Why Are Some People Sexually Attracted To Animals?

Why Are Some People Sexually Attracted To Animals?

People who are sexually attracted to animals are often referred to as "zoophiles" in the psychological literature. Zoophilia is something that has long been considered a paraphilia, meaning an uncommon sexual interest. Although zoophilia is something that most people have heard of before, very little research exists on the subject. So what do we know about the psychology behind zoophilia anyway? 

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Characteristics Of Men Who Have Sex With Animals (Infographic)

Characteristics Of Men Who Have Sex With Animals (Infographic)

Paraphilia is the term that psychologists use to refer to an unusual sexual interest. Psychologists have documented hundreds of paraphilias over the years, including fetishismsadomasochismexhibitionism, and voyeurism. Paraphilias span a wide range of behaviors and, contrary to popular belief having a paraphilia does not necessarily mean that one has a disorder. One paraphilia that has received surprisingly little research attention is sexual interest in non-human animals. The infographic below reveals some of the experiences and psychological characteristics of men who have reported sexual experiences with at least one member of the animal kingdom. There are differing opinions on whether an animal can consent to sex with a human; however, many psychologists have argued that animals cannot consent and, therefore, that such behavior is necessarily victimizing to the other creatures.

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Strange Sex: Tales Of Sexual Arousal From Stinging Insects

The buzz on the Internet last week was the story of a Swedish man who supposedly died after having sex with a hornets’ nest. According to various media reports, the man’s pubic hair and semen were found inside the nest and he had been stung 146 times, leaving his body so swollen that he looked like “a beached whale.” After making the rounds in the international media, it was discovered that the story was a hoax perpetrated by News Sweden, the Swedish equivalent of The Onion. What may surprise you, however, is that this story isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds because there are indeed some people in this world who derive sexual arousal from stinging insects.
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Germany Considers Banning Sex With Animals

Contrary to popular belief, zoophilia does not mean a love of going to the zoo; rather, it refers to a true love of animals. And I mean love as in the passionate kind. Although zoophilia is a rare sexual interest, there is plenty of evidence that it does indeed exist and it has been the subject of significant media attention recently because German lawmakers are currently considering a ban on sex with animals. At this point, I bet you’re asking yourself two things: First, why is Germany just now (in 2012) looking to ban this practice? And second, why is anyone interested in having sex with furry creatures in the first place?
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