One early morning about 5, after offering up the dawn prayer, since I had nothing else to do and I was in no mood for the Internet, I remotely switched on the TV, after browsing a few channels around I came across a religious talk-show programme which is daily aired by a local TV station. I’m not sure what was the topic (because I only focused on it for a few minutes before I reclicked the channel-up button) but I happened to hear the host of the programme confidently stating that ‘homosexuality is against nature (In Bahasa Indonesia: melawan kodrat)’. Perhaps the topic being discussed was about homosexuality or the like, I’m not sure. Okay if you talk about homosexuality in the frame of religion especially in Islam, we all know too well that homosexuality is a sin and no mistake, I’ll second it. But against the nature? That’s another thing that I would not agree on. After doing some googlings online, I found articles that supported my opinion that homosexuality is not against nature. I do not know exactly what did the host of the programme mean by ‘against nature’ but I assumed that what he meant by ‘against nature’ is that it is not commonly or generally found in nature. If only the pious speaker had enough time to sweat over thorough googlings I bet he would not say something like that!
If you search for the information of homosexual behaviour in animal, you will be surprised to find that this behaviour is more than common in the animal kingdom. According to Wikipedia, scientists have observed and documented homosexual behaviour in about 1,500 species ranging from low-level vermicular species to higher-level primates. The behaviours observed are sex, affection, courtship, pair-bonding and even parenting. Some of homosexual behaviours in certain species show interesting characteristics.
The Black Swan, for instance, an avian species which is found down under, has an astonishingly high-rate of homosexual behaviour. About 25% of black swans homosexually pair off! Usually a pen (a female swan) live with two cobs (male swans) in a nest. The threesome ends up after the pen lays the eggs when eventually the pen is driven away by the cobs. The cygnets (the young) are raised by the homosexual cobs. Amazingly the cygnets have higher rate of survivability than those raised by male-female parents! Perhaps it is because of the superior ability of the homosexual parents to defend their territory and to protect their young from external threats.
Mallard, another avian species, in which case the males have more beautiful vibrant colours than the females also engage in homosexual relationship. The homosexual behaviour is notably observed amongst the drakes (the male ducks). The male-male sexual relationship in mallard is as high as 19% which is unusually high for avian species. A drake usually pairs with a female duck at first. After the female lays her eggs, the drake leaves the female to begin a homosexual relationship with another drake.
Another interesting homosexual relationship is found in the Bonobos. Yes, a bonobo is a chimp-like species found only in the remote jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The man’s next of kin is a fully bisexual species. Contrary to the mallards, the bonobos have highest rate of female-female relationships though male-male relationships are also observed. It is recorded that 60% of Bonobo’s sexual relationships are female-female that makes bonobo the species that has the highest rate of homosexuality.
Those three mentioned are just a few out of numerous species out there where we can observe homosexual relationships. If you thought that homosexual relationships are only found in human you are definitely wrong because nature has shown us that homosexuality is part of nature itself! Considering that homosexuality is ubiquitously found in nature throughout the animal kingdom, are we still thinking that homosexuality is against nature? (Hey, don’t get misguided, I am not promoting homosexuality here, but even though you think I am, I will not lose sleep over it either! 😆 I’m just showing you what really happens in nature no matter whether we like it or not! 😉 ).
Photos have been provided through the courtesy of Wikipedia.