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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.
i found this book to be extremely well researched. although it presents a very complicated and controversial angle, it does so by slowly engaging the reader with ideas--as if we... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Savina hawkins
This book has deep roots in research and also excavates truths most of us intuitively recognize about human sexuality and does so without drawing hard lines about who we "should... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Stephen Vanek
A must read for all couples and anyone who is truly seeking to understand themselves and their past, present, or future relationships.Published 7 days ago by Gregory Stamper Jr
Makes a lot of sense. Seems to be more in line with peoples true nature and needs. If everyone understood or could get past the ownership of others in relationships there would be... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book explains so many things with such detail that i will have to read it at least twice more times, i found it really helpful to understand complicated human behavore that is... Read morePublished 13 days ago by David Revelo
Extremely thought provoking. A fascinating read, and entertaining as well.Published 17 days ago by ShoppingGremlin
One of my college sexuality professors recommended this book, and it did not disappoint! A fun read, peppered with some interesting science.Published 17 days ago by Amy