Monkey love: When Females Rule fornication, Mother Earth Delights

Can humans learn from their primate cousins about sex and the stewardship of the planet?

From the world of science comes data that suggests males who share are more likely to copulate, and with greater frequently, than their stingier counterparts.

Granted, the males in this study were of the chimp variety, and what they were sharing was raw meat, however, the researchers point out that this study lays the foundation for future human studies. (Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex, study shows)

Before any homo sapiens dismiss these results as monkey business, remember that we share upwards of 97-99% of our genetic code with our lower primate cousins, chimpanzees being just one of them. And we all know that sex is subject to the same forces of nature vs. nurture as just about every aspect of the human condition.

Besides, animal behavior can teach us much about ourselves. If we combine this recent data on chimp sharing with what we know about another species – the Bonobos to be exact – there’s an intriguing question to be asked.

It might not seem close to the Middle East culture, but what would our planet be like if females ruled fornication?

Sex and the Stewardship of Mother Earth

The answer to that question may be as close as your nearest zoo. Those who study primates point to the unique sexual behavior of this species. Once upon a time, they were called ‘pygmy chimps’ because they resemble small chimpanzees. And like the chimps, they share 98% of their DNA with humans. But the bonobos have a exceptional social structure and method for keeping the peace.

First, theirs is a matriarchal society, which means to ladies lead the pack, and second, they have sex. Lots of it.

The bonobos have found the solution to world peace. It’s called love. Whenever there is a dispute, they resolve it with a good bout of nooky. A bit of masturbation here, a little tickle where it feels really good there, and soon enough the tension is relieved. Have a problem? Not after you’ve had sex, bonobo style.

And if you have any doubt about female satisfaction, rest assured that these apes know how to swing. Wink wink, nod nod, grunt grunt, sigh. In fact, in their natural habitats, Bonobos have rarely demonstrated hostile or violent behaviors towards another.

Now we are not suggesting that we become a matriarchal society (although some balance is still very much in order around the world), nor are we suggesting that world leaders start mounting each other at summits for peace. That just is too strange for our imaginations. But don’t you agree that we can learn something here?

Mother Earth is suffering from our mistreatment. Her waters run foul, her air breathes heavy, and her children live in fear of mutual annihilation. Those of us in the Middle East know particularly well the problems we face, and the relationship between peace and the environment. As much as nature knows no boundaries, perhaps challenging our own views on sexual morays may also benefit humankind?

In a previous column (Polyamory and sex could save the planet, author argues) we discussed how characteristics of sexually open relationships – sharing and resource allocation – may hold one key to redirecting our current, environmentally unconscious course. Now, in this post, we ask readers to consider what our primate friends may have to teach us on the topic.

Because we have a sneaky suspicion that if the bonobos could talk to us, they’d tell us this: you can’t have too much (age-appropriate, consensual, mutually satisfying) sex, but you can (and do), have too much war.

“Their sexual behavior is too human like for most of us to be comfortable with…”

Watch Susan Savage-Rumbaugh talk about her work with bonobos on a TED talk:

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Tinamarie is a regular contributor to Follow her @ModernLoveMuse. She blogs at

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3 thoughts on “Monkey love: When Females Rule fornication, Mother Earth Delights”

  1. Susan Kuchinskas says:

    This is a fascinating and powerful post. I don’t totally agree, and I’ve responded on my blog. Basically, while we may be very like the bonobo in terms of our DNA, this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are wired like them when it comes to sex or society. Unfortunately!

  2. anony says:

    so very interesting!! I totaly agree…

  3. Jon expert says:

    Wow! What a FANTASTIC article!
    I wish I were a monkey;)
    keep up the great work.

    More writers like you will actually save our plant!

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