By Bruce Bagemihl
A Publishers Weekly top Book
One of the recent York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember" for 1999
Homosexuality in its myriad varieties has been scientifically documented in additional than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, bugs, and different animals around the world. Biological Exuberance is the 1st accomplished account of the topic, bringing jointly exact, obtainable, and nonsensationalized details. Drawing upon a wealthy physique of zoological study spanning greater than centuries, Bruce Bagemihl exhibits that animals interact in every kind of nonreproductive sexual habit. Sexual and gender expression within the animal global monitors exuberant type, together with same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, intercourse, and co-parenting—even circumstances of lifelong gay bonding in species that don't have lifelong heterosexual bonding.
Part 1, "A Polysexual, Polygendered World," starts with a survey of homosexuality, transgender, and nonreproductive heterosexuality in animals after which delves into the wider implications of those findings, together with a priceless viewpoint on human range. Bagemihl additionally examines the hidden assumptions in the back of the best way biologists examine average structures and indicates a clean point of view in response to the synthesis of latest medical insights with conventional wisdom from indigenous cultures.
Part 2, "A Wondrous Bestiary," profiles greater than one hundred ninety species during which clinical observers have famous gay or transgender habit. each one profile is a verbal and visible "snapshot" of 1 or extra heavily similar chicken or mammal species, containing the entire documentation required to help the author's frequently arguable conclusions.
Lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched, packed with attention-grabbing proof and magnificent descriptions of animal habit, Biological Exuberance is a landmark e-book that would switch endlessly how we glance at nature.
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The Roman Odalisque (Marietta) Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, 1843 Oil and pencil on paper, 26 x 42 cm Petit Palais – Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris, Paris 56 57 The sinful flesh had to be subjected to the ascetic spirit. Christianity was for him “the hatred of the senses, of joy in the senses, of joy itself”. He replied to the “despisers of the body”: “There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom”. Here the spirit would be inclined to interpret itself falsely, advises Reclining Female Nude Jean-François Millet, c.
In man’s devaluation of his own body, nature takes vengeance on man for reducing it to the level of an object of mastery, of raw material”. 5 cm Château-Musée de Dieppe, Dieppe 48 49 Due to the demands of the intensification of work, discipline, and increased mental control, the body becomes increasingly transformed “…from an organ of desire into an organ of production”. In accordance with the principle of division of labour, industrialised societies separated work from life, learning from work, intellectual from manual work.
The body with its variety of senses, passions, and desires was clamped into a rigid framework of commandments and taboos and was made into a simple “mute servant” through a series of repressive measures. Reclining Girl François Boucher, 1752 Oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm Alte Pinakothek, Munich 42 43 Therefore, it needed to regain its value in an alternative way. This estrangement consisted of a continuous process of abstraction, of the ever growing isolation of people not only from their own bodies, but also from other people’s bodies.