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Homosexual Fish More Attractive to Females

Homosexual Fish More Attractive to Females

The finding suggests that, far from being an evolutionary dead end, homosexual behaviour can enhance a male’s ability to pass on his genes by attracting females that wouldn’t be interested in him otherwise.

Complete study at http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/12/scienceshot-homosexual-fish-more.html

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Media reports on animal sex troubling

Media reports on animal sex troubling

Media reports on animal sex are often sensationalistic, with many humanizing wild animals “in the sack,” for instance. The result can lead to a misunderstanding about the nature of human sexuality, two biologists write this week in the journal Nature.

University of London researcher Mark Brown and his colleague Andrew Barron of Macquarie University in Australia surveyed 48 newspaper articles written about animal sexual behavior in recent years and found what Brown called “some fairly egregious headlines.”

More troubling, he said, were reports that linked animal sexual behaviour to human sexual orientation, giving impressions that human sexuality is a simple matter of genes and hormones, the researchers wrote. In that way, such reports can create the perception that non-heterosexual sexuality is an abnormality or illness.

“It’s very important that this science is actually portrayed properly, because whilst in some areas in the world, members of the LGBT community can live open lives where they’re not discriminated against, in many countries around the world they’re still killed for being themselves,” Brown told LiveScience. [ The Animal Sex Quiz ]

From:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48596411/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/media-reports-animal-sex-troubling-two-biologists-say/

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