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Christopher Ryan

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Hi. Several readers have suggested I join Goodreads, as it's a great place to interact with readers. Sounds great. I'll give it a shot and see how it goes. I'm already doing stuff on Facebook and Twitter, so I'm hesitant to add another time-drain to my life, but we'll see. In any case, I wish you all a great 2011. Sex at Dawn The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan Read more of this blog post »
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"Hey! Hey, baby, baby, waitwaitwaitwait. Wait. Wait! Baby, don't... don't freak out

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" Hey Adrian. Many thanks for this. So glad you enjoyed our book. "
" Yeah, it's midnight here. Bummer about the Kindle situation. I'm trying to figure all that out now, actually. Our Australian publisher wanted to charg ...more "
" I should mention that I did a Q&A on Reddit, which was pretty fun. You can see it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/AMA/comments/... "
" People often ask me about other books I'd recommend for insight into the hunter-gatherer life. A few to start us off:

— Nisa, by Shostak
— Into the Hear
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“And yet, despite repeated assurances that women aren't particularly sexual creatures, in cultures around the world men have gone to extraordinary lengths to control female libido: female genital mutilation, head-to-toe chadors, medieval witch burnings, chastity belts, suffocating corsets, muttered insults about "insatiable" whores, pathologizing, paternalistic medical diagnoses of nymphomania or hysteria, the debilitating scorn heaped on any female who chooses to be generous with her sexuality...all parts of a worldwide campaign to keep the supposedly low-key female libido under control. Why the electrified high-security razor-wire fence to contain a kitty-cat?”
Christopher Ryan, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

“Marriage," "mating," and "love" are socially constructed phenomena that have little or no transferable meaning outside any given culture. The examples we've noted of rampant ritualized group sex, mate-swapping, unrestrained casual affairs, and socially sanctioned sequential sex were all reported in cultures that anthropologists insist are monogamous simply because they've determined that something they call "marriage" takes place there. No wonder so many insist that marriage, monogamy, and the nuclear family are human universals. With such all-encompassing interpretations of the concepts, even the prairie vole, who "sleeps with anyone," would qualify.”
Christopher Ryan, Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

“But with trust we can strive to accept even what we cannot understand.”
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