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Why Do Humans Have Sex in Private? Evolutionary Psychology has a Guess



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Evo psych strikes again: do humans have sex in private for the same reason as some birds? Um, probably not.

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ABOUT: Rebecca Watson is the founder of the Skepchick Network, a collection of sites focused on science and critical thinking. She has written for outlets such as Slate, Popular Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She’s also the host of Quiz-o-tron, a rowdy, live quiz show that pits scientists against comedians. Asteroid 153289 Rebeccawatson is named after her (her real name being 153289).

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    probably because laws

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    I have a feeling, in the big picture of human history, sex in private must be a pretty recent development. In the Western World, anyway. Privacy in dwelling places in general is relatively recent. Formerly, all members of a household slept in one large room (the hall) with one separate bedroom for the lord and lady of the manor coming along as a later development. The idea of interior corridors didn't come about in the West until the early 18th century. Before that, it was necessary to walk through series of connected rooms to get to the destination chamber. You might walk through someone's bedroom to get to and from the kitchen. Everybody was right up in everybody else's business. And this was in wealthy, noble people's houses. Among commoners, large households living and sleeping in one big room (basically everybody right on top of everybody else) was the norm for a lot longer. Or, if they were fortunate enough to have multiple rooms, everybody was constantly walking through them to do normal household living stuff (the no corridors thing).

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    Evolutionary psychology is as reliable as sociology

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    Pro-Choice but that shirt is still pretty off imo.

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    It's because no one likes to be laughed at.

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    Why have Evolutionary Psychologists evolved to ask stupid questions?

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020
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    so is it safe to say that almost all of evolutionary psychology is a pseudoscience then?

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    With you around… they don't!

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Wouldn't the betas be like "Hmm ladybird is having chicks, and I didn't fuck her, so I'm not taking care of them."

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    We're generally socially selected for a social conscience by our ancestors and parents more recently, so whether a couple having sex in public is good for society is dynamically subjective: dogging couples will be seen favourably by some sections of society, as for porn actors and actresses. What people are looking for is evidence that the motive is geared towards the good of society in some way, and not purely self-absorbed.

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Brain is said to be the biggest sex organ. Human do it in private because of the brain signal leading to arousal. There are people who cannot do it in public because their brain is preventing them from being aroused. And there are people enjoying it in public places, especially when someone or somebody is watching them, again because of the brain making them more aroused. Why our brain is doing it or program to do it? There are a lot of factors why our brain is more aroused when we do it in private (of course with the exemption of thrill for those who are becoming get used of sex). One the reasons is security (as we vulnerable when our brain concentrated on sexual arousal). But strangely, insecurity is also one of the main driven factors why we do it privately, as we are usually not proud of our naked body. And these concerned issues are the ones making our brain, our biggest sex organ, to either making our body aroused or not.

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Fewer distractions.
    Isn't it really that simple?

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    I assumed it was because other humans will watch you and jerk off. My cat just stares until he's bored.

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    the reason that humans fk in private is the same main reason humans wear clothing.thats SHAME.becoz we evolved so much and in a different way over other animals,we dont like other ppl(that are not even related to us,or even related ones)to see us naked lol

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    I was watching this next to my fiancee. She said the reason we have sex in private is: because

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    People understand from Darwin that death is a strong driver of evolution. In ancient times, a hungry cave man who was unarmed and wanted bear meat for dinner would have been less likely to survive an encounter with a bear than a hungry cave man who had a weapon. The unarmed cave man who gets eaten by a bear is less likely to pass on his genes than the hungry cave man who because of his weapons and tools becomes no longer hungry because of having bear meat in his stomach, so we can see how evolution could drive human behavior toward the use of weapons. The genes for higher usage of weapons were more likely to survive in the cave man societies of long ago than the genes for lower usage of weapons.

    Similarly, death is a strong driver for a high amount of sneakiness in the human genome regarding sexual behavior. I will cover four news events from the last 100 years, in chronological order, showing that humans who are sneaky with their sexual activities have a higher chance of passing on their genes.

    1. Try the words "Rose Kennedy lobotomy" in a search engine. Back in the 20th Century, lobotomies were used both as a deterrent against sexual activity and as a punishment for engaging in sexual activity. People who were not sneaky were more likely to get lobotomized, and less likely to pass on their genes.

    2. Look up prison rules of the 20th Century, especially in the USA. Being caught at sexual activities could result in time being added onto sentence as well as loss of credit for some or all time served in prison. In Califonia, there was a prison program in which those punishments would go away if the prisoner agreed to the alternate punishment of getting a lobotomy. Again, people who were sneaky at having sex were more likely to get released from prison in a manner in which they pass on their genes. Even now in the 21st Century in the USA, one can look up prison rules in some American states that say if two people agree to having sex and get caught, time already served, sometimes referred to as "good time" or "good behavior time", can be partially revoked, and time can be added to sentence.

    3. Try the words "Princess Mishaal execution 1977" in a search engine. The story is that a young woman from Saudi Arabia had gone to university in Europe, and had apparently become romantic with a young male university student, in spite of still being subject to the laws of her country. The Saudi Arabian extradition police grabbed her from her university and took her back to Saudi Arabia, where she was executed by a firing squad. With a little more sneakiness, Princess Mishaal probably would have been able to pass on her genes.

    4. Another set of words to try in a search engine is "Malaysia jails Anwar Ibrahim for five years for sodomy". This might be a case of political "mudslinging" in which no illegal sex happened. Still, since it is in the human genome to sometimes severely punish having sex, it can be expected that most humans can do a good acting job in both a fictional setting and a non-fictional setting of convincing others that no sex act happened. Apparently, Anwar Ibrahiam did not do a good enough acting job. Again, humans who are good at convincing others that no sex happened are more likely to pass on their genes. In most parts of the world, the passing on of genes to the next generation is much less likely to happen in prison.

    To sum up, humans sometimes punish sexual activity by other humans in a severe enough manner to have resulted in a strong driving force toward a sneaky sex genome. Sometimes, a weak driving force is overcome by what is known as "genetic drift", but since almost throughout the world humans are sneaky about sex, meaning that severe punishments inflicted by humans against other humans who have sex happen frequently enough to be a strong driving force toward a sneaky sex human genome.

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Dunking on evo psych is on YouTube? I love it. You dunked hard. Subscribed.

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Here's a simple answer: because of the position that humans normally mate in, the missionary position or lying down, both partners are in a compromising position where they are unable to avoid predators. Other mammals that have four legs can easily recover their defensive or running stance in an emergency.

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    Abortion is rad huh..

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    Amazing how many scientists wouldn’t pass a 7th Grade science project with their BS method.

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    Human beings prefer shelters dor most activities.

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    Pretty sure
    birdz'n'batz
    have wings
    for the
    same reason
    . . .
    to fly

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    Why is abortion rad? It is done as a result of your one’s own irresponsible sexual decision, yet the child within the woman’s womb gets to pay for that irresponsible decision? #AbortionIsBAD

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    Humans have sex in private because of shame and modesty. When Adam and Even both sinned they lost the cover of modesty; from then on they needed to cover themselves because they had shame. Animals do not care about shame or modesty. #AbortionIsBAD

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    Well that explains why I see so many lesbians having sex in the streets.

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    This question is incredibly parochial. Historically humans had sex with others present. Tents, yurts, one-room huts, and clustering around a campfire don't offer privacy. As recently as the middle ages the king's retinue would sleep in the king's bedchamber with the king and queen. In some cultures the priests would be present on the king's wedding night to witness the consummation.

    Well into the 1800's poor families would sleep in a single bed and I refuse to believe that Dad and Mom weren't observed making the next younger sibling.

    It's only been since Victorian times that we have been obsessed with privacy as a sign of wealth.

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    I love how savage Rebecca Watson is about presenting the glaring realities about dubious scientific claims.

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    But, people in general feel embarrassed about sex, and nudity. A lot of people feel uncomfortable with open locker rooms with no privacy too.

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    added on 20 Sep, 2020
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    It's so the competition doesn't get in there, sweep your sperm out and leave theirs. Yeah, humans used to be like that. So the mates getting turned on thing is real. Context matters, like legends and archaeology.

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