New documentary shows gender diversity par for the course in nature

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The natural world is full of gender diversity: female hyenas have pseudo penises used for sex and urination, many species of fish and plants change their sex over their lifespan, and female lions have been known to grow manes and develop a masculine growl.

Those are among many examples in a new episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things titled Fluid: Life Beyond the Binary — a documentary hosted by Canadian comedian Mae Martin that puts the gender spectrum exhibited by humans in the context of the rest of the living things surrounding us, and finds that it’s really quite par for the course.

“Nature teaches us

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