Pygmy Squid Bukkake

Both with animals and humans it is generally accepted that high quality males are those that succeed in male-to-male competition: in either aggression or rivalry to attract and be selected by females. Most of the time this means the bigger male wins. However, in view of a shorter human species it would be better to seek inspiration from those few species that cultured ways of mate selection that favour the small.

The mating rituals of pygmy squid include neither pleasant courtship nor aggressive behaviour. Males copulate freely with females and several males attach a capsule containing sperm to the base of the female’s arms. The female then selects which donated capsule is to be the lucky one and gets to spread its genes around. She chooses. Interestingly enough in the case of the pygmy squid it’s most often the smaller males. Another animal with a preference for small males is the red-eyed tree frog. Again the initiative is with the female. During a typical lek mating chorus that lasts several days a group of male frogs try to seduce the females by calling out. Variation in acoustic characteristics is presumed to be important determinants in reproductive success and high energy calls are preferred. In the case of the red-eyed frog however it is staying power more than anything else that gives certain males the edge. Smaller males expand less energy which allows them participate longer and mate when the tall males have already left. The females are seduced by stamina and perseverance, not brute force. Although existing formats such as these cannot be translated directly into human practise, human mating behaviour is not a fixed given. The introduction of religious, political and economic systems and their subsequent social consequences have considerably changed our choice of partner. How our mating rituals and attraction values will develop depends at least as much on societal change as it does on the laws of nature. It’s not entirely impossible that under certain environmental circumstances frogs and squid will show us a way out of our growth obsessed mating behaviour.

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