"Unnatural Acts" in Nature: The Scientific Fascination with Queer Animals

  title={"Unnatural Acts" in Nature: The Scientific Fascination with Queer Animals},
  author={Jennifer Terry},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  pages={151 - 193}
  • J. Terry
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Art
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
Nature is a topic of public discourse on which much turns, even the earth. . . . In the United States, storytelling about nature, whatever problematic category that is, remains an important practice for forging and expressing basic meanings. . . . A recent visit to the San Diego Zoo confirmed my conviction that people reaffirm many of their beliefs about each other and about what kind of planet the earth can be by telling each other what they think they are seeing as they watch the animals… 

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