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Sex at Dawn : How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships



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Is sexual monogamy natural to humans? By debunking many false historical notions, Ryan and Jetha offer a bold alternative in this provocative and brilliant book. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Primate Meets His Match (A note from one of the authors)p. xi
Introduction: Another Well-intentioned Inquisitionp. 1
A Few Million Years in a Few Pagesp. 10
On The Origin Of The Speciousp. 17
Remember the Yucatán!p. 19
You Are What You Eatp. 20
What Darwin Didn't Know About Sexp. 25
The Flintstonization of Prehistoryp. 31
What Is Evolutionary Psychology and Why Should You Care?p. 36
Lewis Henry Morganp. 42
A Closer Look at the Standard Narrative of Human Sexual Evolutionp. 46
How Darwin Insults Your Mother (The Dismal Science of Sexual Economics)p. 48
The Famously Flaccid Female Libidop. 51
Male Parental Investment (MPI)p. 52
"Mixed Strategies" in the War Between the Sexesp. 55
Extended Sexual Receptivity and Concealed Ovulationp. 58
The Ape in the Mirrorp. 61
Primates and Human Naturep. 64
Doubting the Chimpanzee Modelp. 67
In Search of Primate Continuityp. 69
Lust in paradise (solitary?)p. 79
Who Lost What in Paradise?p. 81
On Getting Funky and Rockin Round the Clockp. 83
Who's Your Daddies?p. 90
The Joy of S.E.Ex.p. 93
The Promise of Promiscuityp. 98
Bonobo Beginningsp. 101
Mommies Dearestp. 105
Nuclear Meltdownp. 109
Making a Mess of Marriage, Mating, and Monogamyp. 113
Marriage: The "Fundamental Condition" of the Human Species?p. 115
On Matrimonial Whoredomp. 119
Paternity Certainty: The Crumbling Cornerstone of the Standard Narrativep. 124
Love, Lust, and Liberty at Lugu Lakep. 126
On the Inevitability of Patriarchyp. 131
The March of the Monogamousp. 134
Jealousy: A Beginner's Guide to Coveting Thy Neighbor's Spousep. 138
Zero-Sum Sexp. 141
How to Tell When a Man Loves a Womanp. 146
The Way We Weren'tp. 151
"The Wealth of Nature" (Poor?)p. 153
Poor, Pitiful Mep. 158
The Despair of Millionairesp. 161
Finding Contentment "at the Bottom of the Scale of Human Beings"p. 163
The Selfish Meme (Nasty?)p. 166
Homo Economicusp. 166
The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 169
Dreams of Perpetual Progressp. 172
Ancient Poverty or Assumed Affluence?p. 173
On Paleolithic Politicsp. 176
The Never-Ending Battle over Prehistoric War (Brutish?)p. 182
Professor Pinker, Red in Tooth and Clawp. 183
The Mysterious Disappearance of Margaret Powerp. 187
The Spoils of Warp. 190
The Napoleonic Invasion (The Yanomami Controversy)p. 194
The Desperate Search for Hippie Hypocrisy and Bonobo Brutalityp. 197
The Longevity Lie (Short?)p. 200
When Does Life Begin ? When Does It End?p. 202
Is 80 the New 30?p. 204
Stressed to Deathp. 208
Who You Calling a Starry-Eyed Romantic, Pal?p. 210
Bodies In Motionp. 213
Little Big Manp. 215
All's Fair in Love and Sperm Warp. 219
The Truest Measure of a Manp. 225
Hard Core in the Stone Agep. 231
Sometimes a Penis Is Just a Penisp. 233
The Prehistory of Op. 244
"What Horrid Extravagancies ofMinde!"p. 246
Beware the Devil's Teatp. 252
The Force Required to Suppress Itp. 253
When Girls Go Wildp. 255
Female Cofulatory Vocalizationp. 255
Sin Tetas, No Hay Paraísop. 259
Come Again?p. 262
Men are from Africa, Women are From Africap. 269
On Mona Lisa's Mindp. 271
The Pervert's Lamentp. 280
Just Say What?p. 285
Kelloggs Guide to Child Abusep. 288
The Curse of Calvin Coolidgep. 293
The Perils of Monotomy (Monogamy+ Monotony)p. 293
Confronting the Sky Togetherp. 306
Everybody Out of the Closetp. 311
The Marriage of the Sun and the Moonp. 311
AuthorÆs Notep. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Notesp. 317
References and Suggested Further Readingp. 351
Indexp. 383
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