Saturday, January 05, 2008

How monkeys and men are similar

This might interest some of you guys. According to a primatologist who studied 50 long-tailed macaques for the past 20 months, monkeys treat sex as a commodity.
[Dr. Michael] 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.
Hmm...does this prove men evolved from monkeys? Or maybe it proves women of all species can make monkeys out of men. I'm just saying...

5 comments:

Lew Scannon said...

Maybe this explains why men are such slobs, they spend all their time grooming the female to get gratification... except the males at the zoo, who seem to take things in hand when the need arises.....

abi said...

Well that settles it. I'm going to carry a comb and brush with me at all times.

As for you final speculations, I'm living proof that both are correct.

expatbrian said...

Thats all well and good, and heaven knows the lengths we men might go to in order to secure a little sex, but I personnally draw the line at picking lice out of a womans hair.

Midwestern Progressive said...

Men and monkeys are NOT similar in any way.

Now, that being settled once and for all, pass me a banana, will ya?

Kathy said...

Fellas, you all left great comments. In your defense, the study didn't show that monkeys like to cuddle afterwards, so in that respect you probably have one up on them, right?!