Satin Bower Birds of Australia use found objects such as colorful feathers and shells to enticed the ladies into their love nests. (Hand-colored lithograph by Elizabeth Gould from The Birds of Australia 1840-1869 by John Gould)
"Clearly Tiny is more of a 'man' than those who attacked your site! Also better looking," writes our blogfriend Gayle Miller of And you thought YOU were cranky? in the comments to our previous post. We agree. The problem with the honor societies of these misogynous Islamicist types [not to mention most other human societies throughout history dominated by insecure males] who want us to submit to sharia law is a reversal of the natural order of things. The usual Darwnian scenario, as with Bower Birds, for example, is for the females to select the males. The ones whose behavior turns the gals on are the fellows whose genes make it into the next generation. Enter the followers of "the prophet Muhammad [PBUH]." Do as we say, or we kill you. You, too, sweet lovely wife. Hubba, hubba. If you happen to get raped by my brother or my best friend, you will be stoned to death. The woman made me do it, Lord. Women are so stupid? Multiple-wife theologies imply that God favors what a man thinks he wants as opposed to what a woman wants. It works for some species, but in our species, we think it's a big mistake. Without the women to select, you lose half the potential of your society's braintrust by stashing the gals behind the seraglio curtain.