Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Chimp Prostitution

Interesting story today about male chimps "exchanging meat for sex". It's tempting to replace "meat" with "money" and start down a long and depressing discussion of possible human parallels. Let's not go there.

But even the chimp thing alone raises interesting questions. Are the males really "exchanging" meat for sex, or are they just rationally providing sustenance to the females who are most likely to be bearing their progeny? Who is really deciding who gets to have sex with who, and how often?

Also I found this statement thought-provoking: "Since female chimps do not usually hunt, they have a hard time getting it [meat] on their own." It leaves unanswered the quesion of why female chimps usually not hunt. Is it because they can't, for some reason? Or have they just discovered that it's more convenient to withhold sex unless a boy-chimp brings them a rotting warthog femur?

3 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

Yes.

4/8/09, 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Reese Rivera said...

Don't worry, you're not the first to be puzzled by prostitution and the what, where and why of it all. In my expert opinion, I'd say the female chimps are definitely holding out and waiting for the male chimps to provide. It's basically all about control and getting what you want or need. It's an age old scenario.

Reese Rivera
www.ReeseRivera.com

4/10/09, 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha it's sickening how primal humans are. We were just dumb enough to create a monetary system.

5/25/09, 1:46 AM  

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