They brought each other carefully selected pebbles
February 3, 2019 10:37 PM   Subscribe

New York Times article "Male Penguins, And Baby Makes Three". "One couple, though, was extraordinary. Not because they were the colony’s only gay penguins, though they were, but because Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly."
posted by readinghippo (13 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 


God I love that book.
posted by lazaruslong at 4:23 AM on February 4


This got me choked up. So sweet.
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 5:42 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]


Penguin love!
posted by Hypatia at 6:42 AM on February 4


Biological Exuberence Is a book with many, many other examples.
posted by q*ben at 6:56 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]


Yay gay penguins but did this whole thing read as too anthropomorphic to others?
posted by k8t at 7:38 AM on February 4


And Tango Makes Three, the book that bradth27 linked to above, is one of our favorite children's books. We are two women raising three kids, and this book gave our kids a reflection of their own family - and, significantly, IN NATURE. It showed a same-sex family as a completely natural and wonderful thing, and our kids loved it. Highly recommended; regardless of what configuration your own family takes.
posted by widdershins at 7:52 AM on February 4 [11 favorites]


It's particularly charming that they are in fact the best parents in the colony -- they were the only one to successfully hatch a chick this year.
posted by tavella at 8:38 AM on February 4 [4 favorites]


I know this is the best thing I am going to read today.
posted by twilightlost at 8:49 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: They brought each other carefully selected pebbles.
posted by eirias at 10:18 AM on February 4 [6 favorites]


For how long have I waited, waited, waited for someone to bring me a carefully selected pebble?
posted by medusa at 10:44 AM on February 4 [8 favorites]


[choking up] I NEED TO GATHER PEBBLES FOR MY SPOUSE.
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 12:17 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]


did this whole thing read as too anthropomorphic to others

It seemed like behaviors were being described exactly how they were observed without much hypothesizing as to motive beyond what is already known about penguin behavior patterns and the social functions they serve. I didn't really find it anthropomorphizing much at all, truly.

Besides, everyone knows not to anthropomorphize the animals. They hate that.
posted by hippybear at 6:00 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]


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