Sex at Dawn: The prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Author:   Christopher Ryan ,  Cacilda Jetha
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
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9781921844249


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 August 2011
Format:   Paperback
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Sex at Dawn: The prehistoric origins of modern sexuality


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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. In this groundbreaking book, however, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha argue that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is. With intelligence and humour, Ryan and Jetha explain how our promiscuous past haunts our contemporary struggles. They explore why many people find long-term fidelity so difficult; why sexual passion tends to fade even as love deepens; why homosexuality persists in the face of standard evolutionary logic; and what the human body reveals about the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality. Shocking, enlightening, and ultimately inspiring, Sex at Dawn offers a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.

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Author:   Christopher Ryan ,  Cacilda Jetha
Publisher:   Scribe Publications
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 21.00cm
Weight:   0.378kg
ISBN:  

9781921844249


ISBN 10:   1921844248
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 August 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Christopher Ryan (Author) Christopher Ryan received his PhD in research psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, focusing on pre-historic sexual behaviour. He has taught at the University of Barcelona Medical School and published both scientific and popular articles and book chapters on human sexuality. Cacilda Jetha (Author) Dr Cacilda Jetha is a practising psychiatrist, specialising in psycho-sexual disorders and couples therapy. She has done field research on sexuality for the World Health Organisation.

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