The Evolved Slut
November 5, 2010 3:34 PM Subscribe
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Husband-and-wife team Christopher Ryan and Calcilda Jethá
have written a book, Sex at Dawn
, that challenges what they describe as the "standard narrative" of human sexual and social relationships. In a recent Savage Love podcast
featuring Ryan as a guest, Dan Savage described the book as "...the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948."
First tearing down theories of humans as naturally monogamous or polygynous creatures, Ryan and Jethá then present an alternative theory that in pre-agrarian
times, our forager/hunter-gatherer ancestors would have formed small, close-knit resource sharing societies in which sex was a resource that, like food, was freely shared
(NSFW). Jealousy over paternity would not have been an issue because without permanent homes or difficult-to-replace individual belongings, inheritance was moot; also, the cultures would tend toward belief in partible paternity, in which all a woman's sex parters contribute
to the creation of her fetus.
The book advocates tolerance and understanding of natural human desires for promiscuity
, rather than proscribing that we alter our society to mimic the environment of evolutionary adaptedness that spawned us.