...after all the clearly documented (easily Google-able) cases worldwide ofAnimals aren't "gay." People weren't "gay," or even "homosexual," until recently. There were people who engaged in homosexual acts*; there were no homosexuals. To take a concept so recently created for humans and apply it to animals that have no concept of it is ridiculous. And, of course, a long-term male relationship may well have nothing to do with sex. I strongly suspect that's the case with these penguins. As to "clearly documented"...really? One story, repeated over and over, can make it big on Google.
long-term monogamous gay pair bonding and child rearing that occur among
If those penguins huddle collectively to keep warm and survive a storm, does itWelfare and mutual cooperation are two different things. I hope to post a bit on this later.
mean that Americans should support the welfare state and a well-financed FEMA?
...perhaps they will also embrace gay partnerships, since penguins around theand
world have been observed living in monogamous, long-term same-sex
They will perhaps be surprised to read about gay male penguins of Central ParkHonesty! Make that, of course, "the one couple." And see above.
Zoo, who happily set up home (fittingly) in Manhattan, though one couple
apparently ended their relationship recently.
Then there's this from a "Dr.":
They are opportunistically pair bonded in the extremes of the Arctic winter toThere are no penguins in the Arctic.
maximize their reproductive success.
I used to think the non-news sections were one of the main reasons to read the Times. No more! Goodbye, Pinch!
Oh, before I do say a final goodbye: Clyde Haberman has joined the crowd that jokes about prison rape. You can't link to it, so here it is: In talking about Kozlowski, he says, "For one thing, Attica or wherever else he winds up may not be the best place for jokes about shower curtains." Even Eliot Spitzer's made some remarks in that direction. ("Oh, he's going to state prison.") Absolutely disgusting.
*Or none at all. Both an increased acceptance of homosexuality and a hypersexualizing of society (i.e., "You must have sex with someone. Not interested in women? Then you're gay!") has led to forced identifications, including self-indentifications, and situations such as we've just seen at the Catholic Church (on the seminaries issue) and at the Yeshiva of Flatbush.