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Author Ryan, Christopher, 1962-

Title Sex at dawn : the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality / Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
Edition First edition
Published New York : Harper, [2010]


Description xiii, 400 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents Preface : a primate meets his match (a note from one of the authors) -- Introduction : another well-intentioned inquisition -- A few million years in a few pages -- pt. I. On the origin of the specious -- 1. Remember the Yucatán! -- You are what you eat -- 2. What Darwin didn't know about sex -- The Flintstonization of prehistory -- What is evolutionary psychology and why should you care? -- Lewis Henry Morgan -- 3. A closer look at the standard narrative of human sexual evolution -- How Darwin insults your mother (the dismal science of sexual economics) -- The famously flaccid female libido -- Male parental investment (MPI) -- "Mixed strategies" in the war between the sexes -- Extended sexual receptivity and concealed ovulation -- 4. The ape in the mirror -- Primates and human nature -- Doubting the chimpanzee model -- In search of primate continuity -- pt. II. Lust in paradise (solitary?) -- 5. Who lost what in paradise? -- On getting funky and rockin' round the clock -- 6. Who's your daddies? -- The joy of S.E. Ex -- The promise of promiscuity -- Bonobo beginnings -- 7. Mommies dearest -- Nuclear meltdown -- 8. Making a mess of marriage, mating, and monogamy -- Marriage : the "fundamental condition" of the human species? -- On matrimonial whoredom -- 9. Paternity certainty : the crumbling cornerstone of the standard narrative -- Love, lust, and liberty at Lugu Lake -- On the inevitability of patriarchy -- The march of the monogamous -- 10. Jealousy : a beginner's guide to coveting thy neighbor's spouse -- Zero-sum sex -- How to tell when a man loves a woman -- pt. III. The way we weren't -- 11. "The wealth of nature" (poor?) -- Poor, pitiful me -- The despair of millionaires -- Finding contentment "at the bottom of the scale of human beings" -- 12. The selfish meme (nasty?) -- Homo economicus -- The tragedy of the commons -- Dreams of perpetual progress -- Ancient poverty or assumed affluence? -- On Paleolithic politics -- 13. The never-ending battle over prehistoric war (brutish?) -- Professor Pinker, red in tooth and claw -- The mysterious disappearance of Margaret Power -- The spoils of war -- The Napoleonic invasion (the Yanomami controversy) -- The desperate search for hippie hypocrisy and bonobo brutality -- 14. The longevity lie (short?) -- When does life begin? When does it end? -- Is 80 the new 30? -- Stressed to death -- Who you calling a starry-eyed romantic, pal? -- pt. IV. Bodies in motion -- 15. Little big man -- All's fair in love and sperm war -- 16. The truest measure of a man -- Hard core in the Stone Age -- 17. Sometimes a penis is just a penis -- 18. The prehistory of O -- "What horrid extravagancies of minde!" -- Beware the devil's teat -- The force required to suppress it -- 19. When girls go wild -- Female copulatory vocalization -- Sin tetas, no hay paraíso -- Come again? -- pt. V. Men are from Africa, women are from Africa -- 20. On Mona Lisa's mind -- 21. The pervert's lament -- Just say what? -- Kellogg's guide to child abuse -- The curse of Calvin Coolidge -- The perils of monotomy (monogamy + monotony) -- A few more reasons I need somebody new (just like you) -- 22. Confronting the sky together -- Everybody out of the closet -- The marriage of the Sun and the Moon -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- References and suggested further reading -- Index
Summary "A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you know about sex, marriage, family, and society"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-380) and index
Notes In English
Subject Human evolution.
Monogamous relationships.
Primates -- Sexual behavior.
Sex customs.
Sex -- History.
Sexual behavior in animals.
Social evolution.
Sexual Behavior, Animal.
Sexual Behavior.
Author Jethá, Cacilda.
LC no. 2009045457
ISBN 0061707805
9780061707803 hardcover
Other Titles Prehistoric origins of modern sexuality