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Cook County (IL) naturalists explore queer ecology with geese, owls and more

On a sunny September afternoon, about 20 community members embarked on the “Queerness of Nature Walk” at the South Holland nature preserve. Naturalists used plants and animals like geese to teach queer ecology, the idea that nature doesn’t always express itself in a binary way.

Lanie Rambo, a Forest Preserve naturalist, described queer ecology as “a new way of looking at nature” that acknowledges how sometimes labels such as gay or straight, and male or female, aren’t precise. She said people often “anthropomorphize,” taking human characteristics and applying them to nature.

“This is a bad idea, because nature is much more fluid. It’s much more flexible, and there’s a lot more going on than just these binary categories,” she said.

In fact, Rambo said there’s evidence that 1,500 animal species, from insects to mammals, engage in same-sex behavior. These relations weren’t historically recognized largely due to homophobia, she said.

“A lot of times when scientists saw these things, they’d say, ‘Oh, this animal is doing something abnormal or this is wrong. This is bad or this animal has gone crazy.’ That’s not necessarily true,” Rambo said.

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by Anonymousreply 6September 25, 2023 6:10 AM

The Latino dude on the left is hot.

That’s all.

by Anonymousreply 1September 25, 2023 4:23 AM

Your usual stupid posts, OP - this time with paywall

by Anonymousreply 2September 25, 2023 4:25 AM

Dollface thread.

by Anonymousreply 3September 25, 2023 4:26 AM

I hope they all unwittingly wandered into and sank completely into a bottomless quicksand pit.

by Anonymousreply 4September 25, 2023 4:47 AM

Fun fact, South Holland Illinois was founded by, you guessed it, Dutch reformed people and banned alcohol from the town. They were the last dry municipality in Cook County until recently.

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by Anonymousreply 5September 25, 2023 5:23 AM

“Queer ecology”. Asinine.

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by Anonymousreply 6September 25, 2023 6:10 AM
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