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In the science section of today's New York Times, Jonathan Miller writes that conservatives have taken to the film "March of the Penguins" as support for traditional marriage, since penguins form enduring pair bonds.  So Michael Medved gushes that the film "passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child rearing" and Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, holds up penguins as an "ideal example of monogamy."  Andrew Coffin, writing in World Magazine (described as "a Christian publication") even thinks the film provides support for intelligent design (a more convoluted argument apparently based on their ability to survive in harsh climates).  

What these conservative fans have failed to consider, however, is that penguins are one of the many species that exhibit homosexual behavior.  

Of course, being penguins, they do it in a monogamous family sort of way, like Silo and Roy, the famous chinstrap penguins of the Central Park Zoo in New York, a male couple completely devoted to each other and so domestically inclinced that they would try to incubate rocks.  Their keeper finally gave them an orphan egg, which they incubated and hatched.  They were then perfect parents for their adopted daughter Tango.

I guess the conservatives hadn't quite counted on sexual diversity being part of the intelligent design.

Originally posted to keestone on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 05:26 AM PDT.

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  •  Other non-traditional things about penguins (4.00)
    The penguins in March of the Penguins are in fact monogomous--but only for one mating season.  Next year, all bets are off.

    Fathers "birth" the children:  Mom's away working outside the home when the chicks are hatched, with only Dad there to raise them for the first few days.

    Plus, there is a strong element of communism, or at least communalism.  The penguins know that unless they work together to battle the harsh winds and bitter cold of the Antarctic winter, they will die.

    Get out, or I'll hole-punch your face.

    by folkbum on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 05:33:43 AM PDT

    •  Absolutely! (none)
      I wonder if they even watched the movie...?

      Or perhaps their selective world view just happened to selectively ignore any reference to the fact that after a year, the monogamy was over and done with.

    •  I guess Rush Limbaugh (none)
      is a penguin.

      He appears to be monogamous, but serially.

      He is on his 8th, 9th whatever monogamous relationship.

      Tip to Rush sluts: No cellulite, honey.

      "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

      by dataguy on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 06:43:22 AM PDT

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  •  Now if only (4.00)
    we can get the conservatives to wander out into the frozen tundra until they achieve an actual family bond...

    Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber--Plato

    by techiechick on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 05:34:48 AM PDT

  •  Please put up a tip jar (none)
    this is great.

    Recommended...light fare (in the face of everything lately), but powerful stuff!


    by Bob on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 05:42:38 AM PDT

    •  Tip jar (none)
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      •  A tip jar is for "mojo" (none)
        Mojo is Kinda like Kujo, but without the dog and the Pinto...

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        by Bob on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 08:49:18 PM PDT

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  •  On pp. 627-631 of Biological Exuberance (none)
    a must-read, fantastic book by Bruce Bagemihl), he describes homosexual behavior by arctic penguins.  Check it out!

    I have seen this penguin movie and I find the conservative interpretation of it, toward a monogamy and heterosexuality narrative, disingenuous to say the least.  For example, conservatives seem neatly to be sidestepping the issue of how the penguins are faithful to one another for only one season.  (The next season, they just find some other mate.)  Is that "monogamy" the way conservatives would be defining it for the purposes of their anti-gay, pro-marriage rhetoric?

    But the biggest problem I have with their warped interpretation of the movie, is that they completely ignore one of the main points of the story: about half the mating season is spent in same-sex groupings where females help females and males help, bond with, huddle with, and protect males.  That is, for a huge chunk of the mating cycle so celebrated by conservatives as analogous to their particular vision of "family values," men are raising children with men, and women are hunting and gathering together apart from the children and the men.  How can conservatives ignore this?  

  •  Yes, well (none)
    there are homosexual Republicans too, but keep it under your hat, please.  They don't like to take attention away from the glorious Leader's plan for morality by design.

    It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.

    by Steven D on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 06:10:46 AM PDT

  •  if you've seen the movie (4.00)
    you know that the COMMUNAL organization and co-operation they require to keep warm during the incubation of their eggs could never be accomplished by republicans.  the group huddles together for warmth during the harshest months and each penguin takes their turn at the perimeter of the group while those who were at the perimeter move inwards for more warmth.  we all know if a republican held the position of the most warmth at the middle and was then asked to take his position at the perimeter for the sake of the community, they would refuse to do so.

    oh, and the most obvious NON-republican thing about penguins is the dudes stay at home and incubate the eggs and raise the kids while the women go get food.

    if republicans were penguins the only thing we'd have left of penguins are fossilized frozen remains.

    "It behooves us therefore to see each thing directly as it is, be it the sound of a tin whistle or the elegant Lepiota Procera." -- John Cage

    by BiminiCat on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 06:45:43 AM PDT

  •  I am just amazed (none)
    On the conservative Web site, an opponent of abortion wrote that the movie "verified the beauty of life and the rightness of protecting it."
    Do conservatives want to talk about the culture of life, when thousands just perished in New Orelans because of their "small governing" compassion?!

    [ By the way, I like parallel diaries if they are linked, forward as well :-) ]

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