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Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Hardcover – June 29, 2010
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Since Darwins day weve 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 mans possessions and protection were exchanged for a womans 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 cant be according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha While debunking almost everything we know about sex they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book Ryan and Jethas 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 Jetha 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
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Good hardcover quality, much information on the humanities of human beings and what led to or structured he “monogamist”...Read more
TEAR DOWN THE MYTHS.
It is appalling how much female sexuality has been repressed for thousands of years.Read more