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Both bestiality and zoophilia involve sexual activity between humans and animals,
or a fixation on such sexual practices. The term zoophilia derives from the combination
of two Greek words meaning 'animal' and meaning 'fraternal love'. The -
Many zoophiles and researchers will draw a distinction between "zoophilia" and "bestiality", using the term zoophilia to describe the desire to form sexual relationships with animals, and and the term bestiality to describe the sex acts alone.
Professor of psychiatry, Stephanie LaFarge, at the New Jersey Medical School who
is also a Director of Counseling at the ASPCA, has written that two groups can be
distinguished: 1) bestialists, who rape or abuse animals, and 2) zoophiles, who form
an emotional and sexual attachment to animals. Martin Weinberg and Colin J. Williams
Kinsey's work was further bolstered when by 1974 the farm population in the USA had declined by 80 percent from the 1940 calculations. In 1974 few people had the opportunity to live with animals; these demographic changes predicted that a significant reduction in reported occurrences of bestiality would occur. Sure enough, the percentage of males who reported sexual interactions with animals in 1974 was 4.9% as compared to 1948's 8.3%; and with females in 1974 was 1.9% as compared to 1953's 3.6%. This comparison of the two studies shows this is not due to a reduction in interest, but rather to a reduction in opportunity.
Other anecdotal evidence also suggests that today's low figures or bestiality and zoophilia rates is based on lack of opportunity. For example, Nancy Friday's 1973 book on female sexuality, My Secret Garden, studied around 190 fantasies of various women; of these, 23 fantasies involved zoophilic activity. Sexual fantasies about zoophilic acts often occur in people who have no wish to experience them in real life. Nancy Friday records that zoophilia as a fantasy may well provide an escape from cultural restrictions, expectations, and judgments in regard to sexuality.
Frequent interest in, and sexual excitement at, watching animals mate is referred to as an indicator of latent zoophilia. Some brothel madams in previous years used to stage exhibitions of animals mating, as they found it aroused extra clientele for them. Could this in any way have encouraged the clients to engage in bestiality?
A number of scientific studies have found that women show stronger vaginal responses
to films depicting bonobo copulation than to other non-
Zoophiles have been described as coming from many different demographic and ethnic categories: white, black, Asian, Amish, Catholic, Mormon, atheist, pagan, Jewish, male and female.
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