Saturday, February 12, 2005

Gay Penguin Protest

This is a very wierd article that one of my readers thought I may enjoy posting. So, for his thoughtfulness, I will put my two cents in on it. Read the following excerpt:

BERLIN (Reuters) - A plan by a German zoo to test the sexual appetites of a group of suspected homosexual penguins has sparked outrage among gay and lesbian groups, who fear zookeepers might force them to turn straight.

Alright, this is so weird. In the first place, why do people care what the sexual orientation of penguins are? Do people not have enough things to worry about in their lives that they have to be concerned if a gay penguin is being forced to procreate? On a second note, it is my opinion that homosexuality does not exist in the animal kingdom. I feel it is some strange mental illness of sorts - along the lines of schizofrenia or manic depression. I do not believe it is a gene, and therefore not applicable to other animals. Click on the link, read the article, and give me your take.


kwackwacker said...

I agree, until homosexuality is found to be a direct result of a gene or combination of genes, I think it is a mental illness like bi-polar disorder, and that these penguins are either just confused or have no sexual drive whatsoever. The fact that the zoo wishes for the penguins to procreate so that they may have more penguins without extracting others from the wild is certainly grounds for the penguins to receive "therapy" for their apparent sexual tendencies. Unbelievable. I hope they "cure" them and that the penguins have lots of babies.

Anonymous said...

Sign of the Apocalypse no. 14907

ell56 said...

While I agree that this story is incredibly stupid and not really worthy of debate, I am very bored so i will add my two cents worth. The truth is that homosexuality is well documented in the animal kingdom, though it is more commonly found in animals with more highly developed brains than penguins. Dolphins are known to be almost universally bisexual, and to use sex as a way of socializing completely apart from reproduction. Bonobos, a subspecies of chimpanzee, also occasionally engage in homosexual behavior. I personally was unfortunate enough to own two female dogs who appeared to attempt to mate, though i have been assured this was simply "displays of dominance." Interestingly enough, the fact that very intelligent animals such as dolphins and apes are those most likely to exhibit homosexual tendencies reinforces coley's theory that homosexuality is akin to mental illnesses. While i do not necessarily agree with this hypothesis, it is also in the most intelligent animals that symptoms of nervous disorders and self-mutilation are most commonly displayed.

sbs-304 said...

Correct, animals in the wild engage in "sexual" behavior. The difference is that they still procreate. They are unable to understand the consequences of thier actions. Bonobos engage in what is known as G-G stimulation. During this, females rub their genitals together until climax. This is purely because of the pleasure they recieve from this. There are also documented cases of female Bonobos hiding the fact that they have had sex with a male in order to have sex with other males. You learn about Bonobos, dolphins, penguins, and the like in your anthropology an psychology classes because they are notable in their recognition of pleasure. In today's society where we all live for personal pleasure, people feel empowered knowing that they animals without social constraints engage in what humans would deem immoral. The fact that animals engage in such activity does nothing to prove that homosexual behavior is natural. It only proves that animals are unable to control their desire for pleasure and get it any way possible. On the same note, that is what I consider homosexual behavior to be: merely a result of humans being unable to act within social norms. Of course the homosexual population doesn't want these penguins put in a situation that could prove that they still procreate... That would poke holes in the hypothesis that homosexuality is "natural." Mother nature has proven that this is not natural. I challenge you to find me two males that can procreate. Can't do it? That's because Darwin was right: survival of the fittest.

Fernbuckle McDragbottom said...

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
Martin Luther King Jr