Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let the Monkeys Move into the House

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Let the Monkeys Move into the House

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Byline: A.N. WILSON

THE Social Issues Research Centre at Oxford has come up with useful new research into the science of flirting. It has discovered that two-thirds of flirtatious encounters are conducted by females in the case of chimpanzees, and possibly in human life, also. " Chimpanzee females actively solicit sex with males, going so far as to pull a resting male to his feet and insist on copulation," says the learned report. It adds, no doubt to the relief of some male readers, that "among humans, female proceptivity is much more subtle".

Readers of the Sabbath press could be forgiven for thinking this was a dreadful slur on chimpanzees. Miss Salima Kebache, 32, for example, a sometime barmaid at the House of Commons sports and social club, is quoted as saying: "I've been with one MP, now I want others. I just use them for what I need." Some poor fool of a government minister of whom few had ever heard, an ex-copper, has been photographed with this young person, and she has been seen leaving his flat. …

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