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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 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 Jethå. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.
Ryan and Jethå'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 Jethå 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.
This book is very well written and with humor.
Hmmmm... But perhaps the most damning evidence against the authors' thesis is that the book's presented evidence does NOT actually support the thesis!
The authors look at human sexuality from an athropological. biological and evolutionary psychological research.
This new bio-psycho-evo-social perspective critiques and corrects what these authors call the standard narrative, an essentially moral constraint upon our true affects and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. D. Gurk
An intriguing and well written book that questions so many of our societal assumptions about sexuality. Worth reading through multiple times.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, revealing, liberating. A great book for everyone trying to figure out unexplaioned and mysterious reactions to events in our daily life.Published 13 days ago by Francesco Satta
A very well-cited exploration of pre-agricultural human sexual history, with explanations for many of the troubling questions we all seem to have. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Herb
This book is utterly amazing in its depth and thoroughness. It was a real eye opener for me. The authors did a stellar job of researching every aspect of every facet of the myths... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bruce F. Henley
This very popular and successful revision/refutation of long-standing ideas about ancient human sexuality has nonetheless encountered a strong and persistent stream of criticism,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Quantum
Great book. It explains human relationships. Why men and women are the way they are? Human sexuality, monogamy isn't natural.Published 18 days ago by Godfrey Melhado