SEX WISDOM With Christopher Ryan — Podcast #257 — 01/19/11
Hey, hey sex fans! Welcome back.
I’m all a flutter, sex fans. I feel like the most popular boy in school just asked me to the prom. So ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. It’s more like the most popular boy in school just told me he wants to bugger me senseless. No, wait a minute; this isn’t coming out precisely as I hoped. Let’s just say that I’m thrilled to overflowing to have today’s guest join me for this SEX WISDOM podcast.
As you know, this series is all about talking with people who are changing the way we look at our sexual selves. And no one in this series so far has exceeded the impact of today’s guest on that discourse. I have the honor of welcoming psychologist, Christopher Ryan, coauthor of Sex At Dawn; The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality.
I confess; this book simply blew me away. And that’s pretty hard to do considering I’m such a jaded old queen. But honestly, I can’t remember being so impacted by anything I’ve read on the topic of human sexuality in like…evah! Sex At Dawn is nothing short of revolutionary. Despite this being a scholarly work, Christopher and his wife, Cacilda Jethá, have gone out of their way to make their presentation completely accessible even to a layman. There is nothing pretentious about it; the book is full of humor and fascinating antidotes. But I can assure you that it will reshape how you look at your own sexuality.
Christopher and I discuss:
- The book tour and the media’s response;
- The absence of a prescriptive element in the book;
- Humans, extremely libidinous apes;
- Our failure to question the default human sexual premise — long-term and sexually exclusive;
- Ingrained behavior not the same as human nature;
- Agriculture not the advance it’s cracked up to be;
- Prehistory is 95% of the human experience;
- The remnant hunter and gatherer societies;
- Classical evolutionary theory is contaminated with Victorian assumptions;
- The role of sex in hunter and gatherer societies;
- Historical reports of first contact with indigenous peoples.
(For a little icing on this already marvelous cake, enjoy the slideshow below.)
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