Why monogamy doesn’t work

August 9th, 2010

Suppose everything we've been told about sexual relationships and monogamy was wrong? What if the whole idea of the nuclear family narrative was inconsistent with science and with the origins and nature of human sexuality. These are just some of the bold arguments put forth by Christoper Ryan in his new book Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality. The book that has been call "the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey." My conversation with Christopher Ryan: