Animal Sexual Behavior: Same-Sex Relations

Animal Sexual Behavior: Same-Sex Relations

Animal Behavior Exhibit“Same-sex behavior in animals exhibits every conceivable variation….Nearly every type of same-sex activity found among humans has its counterpart in the animal kingdom….”  This argument comes from the author of a controversial book, Biological Exuberance: Animal homosexuality and natural diversity, published in 1999 and written by Bruce Bagemihl.  Several outtakes from the text appear in the Science Library's latest exhibit entitled “Animal Sexual Behavior: Same-Sex Relations”.  The book was called “a landmark in the literature of science” by the Chicago Tribune and “a brilliant and important exercise in exposing the limitations of received opinion” by Publisher's Weekly.  The exhibit presents a short list of animals that have been observed to engage in same-sex relations, as well as provide documentation supporting these findings using several books and journal articles that can be found in the Science Library's collection.  Bagemihl's book documents over 450 species that he claims engage in some type of same-sex relations, and his work, as well as other works by authors such as Marlene Zuk, will make it very difficult to ignore the idea that homosexuality naturally exists in the animal kingdom.

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Partial Bibliography:

Biological Exuberance

Biological Exuberance: Animal homosexuality and natural diversity                    

Bruce Bagemihl
New York : Martin's Press, 1999
QL761 B24 1999

Northern Fur Seal

Behavior and Ecology of the Northern Fur Seal                                                     

Roger L. Gentry
New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 1998
QL737 P63G45 1998

Evolution's Rainbow

Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people          

Joan Roughgarden
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2004
QH541.15 B56 R68 2004

Sexual Selections

Sexual Selections: What we can and can't learn about sex from animals              

Marlene Zuk
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2002
QL761 Z85 2002



This exhibit was created in April 2005 and was designed by Exhibit Committee member Adriana Melgoza, with the help of the Reference Librarians

It is located on the first floor of the Science Library.


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