Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Penguins are cool and they make me laugh because they look really funny when they walk. I became especially fond of penguins in the year 2000 when I realised that my then-boyfriend sometimes looked a bit like a penguin when he walked. My favourite Christmas present that year was a walking-talking penguin doll. Monkey and I visited some penguins at the zoo on Sunday.
But it was only today that I have learned that penguins are morally superior to most people and that we should look to them as inspiration for Christian family values. The film, March of the Penguins, is “the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child-rearing,” according to film critic Michael Medved.
Apparently, the unsuspecting penguins have been hijacked by conservative Christians as “a parable of family virtues, a role model for men, an argument against abortion and convincing proof that Darwin was wrong” – Yahoo news.
But while the Christian conservatives with their weird ideas of a monopoly on family values are extolling the virtues of penguins, we are informed that emperor penguins actually switch mates every season and that homosexuality is rampant amongst the penguin population.
Sheerly Avni on alternet.org calls penguins “some pretty slutty birds,” which just about says it all, I think.