June 19, 2006

The Gay Animal Kingdom

From Seed Magazine. It's a good article, and advances the views of Joan Roughgarden, a Stanford biology professor, who argues that homosexuality is not an evolutionary aberration, but rather is an essential trait.

...[H]aving homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia.

Update: She gets bonus points for having published a book called Evolution's Rainbow.

1 comment:

icarus said...

her book is kind of BS though...in the first part she makes some good points about how scientists have political agendas.

but then she makes the same mistake that scientists do when they try to explain human sexual behavior in terms of animals - it's an artificial analogy. saying that it's "natural" to be homo/heteo because animals exhibit homo/hetero behavior is just silly.