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Sex at dawn : the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality

Author: Christopher Ryan; Cacilda Jethá
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2010.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Ryan; Cacilda Jethá
ISBN: 9780061707803 0061707805 9780061707810 0061707813
OCLC Number: 456180239
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.
Responsibility: Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá.
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