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Doing what comes naturallySexual Selections What We Can and Cant Learn About Sex from Animalsby Marlene Zuk252pp CaliforniaStud Adventures in Breedingby Kevin Conley219pp BloomsburyIt is often claimed that their pantheon of deities allows Hindus the freedom to explore all manner of lifestyles each with the blessing of one of the gods If you are faithful then thats fine because Sita was faithful If you are an adulterer then thats also OK because Indra was a terrible fornicator In Sexual Selections Marlene Zuk explores how western culture has similarly exploited the sexual habits of animals to claim the moral high ground for our own behaviour Her book is a sharp fascinating and often hilarious account of both the sex life of animals and our own attitudes to the beast with two backsZuk is a biologist and expert on bird behaviour She is also a feminist and her writing is a double-edged sword that alternately exposes the sexist cultural stereotypes penned by male naturalists who for instance claim that testy female birds suffer the avian equivalent of PMT and the sentimental twaddle espoused by many ecofeminists in search of the feminist EdenNothing is sacred Zuk questions whether even the maternal instinct is natural in primates including humans pointing to the example of monkeys deprived of maternal care who are later incapable of looking after their own offspring and seem to lack any instinctive maternal feelingsShe explores DNA evidence for widespread extra-pair couplings a scientific euphemism for cheating in birds and other animals who were previously thought to be paragons of fidelity The situation has become so fluid that scientists now deal with social mating systems who you live with as distinct from genetic mating systems who you mate with a dualism that would play havoc with the birth-register systemA chapter is devoted to the ins and outs of sperm competition allowing us to wonder at the prodigious giant sperm of the fruit fly on a human scale
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