The Price of Sex: an unexpected dimension in human evolutionary success and contemporary well-being

Having spent much of my working life studying sexual conflicts in animals, I have grown increasingly absorbed by human relations and how evolutionary, economic and cultural forces combine to make sex and reproduction so much more complicated than happily ever after. I will discuss ideas about sex as a social transaction, how a rising price of sex has made humans the complex cultural and economic beings we are today, and how the origins of much human conflict can be found in the battle over the price of sex.