Posts Tagged ‘Sex at Dawn’

What’s so new about the new non-monogamy?

  Photo credit:  Pedrosimoes7 via Creative Commons   “Monogamy Lite” For those of you who missed “Open Marriage,” the ethical non-monogamy movement of the 70’s: Ethical non-monogamy is back.   Not that it ever actually disappeared.  But it seems to be making news again. Last year the New York Times bestselling book Sex at Dawn (extensively reviewed [...]

Eros, thanatos, and Sunday afternoon

(Part 3 of a series prompted by Vanessa Woods’ Bonobo Handshake.) Across the river and into the trees One day last summer my son came home from a birthday party covered with bruises, bleeding, and looking very proud of himself.  Happily examining his wounds in the bathtub, he explained that he’d been playing paintball, which [...]

Empathy’s magic

(Part 2 of a series prompted by Vanessa Wood’s Bonobo Handshake. Part 3 will follow shortly, after which we’ll return to our main subject) Photo credit: Pedrosimoes7 Empathy and its impediments When my daughter was seven, our nanny Irene got married and moved to Florida.  This was a big loss for my daughter, who for [...]

Sex in the wild

A new twist on the apple At a recent informal meeting of New York City sex therapists to discuss his new book Sex at Dawn, psychologist Chris Ryan played us a videotape showing a bonobo orgy. The tape was several minutes long.  It showed a small crew of cute little apes cavorting in the grass in all [...]

The year in clinical sexuality, 2010

As we get ready to close the books on 2010, I would like to express my gratitude to  family,  friends, and colleagues for your support and encouragement over the past year.   And to all my patients for your trust and confidence.   May we all merit much happiness in 2011. In ending the year, [...]

The SexualityResource Interview: Sex At Dawn’s Christopher Ryan on human sexual prehistory

(Reprinted from Dr Snyder’s PsychologyToday blog, “SexualityToday”) Recently, Sexuality Resource reviewed Sex at Dawn, a new book drawing on a vast amount of cultural and physical anthropological scholarship to suggest that our human ancestors lived in sexually promiscuous groups of hunter-gatherers.  And that the development 10,000 years ago of agriculture, an ownership society, and sexual [...]

Will “Sex at Dawn” influence sex therapy?

Recently, Sexuality Resource reviewed Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha’s Sex at Dawn – a new book drawing on a vast amount of cultural and physical anthropological scholarship to argue that for our hunter-gatherer ancestors, sexual promiscuity may have been an established way of life.  And that the development 10,000 years ago of agriculture, an ownership society, and sexual [...]

Sexuality Resource reviews “Sex at Dawn,” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

We moderns tend to think of sexuality as the province of more-or-less monogamous couples, bound together by bonds of love, romantic possessiveness, and jealousy.   But according to Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, at the “dawn” of mankind — the vast era dating from 200,000 to 10,000 years ago – things were quite different. In their [...]