Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Other March of the Other Penguins

The recent National Geographic film, March of the Penguins, has generated a tremendous amount of controversy: an avalanche of deconstructionism that surely was not intended by its creator.  It seems that the controversy started when Micheal Medved claimed, in an NYT interview, that MOTP is "the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms".  Andrew Sullivan was quick with a rejoinder, pointing out that some penguins have been observed to engage in homosexual behavior.  Others pointed out that some penguins engage in a form of prostitution.  Maggie Gallagher jumped in (1 2) when it turned out that some penguins in zoos that previously had been reported to be homosexual, later started to engage in heterosexual behavior.

I am not sure how the disclosure that the penguins are in fact bisexual, rather than homosexual, was supposed to salvage the point made by the Christian conservatives, but that did appear to be their line of argument.  Many bloggers and editorialists joined in the fray.  (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)

Having an entire Saturday to consider this issue, I realize now that all of these commentators are missing the point completely.  

You see, there is a whole nother (another whole) group of penguins, on an entirely different kind of march...and these blokes won't stop for anything...not even global warming.  And the lesson they teach, about the controversy over evolution vs. creation, is far more profound.  Continue reading here.