Animals

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New Research on “Promiscuous Cephalopods”

As regular MSP readers will know, I love learning about the fascinating (and sometimes hilarious) sex lives of Australian fauna. Multi-vaginated kangaroos and chlamydia-ridden koalas have a new companion in MSP’s catalog of interesting antipodean animals: the Australian dumpling squid. Dumpling squid rarely miss an opportunity to copulate, but their libidos and marathon mating sessions can compromise their safety. Zoologists at the University of Melbourne collected a sample of dumpling squid and observed their pre- and post-sex swimming endurance in a lab. Since these squid regularly mate for up to three hours, their ensuing post-coital fatigue can leave them vulnerable to predators. Continue Reading →

Ten Foot Dork

I came across a chart comparing penis sizes on Tumblr, and thought it was worth sharing. Now, this isn’t the typical penis size comparison chart that I was expecting (comparing penis size in different countries), but instead compares the average penis size among different animals, including humans. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original source (if you know it, please comment and let me know! One blog credits I Love Charts, but I couldn’t find it on their site). I found the chart a little terrifying – I mean, a whale penis is about ten feet in length and one foot in diameter! Continue Reading →

A History of Sexual Behavior in Penguins

Researchers at the Natural History Museum recently discovered a 100-year old manuscript describing the sexual behavior of the Adélie penguins in Antarctica. If you’ve been reading my posts for the past few years, you know that I love anything vintage and sex related, and I love learning about animal behavior. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about this manuscript! The paper, written by scientist George Murray Levick in 1911, describes the “disturbing” sexual practices of penguins, including what he described as rape and necrophilia. According to the Liat Clark, all of these behaviors can be logically explained. Continue Reading →

Gay Penguin Parents

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love penguins. As such, any time I run across a story that features one even slightly, I get a big smile across my face (even if it’s so not related to sexuality – like when a man in a penguin outfit got more votes than a candidate not dressed as a penguin!). So imagine my delight when I came across a story about two Gentoo penguins in Madrid who have “adopted” a baby penguin. The two penguins are both male and are considered by some activists to be gay, although one of the zookeepers considers them to be just “good friends.” They have been “good friends” for six years now and their zookeepers decided to give them an egg to nurture together. Continue Reading →

Kangaroos and their Three Vaginas

The incredible diversity of Australian wildlife is one of the most fascinating things I find about living Down Under. Instead of pigeons making noise in the trees outside my urban apartment, there are tri-colored parrots and cockatoos. On a walk yesterday evening, I saw three of these possums in a tree downtown. Oh yeah, and you can see bats flying around above the parks at night. So. Continue Reading →

16 Signs Of A Sex Geek

“Sex geek” or “sex nerd” is an identification used by many people in the sex-positive community to describe their unusual, academic, and/or voracious interest in sexual knowledge. This interest extends well beyond that which would simply improve one’s own sex life. While clearly this kind of scholarship would likely lead to better sex for the individual, sex geeks like to learn about sex for the sake of learning about sex. Sex educator Reid Mihalko has one particularly holistic definition on his website, complete with equally nerdy three-way Venn diagram. Like people who are really into math, sports, movies, or French literature, sex geeks are just wired a little differently. Continue Reading →

Benefits Of Non-Monogamy For Animals

Recent research from Indiana University suggests that female birds who mate with males outside their monogamous pairing are conferring reproductive advantages upon their offspring. This long-term study measured reproductive success by noticing that the offspring of promiscuous female birds went on to have more offspring of their own. The interesting take-home points here are that not all species are monogamous, and that non-monogamous behavior appears to be beneficial in some circumstances. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Chicken-ing Out on Birth Control?

One of my favorite sites, i09, posted that “Chickens Have The Weirdest Birth Control Method Ever” and naturally, that had my attention more than the latest episode of Dr Who (don’t worry: no spoilers!). Apparently, not only are chickens considered to be the most promiscuous animal, but they are selective about who they want to reproduce with. Apparently chickens aren’t big fans of birth control pills, so they figured out a method on their own. I think that this may be one of the first forms of a completely female controlled withdrawal method (don’t try this at home) as once the hen has sperm in her, she can eject it out of her body fairly effectively. Who says those kegel exercises are just for increasing pleasure and helping with urine control? Continue Reading →

(Animal) Penis Envy

Freud said that all girls have penis envy, and while I have only been sad at my lack of a penis on a few occasions in my life, I still had to giggle at an article I found on Cracked recently. The article, “5 Animals That Can Do Amazing Things With Their Penises”, did give me a bit of penis envy! This includes the argonaut’s detachable penis (and if you’re like me, you started humming or singing King Missile’s “Detachable Penis” – which is not safe for work!). Also, barnacles happen to be size kings – their penis is 8 times the size of their body! Can you even imagine if a human had a penis that was 8 times their size? Continue Reading →

Homosexuality- Not Just For Humans

Most of us are familiar with the story of Roy and Silo, the pair of male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who incubated and raised a baby penguin that had been abandoned by its mother. The story was also the inspiration for the popular children’s book And Tango Makes Three. However, according to this article, Roy and Silo aren’t the only animals that have displayed homosexual behavior. Homosexual behavior has been observed in over 1500 species of animals, though only well documented in about 450, including flamingos, geese, albatross, dolphins, bison, giraffes, and various primates. For more information on why these animals display homosexual behavior, check out the article. Continue Reading →