
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews
Pauline's Fantasy Reviews rated it
4.0 Sex at Dawn
I was a bit nervous about reading this book - not another tract on evolutionary psychology, and how humans are all just bonobos at heart! Fortunately, it’s much more than that, and the authors dissect evolutionary psychology with such surgical precision that I was mentally cheering at several points...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
SEX AT DAWN: PrefaceOK, I get the point of this. The preface is trying to make the point that humans are primates, and subject to primate urges. However, this is a DUMB story. Seriously, author? A monkey stealing peanuts you'd meant to give to a different monkey makes you feel 'betrayed in a way you...
viim
viim rated it
My rating does not reflect my opinion about the topic, but rather how the book was written. For a book about sex and relationships, this was kind of boring. The information was not skillfully modulated so as to not inundate the normal reader. The voice of the author also sounds like kind of a smarty...
Slightly Off Center Books
Slightly Off Center Books rated it
5.0 Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Extremely interesting. Gave me a lot of food for thought. Plus the writing style was engaging, at time humorous, and very credible.
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