Sunday, May 15, 2005

Those gays are animals

Or is it that those animals are gays? David, posting on AmericaBlog, mentioned this story from National Geographic.

I have had this conversation with others, before. If homosexuality was natural, wouldn't there be gay animals? Well, there are lots of examples. My favorite is our cousin, the Bonobo. The Bonobo is the only other primate besides humans to be able to have sex face to face. Bonobos are known to be a functionally bisexual species. From The Bonobo Initiative,

Bonobos have been described as “pansexual” by psychologist Frans de Waal. Sex permeates the fabric of bonobo society, weaving through all aspects of daily life. It serves an important function in keeping the society together, maintaining peaceful, cooperative relations. Besides heterosexual contact, both male and female bonobos engage in same-sex encounters, and even group sex occurs. Female-female contact, or “GG-rubbing,” is actually the most common. Unlike other apes, bonobos frequently copulate face-to-face, looking into each others eyes. When bonobo groups meet in the forest, they greet each other, bond sexually, and share food instead of fighting. Likewise, almost any conflict between bonobos is eased by sexual activity, grooming, or sharing food.

Like humans, bonobo females are sexually receptive throughout most of their estrus cycle. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), on the other hand, only mate during the few days when a female is fertile. ...
Bonobos also display a surprisingly wide variation of sexual practices, again from The Bonobo Initiative,
  • Female-female; female-male; male-male pairings
  • Sex occurs frequently, not just for procreation
  • Ventro-ventral (“missionary position”) mount or GG-rubbing (genito-genital contact between females)
  • Ventro-dorsal mount
  • Back-to-back “rump-rubbing”
  • Fellatio
  • Mouth/tongue kissing
  • Genital massage and masturbation
Quick, send the Bonobos missionaries! Actually, the Bonobo is considered to be an endangered species, and does need conservation.

from www.columbia.eduIf there is a species of primate that still exists that is a human relative, it is the Bonobo. Their physiology is similar to that of Autralopithicus, and they (as well as chimps) share 98.4% of their DNA with humans. If we didn't evolve from a shared ancestor, our DNA wouldn't be so similar. From the Animal Welfare Insitute Quarterly, (you should really read this entire article. It is truly touching)
Bonobo anatomy is strikingly similar to that of our early human ancestor, Australopithecus. Bonobos walk bipedally more easily and more often than other apes. The Mongandu people of the Congo forest tell a story that goes like this: One day, all the animals went to God to ask him to give them tails. God said that the animals to receive tails are those who don't stand upright. The bonobo, along with the other animals, respected this law. When they were coming in line to take their tails, the bonobo felt the need to scratch his back. He forgot God's law and walked as he was scratching himself, standing up on two feet. Seeing this, God chased him and said, "Go away, because you are not an animal that can have a tail. Indeed, you are a man."

I think I went to college with that guy.

by Robster @ 5/15/2005 03:41:00 PM PERMALink