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Some of you (hopefully) might have heard the argument that humans are… - Speak Friend and Enter
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Some of you (hopefully) might have heard the argument that humans are the only mammal that is monagmous, and that all others copulate with several, sometimes simultaneously (not a chimp orgy, I just mean having a few around at any given time); this is being used as a justification for the seeming propensity of the males of our species to cheat. The "Its not my fault, its the nature of the beast" excuse.

I have a real problem with this. Mostly it rests on my foundational belief that humans necessarily must be separated from all other animals, mammals included. This is because we have evolved past the basic need to survive at all costs and perpetuate the species. Humans are not going to die out any time soon. I would guess that the reason most non-rabbits hump like rabbits is to ensure, however unconsciously, the continuation of the species. Especially since almost every living creature has natural predators, and some give birth to thousands of babies only to see single digit percents of them survive past the first weeks. We are in no real danger of this. We have no natural predators. In short, the reason other animals continually reproduce is for a reason that is totally irrelevant to us.

The other problem I have with this concept is that as far as I know, other mammals do not form emotional relationships with another of their kind. They have kids together, and thats about it. They don't date, they don't get married. Humans have once again reached a new plateau of existence with the development of lasting emotional relationships. The fact that there are feelings involved, and not just the need to continue the species, means that fucking everything that moves is simply not acceptable.

I am not talking about people who sleep around. People who fuck other people just for fucking do not fall into the categoy I am trying to establish here. I am referring to people who commit themselves to one person, and then go off and fuck someone else, or many someones. There is simply no excuse for it. There is no biological need for this. I will not deny the power of hormones, of a sex drive. It is our ability to be rational beings that sets us apart from the rest of the animals, and not just give in to those urges because they exist. Humans are in control of their own actions, at least in this context (setting aside for now the concept of fate). This shit about being the only mammal who sticks to one partner is ridiculous. We are also the only mammal to invent a car.

I'm done.
8 pity screws or Do me
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suffocated From: suffocated Date: May 13th, 2002 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: um...

no no, this was in my head on the way to work, before i ever saw the post.
her_whispers From: her_whispers Date: May 13th, 2002 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
wolves have the same mate for life
and something else does too,
but i can't think of what.

mirastella From: mirastella Date: May 13th, 2002 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Swan mate for life....a swan who has lost his mate may even suicide. Some variety of penguins also mate for life.
mirastella From: mirastella Date: May 13th, 2002 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wait, duh, these aren't males.
deltacat From: deltacat Date: May 16th, 2002 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
shycomputerguy From: shycomputerguy Date: May 13th, 2002 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Although not a mammal, male praying mantices have only one mate during their life. Mainly because they are killed by the female during coppulation but luckily our society doesn't follow that trend either.
From: rest_in_pieces Date: May 13th, 2002 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Most tropical birds, such as parrots, form life long bonds with each other. Just a bit of useless information ;).
hauntedlavender From: hauntedlavender Date: May 13th, 2002 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
penguins stay together FOREEEVVVERRRR cuz they're in LOOOOVVVEEE awww i wanna be a penguin
8 pity screws or Do me