Homospecies

I’m a little behind in my reading. There are a lot of good blogs out there. One of my favorites is God is for Suckers. Here’s a post from two weeks ago about animal homosexuality. Here is the original news article.

Gay animals seems to be one of those topics that a lot of people like to avoid. I guess it raises too many problems, such as destroying any claim that homosexuality is wrong. This pretty much proves that it is part of the natural spectrum of sexual attraction and response.

I have a keen interest in evolution. I even studied biology at one point in my sordid past and came this close (OK, maybe that close) to following that career path. I got derailed when I fell in love with a male grouper.

Turn your images on to see him. He's dreamy!

My first love

It was tragedy on a Shakespearian scale. A love that could not be. Society was not ready for us. We decided that if we could not be together in this life, we would have to be together in the next one. There was only one way to eternal happiness. After I helped him to kill himself, I was prepared to join him. Then I got hungry. Damn he was good!

Then I met her. Daisy! She brought me back to life! She brought me back to the world of heterosexuality!

In happier times.

Me and Daisy

I eventually tired of her. But how to break up? I agonized for weeks over the best way to do it. Then I saw a show about mutton on the Food Network and knew what to do.

I’m back to humans now. No, I haven’t seen any of my girlfriends since we broke up. They all moved out of state and left no forwarding address.

Boys and Gulls

Where was I? Oh, yes, fava beans. Back in the 1980s, one of the classes I took was about AIDS. It was a new disease. I was interested in evolution and population biology, so this was an ideal case study.

I ended up talking to a conservative Catholic graduate student about homosexuality. He was convinced that it was a human deviation. I told him about an article I had read about homosexual seagulls. He dismissed that out of hand. Without having read the article, he just said that the study must have been flawed or the researchers had an agenda. People like him don’t want to hear the facts. (That’s a given, of course. Facts and religion are frequently contradictory.)

The Evolutionary Perspective

Since my interest is evolution, I’ve been curious how homosexuality survives. I’ve heard other hypotheses. The article mentions two:

Still, it is unclear why homosexuality survives since it seems a genetic dead-end.

Among theories, males can sometimes win greater acceptance in a pack by having homosexual contact. That in turn can help their chances of later mating with females, he said.

And a study of homosexual men in Italy suggested that their mothers and sisters had more offspring. “The same genes that give homosexuality in men could give higher fertility among women,” he said.

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