If you view the human brain as a pure input/output machinery, then is there a real distinction between light waves bouncing off a flying bird and light waves being emitted from an LED TV depicting that very same scene? Is one better or more real than the other?
As a nation, we refused to take Bradley Manning for what he was, a very smart, earnest young guy who loved his country and happened to be gay. When will American society finally graduate from high school?
Eric Michael Johnson explains that in a large number of human societies women may be having multiple sexual partners at any given time, but there will usually be a relatively small number of men who are the actual biological fathers of their children.
Some people feel so personally threatened by the very idea of Sex at Dawn that they don't give a damn about "so-called evidence" (they assume we're making it all up anyway). Normally, they won't even let us explain what the book's about, so certain are they that it's nothing but poppycock. Some of these people write for major magazines.
Boys in some societies on Papua New-Guinea who aspire to be the most masculine men do what they can to ingest as much semen as possible to that end, as the substance is thought to contain the essence of masculinity.
Maybe we should consider cutting each other some slack as a way to hold our most important relationships together rather than insisting on a zero-tolerance policy that often results in greater suffering for everyone concerned.
In ancestral societies where almost everyone was having a lot of sex, and most women were either pregnant or breastfeeding (when it was unlikely they'd get pregnant), there was really no reason to link sex with pregnancy.
Is Sex At Dawn is "the single most important book about human sexuality since Alfred Kinsey unleashed Sexual Behavior in the Human Male on the American public in 1948?" Probably not, but it sure is nice to hear!
What if Kagan is one of the millions of women who have had intimate relationships with men and women, but who doesn't consider herself bi-sexual? What if she's asexual, or pansexual, or mostly heterosexual, but with exceptions?