Bonobo are unique among the great apes in that they spend a significant part of their travel walking upright. They are also unique in that they have a female dominating social structure and it’s that social structure that has caused many researchers to claim that they are homosexual and engage in lesbian sex. They also use this in their attempts to justify that homosexuality in humans is part of our supposed evolutionary lineage.
In a bonobo tribe, there is one female that runs the show. She is the alpha female and she controls what goes on in her tribe. Then there is a pecking order from the second ranking female down to the lowest ranked female. Rather than the inter-tribal violence that occurs in the chimpanzee and gorilla troops, the bonobos settled their disputes by engaging in mock sex acts with each other. These social behaviors are the grounds for the lesbian interpretation.
In another recent study on the bonobo, they further the supposed homosexual behavior by claiming that the females engaging in what they claim to be lesbian sex purposely scream and holler to attract the attention of the other bonobos to what they are doing. If the alpha female or leader of the family tribe was nearby, the vocalizations were louder.
According to Dr Zanna Clay of Emory University described the bonobo’s actions as:
[Sex] is used to reduce stress and competition, develop affiliations, express and test social relationships and for reconciling conflicts and consoling victims in distress. Using vocalisations, females only advertise sexual contacts with important group members. It’s all about climbing up the social ladder for female bonobos.
Bonobos appear to be highly aware of the dynamics governing their social worlds. As a low-ranked female, advertising [a] social-sexual bonding with another dominant group member may serve to strengthen their social position, and signal this to the alpha.
In bonobos, sexual interactions represent a powerful means to enable females to develop and maintain social relationships, and it is these bonds which lie at the heart of their raised status in bonobo society.
Dr Clay and others like her are blinded by their evolutionary beliefs. They observe the bonobos behavior and instantly equate it to sex when it really has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with social hierarchy and dominance. Some animals use physical strength, some use fancy dances, some use vocalizations, and others like bonobos use a mock sexual act.
I’ve watched young steers (for those of you not familiar with cattle terms, a steer is a male that has been neutered) try mounting other young steers in establishing a dominant hierarchy between them.
I’ve raised German Shepherds and Maltese dogs and have witnesses the same dominance acts in establishing pack hierarchy. Our two year old female Maltese has recently been spayed. About every month or so, she will mount a stuffed dog toy that look like a real dog. She looks like she is trying to have sexual relations with the toy, but she isn’t. She is exerting her dominance over it.
This is no different than when two rams butt heads to see who is the strongest and most dominant. It’s the same thing when two male king cobras appear to be sexually dancing with other in their attempt to exert dominance over the other. It’s the same thing when members of a wolf pack willfully expose their genitals and underside to the alpha male and female is a display of submissiveness. It’s also the same thing as when a couple of high school boys keep trying to one up the other just to impress a girl.
Homosexuality and lesbianism has everything to do with sexual relationships and generally has little to do with establishing tribe, pack or herd dominance. And it’s an unnatural form of sex that is an abhorrent to God. Leviticus 20:13 says,
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
No manner how they try to justify their sinful acts, homosexuality if still an abomination. It’s not genetic and it’s not part of our evolutionary background because there is no evolutionary background. It’s a sin and it’s wrong and it also has nothing to do with bonobos.
Davies, Ella. Female bonobos ‘advertise’ homosexual bonds, BBC Nature, Mar 1, 2012.
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