Why Do We Have Sex in Private?


Is it just me, or is it weird that our species has sex in private? You would think it would be dangerous to leave the safety of the group to engage in an act that leaves you defenseless while you’re doing it. So what’s up with our penchant for privacy?

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod. Short Shorts theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant” by Kevin MacLeod and “Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens.

Episode theme music: “Tikopia” by Kevin MacLeod

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