Loving Animals

On Bestiality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love

Joanna Bourke

Loving Animals

Joanna Bourke

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184 pages | 22 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781789143102 Will Publish November 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Sex with animals is one of the last taboos but, for a practice that is generally regarded as abhorrent, it is remarkable how many books, films, plays, paintings, and photographs depict the subject. So, what does loving animals mean? In this book the renowned historian Joanna Bourke explores the modern history of sex between humans and animals. Bourke looks at the changing meanings of “bestiality” and “zoophilia,” assesses the psychiatric and sexual aspects, and she concludes by delineating an ethics of animal loving.
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Julie-Marie Strange, Durham University
“This bold and imaginative book is thoughtful and—inevitably—provocative. With characteristic compassion and insight, Bourke undertakes a tour de force of historical and cultural attitudes towards human-animal relations to guide us through serious ethical and political questions concerning sexuality, power, and consent.”
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