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Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern… (2010)

di Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha

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"A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you know about sex, marriage, family, and society"--Provided by publisher.Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. But this narrative is collapsing. Here, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá, while debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, offer a bold alternative explanation. Ryan and Jethá'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. With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jethá show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. 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.--From publisher description.… (altro)
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Eye-opening look at the socially constructed nature of monogamy, with a bonus takedown of pretty much all received wisdom about the lives of prehistoric humans. Plays a little fast and loose with the "standard narrative" it's trying to disprove, conflating evolutionary goals with individual ones whenever it's convenient, but otherwise feels fairly on point and data-driven. Recommend to anyone who's feeling open-minded. ( )
  arthur_lewis | Jan 16, 2021 |
Chatty (maybe a little too much), popular and data-backed! Really, really interesting book. I wasn't always clear on the conclusions they wanted to make, but it's a great place to start thinking. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
Though this book wasn't able to respond to the regular criticism of evolutionary psychology (the big question of "so what?"), it provides a lot of useful information to combat the Hobbesian narrative that dominates assumptions about "human nature." ( )
  jostie13 | May 14, 2020 |
This book is an "Emperor wears no clothes" revelation everyone should read. If we could shift attitudes about our innate sexuality, just think how close to justice we could get in so many other realms. Finally a book that challenges the Political doctrines which disempower the commoner, keeping those with power in control. There is enough. No one has greater value than any other. Love and sharing is better than competition and war. Why do we deny the inherently obvious in our culture? ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
This review can also be found on my blog.

I've read some of the criticisms of this book, and also recognize that it was published almost a decade ago and may be a bit outdated. Regardless, it's nice to read a book that validates your sexuality and makes you feel more "normal" than society at large might have you believe. As a queer, polyamorous woman I thought this was a really good starting point to learn about human sexuality. I'll certainly be picking up some other works and doing further research, but I found this book to be well-written, humorous, and just what I needed. ( )
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Christopher Ryanautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Jetha, Cacildaautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Davis, JonathanNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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"A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you know about sex, marriage, family, and society"--Provided by publisher.Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. But this narrative is collapsing. Here, renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá, while debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, offer a bold alternative explanation. Ryan and Jethá'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. With intelligence, humor, and wonder, Ryan and Jethá show how our promiscuous past haunts our struggles over monogamy, sexual orientation, and family dynamics. 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.--From publisher description.

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