The science of sex is a beautiful thing to me. It's weird, it's strange, it yields unpredictable results, mystifying results, and most of all, whatever the species whose sex lives we study, it sheds bright light into areas of reproduction, evolution, biology, and even psychology that have remained shrouded in darkness throughout human history.
It is, in a word, EXCITING! It's amazing, personally, to be part of the movement to tear the veils off of the lies and ideological beliefs that have governed the public dialogue about sex and gender.
The sex lives of other species is a favorite subject on our radio show -- for Jen, it's a constant source of wonderment and surprise; for me, a constant source of intelligence on the evolution of sex and gender.It's been known for a long time that (healthy!) sperm is rich with protein and not merely safe to ingest but potentially healthful. A new study of squid shows that some of them have adapted to exploit sperm as a food source for gestating mothers.
What provides plenty of protein and minerals and is easy to come by wherever there are men? Why, semen, of course!
Imagine being pregnant in a time or place when resources are scarce — how could you provide nourishment in utero? A daily dose of seminal fluid saves the day! It sounds strange, but that's what scientists recently discovered a particular species of female squid is doing. The southern bottletail squid, found around the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, bulks up on male squid ejaculate.
But here's what grates at me -- most of the commentators cannot read such stories without making a joke or, alternately, decrying the misuse of funds.
I don't blame them as individuals. It's a cultural thing. We are so fucking scared of sex we can't even read a story about a squid survival strategy involving sex without turning into babbling children.
I can't wait for my new book to come out. I so want to help turn this stupid tide.