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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?$
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Vinciane Despret

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692378

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.001.0001

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For Queer

For Queer

Are penguins coming out of the closet?

(p.131) Q For Queer
What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret

, Brett Buchanan
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the relative dearth of research around animal homosexuality and its stark increase after the social revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s. It explores the presence of both homosexual and queer behaviour in nature, making the case that sexual plurality and variance—on the level of individual activities rather than identities—are abundant in nature.

Keywords:   animal homosexuality, queer, plurality and difference, identity, gender

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