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Might not work

Female frogs appear to fake death to avoid unwanted advances, study shows

I can certainly think of folk that wouldn’t stop.

11 thoughts on “Might not work”

  1. Fascinating to consider what a female frog might consider an “unwanted advance”. One never thinks of them as being overly particular. A mullet hairstyle? Lynx aftershave? A selection of coloured pens in the shirt pocket?

  2. There was a joke years ago about the Italian lover busted for screwing a dead woman who said
    “Dead! I thought she was English”

  3. So…. Frog partner selection has been intensively studied, and , as opposed to the *ahem* Opinion of the researcher in question, the females do very much defend themselves.

    In fact… the whole point of the near-death grasp of the male is to indeed subdue the ladyfrog into submitting, because she will toss him off if he’s not strong enough to hold on.
    In fact, the submission by the female while under the tight grip of the male is necessary to trigger egg release.

    Note that frogs aren’t that bright to begin with, and the hormone-laden males become downright stupid, to the point where they will send out a mating call announcing their presence even if there’s a predator close enough to have them for lunch.
    Mother Nature…. doesn’t care.
    They will actually latch on to *anything* that smells like a female and moves a bit. And won’t release for a long time. It’s a fun thrick to do with rocks or styrofoam in the lab.

    They’re really fancy highly programmed little machines, not a shred of intelligence in them.
    To liken that with “sexual assault” in humans reeks of Agenda, and not actual science.
    Especially when mating behaviour in many species of frogs has been rather extensively researched. Worldwide. It’s part of basic textbooks. Including the females working to toss the males off bit.
    A number of them actually feature in BBC nature documentaries featuring the mellow voice of , of all people, Attenborough..
    So to claim this was Unknown is rather… disingenious..

  4. Grikath:

    “In fact… the whole point of the near-death grasp of the male is to indeed subdue the ladyfrog into submitting, because she will toss him off if he’s not strong enough to hold on.”

    The rapist’s dream. Either he gets to penetrate her, or she tosses him off.

  5. Sam, I think that you’ll find that in nature procreation is a bit of an agressive thing.

    The only species where “tenderness” and a careful approach are observed is when the female(s) are quite capable of seriously hurting the suitor, or even simply treat them as a tasty snack.
    So behaviour adapted.

    But most? raw displays of power or entrapment. Mother Nature is not very nice.
    Then again, most humans when unchecked by custom and society aren’t really either.

    Anyhoo… What works for frogs, works for frogs. Likening it to human behaviour, or attaching human values to that behaviour is Romanticist Stupidity. Or in the case of the article… Feminist Stupidity.

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