Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural by Bruce Bagemihl

By Bruce Bagemihl

A Publishers Weekly top Book
One of the recent York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember" for 1999

Homosexuality in its myriad kinds has been scientifically documented in additional than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, bugs, and different animals all over the world. Biological Exuberance is the 1st accomplished account of the topic, bringing jointly exact, obtainable, and nonsensationalized details. Drawing upon a wealthy physique of zoological study spanning greater than centuries, Bruce Bagemihl indicates that animals interact in every kind of nonreproductive sexual habit. Sexual and gender expression within the animal international monitors exuberant kind, together with same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, intercourse, and co-parenting—even situations of lifelong gay bonding in species that don't have lifelong heterosexual bonding.

Part 1, "A Polysexual, Polygendered World," starts off with a survey of homosexuality, transgender, and nonreproductive heterosexuality in animals after which delves into the wider implications of those findings, together with a precious standpoint on human variety. Bagemihl additionally examines the hidden assumptions in the back of the best way biologists examine typical platforms and indicates a clean point of view in line with the synthesis of latest clinical insights with conventional wisdom from indigenous cultures.

Part 2, "A Wondrous Bestiary," profiles greater than a hundred ninety species during which clinical observers have famous gay or transgender habit. every one profile is a verbal and visible "snapshot" of 1 or extra heavily similar fowl or mammal species, containing the entire documentation required to help the author's usually debatable conclusions.

Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, full of interesting proof and brilliant descriptions of animal habit, Biological Exuberance is a landmark ebook that may switch ceaselessly how we glance at nature.

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In the Christian promise of a miraculous overturning of the natural order of the world ninth century, the monk Wetti saw a prince whose punishment was to have his in which human bodies are consumed in death. Ignatius through his martyrdom genitals mangled by animal bites, and in the twelfth century, an Irish knight is gro und by the beast s' tee th to be co me Christ 's food , and thus part of described his fearful vision in some detail: Christ' s body (as the food gets incorporated into the flesh of the consumer) .

Paul al so describ es souls consumed by worms but adds legislation tried to urge people to avoid bestial eating as part of the cultivation other so ul s "on a spit of fir e, and beast s were tearing them. "'22 The same of a humanity that was separate from animal. Of course, it was impossible to 72 I 73 II ~,I ! ~ II ~ ANIMAlI AI FOOD ,~_ ANIMALS AS FOOD worms, the dragons, the devils, all the animals that inhabited people's imaginations and waited to consume their flesh after death. Augustine promised that although the devil "goes about seeking someone to devour, " Christ "took food, as it were, from a trap.

49 In fact, excavations of eighth- and ninth-century England the diet of the social classes was volume; the rich ate more than the poor. As show that sma ll horses that di ed w hen they were from 15 -20 years old (a time passed , population pressures caused meat to become more expensive and good old age for a horse) were butchered and the bones chewed. 50 In some areas the cost- effective quality of a more vegetarian di et led to more se paration of Europe, (for example, Russia), people never gave up the practice of eating between the menus of the ri ch and the poor.

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