Manny Pacquiao caused a stir a few days ago saying that, “It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.” And you know what? He’s absolutely right.
No. He is absolutely wrong that homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism don’t exist amongst animals. They do. Homosexuality and bisexuality have been observed in at least the animals on this list here. In fact, after scientists managed to get over their own observer bias against homosexuality and started to be impartial (or as impartial as possible) observers, they found that same-sex behaviours were extremely common in nature.
What of transgenderism? Surely changing genders cannot be natural?! Wrong. For a number of species, such as coral fishes (remember Finding Nemo? Marlin, Nemo’s father, would have, in nature, changed into Nemo’s mother…), sex change is a normal anatomical process.
Science has found that same-gendered sexual behaviour and transgenderism isn’t going against nature. It IS part of nature. Of course, some could argue that Man needs to be better than other animals. We thus should discard animal behaviours which are deemed base and undesirable, including same-gendered sexual behaviour and transgenderism. Fine. That is an argument about what one considers to be “good” – that anything that is distinctly human must be better than what exists amongst animals.
But in my view, that is a rather conceited view. There are many behaviours that are almost only occurs amongst humanity (the penchant for genocide for instance) which are pure manifestations of evil.
So guess what? As far as I know, Man is the only living creature that discriminates against members of its own species who demonstrate homosexuality/bisexuality/transgenderism. That’s why I think Man is worse than animals. Not because we approve of male on male, female on female, but because we don’t, because we discriminate against those who love differently from us, because in doing so, we cause them hurt and pain, and we split society.
I think that Manny Pacquaio and those who support what he said ought to brush up a little on biology before shooting their mouths off.
[Featured image: from AFP by Chris Farina]