Today In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

Today In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

Twenty years ago today, one of the most unusual and fascinating studies of animal sex I have ever come across took place. It was an observational study of the world’s first known case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Click here to read a summary of it that I wrote a few years ago. Believe it or not, this write-up is the single most popular blog post I have ever written and it has been read hundreds of thousands of times. Forget human sex--you guys are clearly more interested in reading about dead duck sex than anything.

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Necrophilia In The Animal Kingdom: It’s More Common Than You Might Think (VIDEO)

Necrophilia In The Animal Kingdom: It’s More Common Than You Might Think (VIDEO)

A few years back, I posted an article about the most unusual (and amusing) study of animal sex I have ever read, which concerned the world’s first known case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck (click here to read it). To date, it remains the single most popular story on the blog, having been read hundreds of thousands of times. Who needs to learn about human sex when you can be learning about dead duck sex instead, right? In light of the enduring popularity of this article, a short follow-up seemed appropriate.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Necrophilia (i.e., sexual attraction to corpses) is a prospect that makes most people uncomfortable. As a result, acting on necrophilic urges is something that I'm guessing most people would assume is prohibited by law in the United States. As it turns out, however, necrophilia is a topic on which most state legal codes are silent. In fact, as hard as this may be to believe, there is less legal regulation of necrophilia in the U.S. than there is of same-sex marriage! For example, consider that in 2013, Illinois became just the 23rd state to formally ban necrophilia! Check out the infographic below for the rest of the details. It would seem that our legislators are more riled up about the prospect of their citizens committing to a loving relationship with a partner of the same sex than they are about people jumping the bones of the dead.

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No Bones About It: What Motivates Necrophilic Behaviors?

Given the popularity of Twilight, True Blood, and all of the other vampire books and films out there, it would appear that a large segment of the population is intrigued by the prospect of sex between the living and the dead. In the real world, however, sex with the dead (i.e., necrophilia) isn’t quite as it is depicted in vampire lore and most people would probably find it quite disturbing. Case in point: a 37-year-old woman in Sweden was recently arrested for “violating the peace of the dead.” This woman had apparently collected a series of human bones that she utilized as sex toys. How do we know this? Well, she made videos of her activities, which the police later found. Yeah, not so much like Twilight. Many of you probably have just one question about this case: Why? Let’s take a look at what research on necrophilia has revealed about this extremely rare sexual practice.
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A Top Ten List Of Wacky Sex Laws

A Top Ten List Of Wacky Sex Laws
For centuries, governments have gone to great lengths to regulate people’s sex lives. As just a couple of prime examples, bans on contraception, sex before marriage, and same-sex activity were the law of the land throughout most of the United States and many other parts of the world until recently. But these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the government telling you what you can and cannot do in the bedroom. Below are ten of the most interesting and, of course, humorous sex laws I’ve ever heard of. As you’ll see, some of the laws are even weirder when you think about what they don’t say. Now, given that I’m not a legal scholar, I can’t necessarily vouch for the current status of these laws or whether they can still be enforced—all I can tell you is that I’ve seen them appear in multiple news stories over the years. Enjoy—but don’t enjoy so much that you land yourself in prison!
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Oddities In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

Oddities In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

As discussed in previous blog posts, a number of unusual sexual behaviors have been documented in human beings, from cutting a hole in one’s pants in order to masturbate easily in public to letting insects bite one's genitals during sexual activity. However, humans aren’t the only ones with curious sexual proclivities—unusual behaviors also occur in the animal kingdom with some frequency. In this post, I’d like to share what is perhaps the most interesting scientific study of animal sexuality I have ever come across.

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