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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.
Great book! If you haven't already check out Christopher Ryan's podcast tangentially speaking.Published 1 day ago by SK
Very well done and entertaining; but seems dubious that clearly balanced.Published 1 day ago by Bill Gallagher
The most interesting book that I have ever read. It explains and documents why I have been so sexually frustrated during my two long term marriages. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John D.
This books takes a very scientific approach to answering the question, are Humans inherently monogamous or not? Definitely worth the read.Published 2 days ago by Luke Kunselman
Very well written book. It gives solid arguments about sexual life of humans taking into account scientific evidences and how the public perception and behavior was manipulated by... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mickael
Great book, modern couples can learn a lot about why they feel the way they often do from this very insightful bookPublished 7 days ago by Loyd Bateman
Everyone interested in prehistoric human behavior should read this book. It is not necessarily "right," but nothing else is "right" either. Read morePublished 9 days ago by J. D. Cover