Book Review: Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

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Sex at Dawn

by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

genre: non-fiction,  sexuality, evolutionary theory

A controversial book with lots of great points. Find out why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars!

Summary

sex-at-dawn(Taken from Goodreads)

Since Darwin’s day, we’ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science–as well as religious and cultural institutions–has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man’s possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman’s fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.

How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can’t be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. While debunking almost everything we “know” about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.

Ryan and Jethá’s central contention is that human beings evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together convergent, frequently overlooked evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy, and psychosexuality, the authors show how far from human nature monogamy really is. Human beings everywhere and in every era have confronted the same familiar, intimate situations in surprisingly different ways. The authors expose the ancient roots of human sexuality while pointing toward a more optimistic future illuminated by our innate capacities for love, cooperation, and generosity.

Review

Yep! We’re talking about SEX! So look away if you don’t like it.

As soon as I saw this book online, I knew that I had to read it. One of my personal interests is human sexuality, so much so that I am genuinely considering doing a masters in Sexology (or Human Sexuality) at one point in my life. I find it fascinating, and I find it even more fascinating that no one seems to talk about it openly.

Along with my personal interest in this field, I have a lot of strong personal beliefs about sexuality. This book supported a lot of these open, non-judgmental perspectives that I hold while also challenging me in a number of different ways. While I feel like there are definite holes in some of their arguments, this book is great food for thought and I’d encourage everyone to read it.

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Books That Change the Way You See the World

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I found a list of 26 books that “change the way you see the world” by Erin La Rosa. Out of the list, I’ve read one: The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling. I’ve also read two of the other authors, but not the books listed: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Since I haven’t read most of them, I can’t begin to comment on whether it’s a good list or not. At first, I thought, Harry Potter didn’t really change how I look at he world, but it has. Would Blind Sight exist if we’d never wondered how differently the Harry Potter story would be through Snape’s point of view? Probably, eventually, but maybe not done as well.

Some books that have changed the way I see the world:

Matched by Ally Condie: Most dystopian novels make me think, but I was specifically taken by a scene where the government chopped down all of the trees in a neighborhood to make things even. While one family took care of their tree and nurtured it so that it grew tall and strong, another family had a wilting tree, small and sickly. Since things weren’t even no one got a tree.

Inferno by Dan Brown: A very interesting solution to overpopulation. While I’ve enjoyed the rest of his books, this was the one that left a book hangover.

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett: This one is a little different. It didn’t change how I see the world, it just made me more aware about some of the assumptions I make. It’s like getting a review that opens your eyes and lets you become aware of certain faults or traits.

Are there any books that have changed how you see the world?

-Eliabeth

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I urge people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (provide a translation please :) ). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

blood-moon-writing“If you ever feel alone and scared, just look up at the sky. Know that I am staring at the same beautiful moon as you are, and only distance separates us,” she had whispered into my skin days ago.

With beads of sweat running down my face, I ran outside. The cold wind tore through my clothes. I looked up, desperate to feel connected to her. When I saw the moon, I flinched. It was blood red.

“They know…” I gasped.

- Ermisenda Alvarez

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Book Review: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

genre: children’s story, allegory

A classic children’s story that is so much more than just a children’s story. Find out why I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Summary

the-little-prince-book-review(Taken from Goodreads)

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

 

Review

I met up with my writing friend Samantha the other day and as soon as I saw her, she gave me The Little Prince and told me I had to read it. I knew this was a big deal since she’s very particular about who can read her books and I was honoured to be trusted with her new copy.

It’s a small book and even though I’d normally say, “I’m too busy to read a novel because of university work,” I decided to read this book. After all, it is tiny and I finished it in less than two hours. It really is such a beautifully touching novel and while I don’t think it touched my heart as much as for some others, I can already tell it’s a book that will stick with me for many years to come. Maybe for a lifetime. Continue reading

What to do with typos?

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(Sorry guys, doing taxes. Got it done a full two hours before the deadline this year!)

When you see a typo, do you look down at the keyboard to see how close the letters are? The proximity of c to x is the reason I type “brb” instead of “be back in a sec.”

Should you forgive or forget? Grammarly did an interesting blog post about typos. As Ermi and I edit Blind Sight and the Picture it & Write Publication, we’re getting some good laughs. We have to remember that there are some times to pull out the red pen and mark-up every comma splice and typo, but there are also times to overlook them (aka the earlier stages).

How do you feel about typos? Can you forgive and forget?

Picture it & Write Publication Update

Hi guys, first: apologies that is has taken us so long. We had an expected completion date from our editor that was pushed back four different times. It was super nice of her to do it for free since it supports a charity, but her paying authors had to get her focus. We now have it back and we’re working on the order and flow to give it more personality than just a random collection of stories. We hope you’ll forgive us if we take a little longer making a quality product. This is a really important project and we’re so appreciative to the people who keep asking about it because you help keep it a priority.

We’ve also said there will be a paper back and an ebook. Though we released them separately for Blind Sight, we want to release them at the same time for this. It will take a little time to do the separate formatting, but we really hope to release it this fall. Again, we apologize for the delay. We took on too many projects at once, so if we do it again we’ll reserve time for it so that we do it right.

A special thanks to the many contributors who made this publication possible. We know you put your heart and soul into your writing so we want to make a publication that reflect that. Everyone who participated will get a free ebook in the format of their choice. Please bare with us just a little longer, but feel free to keep asking for updates.

-Eliabeth

PS, it’s my fault it’s taking so long so please get frustrated at me and not Ermi. I hope you enjoyed this week’s Picture it & Write!

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to the Picture it & Write creative writing exercise. I invite people to join in, comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image. It doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation). Anyone who wants to join in, is welcome. This photograph will be reblogged under Ermisenda on tumblr and added to the Picture it & Write gallery on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Sometimes, I wish I could disappear into shadow. Ashes to ashes dust to dust, right? Only sometimes. The rest of the time, I know I would be missed. I know how much it would hurt those that I love. What if I could disappear part time? An extended vacation from myself. Sorta like a cruise… one I never told anyone I was going to take. No cell phone. No land line. No internet. What if I stowed away in a cargo bay and just left. Would people be happy to see me back or angry that I deceived them? Sometimes, the pressure to be perfect is too much. I can’t live up to expectations. I can’t steer my own life. Sometimes, I wish I could disappear into shadow.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

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