Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior

ISBN-10: 0674072731

ISBN-13: 9780674072732

Edition: 2013

List price: $42.00
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Few things come more naturally to us than sex—or so it would seem. Yet to a chimpanzee, the sexual practices and customs we take for granted would appear odd indeed. He or she might wonder why we bother with inconveniences like clothes, why we prefer to make love on a bed, and why we fuss so needlessly over privacy. Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior invites us into the thought-experiment of imagining human sex from the vantage point of our primate cousins, in order to underscore the role of evolution in shaping all that happens, biologically and behaviorally, when romantic passions are aroused.Peter Gray and Justin Garcia provide an interdisciplinary synthesis that draws on the latest discoveries in evolutionary theory, genetics, neuroscience, comparative primate research, and cross-cultural sexuality studies. They are our guides through an exploration of the patterns and variations that exist in human sexuality, in chapters covering topics ranging from the evolution of sex differences and reproductive physiology to the origins of sexual play, monogamous unions, and the facts and fictions surrounding orgasm.Intended for generally curious readers of all stripes, this up-to-date, one-volume survey of the evolutionary science of human sexual behavior explains why sexuality has remained a core fascination of human beings throughout time and across cultures.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Peter B. Gray is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Preface
The Evolution of Sex, Sex Differences, and Human Sexuality
The Garden of Variety: Cross-Cultural Variation in Human Sexuality
Love and Maybe Marriage: Patterns of Pair-Bonding and Romantic Love
Raising Human Sexuality: Processes of Sex Differentiation and Sociosexual Expression
Playing at Sex: Learning, Practicing, and Developing Sociosexual Behavior in Context
Welcome to the Party: Puberty and Adolescent Sexual Development
Kinsey Takes Anatomy Class: Human Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology within Evolutionary Perspective
Turning the Key: Human Sexual Response and Orgasm
The Evolution of Baby Making: Mechanisms of Fertility, Infertility, and Variation in Fertility Outcomes
Born to Be Less Wild: Peripartum Shifts in Human Sexuality
The Sands of Time: Aging and Sexuality
Sexual Revolutions: Contemporary Human Sexual Practices
Acknowledgments
References
Index
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