Sexist monkeys

My favorite BBC news article:

They estimate there are close to 300 monkeys invading the farms at dawn. They eat the village’s maize, potatoes, beans and other crops.

And because women are primarily responsible for the farms, they have borne the brunt of the problem, as they try to guard their crops.

They say the monkeys are more afraid of young men than women and children, and the bolder ones throw stones and chase the women from their farms.

Nachu’s women have tried wearing their husbands’ clothes in an attempt to trick the monkeys into thinking they are men – but this has failed, they say.

“When we come to chase the monkeys away, we are dressed in trousers and hats, so that we look like men,” resident Lucy Njeri told the BBC News website

“But the monkeys can tell the difference and they don’t run away from us and point at our breasts. They just ignore us and continue to steal the crops.”

In addition to stealing their crops, the monkeys also make sexually explicit gestures at the women, they claim.

“The monkeys grab their breasts, and gesture at us while pointing at their private parts. We are afraid that they will sexually harass us,” said Mrs Njeri.

If only the Patriarchy would stop telling monkeys to pay attention to social constructs like gender…

The rest of the article quotes a wildlife expert saying that this is normal behavior for chimps but surprising for monkeys.

8 Responses

  1. Nature needs to check its privilege and stop microagressing. 🙂

  2. I wonder if animals are “racist” too ?

    And no, I’m not trying to be funny.

  3. Bruce, if one has ever owned a dog in a very diverse city it quickly becomes apparent that animals can be racist too.

  4. Animals can detect sex and vibrancy.

  5. Heh, don’t forget this classic from The Onion:

    “Study Finds Sexism Rampant In Nature”

    http://www.theonion.com/article/study-finds-sexism-rampant-in-nature-130

  6. I wonder what the monkeys would do if they saw Bruce Jenner in surgically induced drag? 🙂

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