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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hot Gay Animal Orgies!

Posted by on June 20 at 14:12 PM

An article in this month’s Seed magazine argues convincingly that same-sex sexuality is not a mere genetic aberration, as Darwin believed, but a natural, and probably necessary, fact of life in the animal kingdom. (Darwin’s theory of sexual selection, in short, states that males compete to procreate with as many females as possible. Females are reluctant; males are horny. Evolutionary success is defined by the quality of offspring. So any aberration from this relentless drive to procreate is a waste of precious fluids.)

Now this:

Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in “penis fencing,” which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.

As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there’s a vertebrate out there that does it. Nevertheless, most biologists continue to regard homosexuality as a sexual outlier.

Read the full story here.

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Like and enjoy sex? Surely you jest! I do think that Penile Fencing should be an official sport at the Gay Games.

The problem is that her claim relies on group selection, which, as is noted at the bottom of the linked article, is extremely hard to establish empirically. No doubt there is a lot of sexual diversity in the animal kingdom; I just don't know whether that means the theory of sexual selection (which has gotten a lot subtler since Darwin's time) is now defunct. Her blithe assertion that every animal is bisexual (I was fond of this hypothesis in high school) is equally problematic. My personal suspicion (not even a hypothesis) is that female homosexual behavior is not generally exclusive, while male homosexual behavior often is.

In other news, the female equivalent of penile fencing in bonobos is called G-G rubbing, which for some reason I find even more hilarious.

I don't like apple pie.

None of those animals appear to be American, thank god.

Penile fencing has just become my favorite pfase. I can't wait to use it.

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