“Human beings aren’t descended from apes,” declared Christopher Ryan at his TED conference talk Thursday afternoon. "We are apes.” The question he explored during his talk was, “What kind of ape are we in terms of our sexuality?” Quite an interesting and horny ape, it turns out.
Ryan, a psychologist who co-authored the controversial book Sex at Dawn with his physician wife, Cacilda Jetha, had some surprising nuggets to share during his presentation.
1. There is a standard evolution narrative inherited, no pun intended, from Darwin. This narrative claims that since the beginning of time, men have “leased women's reproductive potential by providing them with certain goods and services. Meat, shelter, status, protection” etc. and “in exchange, women have offered fidelity or at least the promise of fidelity.” This narrative “sets men and women up in an oppositional relationship. The war between the sexes is built right into our DNA, according to this vision."
Apparently, this narrative is incorrect.
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