• Tue, May 4 2010

The Chimp Equivalent of a Sex Toy

The New York Times reports that science has found yet another similarity between humans and chimps — the use of sex toys. Apparently, in order to get the attention of female chimps, a male will try to make a distinctive sound: the tearing of a leaf.

According to the Times:

“you might see this chimp as the equivalent of a human (wearing pants, one hopes) trying to attract women by driving around with a car thumping out 120-decibel music.”

And in fact, I do. The main difference here is that female chimps seem to respond well to the overture:

“The male will pluck a leaf, or a set of leaves, and sit so the female can see him. He spreads his legs so the female sees the erection, and he tears the leaf bit by bit down the midvein of the leaf, dropping the pieces as he detaches them. Sometimes he’ll do half a dozen leaves until she notices.”

HOT. And you know, I think I’ve seen guys do that at bars.

But anyway, dare I say that if we’re comparing roaring car engines and thumping stereos to the benign — and even sometimes pleasant sound — of tearing leaves (I’m thinking the happy, crunchy footsteps of a crisp autumn day), well, I’ll just ask: who is more in tune with what women want?

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