Tuesday, September 13, 2005

March of the Penguins touted by Conservatives

Social conservatives, that is. The NY Times reports that the movie March of the Penguins has become a hit with social conservatives. In it, they see:

"March of the Penguins," the conservative film critic and radio host Michael Medved said in an interview, is "the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child rearing."

Set aside the discussion about the fact that there is no tie what-so-ever established between penguin and human behavior. What the social conservatives fail to point out is that the penguins in the film are serial monogamists - they take a new mate each year and stay with that one for the breeding season. Oh, and naturally, there's the issue with the gay penguins from the Central Park Zoo that they've forgotten about as well. Still, go see the film. I hear that it's very good. Just don't read human foibles into their behavior. It's enough that anthropomorphize our domestic pets.

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