In Genesis, the Bible says that God created man in his image. This is one reason why we’ve been told God is a man, even though the movie Dogma offers a very compelling and equally plausible possibility. Genesis also says, “Male and female, he created them.”
Christians would have you believe a number of things based on these and a handful of other Biblical proclamations, such as the wrongness gay marriage in particular, homosexuality in general and, by extension, any other form of transgender or intersex “lifestyle choice”. It should go without saying that anyone touting such a belief should be able to easily recall the day they chose their own gender and sexual orientation, if only we would stop and ask.
As further proof of the immutable gender binary, Christians often point to the animal kingdom and say, “They’re all male and female, just like the Bible says, so being gay isn’t natural.”
This is called the Naturalistic Fallacy, and is therefore a non-starter for anyone well versed in debate, and I could leave it there and expect you to simply believe me. However, in researching this piece I learned some truly fascinating things about sexuality in Nature, and juxtaposing this knowledge against all these silly conservative “traditional” ideas about love and marriage will, in my opinion, be as entertaining as it will be jaw-dropping. Besides, asking you to take my word for it on faith would be to miss the point.
First of all, not all animals are male and female. The known species that reproduce asexually as a rule, or who can reproduce asexually when necessary, compose quite a long list. This includes many snails, sharks, and insects. The Komodo Dragon can reproduce this way, as well as the female Greenfly, which clone themselves every twenty minutes or so. (And isn’t its very unnaturalness one of the main conservative arguments against cloning research in the US?) Continue reading…