By Midas Dekkers
“People love animals—a stroke right here, a pat there, a short nuzzle in that lovely fur … the volume of cuddling they get could make you jealous. In Holland, canine are caressed greater than humans. now not as completely, even though: that one spot, someplace down under, commonly continues to be untouched …” quite often, yet not at all consistently. Kinsey’s learn confirmed that eight in step with cent of guys and 3.5 according to cent of girls had had intercourse with an animal, and that during rural parts the determine for males used to be toward 50 in step with cent. but bestiality is sort of universally condemned. whereas our love for animals is extolled as noble and “natural,” all erotic components within the dating among people and different species are vilified and proscribed, hence consigning them to the area of unique pornography or crude innuendo.
Even so, anything continues to be of actual love for animals. in numerous types, sublimated or sometimes celebrated, its strains are available all through paintings and pop culture: in Leda and the Swan, attractiveness and the Beast or the Lorelei; in a lubricious menagerie of satyrs and centaurs, wolfmen and vampires, all through to King Kong and Fritz the Cat, pony golf equipment and amorous dolphins, or perhaps ads for luxurious catfoods.
Dearest Pet uncovers and explores these strains, illuminating the ambivalence of human attitudes to cross-species sexuality. Its writer, the biologist and broadcaster Midas Dekkers, has analysed bestiality in all its aspects—physical, mental and legal—and tested its representations in faith and mythology, artwork and literature, pornography and ads. Beautifully—and occasionally bizarrely—illustrated, his e-book is neither drily educational nor pruriently trivial, yet erudite, witty and hard: the 1st historical past of the final taboo. A e-book for animal enthusiasts, and if you happen to are only their sturdy associates.