At 11/3/12 07:35 PM, RobinDB wrote:
At 11/3/12 06:51 PM, Entice wrote:
Animals do get pleasure from sex. They're not aware that sex leads to reproduction so there must be some sort of incentive such as pleasure.That's true, it's well known that dolphins often have sex merely for pleasure. I think it has more to do with mammals than animals in general.
It is a common myth that animals do not (as a rule) have sex for pleasure, or alternatively that humans, pigs (and perhaps dolphins and one or two species of primate) are the only species which do. This is sometimes formulated "animals mate only for reproduction".
Just did a quick google. Also:
Animals other than humans have no awareness that their sexual activities are connected with reproduction: They engage in sex because they're biologically driven to do so, and if the fulfillment of their urges produces a physical sensation we might appropriately call 'pleasure,' it isn't the least bit affected by the possibility (or impossibility) of producing offspring.
I stand corrected. Apparently there's some leniency over the definitions, as with other emotions of animals, but that's sufficient ground for me to rethink my claim.
Male penguin couples have been documented to mate for life, build nests together, and to use a stone as a surrogate egg in nesting and brooding. In 2004, the Central Park Zoo in the United States replaced one male couple's stone with a fertilized egg, which the couple then raised as their own offspring. "Humans have created the myth that sexuality can be justified only by reproduction, which by definition limits it to hetero sex," says Michael Bronski. "But here is an animal society that uses homosexuality to improve its social life."