Sex at Dusk: Lifting the Shiny Wrapping from Sex at Dawn

Sex at Dusk: Lifting the Shiny Wrapping from Sex at Dawn

Lynn Saxon

Language: English

Pages: 202

ISBN: 2:00142579

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

<span>"Human sexuality has always been politicized, prettified, sanitized, romanticized and mythologized. For adults for whom truth is the ultimate turn-on, I recommend Lynn Saxon's insightful treatment of this eternally fascinating subject." - - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate.</span>
<span></span> <span>"Cleaning the Augean Stables was one of Hercules's more odious tasks, but also perhaps the most useful. Correcting the errors and misrepresentations of Sex at Dawn has been Lynn Saxon's self-imposed labor, and she does it with Herculean strength. Moreover, Sex at Dusk isn't only well-written and scientifically valid, it is great fun as well! This particular transition from Dawn to Dusk is not only natural, but much needed." - - David P. Barash, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle and author of Homo mysterious: evolutionary puzzles of human nature (Oxford University Press)</span>

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had adolescent dormitories (called ghotuls) where they were free to sleep together and encouraged to experiment with different partners. The authors obtained this information from Schlegel (1995), so what else does she say? Schlegel firstly also notes that young males in other primates only mate occasionally with females and do not reach their adult mating frequency until years after puberty. She then writes that human adolescent sexuality is highly constrained even in permissive societies and

degree, gorillas, it is the males who stay and the females who disperse to live and breed in a new group. This male philopatry/female emigration is quite unusual in mammals and a significant piece of evidence for us. When we think of how sociality itself evolved, the first social unit is mother and offspring. With larger groups we can expect, and most social mammals have, a number of related females with their offspring, grouping for protection against predators and for access to food sources,

traits because those traits help genes that are in sperm get into more descendants, females have their female-specific traits because those traits help genes that are in eggs get into more descendants. It is the variation between the male bodies and behaviours that sexual selection acts upon, and the same, separately, with variations between the female bodies and behaviours. Selection pressures can be quite different on the two sexes with regard to reproductive success so the two sexes, while

(Pollock 2002). These examples do indeed show how differently societies manage their sex and reproduction but it is only ever a variation on the universal theme of marriage, women exchanging sex for meat or other resources, a sexual division of labour with interdependence of spouses, low offspring survival, kinship ties between some people often along with hatred of those not related or more distantly related, variation depending on patrilocal or matrilocal residence, conflict between the

behaviour will lead to an increase in sexual activity; this evidence from the Mosuo suggests the opposite. What needs to be kept in mind is that female mate choice is at least as much about being able to say no to sex as it is to say yes. In marriage contracts there is the implicit or explicit ‘right’ of the husband to the sexual and reproductive ‘use’ of the wife. The removal of marriage in the Mosuo removes this ‘right’ and appears to have led to a decrease in sexual activity. The Mosuo

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