gendered animals

Marsha Quinlan (C633902@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU)
Sun, 19 Mar 1995 13:35:15 CST

Ruby's right, by gum. Humans have sex and gender, deer only have
sex. Correct me if I'm wrong, but gender is that sex-specific
behavior, or role that humans learn through socialization/enculturation.

So, while non-humans may have sex-specific behavior, it can not be called
"gender" unless it is taught. And, presumably even if it is taught or
urged, it would have to be distinct in different groups of the same species,
so that we can tell for sure that this isn't an innate, species-wide, genetic
sort of adaptation, but rather a cultural-sort of phenomenon.

For all of you interested in animal behavior, are there any instances
of "gender" behavior in other beasts?