Sunday, October 15, 2006

Your dog is gay....

Sorry, the pic might be in bad taste, but so cute! On to the serious story...

Isn't it interesting that more big news stations haven't picked this up?

And yet not that surprising. This isn't the first time studies like this have come out. I've seen at least 3 other specials on this same thing. Two on National Geographic and one on Animal Planet! Are we really that shocked to learn that animals have exhibited homosexual behaviors?

Not really. One of the museum directors said, "The sexual urge is strong in all animals. ... It's a part of life, it's fun to have sex,"

The exhibit documents gay or lesbian behavior among giraffes, penguins, parrots, beetles, whales and dozens of other creatures. In fact homosexuality has been observed in more than 1,500 animal species, and is well documented for 500 of them.

And perhaps the coolest part of the story, one that seems to suggest that bonding of same sex animals may be more than just sex.....

One exhibit shows two stuffed female swans on a nest -- birds sometimes raise young in homosexual couples, either after a female has forsaken a male mate or donated an egg to a pair of males. (!!!!)

For some of you out there who might try and claim this is some liberal special interest study, I would encourage you to look at the classics. Even Greek philosopher Aristotle noted apparent homosexual behavior among hyenas 2,300 years ago!!

The article also talks about Bonobos, a type of chimpanzee. They have sex with either males or females, apparently as part of social bonding. Every single Bonobos chimpanzee is bisexual!

Not surprisingly Religious whackjobs have come out of the woodwork, saying that this study should "burn in hell"
Hmmmm, not much of a counter argument is it? Can we say DESPERATE?

Thanks for Feministe for giving me a link to this


gregthecoolest said...


I creepily stalked this article through David's wall on facebook, and was excited to read your post! I have heard about some of the research you have mentioned and it IS exciting, isn't it?

There is a SouthPark episode from way back in the day about gay animals, it is pretty awesome, but like SouthPark does, it sheds light on important social issues that Republicans hate.

The religious response cracked me up, and I am guessing that it really isn't what they said, but it may have well been, we all know the truth about crazy religables.

Tobes said...

Thanks for stalking me (and not in a creepy way). I am glad you visited the site.

Any friend of David's a friend of mine. That kid is like a brother to me.