The Evolution of Human Sexual Privacy

An Objective Study of a Subjective Realm

Non-Fiction - Historical
228 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2012
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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Author Andrew Haywein, a long-time practicing physician with an abiding interest in human prehistory, has written "The Evolution of Human Sexual Privacy" with the subtitle "An objective Study of a Subjective Realm". He begins by stating in the preface to this learned study that the privacy surrounding the individual sexual experience has kept "the transmission of helpful knowledge of this realm of life from one generation to the next." Haywein does admit that the need for human sexual privacy is a recent historic event for our ancestors, the great apes, the bonobos, while the chimpanzees have performed sexual acts openly for hundreds of thousands of years. The author does feel that the need for human sexual privacy came about through the hunter-gatherer relationship which has evolved gradually through the past two million years. He begins Chapter 8 with the quote that "Human sexual nature has reptilian roots, mammalian stock and human flowering" and goes on to describe in depth what exactly this means.

"The Evolution of Human Sexual Privacy" is a well-written treatise on human sexuality that has a style and language that is at college reading level. This book is not for the casual beach reader. The author writes knowledgeably on his topic, but really should have footnotes at the end of each page to denote from where the information cited on that page is located. There is a wonderful bibliography at the end but footnotes should be added to authenticate the immense amount of information that the author shares with the reader. "The Evolution of Human Sexual Privacy" would seem to be an important addition to information on the history and development of human sexuality.