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The undignified aristocracy of the spotted hyena
 
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Although biologists have avoided these terms, the spotted hyena qualifies as sexist and classist in its behaviour: sexist because one gender (female) systematically oppresses the other (male), and classist because individuals high in the hierarchy – which oppress others during gregarious eating – acquire their rank by birth rather than by contest.  Although the society of the spotted hyena is often called a matriarchy, more apt would be the term ‘matriarchal aristocracy’.

 

Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016

 

                                            

 

                                          

 

 

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