Thursday, July 26, 2007

Can I Get a What What?

So, I'm reading a little New Yorker yesterday afternoon, this great long piece about bonobos, a type of ape that used to be mistaken for chimpanzees and who are sort of mythologized as a groovy bunch of peace-loving, matriarchal, bisexual, anti-chimp creatures. Then the writer slips this in:

"Female spotted hyenas dominate male hyenas, but they have the muscle to go with the life style (and, for good measure, penises)."

I got all distracted. I'd meant to write a lovely feminist, armchair-evolutionary-biologist post on the mythologizing of women and how, I believe, women can be assholes just as men can, but with for good measure, penises comes up and...Jesus.

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