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Is Homosexuality Natural? Yes. So is male lactation.

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As Gwenn Seemel points out in her richly illustrated book, Crime Against Nature, the non-human animal kingdom is chock-full of examples that challenge many of our deeply held beliefs about what is "natural" behavior in everything from sexual preference to lifestyle choices to gender roles and even gender identity.

She Wears the Pants (Spotted Hyena) by Gwenn Seemel

She Wears the Pants (Spotted Hyena) by Gwenn Seemel

What really happened when Nemo’s mother died (Clownfish) by Gwenn Seemel

What really happened when Nemo’s mother died (Clownfish) by Gwenn Seemel

Father and child (Dayak fruit bat) by Gwenn Seemel

Father and child (Dayak fruit bat) by Gwenn Seemel

A third gender, male pregnancy and lactation, female penises - Seemel's book covers it all and reminds us that if you're inclined to look to nature for answers regarding what is "normal," "natural," or even "moral," it's clear that nature passes no judgement. There are no rules but the ones we impose on ourselves.

Boys Can Be the Pretty Ones (Chameleon) by Gwenn Seemel

Boys Can Be the Pretty Ones (Chameleon) by Gwenn Seemel

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a fertile woman to understand infertility (Dromedary) by Gwenn Seemel

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a fertile woman to understand infertility (Dromedary) by Gwenn Seemel

These images comprise a series of posters that combine the book's text and illustrations into one. Many of Seemel's original acrylic paintings from Crime Against Nature are available for sale (scroll down).

You can read Crime Against Nature online for free or buy it in pdf format ($6) or hard copy ($35).

Gwenn Seemel is also a portrait artist. View her portrait portfolio here.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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