As you know, normally I don’t hold back

But:

Seems like lesbianism isn’t just a human thing as a primate expert has reported what seems to be the first occurrence of girl-on-girl gorilla sex.

Dr. Cyril Grueter from the University of Western Australia was examining the feeding patterns of gorillas in Rwanda when he made the stunning discovery.

He told Daily Mail Australia: “Instead of seeing aggression between females over food we saw them engaging in sexual behaviour which was quite surprising.”

There’s a joke here I desperately want to make about a certain person. And there’s still just some residual amount of manners that prevents me from doing so.

Not sure whether this is sad, still hampered by traces of my upbringing, you know, reserved, English, all that, or a good thing, to be celebrated.

11 thoughts on “As you know, normally I don’t hold back”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    He told Daily Mail Australia: “Instead of seeing aggression between females over food we saw them engaging in sexual behaviour which was quite surprising.”

    So the World’s Oldest Profession is older than heterosexuality? Interesting,

    Dr Grueter learnt that when rejected by males, a majority of the female gorillas turn to each other to derive some sexual pleasure.

    Yeah. They are our nearest cousins after all. So human-like!

    Of the 22 female gorillas examined from 2008 to 2010, 18 engaged in sexual activity with other females, including ‘genital rubbing,’ ‘genital closeness’ and mating calls during intercourse.

    Or in fact what normal people would call not being a lesbian at all. In fact pretty marginal for sexual activity. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Scientists grossly over-interpret these days.

    The study stated that twelve out of 43 homosexual events involved at least one female that was also involved in a heterosexual act on the same/preceding/following day.”

    So it is not just human females who pretend to be lesbians when the boys are watching. As I said, interesting.

    But not lesbians.

  2. Amazing trivia.
    Desmond Morris wrote a science study entitled “Homosexuality in the Ten-Spined Stickleback”.
    It happened when males were confined with other males, I think.
    So from fish to apes, when the usual outlets are not available, they have what is there.

  3. @jgh
    For bonobos (aka “pygmy chimpanzees”), for many years. Long enough ago that it was not news when got used as a gimmick for a post-human species in a Nihon SF Taisho Award winning novel in 2008.

    Gorillas, maybe somewhat newsworthy.

  4. “And there’s still just some residual amount of manners that prevents me from doing so.”

    Yes, perhaps I should apologise to all those lesbian gorillas for comparing them to Julie Bindel.

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Do the lesbian gorillas have a tendency to be heavier than normal and express a predilection for nose-piercings?

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    The Sage – “For bonobos (aka “pygmy chimpanzees”), for many years.”

    Mainly in captivity. Observations in the wild are less common

    Theophrastus – “Yes, perhaps I should apologise to all those lesbian gorillas for comparing them to Julie Bindel.”

    Ms Bindel is doing it for political reasons. Don’t know why the gorillas are doing it but because a male gorilla is not that interested in them seems to be the preferred explanation. So very different.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “Do the lesbian gorillas have a tendency to be heavier than normal and express a predilection for nose-piercings?”

    Comfortable shoes? We know they can’t really be lesbian gorillas. Because no one would be able to stand the insufferably boring, humourless, obese parasites and they would be driven out of the flange.

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