doctorow — 2014-08-23T12:01:06-04:00 — #1
gilbertwham — 2014-08-23T12:07:54-04:00 — #2
The whale-tail shape of that drawing confused the shit out of me for a moment there. I was like, holy shit! They're ALL vagina?!
peemlives — 2014-08-23T12:12:35-04:00 — #3
That is an excessively classy spot for a mammary gland.
stefanjones — 2014-08-23T13:39:27-04:00 — #4
'Stop calling it my "blow hole," Mort! Especially since your voice carries across the ocean."
Whale vaginas. Big enough so you need a man in a little boat to find the clitoris.
crenquis — 2014-08-23T13:42:11-04:00 — #5
Big enough to walk through?
Perhaps Jonah was just a pervert with a thing for whales...
edked — 2014-08-23T13:44:28-04:00 — #6
"...and that's why driving in San Diego can be so confusing!"
catgrin — 2014-08-23T14:01:49-04:00 — #7
The location of the nipple is because the baby trails behind the mother for feeding. Here's a pic of a dolphin feeding.
Here's a pic of an orca.
Both those images should help position the rest of the internal organs as well!
chuckv — 2014-08-23T14:24:38-04:00 — #8
Don't get lost in there...
You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
josiahwhite — 2014-08-23T14:39:28-04:00 — #9
For some reason I thought only human women possessed a clitoris. Does that mean female pleasure in mammals goes way way back?
catgrin — 2014-08-23T14:46:04-04:00 — #10
For anyone who never caught the Isabella Rossellini series 'Green Porno' (which was amazing!), here's the episode on whale sex.
@josiahwhite - Here's an article you might find interesting.
chuckv — 2014-08-23T16:04:22-04:00 — #11
stefanjones — 2014-08-23T16:23:55-04:00 — #12
I think I read right here in BB that many lady mammals have internal clitori.
There is also a Stephen Jay Gould essay on the subject; it also covered the phenomena of male nipples.
nelsie — 2014-08-23T19:26:19-04:00 — #13
Shorter Cory Doctorow: "Look at this whale vagina! Just look at it!"
drew_g — 2014-08-23T19:42:14-04:00 — #14
in most mammals its internal, but yeah, clitorises are pretty common. Ostriches have them too, oddly enough. Female hyenas have one big enoguh they unrinate and give birth through it.
At least in humans (other mammals too probably, but I'm not sure) they're actually the structure the penis forms from, in babies that have the right genetics for being sperm-producers. Everyone starts with a vagina and clitoris, the y chromosome usually* makes the vagina seal up, causes testicles form, and makes the clitoris enlarge and not become seperate from the urethra.
*there are exceptions that happen often enough we think they're just a normal, if uncommon, variation of human anatomy. See: complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, intersex
professor59 — 2014-08-23T20:08:50-04:00 — #15
Or perhaps the baby trails the mother because that's where the nipple is located. Just sayin' is all.
jardine — 2014-08-23T20:38:44-04:00 — #16
smashmartian — 2014-08-23T21:24:17-04:00 — #17
Clitoropedes, I think.
mr_raccoon — 2014-08-23T22:17:11-04:00 — #18
Seeing by the looks of that Victorian Era document, it seems then that men knew more about whale vaginas than human vaginas
newliminted — 2014-08-23T22:25:23-04:00 — #19
Clitoropodes. That word you used conjures frightening images in my mind.
smashmartian — 2014-08-23T22:58:17-04:00 — #20
And the body of William S. Burroughs has just shuddered.
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