WTF Friday

Remember when I was disturbed about the deviant behavior of arctic seals a couple weeks ago? Well now I know where those seals learned it from. In fact my further research has discovered that lots of animals are jerks. Creepy, violent, sex obsessed jerks.

Much like how sexually abused humans will often become sexual abusers themselves so it seems do seals. Apparently otters will catch, rape and often kill baby seals. Penguins, while occasionally finding themselves the victim of seal rape attacks, will themselves rape at will just about anything. Dolphins aren’t any better. They have even tried raping humans. The animal world is probably full of more rape and necrophilia than the human world.

Does this mean that rape and violence are an inescapable aspect of life? Is there really no way to eradicate it from society? Should we stop being so horrified by it and simply accept it as a normal occurrence? I will reiterate that I don’t advocate rape, or violence, really not a fan and don’t think it should be encouraged at all. However, either animals have as equally complex emotional ranges as humans do, or violence and rape are ingrained natural behaviors that exist on a basic level as part of the survival gene in life forms that have brains.

This should really be studied more. How can we hope to truly understand what motivates humans towards violence and rape if we don’t know the indisputable motivating factors. It’s a whole lot harder to recondition nature than nurture behaviors and if we are approaching it the wrong way we will never make enough headway to create meaningful positive changes in destructive behavior.

Sex Crimes Against Penguins, wtf

It’s a well-known and not talked about enough atrocity that permeates the planet. Every second countless people find themselves assaulted sexually and it isn’t a new trend. I don’t think I know a single adult person who hasn’t had to experience (in varying degrees) some type of unwanted sexual advancement, touch or assault of some kind. That is not ok at all.

Apparently humans aren’t the only ones who have the capacity to rape another being. While I am in no way trying to detract from the human to human rape issue or make light of rape at all, I recently discovered that there have been multiple documented cases of undeniable rape in the animal world as well.

I understand that in the animal kingdom the female of the species doesn’t usually get a say in which male is going to mount her, plenty of animals just don’t care who is fertilizing their eggs and most don’t copulate for fun. However, there is now documented proof that the need to show dominance through sex isn’t limited to insecure people.

Awhile back there were numerous stories that came out about scientists videotaping arctic seals repeatedly raping penguins. Not making this up…it’s a thing. More disturbing than just reading about it are the videos which tame down the title to “mating” instead of calling it what it is, a sexual violation of a helpless penguin.

When did cross-species raping become a practice? How long has this been going on, what has changed? Seals usually eat penguins, when did they figure out they could stick their dicks inside of them? Did one seal accidentally fall on top of a penguin and decided it was awesome, then went back and told all his friends? Are we going to start seeing seals gang raping penguins, seriously this is not ok either.

The planet is clearly more damaged than we know. The capacity to inflict pain on another for purposes other than defense isn’t limited to humans. That isn’t a comforting thought.