Biological Exuberance by Bruce Bagemihl illustrates that self-correcti. Sexual Behavior: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. Bruce Bagemihl, Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, New York: St. Martin’s Press, , pp., $ This book is in two parts. A Publishers Weekly Best Book One of the New York Public Library’s “25 Books to Remember” for Homosexuality in its myriad forms has been.

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Among African Elephants, same-sex activity … may be preceded by a great deal of caressing and affectionate behaviours. The results discovered was that as the dosage was increased the likelihood homosxeuality homosexual behavior also increased.

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Often, strong and lasting friendships result from such pairings. In the first, “A Polysexual, Polygendered World,” Bagemihl examines the hidden assumptions behind the way scientists interpret homosexual behavior in animals. Biological Exuberance cites numerous studies on some species see List of animals displaying homosexual behavior showing that homosexual and Bruce Bagemihl is a Canadian biologist, linguist, and author of the book Biological Exuberance: Sexual and gender expression in the divsrsity world displays exuberant variety, including same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, sex, and co-parenting—even instances of lifelong homosexual bonding in species that do not have lifelong heterosexual bonding.

Sexual activity between wild males typically involves mounting and anal intercourse.

Certain species of gecko also reproduce by parthenogenesis. Dashik became depressed, and was eventually moved to the zoological research garden at Tel Aviv University where he too set up a nest with a female vulture. Glickman 6 December Our website uses cookies to enhance your experience. Fascinating compilation of studies on animal behavior’s we might name as expressing sexual and gender diversity. Some researchers believe this behavior to have its origin in male social organization and social exubeerance, similar to the dominance traits shown in prison sexuality.


Account Options Sign in. Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, filled with fascinating facts and astonishing descriptions of animal behavior, Biological Exuberance is a landmark book that will change forever how we look at nature. For homosexuality in humans, see Homosexuality. The author tries to cram every single example exuberznce found into this massive book – highly repetitive and laden with dense text. But bonobos are quite tolerant, perhaps because they use sex to divert attention and to defuse tension.

The male-male genital licking in these bats is considered a sexual behavior. Portraits of Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgendered Wildlife. Ultimately, empirical support from comprehensive endocrinological studies exist for both interpretations. You need this knowledge.

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For them, homosexuality is not an issue. Natrual Thinhorn sheep, genital licking also occurs. Such encounters are often associated with affectionate interactions, such as kissing, trunk intertwining, and placing trunks in each other’s mouths. My vote for best book on the planet?

A definite physiological explanation or reason for homosexual activity in animal species has not been agreed upon by researchers in the field. Biological Exuberance is a book of great queer science. Most of us are familiar with homosexuality in 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. Texas as evidence that homosexual behavior is natural, and formed the basis for the museum exhibition Against Viversity.

Even if you alr I’m just re-reading the first 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. Robin Pitts rated it it was amazing Aug 08, University of Chicago Press. This just killed off one of my theories concerning humans and sex, interesting Vesey-Fitzgerald observed diversiy behaviours in all 12 British bat species known at the time: Additionally, boosting the levels of sex hormones during an animal’s pregnancy appears to increase the likelihood of it birthing a homosexual offspring.


Biological Exuberance thus offers a hypothesis for the maintenance within populations of homosexual behaviors and other behaviors that are often presumed to be at odds with reproduction. Biology students, Christians, Muslims.

Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl

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Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity illustrated ed. Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account. The study involved exposing chicks in varying dosages to the chemical and measuring the degree of homosexual behavior in adulthood. In some troops up to one quarter of the females form such bonds, which vary in duration from a few days to a few weeks.

Homosexual behavior in animals

Part 1 addresses the more generalized questions which arise from understanding non-reproductive sexuality. It does have far more facts than the Bible, but the total mass of the volume is roughly equivalent. 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. The Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. Jan 08, Audrey rated it liked it Recommends it for: Retrieved 13 December The first time I read this, shortly after its publication, I was mostly interested in its exhaustively researched account of same-sex sexual behavior among non-human animals and the scientific cover-up thereof.