- By Bruce Bagemihl

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity (Stonewall Inn Editions (Paperback))

  • Title: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity (Stonewall Inn Editions (Paperback))
  • Author: Bruce Bagemihl
  • ISBN: 9780312253776
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Biological Exuberance Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity Stonewall Inn Editions Paperback Bruce Bagemihl writes that Biological Exuberance Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was a labor of love And indeed it must have been since most scientists have thus far studiously avoided the

    Bruce Bagemihl writes that Biological Exuberance Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was a labor of love And indeed it must have been, since most scientists have thus far studiously avoided the topic of widespread homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom sometimes in the face of undeniable evidence Bagemihl begins with an overview of same sex activity in animBruce Bagemihl writes that Biological Exuberance Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity was a labor of love And indeed it must have been, since most scientists have thus far studiously avoided the topic of widespread homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom sometimes in the face of undeniable evidence Bagemihl begins with an overview of same sex activity in animals, carefully defining courtship patterns, affectionate behaviors, sexual techniques, mating and pair bonding, and same sex parenting He firmly dispels the prevailing notion that homosexuality is uniquely human and only occurs in unnatural circumstances As far as the nature versus nurture argument it s obviously both, he concludes An overview of biologists discomfort with their own observations of animal homosexuality over 200 years would be truly hilarious if it didn t reflect a tendency of humans and only humans to respond with aggression and hostility to same sex behavior in our own species In fact, Bagemihl reports, scientists have sometimes been afraid to report their observations for fear of recrimination from a hidebound and homophobic academia Scientists use of anthropomorphizing vocabulary such as insulting, unfortunate, and inappropriate to describe same sex matings shows a decided lack of objectivity on the part of naturalists Astounding as it sounds, a number of scientists have actually argued that when a female Bonobo wraps her legs around another female while emitting screams of enjoyment, this is actually greeting behavior, or appeasement behavior almost anything, it seems, besides pleasurable sexual behavior Throw this book into the middle of a crowd of wildlife biologists and watch them scatter But Bagemihl doesn t let the scientific community s discomfort deny him the opportunity to show the love that dare not bark its name in all its feathery, furry, toothy diversity The second half of this hefty tome is filled with an exhaustive array of speci

    1 thought on “Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity (Stonewall Inn Editions (Paperback))

    1. The perfect antidote for the Christian folks who believe homosexuality is "evil" or a "tool of Satan". This little-known book crushes any notion that homosexuality is anything other than just plain normal. The animal kingdom is rife with examples of homosexual behavior. Many of the animals studied preferred same-sex couplings their entire lives. Bagemihl's effort should be made available to high school biology students, college studentsd seminarians struggling with their sexual identity. Why not [...]

    2. My vote for best book on the planet? Possibly. Can I just say to Bruce Bagemihl, few have ever done such service to the general public with a book. It changes your ideas. You need this knowledge. It's not merely about gay animals - though there's no end of them. Of value to me was its study of indigenous peoples, how they see animals - the sexual diversity of animals - and the results of this for their culture and ideas about the world. 'Exuberance' is a key concept: an exuberance of life that W [...]

    3. If there is any clear-thinking person who still believes homosexuality is not natural, he or she should read this book. Published 15 years ago, Biological Exuberance documents over 450 species of animals with homosexual practices of one kind or another. A superb job of reseach on the part of the author.

    4. Whether you are interested in evolutionary biology, sociobiology, the continuum of "human" behaviors found in animals, or just telling that douchebag at the bar who says "homosexuality isn't natural" that he's full of shit, this book delivers. Part 1 addresses the more generalized questions which arise from understanding non-reproductive sexuality. Part 2 takes a taxonomic approach to organizing and presenting homosexuality across species and orders.Most of us are familiar with homosexuality in [...]

    5. It turns out that it’s not just humans who are sexually diverse and exuberant – a wide cross section of animals are “doing it” in myriad combinations of same and opposite sexes, for diverse purposes from reproduction to companionship to what appears like pure fun. This meticulously researched and documented account catalogues mammals, birds, fish and others demonstrating what humans would call long term homosexual and heterosexual relationships, bisexuality, cross-dressing as well as tra [...]

    6. Animals are totally gay. No really, they are. This is the gay animal "Bible". I don't mean to cast aspersions on Dr. Bagemihl's work, I just mean to say that it is lengthy. It does have far more facts than the Bible, but the total mass of the volume is roughly equivalent. This book should not be read by superstitious animals who were raised to believe that homosexuality is wrong. Nobody needs any Christian marmosets or dolphins protesting outside the publisher's office. Remember folks: Homosexua [...]

    7. Mary randomly found this in a library in Providence, and I can't believe I'd never heard of it! I've just thumbed through it so far - it's set up much like an encyclopedia with tons of provocative illustrations and photos. I've been a big nerd on nature books and field guides since I was a little boy in Nebraska (wanting to be a marine biologist in Florida), and this is probably one of the most exciting "nature" books I've seen in years! Looking forward to finding a copy when I get home.

    8. This is the rare science book that is both thorough AND entertaining. It reignited my passion for zoology. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in animal behavior.

    9. "For most people, animals are symbolic: their significance lies not in what they are, but in what we think they are."Really interesting book about the biology of animals (and therefore, people). I probably wouldn't read this if I was of the mind that "homosexuality is a sin" or "a choice" unless you're looking to be more open minded or learn something. Because it is a fact that same sex partnerships occur in nature for reasons more that "there weren't any opposite gender animals around."

    10. I'm just re-reading the first 250 pages in preparation for something I'm writing, but I'll go ahead and log this so that I can give this mind-blowing book the five stars it deserves. Don't be daunted by the heft of it: Begemihl deftly manages his aim of producing a text that is both sufficiently scholarly and accessible for a non-specialist audience. The first half is pure text; the rest is listings of the details of same-sex behavior among apecific animals, which may be browsed. Even if you alr [...]

    11. Fascinating! Most animals are gay! My favorite part is reading how field scientists have covered up, condemned and made excuses (in scholarly publications) for the obviously gay behavior of the animals they were studying."A Note on the Apparent Lowering of Moral Standards." on BUTTERFLIES!!! The book is huge, but only the first 250 pages are text, the rest is more of an encyclopedia of homosexual and transgender behavior of animalsother 400 pages! Who knew?

    12. Wow This just killed off one of my theories concerning humans and sex, interesting "Two ganders who work together as a mated pair? Two female bears raising their four cubs together? A kangaroo with both a female pouch and male sex organs? Who's been keeping all this a secret? Homosexual mating and pairing occur in all species"

    13. whew! exuberant and exhaustive. from the salon review: "Successful life forms are characterized by diversity, so changing environments don't wipe them out. That diversity often extends to sexuality. Thus bisexuality and homosexuality are characteristics not of twisted nature, but of generous nature.-- Susan McCarthy"

    14. mind-blowing. totally right-on. challenging heteronormativity in science, with so many examplesi've been doing silkscreens of genderqueer and homo animal behavior and this book could fuel my fire for years.

    15. This is a great book for learning about animal sexual behavior in general, and same-sex behavior in particular. Everything is based on actual observations of animals rather than speculation. It starts to get repetitive after awhile but it's worth it for the eye-opening it gives you.

    16. Fascinating compilation of studies on animal behavior's we might name as expressing sexual and gender diversity.Available at Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul.

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