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September 17, 2012 1:33 PM   Subscribe

Nature constantly engineers new and creative solutions to all sorts of problems—turning our stereotypes about sex upside-down along the way.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (16 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
As soon as I saw the pseudopenis tag I knew this would be about hyenas.

now i am questioning my life choices
posted by elizardbits at 1:39 PM on September 17, 2012 [9 favorites]


You think Honey Badger don't care? Female Hyena don't care, AND she's got a pseudopenis. Take that Honey Badger.

hyenas are so badass
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:40 PM on September 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Here's one of my favorite series on the internet, "Thank Goodness it's Penis Friday:"
- The weird world of banana slug sex
- Iceland's phallological museum
- What the baculum said,
- The bed bug and his violent penis
- Sex when you can't hang out
- Slug sex redux
- Scissor Sisters
- Penis in my head
posted by ChuraChura at 1:48 PM on September 17, 2012 [6 favorites]


So what you're saying is that life. . . will find a way?
posted by Jeff Mangum's Penny-farthing at 1:58 PM on September 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


You leave my stereotypes alone, nature!
posted by Mister_A at 2:04 PM on September 17, 2012


I just can't believe they'd pierce that poor dog's ears and then paint it up with makeup, not to mention the humiliating bowtie and pearls.

Tonight I'm going to burn down a Petsmart in protest. Who's with me?!?
posted by item at 2:19 PM on September 17, 2012


Is this where I get to share my theory that science got the sexes of seahorses backwards and has just been too embarrassed to admit it all these years?
posted by gauche at 2:23 PM on September 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Move over MILFs, here come the BOFFFFs!
posted by Kabanos at 2:26 PM on September 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


The writers totally missed the chance to have their article accompanied by the adorable and informative cartoons drawn by the brilliant humon. Her Animal Lives series was the first time I heard about a lot of these interesting behavior and gender patterns, and she's covered even more than what's in the linked piece!
posted by harujion at 2:34 PM on September 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


now i am questioning my life choices

thiss... this... this could mean so many things!
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:22 PM on September 17, 2012


But you also have to consider that while some female birds lay eggs and fly away, others don't.

Often these types of things are species-specific. Every species behaves, sex and gender-wise, in its own way.

Not that humans MUST behave "X" way, and while I found the article interesting (I love reading things like that) I don't see how species-specific behavior relates to our weird all-over-the-place human sexual behavior, which more closely mimics other ape (or chimp) species.

I mean, it's not like I'm suddenly going to grow a pseudopenis and lay eggs for my mate to nest while I fly away with bat wings.

Can I?
posted by Malice at 4:26 PM on September 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


You’d think we’d know why human males don’t have one, but until recently researchers have said little about the absent human baculum. This painful silence left plenty of room for wild surmise. Gilbert (2001) proposed that in the Bible Adam’s “rib” was really a baculum. According to this interpretation, Man lost his baculum in the Garden of Eden when God took it from a sleeping Adam to make Eve.

Please, can we make this gospel and then watch the heads assplode on the Religious Right?

I’m really getting sick seeing so many articles about the variety of penises out there in the animal kingdom. I mean really, why do we care so much about penises more than animal vaginas?

Because vaginas are secret and shocking. You sure don't want to say that word in front of a legislative body.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:46 PM on September 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


My brain is kinda addled at the moment, can someone explain to me in very simple English what the difference is between "sex" and "gender"?
posted by Alnedra at 11:14 PM on September 17, 2012


Alnedra: "My brain is kinda addled at the moment, can someone explain to me in very simple English what the difference is between "sex" and "gender"?"

Sex is biological. Gender is performative.
posted by barnacles at 1:43 AM on September 18, 2012


Stranger still, a female hyena must urinate, copulate, and give birth through her pseudopenis.

this is a piece of knowledge that I shall treasure always
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 4:00 AM on September 18, 2012


Really? As a female, that is a piece of knowledge that made me wince.

Female hyenas are badass.
posted by BlueHorse at 3:53 PM on September 18, 2012


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