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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 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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Teri Holland, January 22, 2011 (view all comments by Teri Holland)
The theories discussed in this book make a lot of sense to me. It is quite readable, not overly academic for the average reader but with plenty of study citations for the more serious reader.
If more humans took some of the information presented here to heart, I believe it could improve our interpersonal relationships drastically. If we could stop lying to ourselves and the people that are closest to us about something as ingrained and basic as sex, perhaps we could overcome the lies that are perpetuated on a larger scale - politics, religion, greed... or maybe not.
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Nicole Mark, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Nicole Mark)
This book covers not only the history of human sexuality, but the lifestyles of pre-historic humans. The authors humorously and intelligently theorize the may reasons humans have trouble being monogamous. They discuss the origins of monogamy touching on agriculture, religion, biology, and do a great comparison of all primates versus humans. I recommend this book to EVERYONE, because you will learn a lot more than facts about human sexuality! And such an easy read!
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The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Christopher, Ryan
Cacilda Jetha
Ryan, Christopher
Jetha, Cacilda
Sex customs
Human Sexuality
Social evolution
General Social Science
Psychology : General
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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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