Monday, December 2, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: "Sex at Dawn" (video); co-authors Dr. Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. and Dr. Cacilda Jetha, MD, Idea City; Ana Kasparian (The Young Turks); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Co-author couple at Angkor Wat Buddhist temple complex, Cambodia (
Authors of Sex at Dawn Dr. Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. and Dr. Cacilda Jetha, M.D. reject the "standard narrative" of human monogamy through history. Instead, they look to our prehistoric ancestors and close primate relatives, like the bonobos, to propose a different idea of sexual relationships.
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 that 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.

Co-author couple (
How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can't be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan [Shame Exorcist] and Cacilda Jethá []. While debunking almost everything we "know" about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.

They are a couple of 12+ years.
Dr. Ryan and Dr. 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.

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 Jethá 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. More

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