Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality

Forsideomslag
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - 358 sider
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Few would argue that sex is a great preoccupation of humankind. In our private lives, sex can contribute to rewarding companionship, or conversely, the lack of it, to utter loneliness. With so much at stake, it is no wonder that sexuality is the most feared and repressed of our characteristics. In this fascinating book, eminent scientists Malcolm Potts and Roger Short attempt to make sense of our increasingly complicated sexual situation. For each of life's milestones--sexual intercourse, conception, pregnancy, birth, puberty, love, marriage, parenting, menopause, and death--they describe the biology behind our actions and consider how pressures imposed by various historical and contemporary cultures have further influenced our behavior. By looking at the past, they attempt to make sense of the present, to see how and why these cultural modifications arose, how they have contributed to the richness of human sexual behavior, and what our biological and cultural inheritance can teach us about safeguarding the continuation of our species. The authors examine how sex relates to diverse topics such as love, power, and mortality. The result is a lively and thought-provoking discussion of one of the most complex elements of the human condition. Malcolm Potts is the Bixby Professor at the Population and Family Planning School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Textbook of Contraceptive Practice (Cambridge 1983) and Abortion (Cambridge 1977). Roger Short is the Wexler Professorial Fellow in the Department of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital. He is an editor of Reproduction of Mammals (Cambridge 1985).
  

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Potts (public health, Univ. of California, Berkeley) and Short (perinatal medicine, Univ. of Melbourne) "hope to show that there is little in the natural world that cannot be explained by biological ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

Indhold

Beginnings
5
The polygynous primate
24
Sex and gender
50
Love and marriage
81
Sex and pregnancy
104
Birth and breastfeeding
131
Growing up
161
The civilization of sex
186
Sex and power
210
Dying for love
236
Sex and mortality
256
Too many people
283
The animal within us
310
Bibliography
335
Index
347
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Short is the Wexler Professorial Fellow in the Dept. of Perinatal Medicine at the U. of Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital. He is an editor of Reproduction of Mammals.

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