Saturday, March 02, 2013


They behave "as if they have read the Kama Sutra, performing every position and variation one can imagine.

"For instance, they mate in the missionary position...

"But their sexiness isn't just about mating.

"Most of those variations are sociosexual, meaning that they don't entail copulation between an adult male and an adult female during her fertile period.

"The range of partners includes adults of the same sex, an adult with a juvenile of either sex, and two juveniles together.

"The range of activities includes mouth-to-mouth kissing, oral sex, genital caressing by hand, penis-fencing by two males, male-on-male mounting, and genito-genital rubbing (G-G rubbing is the shorthand term) by two estrous females, who moosh their swollen vulvas back and forth against each other in a spate of feverish sisterly cordiality.

"Usually there’s no orgasm culminating these activities. Their social purpose seems to be ...expression of goodwill, calming of excitement, greeting, tension relief, bonding... and reconciliation.

"To that list of benefits we might also add sheer pleasure and (for the juveniles) instructional play.

"Varied and frequent and often nonchalant, sex is a widely applied social lubricant ..."

"The female doesn’t need to attract gaggles of frantically horny males on a short-term basis. She’s continually attractive, continually ready.

"'That greatly reduces the importance to the males of competing for dominance and bullying the females'...

"The relative stability of .... groups within a larger ... community means that vulnerable individuals usually have allies present at any given moment....

"'females have other females as well as males available to protect them from those that might want to bully them'..."

Continued here: The Wild Life of a Bonobo - National Geographic 

Great apes can carry sexually transmitted viruses.

However, in great apes there is an apparent lack of sexually transmitted bacteria (STDs). 

None of the four major human bacterial STDs (Gonorhoea, Syphilis, Chancroid or Chlamydia) have been reported as occurring in any of the great apes. 

"Considering the high rate of multi-partner mating in chimpanzees and bonobos, the apparent lack of bacterial STDs is surprising."

Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases | CARTA ...

In February 2013, US health experts revealed that an 'ongoing, severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases is hitting the USA. 

Over 20 million new cases are diagnosed every year.

Over half the 20 million infections were contracted by people aged 15-24.

The eight most common sexually transmitted diseases in America are: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, HIV, and trichomoniasis.

If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease,infertility, and ectopic pregnancies.

'Severe epidemic' of sexually transmitted diseases sweeping the US ...

More Than 110 Million Americans Have an STD

"I saw things that, according to the popular image of the species, I might not have expected.

"Bonobos quarreled.

"They hunted for meat.

"They went hours at a stretch without having sex."

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