Kinkiness, Thy Name Is Duck

ruddy%20duck%20phallus.jpg When you find yourself, as I did a few days ago, spending a morning watching the absurdly long phalluses of ducks being coaxed from their nether regions, you can find yourself wondering how your life ended up this way. Fortunately, there is a higher goal to such weirdness. The phalluses of ducks are just the tip of an evolutionary iceberg. The female ducks have their own kinkiness, too. It’s all part of a fierce avian battle of the sexes.

For the latest, see my article in tomorrow’s New York Times. The paper on which it is based appears in the open-access journal PLOS One.

Update 5/1, 11 am: The gossips at Gawker discover the queasy fascination. Welcome to Nature.

0 thoughts on “Kinkiness, Thy Name Is Duck

  1. Why did not the phalluses evolve to spiral the other way (after the female anatomy evolved this strategy as a way to gain more control)?

  2. With the low success rate of raping ducks, it would be surprising if there is enough of a success rate to drive this kind of change – I would think that Ducks that have a willing mate must also be having higher success with the longer penis.

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