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Sex at Dawn is nonfiction at its best. Writing across a range of disciplines, from anthropology to philosophy, the authors explore and challenge everything we thought we knew about human sexuality in this provocative and profound book.
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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 Dawnunapologetically upends unwarranted assumptions and unfounded conclusions while offering a revolutionary understanding of why we live and love as we do.

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"A wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behaviour and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills." Newsweek

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"Sex At Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way... This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly." Dan Savage

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"One of the most original books I've read in years, Sex at Dawn manages to be both enormously erudite and wildly entertaining — even, frequently, hilarious.... A must-read for anyone interested in where our sexual impulses come from." Eric Michael Johnson, Seed Magazine

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"You clearly have an exciting book on your hands, whether people agree with it or not: these are issues that will need debating over and over before we will arrive at a resolution." Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

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"This paradigm-shifting book is a thoroughly original discussion of the origins and nature of human sexuality... These authors have a gift for making complex material reader-friendly, filling each chapter with humor and passion as well as dozens of revolutionary insights." Tony Perrottet, author of Napoleon's Privates

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"Sex At Dawn is the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948." Kirkus

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"Funny, witty, and light... Sex at Dawn is a scandal in the best sense, one that will have you reading the best parts aloud and reassessing your ideas about humanity's basic urges well after the book is done." Dan Savage

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Rather than nuclear families built around monogamous couples, Ryan and Jeth argue that humans evolved in interdependent, promiscuous groups. Here they weave together compelling evidence to reframe our understanding of lust, monogamy, and family.

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Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.

 “Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious—that human beings, both male and female, are lustful—is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained—even as it falls away around us.” — Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”

About the Author

Christopher Ryan, PhD, is a research psychologist. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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Marvin Yelm, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by Marvin Yelm)
Extremely insightful work challenging the most deeply entrenched beliefs about human sexuality. Highly readable, pithy text, and fascinating historical analysis.
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Marci San Francisco, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Marci San Francisco)
Sex at Dawn was referenced in an article in the New York Times, otherwise I would probably not have ever heard of it. Why not? It challenges most of our culture's most cherished beliefs about the historical primacy of monogamy as the natural, normal, moral choice of male/female relationships. And it naturalizes homosexuality within a historical context. No wonder we have not heard more about it! I note that the authors are not American...one wonders who would have published this work in the U.S.A. It is intelligent, well researched, very readable by a layperson, and totally outrageous, in a good way. For anyone who has been dismayed and bewildered by the state of sexual relations in this (U.S.) culture, and who feels there must be a more honest and wholesome way to relate to our fellow humans, this book is a revelation. Whether or not the reader agrees with the authors, their writings are a brilliant introduction to the REAL history of human sexuality and how it has evolved (or devolved?) over time. Highly recommended.
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greymatters, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by greymatters)
Sex at Dawn is an essential read for anyone who feels what they believe about love, life, and relationships, doesn't quite match up with what they're told. This book provides insight on new ways of thinking, that aren't so new at all. Why isn't everyone talking about this book?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061707803
Author:
Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Christopher, Ryan
Author:
Cacilda Jetha
Author:
Ryan, Christopher
Author:
Jetha, Cacilda
Subject:
Sex customs
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
General
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Social evolution
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.29 in 20 oz

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Product details 416 pages Harper - English 9780061707803 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Sex at Dawn is nonfiction at its best. Writing across a range of disciplines, from anthropology to philosophy, the authors explore and challenge everything we thought we knew about human sexuality in this provocative and profound book.

"Review" by , "A wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behaviour and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills."
"Review" by , "Sex At Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way... This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly."
"Review" by , "One of the most original books I've read in years, Sex at Dawn manages to be both enormously erudite and wildly entertaining — even, frequently, hilarious.... A must-read for anyone interested in where our sexual impulses come from."
"Review" by , "You clearly have an exciting book on your hands, whether people agree with it or not: these are issues that will need debating over and over before we will arrive at a resolution."
"Review" by , "This paradigm-shifting book is a thoroughly original discussion of the origins and nature of human sexuality... These authors have a gift for making complex material reader-friendly, filling each chapter with humor and passion as well as dozens of revolutionary insights."
"Review" by , "Sex At Dawn is the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948."
"Review" by , "Funny, witty, and light... Sex at Dawn is a scandal in the best sense, one that will have you reading the best parts aloud and reassessing your ideas about humanity's basic urges well after the book is done."
"Synopsis" by , Rather than nuclear families built around monogamous couples, Ryan and Jeth argue that humans evolved in interdependent, promiscuous groups. Here they weave together compelling evidence to reframe our understanding of lust, monogamy, and family.
"Synopsis" by , Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.

 “Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious—that human beings, both male and female, are lustful—is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained—even as it falls away around us.” — Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”

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