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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.
I haven't finished it yet, but the book is rather intriguing. The writing is very simple and engaging, while offering a new perspective on sex and female bodies.Published 4 days ago by Elise
This book is so mindblowing omg. If it's really true that the origin of our ancestors practiced "sperm competition" like in those pornographies, everyone is living a lie.Published 4 days ago by Nhat Hoang
I wish I had just bought the book and not the audiobook. I thin the content is great, but the reading was a bit dull and didnt hold my attention.Published 6 days ago by treehugger99
By far one of the best books I've "read" this year, okay better than anything I've "read" in many years. Narration is just icing on the cake too. Read morePublished 9 days ago by N. Moore
Incredible read! If you like the book you will love the Tangentially Speaking podcast.Published 13 days ago by nick a morgan
So much to think about with this book. The author has a great sense of humor and the approach is a common sense one. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jane of All Trades
There is one big flaw in Sex at Dawn. But let's first start with the good points.
Sex at Dawn is a great book. An extremely important book. Read more
One of the best and most knowledgable books I have ever read! You won't regret reading this!Published 26 days ago by Nathalia Calderon
A great read that opened my eyes to the ridiculous scientific bias that has driven much thinking around evolutionary psychology and sexuality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryan Hardy