Sexual Behavior in the Male Beetle

I’m watching an old silent film from the ’20s called Erotikon. Ten minutes into the film, a professor is lecturing on the sexual habits of beetles. Of course, everyone is giggling at the idea that a beetle of a particular species “may keep company with as many as three females.” Gasp, shock, surprise. Granted, it was the 1920s; I consider the 1920s a sort of hybrid between the modern era and the comparatively stuffy nineteenth century.

It never ceases to amaze me how conservatives expect others to follow their lead (even other species in this case).

(Oh, and it goes on to say that “generally two females will suffice- but one is never enough.” Shock, horror, dismay.)


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