So humans and these aliens will be interacting in this story and reproduction will be one of the clashing differences they have, so my question is how would western human society react to this form of reproduction?

For these aliens the sexual dimorphism is such that the males are the hosts and the females are the parasites. It's alot like reverse angler fish dimorphism and this is how it works: the females are basically really small tubes with arms and attach themselves to the males' gonads; when the female does it also her immune system and everything else combines with the male's body and they become one. The females know only one thing and that is to attach to the best male and reproduce as fast as possible.

The females outnumber the males 100 to 1. There are three gonads on the male and once they are all taken the females just attach to the previous female forming long chains that look like tails.

As for gestation and birth well gestation occurs in the male once the female has been fertilized and sends the eggs to an organ to store them and then after a 80 day period the one male has a live birth and is sent through a canal through the chain of females and then after that one hundred females are born in tiny eggs. And yes the next up in line females can fertilized when a canal grows up through all of them and send the fertilization material and retrieves and births the eggs. The fertilization and birth cycles only happen once a decade as well.

  • $\begingroup$ How closely will humans interact with these aliens? $\endgroup$
    – IEW
    Feb 15, 2018 at 1:51
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    $\begingroup$ I mean, I feel pretty confident that the "average opinion" would be confined to "ew, weird" ... followed by acceptance, humorous mild curiosity, and memes. And while this question may skirt the edge of opinion based, I feel confident saying that it's clearly easier to model a reliable human reaction to a reproductive system in particular than it is to a flavor of soda. I'm just also not sure what more there is to be said about it than the above. $\endgroup$
    – Random
    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:31
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    $\begingroup$ One more thing, while I expect there are many on this site who would disagree with me, I personally think that trying to develop anything for shock value is forcing the story and inevitably cheapens your work. Develop your creatures for a purpose of their own and let the story tell itself. Perhaps it will shock, perhaps it won't (it might surprise you where your story takes you). But forcing it will never win you an award. Which is a long-winded way of saying you shouldn't have been surprised by the responses to your question. $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Feb 15, 2018 at 6:16
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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I'd wonder how they can move around and not accidentally crush their attached females and offspring in making. It does not seem a very safe way of reproducing. $\endgroup$ Feb 15, 2018 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ In Fury Born, by David Weber, has three species - two of which are fairly similar, and one that is very dissimilar. Of course, the first two were mortal enemies, being close enough for differences (including gender and social roles) to be offensive, while the third was so different there weren't reasons to fight. We'd have a harder time with a subjugated gender or caste that was visually similar, even if biology was involved in that division, due to our history and attitudes... your species' females aren't similar enough to them or us to be "people", they'd likely be overlooked. $\endgroup$
    – Megha
    Feb 16, 2018 at 8:51

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Sad to say humans are not very deep, their physical appearance will probably matter more than their reproductive cycle. Most humans will never even think about it.

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    $\begingroup$ Well thanks for your answer, I was hoping for humans to have a negative outlook on this type of reproductive system and their to be conflict from it, anyways you asked what my aliens would think of human females, well most of them would just think of humans as all the same gender and keep forgetting that human sexual dimorphism isn't as extreme as on their planet and maybe even think of pets or such as the other sexes in human kind $\endgroup$
    – Amoeba
    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:14

Why would humans, and especially (American?) "Western" humans, have a negative perspective here? I'm more curious now about this apparent anti-western bias, as if Western culture somehow can't cope with people who are not only different, but radically different. Also, why are you assuming that everyone within a broad culture concatenation would react largely the same way?

But anyway, I suspect that most humans (Western or otherwise) won't even notice. And why would they? Out of all the scores and hundreds of odd behaviours, habits and customs these aliens will have (as if humans were perfect!), giving birth through a canal of fifteen or twenty dependent tube-females is really pretty far down on the list. I'm sure their culture and choice of food or music or politics or sports team will be of greater interest to most (Western) humans anyway.

I'm sure this would be the kind of thing that, if a human thought too much about it, would probably say "eww" and then "okay, whatever" and then move on to more important things. Probably not the kind of reaction you're looking for either!

Two down, seven billion to go!

  • $\begingroup$ It's not meant to be anti western it's just to narrow down the culture because their are so many and also I don't know I just though their might be an uproar to such a species and it's practices, I guess I was wrong, that's why I asked the question, to get further imput to make my story believable $\endgroup$
    – Amoeba
    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:36
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    $\begingroup$ @user45751 This isn't so much about "a species and it's [sic] practices". It's about its reproductive biology. The aliens will find our reproduction repulsive. But biology is biology, it isn't likely to be a basis for conflict. Just not in front of the children, thank you. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Feb 15, 2018 at 5:43

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