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, although: that one spot, someplace down under, typically continues to be untouched …” as a rule, yet not at all consistently. Kinsey’s learn confirmed that eight in step with cent of guys and 3.5 in step with cent of girls had had intercourse with an animal, and that during rural components the determine for males used to be in the direction of 50 consistent 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 world of unique pornography or crude innuendo.
Even so, whatever 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, throughout 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 lines, 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, paintings and literature, pornography and advertisements. Beautifully—and occasionally bizarrely—illustrated, his publication is neither drily educational nor pruriently trivial, yet erudite, witty and difficult: the 1st background of the final taboo. A booklet for animal fanatics, and if you are only their solid buddies.
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Weindling, 1989, p. 516. 110. Proctor, 1988, p. 43. 111. von Verschuer, 1939, p. 79. 112. Weindling, 1989, p. 562. Further information on German twin camps can be found in Ash, 1998. 113. Ellinger, 1942, p. 141. 30 Chapter 2. Twin Research: Misunderstanding Twins, From Galton to the 21st Century I was particularly interested in their laboratory for the study of the inheritance of behavior and mental capacities. For this purpose the twins were placed in two identical rooms, separated by a narrow corridor for the observer, who had a free view over both rooms through big windows in the walls.
The authors of two criminal twin studies published in 1936, Heinrich Kranz and Friedrich Stumpfl, both called for the compulsory sterilization of criminals. According to Kranz, One could ascertain so far on the basis of twin concordance rates that have been found that the imbecile criminals are undesirable in terms of racial hygiene [rassenhygienisch unerwünscht]; furthermore, some types of criminal psychopaths are borderline psychotics and severe alcoholics. 107 Kranz wrote that the genetic impairment of sex offenders “can hardly be questioned,” while adding that “the castration law is simultaneously fulfilling the racial hygienic task [rassenhygienische Aufgabe]”108 Stumpfl went on to 102.
500. 170. Slater, 1971, p. 18. 171. Schulz, 1934, pp. 138-139 (my translation). 172. , p. 142 (my translation). 173. Schulz, 1939. 174. Weber, 1996, p. 328. 40 Chapter 2. Twin Research: Misunderstanding Twins, From Galton to the 21st Century failed to mention Schulz’s public support of the sterilization law in his 1934 Volk und Rasse article. After the war, Schulz was a founder of the Max Planck Institute in Munich, which was the successor to Rüdin’s institute. *** Psychiatric geneticists Rüdin, Luxenburger, Schulz, Conrad and others studied twins and popularized twin research in order to provide what they viewed as additional evidence that people with “undesirable” traits were “hereditarily tainted,” and deserved to fall under the sterilizer’s knife or worse.