Lesbian Monkeys

| June 2, 2003

After long observing the sexual behavior of Japanese macaques, Dr. Paul Vasey from the University of Lethbridge, Canada has decided that a lot of these female monkeys prefer to be intimate with other females instead of competitive chest-beating males, reports Liesbeth de Bakker for Radio Netherlands. When the female macaque wants to attract another female, she has a simpler approach than physically showing up another male monkey. ?Some females solicit each other for sex using a whole variety of vocalizations, gestures and postures, such as hitting the ground or lip quivering,? says Dr. Vasey. ?Between bouts of sexual activity they stay together in a temporary but exclusive sexual relationship called a ?consortship?.? After running several tests, Vasey decided that this lesbian behavior is out of tune with the model for reproductive success. And while males still compete with other males for reproductive success, females compete with males to have fun.
?Nick Garafola

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