The passion of the penguins pt. II

Matt's penguin post on Tuesday sparked a number of comments; so here's another take on conservatives' attempts to co-opt the penguins, from Jeff Sharlet.
"On the one hand, there's something thuggish about attempts by some religious conservative media bigs to press penguins into service for the cause... There is, after all, nothing conservative about the instinctual behavior on display in March of the Penguins. The values attributed to this behavior -- monagamy, self-sacrifice, parental love -- are projections, of course... Moreover, monagamy, self-sacrifice, and parental love are no more conservative than they are liberal. They are acts; conservatives believe they should be valued in one fashion, liberals another."
"...[W]hen I saw the film, I was sure that it would destroy the faith of some religious conservatives who hinge their beliefs on gender. How does one reconcile a commitment to 'male headship' of the family with this story in which female penguins are clearly in charge? Perhaps the intelligent designer, in whose image we are made, is a lady penguin?"
(The Revealer)

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