#4. Bestiality in ancient civilizations

As mentioned in my last blog post, I am examining ancient civilizations’ attitudes toward non-procreative sex acts as one way of evaluating the hypothesis that humans have evolved psychological adaptations to discourage us from engaging in these acts, or adaptations that cause us to morally condemn such actions in others. Last time I focused on […]

#3. Attitudes toward anal sex/masturbation in ancient civilizations

For the next two blog posts, I plan to examine whether natural selection has designed adaptations  to discourage humans from engaging in sexual activities other than heterosexual, procreative sex (i.e. anal sex, masturbation, bestiality), or adaptations that lead us to morally condemn these actions in others. For this post, I will look at attitudes in […]

#2. Anti-Gay Attitudes: an aspect of evolutionary psychology, or a recent cultural invention?

In my previous blog post, I discussed socially sanctioned relationships that took place between older men and younger boys in a variety of ancient civilizations. I found that male homosexual acts were sometimes used as part of a male initiation ritual, where the boys took the passive sexual role in their relationships with older men. […]