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London aquarium to raise 'genderless' penguin
« on: September 10, 2019, 06:38:25 pm »
Interesting!

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/10/europe/penguin-genderless-chick-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

By Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 1731 GMT (0131 HKT) September 10, 2019

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Re: London aquarium to raise 'genderless' penguin
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 02:49:51 am »
I'm not quite sure I understand...

Does just not naming the chick make it genderless?
Or is its gender really unknown, which is why they aren't naming it—until they know which sex it is?
Or is it actually genderless/androgynous/whatever?

The article name would suggest the third, which would be quite interesting.

The content, on the other hand, suggests that determining a chick's sex is difficult—which would make the choice not to name it pretty much logical, at least if the penguins' names are gendered. If so, I don't see why it is really worth writing about.

And if they're just not naming the chick for some other reason, then it would to me seem even less newsworthy. After all, penguins in the wild probably don't have names...?

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Re: London aquarium to raise 'genderless' penguin
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 04:34:42 am »
I'm not quite sure I understand...

Does just not naming the chick make it genderless?
Or is its gender really unknown, which is why they aren't naming it—until they know which sex it is?
Or is it actually genderless/androgynous/whatever?

The article name would suggest the third, which would be quite interesting.

The content, on the other hand, suggests that determining a chick's sex is difficult—which would make the choice not to name it pretty much logical, at least if the penguins' names are gendered. If so, I don't see why it is really worth writing about.

And if they're just not naming the chick for some other reason, then it would to me seem even less newsworthy. After all, penguins in the wild probably don't have names...?

Well, we know that they're not going to put the naming up to the public unless they want it to
be called Pengy McPenguinface!  :laugh:

Examples include:

Boaty McBoatface 
Horsey McHorseface
Trainy McTrainface
Ferry McFerryface
Mega McMegaface
Floaty McFloatface
Parsey McParseface
Electro McElectroFace
Musky McMuskoxface
Gritty McGritface
Skatey McSkateface

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Re: London aquarium to raise 'genderless' penguin
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2019, 10:37:57 am »
Could always go with the Saturday Night Live approach and name the thing "Pat"

But this whole thing seems like a really stupid maneuver to show "how inclusive we are" by not actually doing anything.  Penguins don't care what name humans call them, and it's not like they're putting little bowties on the boys and evening gowns on the girls and forcing them to do gender things.

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Re: London aquarium to raise 'genderless' penguin
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2019, 10:43:47 am »
Ok, now you sent me back to Tennessee Tuxedo. Bonus points for the first person to name his sidekick.  :)
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