M Jenny Edwards
Criminologist, Independent Researcher
"The act of forcing a living creature to engage in a sexual activity without the ability of consent cannot simply be viewed as a personal choice - no more than forcing a child or an impaired adult would be." Report to Alaska House Judiciary Committee
Since the 1970's there has been a huge growth in our understanding of the human-animal bond. Colleges and universities have begun offering programs and even degrees in animal studies in multiple disciplines, including law, sociology, and psychology.
Still, bestiality is a sensitive and often taboo topic, and very little academic research exists to improve our understanding of why it happens or how we can or should react to it. Early studies by Kinsey (1948 and 1953) and Hunt (1974) suggest that somewhere between 3% and 8% of the population may engage in sex with animals. There have been no similar studies to confirm or refute these findings. The few behavioral studies that exist have been based primarily on surveys of individuals who describe themselves as zoophiles, or consist of psychological profiles of incarcerated or institutionalized sex offenders. Our research and eduction team not only read and analyze existing papers, but conduct original research that seeks to update and inform academics and professionals about the behavior, lifestyle, and implications of zoosexuality.
For Academic Audiences
• Terminology, definitions, historical incidences in art, literature, and culture
• Viewing zoosexuality through a modern lens: stereotypes, myths, and facts
• Untangling the consent argument
• Impact of the Internet
• Subcultures, including Furries, Bronies, Plushies, BDSM
• Animal outcomes: health, welfare, behavior
• Resources and references for gaining a betterunderstanding and getting involved
This 90-minute presentation focuses on existing and proposed research. Case-specific examples are used to highlight the social, legal, and medical impact of bestiality across academic disciplines. There is no fee for this presentation, but there may be a conference registration fee if this is part of a larger event. Students are welcome. Topics covered include: