Sunday, January 06, 2008

Sounds slightly familiar...

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Male macaque monkeys pay for sex by grooming females, according to a recent study that suggests the primates may treat sex as a commodity.

"In primate societies, grooming is the underlying fabric of it all," Dr. Michael Gumert, a primatologist at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said in a telephone interview Saturday.

Gumert found after a male grooms a female, the likelihood that she will engage in sexual activity with the male was about three times more than if the grooming had not occurred.

And as with other commodities, the value of sex is affected by supply and demand factors: A male would spend more time grooming a female if there were fewer females in the vicinity.

"And when the female supply is higher, the male spends less time on grooming ... The mating actually becomes cheaper depending on the market," Gumert said.

I guess it's the monkey equivalent of "dinner and a movie".


No over-riding theme of today's playlist, but like the rest of the list, most of the top ten are older rock songs.

"Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top
"Lawyers, Guns and Money" by Warren Zevon
"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
"I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
"Let's Live for Today" by The Grass Roots
"Ride My See-Saw" by The Moody Blues
"I Must Be the Devil" by The Box Tops
"Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers Band
"The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin


brandy101 said...

hmm, not too different from hubby buying me a gift certificate to a spa...


terri said...

I think the monkeys might actually be a step ahead of some men.

meleah rebeccah said...

That Monkey is smart!