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PC ornithology: Female birds’ drab coloring is to discourage male birds’ sexual harassment

March 21, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Angry birds: Are her dull colors the mallard equivalent of the half-shave?

When the red red robin comes bob bob bobbin’ along…the lady robin ought to charge him with sexual misconduct.

Because, as it turns out, male birds at nesting time, sort of like male humans on college campuses, have their very own rape culture, forcing female birds to do the avian equivalent of the half-shave:

“In many animal species, the physical differences between males and females are striking.

“While males are decorated with vibrant plumes or large antlers, females commonly have subdued colours and lack ornamental features.

“Researchers now say this may be one of the many examples of the great lengths female animals go to avoid sexual harassment from males.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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