Patt Morrison for April 5, 2010

Homosexuality in animals… does it affect what humans see as natural?

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Does homosexuality in animals tell us anything about homosexuality in humans?

Homosexuality has long been a taboo around the world. Some say it’s a natural occurrence, and some insist it’s a choice. Recent studies on animals have revealed same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species, from fish to birds to mammals. Is it homosexuality as we define it, and what does this phenomenon say about human homosexuality, if anything? The question is explored in the cover article of yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, in which a new study on homosexual behavior among albatrosses in Hawaii frames the issue.

Guests:

Jon Mooallem, writer of “Can Animals Be Gay?,” the cover story of yesterday’s New York Times Magazine

Paul Vasey, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.


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