Crime Against Nature


Crime Against Nature by Gwenn Seemel

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- Title
- Foreword by Joan Roughgarden
- Prologue
- Size differences
- Coloring differences
- Similar appearances
- Multiple genders
- Different kinds of reproduction
- Childcare responsibilities
- Aggression and dominance
- Expressions of sexuality
- Family types
- Conclusion
- Glossary
- Further reading
- List of illustrations
- Acknowledgments
- Bio

What do single moms, stay-at-home dads, professionals who happen to be women, men who like to dress colorfully, infertile people, and homosexuals have in common? They’re often viewed by society as sad, bad, and even a little suspicious.

Those judgments all stem originally from one idea: that females are naturally passive and more caring, and males are naturally aggressive and more intelligent. It’s an idea that is deeply embedded in our social system and dictates much of our behavior. It’s also an idea that has nothing to do with what is actually going on in nature.

Crime Against Nature, both as a book and as a series of paintings, exposes the true diversity of natural behaviors.

Crime Against Nature, book by Gwenn Seemel

Crime Against Nature the book

The print version is available for $32. This price includes shipping within the United States, but, if you would like the book to be sent elsewhere, please email me for details.

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Crime Against Nature, digital book by Gwenn Seemel

Crime Against Nature the digital book

You can read the digital version for FREE here by clicking on the large cover image at the top of this page, or you can see the complete e-book on Facebook in the form of this photo album. There’s also a downloadable PDF version of the book available for $6.

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Crime Against Nature poster

Crime Against Nature poster

This poster is another presentation of Crime Against Nature. It combines an image of the work with the text from the book to create a punchy little meme that sums up the point of the project: that we don’t know as much about what is actually natural as we think we do!

For more posters, go here. To buy prints of these posters in various sizes, visit my RedBubble shop!


screenshot of BoingBoing

The issues at play here are hefty and potentially uncomfortable, but the book itself is light, playful, and pleasantly un-preachy.

     — - Maggie Koerth-Baker, BoingBoing, January 2013 -- - full story


screenshot of Hyperallergic

The glimpses that Seemel has illustrated of the real wildness of the natural world are fascinating.

     — - Allison Meier, Hyperallergic, April 2013 -- - full story


screenshot of Scientific American

Seemel’s book covers it all and reminds us that if you’re inclined to look to nature for answers regarding what is ‘normal,’ ‘natural,’ or even ‘moral,’ it’s clear that nature passes no judgement.

     — - Kalliopi Monoyios, Scientific American, May 2013 -- - full story

About Sexuality

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It’s beautiful and weird and quirky and is guaranteed to spark conversation. ...When I got my print version of the book I also knew it belonged on the coffee table as much as in the classroom.

     — - Cory Silverberg,, June 2013 -- - full story

To find out more about the making of Crime Against Nature, visit this section of my blog. There, you’ll find articles as well as videos like this one.

Development of this series and the book which accompanies it was made possible by the generous support of the Regional Arts and Culture Council and by lots of other lovely people.