Deadly “diggity” March 25, 2007Posted by Gerry Baron in Sex.
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We think we have it rough with our wives. After you read about the blanket octopus, you’ll count your blessings.
The male blanket octopus faces a significant gender imbalance – he is just two centimetres long, while the female of the species can measure up to two metres.
And as if being 100 times smaller than his mate wasn’t bad enough, he dies right after having sex with her.
A senior curator at the Melbourne Museum, Mark Norman, who recently found a living specimen on the Great Barrier Reef, said that until now the male had only been discovered dead in trawls and plankton nets.
His achievement in capturing and photographing a live one has been documented in a recent paper for the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research.
According to the article, the male blanket octopus is, technically speaking, “the most extreme example of sexual size-dimorphism in a non-microscopic animal … such dimorphism is not seen in any other animal remotely as large”.
Dr Norman said: “There’s no other critters on that scale that have such a significant difference between the male and female.”
The two-metre female weighs at least 10,000 times as much as the male, sometimes up to 40,000 times as much.
This could make the question of position rather delicate, but as it turns out it doesn’t matter. The male, it seems, relies on its arm as much as its penis to have sex.
This reproductive arm, known as a hectocotylus, is tucked away in a white spherical pouch between its other arms. When males mate, the pouch ruptures, the penis injects sperm into the tip of the arm, the arm is severed, and passed to the female.
It stays there until used to fertilise the female’s eggs, which can be weeks later.
And while the human post-orgasm is sometimes referred to as “the little death”, for the male blanket octopus the term takes on literal meaning. The male dies, but the female carries on, free to have sex with more males.
“It’s kamikaze sex, effectively,” said Dr Norman. “They’ve found females with up to six male arms in the gill cavity.”
But how did it get that way? Males compete with each other to fertilise the female, explained Dr Norman. Being small allows the male to mature earlier, and allows for better protection using its tentacle segments.
Let’s be glad that we don’t have the same challenges as this creature:
- His woman is waaaaay bigger than he is.
- He dies after he gets some the 1st time.
How are you treating your “body”? March 21, 2007Posted by Gerry Baron in Sex.
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What rights over our wives bodies do we have as husbands?
Here’s an article, “Godly Husbands: How are you treating your ‘body’” that takes the position that if according to Scripture our wife’s body is ours, AND we are to love our neighbor, that means that there are certain times that we are going to have to choose not to exercise our ownership for the good of our wives.
We have to be more understanding and patient when our wives are tired and not in the mood. How difficult is it for you to put aside your desire for your wife and stop to think about how she feels?
It’s not an easy thing for me to do. Being a “microwave”, it doesn’t take much for me to be ready to go. However, my wife is a “crockpot” so it takes her a longer time and a lot more prepartion to get her in the mood.
How do I deal with this to keep from getting frustrated?
The wrong way I deal with it is to get upset and impatient. I usually know when I’m taking this route when I find myself flipping my back to her and moving away.
The better way I deal with it is to ask her about her day so I can get an appreciation for what she’s been through. I also do things she likes such as rubbing her feet, scratching her back, massaging her shoulders, or just plain cuddling her. It’s funny how these little things so often loosen her up. Although I can’t say that it works every time, even when it doesn’t I feel less frustrated.
Gentlemen, let’s start taking better care of our “body”.